The President of the Front National Party (FN, far right) Marine Le Pen announced on Monday the creation in the European Parliament of a eurosceptic, against illegal immigration faction: “Europe of the Nations and Freedoms”. The group would be eligible to receive up to 17.5 million EURO of EU money for the next four years.
The new group will consist of elected MEPs from the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), the Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe), the Italian Northern League and the Flemish Vlaams Belang (Belgium), whom the FN is already working in “coordination” with, says Marine Le Pen.
In this context, Liberal / EPP MEP Ramona Manescu said: “Eurosceptics clotting is a serious concern for the European dream. I see that the European Parliament and the whole European Union construction are faced with a clear challenge by the Eurosceptic movement. If a year ago we were concerned just about the increased number of anti-European MEPs, we are now facing a coalition of them.”
“The majority held by the pro-European political groups and led by the European People’s Party should not just sit comfortable. Eurosceptic phenomenon, although minimal in its influence within European Parliament, has potential negative ramifications. Unity, consistency and pro-European common vision of traditional political families should prevail. Moreover, it is imperative to manage the situation with pragmatism, consistency and lucidity. We thought a year ago that eurosceptics will be able to use the European Parliament only as a space to launch xenophobic, racist and anti-European speeches. We now see more than that”, said EPP MEP.
Romanian MEP looks concerned at the possibility that the new extremist group will receive EU funding: “Eurosceptic coalition, as an official political group, becomes eligible to receive funding for the establishment, development and ideological vision. This is a paradox: to get funds from the European Union when your main focus is to systematically attack the European values and fundamental rights that are at the base of the European construction project.”
“I call upon all traditional political groups to treat this new challenge with seriousness and responsibility. Time has shown us that when we do not act preventively, difficulties tend to grow and persist. We already have many examples: management of the economic blockage in relation with Greece, migration problem, the growth of the terrorist threats and the security issue on the Eastern border. This time we cannot afford to treat lightly the coalition of a vocal and stronger extremist faction in the European Parliament, as it would be tantamount of abandoning the pro-European ideals”, concluded Ramona Manescu.
To form a group in the European Parliament it takes at least 25 MEPs from 7 different nationalities. With its classic allies, FN has the required number of elected MEPs (34), but not enough nationalities. Thanks to Janice Atkinson, a British eurosceptic formerly with UKIP, and two MEPs from Poland’s Congress of the New Right: Michal Marusik and Stanislaw Zoltek, FN managed to also pass the threshold of seven different states in creating a new political group.
The European Parliament will now have two groups of eurosceptics who are also against migration. Eurosceptic UKIP party leader, Nigel Farage, managed to reconstruct an EP group after a short dissolution in mid-October following the departure of a Latvian MEP.
Take part in the #EUCanBeatCancer campaign. EPP group urge the Member States to join forces and fight cancer together
EPP Group, the largest political family in the European Parliament, is launching a cancer awareness campaign, the disease that causes one of four deaths in Europe.
Through #EUCanBeatCancer campaign, the EPP group calls for better cooperation between research centers in Europe, more money for cancer research, but also fair and accessible care across Europe for citizens.
How can you get involved in the #EUCanBeatCancer campaign
You can join the 1537 citizens already registered in the campaign through 4 simple steps:
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- Use the Twibbon in the profile picture
- Draw the Twibbon symbol and post it in order to show support
Everyone has their own story about cancer, even European politicians or leaders:
According to the World Health Organization, one third of cancers are preventable and half of the deaths could be prevented.
Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in Romania and in many cases the disease is detected when it is already in an advanced stage.
According to the private health network, Regina Maria, in Romania, 80% of breast cancers are diagnosed in the advanced phase, a stage in which the treatment can not bring healing, but only prolong the survival.
Romania had the lowest rates (0.2% of women aged 50-69 – 2015) in breast cancer screening.
Our multimedia platform – Calea Europeana – has joined the #EUCanBeatCancer campaign. During the campaign informative articles will be published and we will keep you updated with the measures taken at European level to beat cancer.
Citizens’ and Youth Agoras to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe, MEPs say
Citizen and Youth meetings should set the tone for EU reform, according to the resolution adopted on Wednesday by the European Parliament, were MEPs propose establishing several Citizens’ and Youth Agoras under the Future of Europe Conference that should be launched on Europe Day 2020.
Following a debate with Dubravka Šuica, Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography and Nikolina Brnjac, representing the Croatian Presidency of the Council, Parliament adopted a resolution setting out its vision for the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe with 494 votes for, 147 against and 49 abstentions.
MEPs want citizens to be at the core of broad discussions on how to tackle internal and external challenges that were not foreseen at the time of the Lisbon Treaty. People of all backgrounds, civil society representatives and stakeholders at European, national, regional and local level must be involved in setting the EU’s priorities in line with citizens’ concerns in a bottom-up, transparent, inclusive, participatory and well-balanced approach.
Parliament proposes establishing several Citizens’ Agoras (thematic fora of citizen representatives chosen randomly in line with proportionality and representativeness criteria), and at least two Youth Agoras, each comprising 200-300 citizens with a minimum of three per member state. Citizen representatives will discuss Agora conclusions at the Conference Plenary with MEPs and national parliament representatives, Council ministers, Commission Vice-Presidents and representatives of other EU institutions, bodies and social partners.
In addition to high-level support from the presidents of the three main EU institutions, Parliament urges Council and Commission to commit to the possibility of treaty change. The adopted text also underlines that a permanent mechanism to engage citizens should be considered.
Parliament is the first among the three main EU institutions to adopt a position on the set-up and scope of the upcoming Conference. Negotiations with the Commission and the European Council should be concluded in time for the Conference to be launched on Europe Day 2020 (May 9) and run until summer 2022.
EPP Secretary General Antonio López-Istúriz: The Orban-Iohannis couple will represent the European approach Romania needs so much
The Orban-Iohannis couple will represent the European approach Romania is so much in need of, is the statement made by the Secretary General of the European People’s Party, Antonio López-Istúriz White, for the caleaeuropeana.ro correspondent in Brussels.
This statement was made in the context of the interview given to caleaeuropeana.ro, following the meeting of the EPP Secretary General with the Prime Minister of Romania, Ludovic Orban, on the third and last day of his visit to the institutions of the European Union.
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”Things are changing and I think it is good for Romania to have a government that really is in line with the European institutions. Here in the EPP are very happy about it, we know Ludovic Orban as well as president Klaus Iohannis and I think the couple is going to represent this European approach that Romania so much needs”, said Antonio López-Istúriz, referring to the period of social-democratic governance during which Romania’s image at European level was compromised.
Moreover, the EPP Secretary General appreciated that the Prime Minister’s visit to the EU institutions was ”a good occasion for a politician like Ludovic Orban, who I have known for several years, to build a profile here in Brussels”. He added that the Prime Minister has been received ”not only as a friend, but also as a trusted representative of Romania by commissioners, the president of the Commission…”.
In this context, López-Istúriz cited the words of David Sassoli, the president of the European Parliament, who said about the visit that ”Ludovic Orban and the new government bring new hope for the relations between Romania and the EU after, unfortunately, the bad episode of last year when the Romanian commissioner-designate did not pass the test which demonstrated that the government at that time was not in line with the EU reality”.
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban is on a work visit to the NATO and European Union institutions in Brussels from Tuesday to Thursday for meetings with the Presidents of the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as with NATO Secretary General.
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