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EPP MEP Ramona Mănescu: The Code of Practice on Disinformation should become compulsory in order to fight EU’s Achilles’ heel on the matter

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A Code of Practice to tackle online disinformation that maybe should become „compulsory” for EU members would help assure information integrity, EPP MEP Ramona Mănescu said, talking about a Roundtable on Global Governance for Information Integrity to be held on 27 September 2018 in Riga, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) together with the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid.

„EU is leading the way at the global level in building an effective answer, at least to the problem of disinformation. The April 2018 proposal for an EU-wide Code of Practice in tackling online disinformation and the following Code of Practice on Disinformation, which is already available, together with a whole array of short-term measures which are already under implementation surely are proving this.

I hope that the debate at Riga will find the arguments in favor of stronger measures, maybe the <voluntary> measures proposed by the Code of Practice on Disinformation to become <compulsory>. I feel that this is the Achilles’ heel of this latest EU effort in fighting disinformation and assuring information integrity.”, the EPP MEP said.

On 27 September 2018 in Riga, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) together with the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid hold a Roundtable on Global Governance for Information Integrity. The participants include former Presidents and Prime Ministers: Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former President of Latvia, President of the Club de Madrid; Mehdi Jomaa, former Prime Minister of Tunisia; Valdis Birkavs, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Latvia; Alfred Gusenbauer, former Chancellor of Austria, and others.

The draft Code of Practice and its annex map out the Commission’s objectives outlined in the Communication „Tackling online Disinformation”, and should lead to a measurable reduction of online disinformation by addressing the following five main areas:

  • Improving the scrutiny of ad placements to demonetize purveyors of disinformation;
  • Ensuring transparency of political advertising and issue-based advertising to enable users to identify promoted content;
  • Ensuring the integrity of platforms’ services including by identifying and closing fake accounts and using appropriate mechanisms to signal bot-driven interactions;
  • Making it easier for users to discover and access different news sources representing alternative viewpoints;
  • Empowering the research community by granting access to platforms’ data that are necessary to continuously monitor online disinformation.

 

 

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MEP Vasile Blaga: We cannot achieve the green economy goal without gas and nuclear energy as transitional fuels

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MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) argues that the goal of a green economy cannot be achieved without gas and nuclear energy as transition fuels. He also said it isimportant for Romania to support the European Commission’s proposal to include gas and nuclear energy on the list of transitional fuels.

According to the MEP, Romania, both through the voice of President Iohannis and Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă, has taken a position in favour of the European Commission’s proposal to include gas and nuclear energy on the list of transitional fuels.

“The context of the war in Ukraine, however, has given rise to voices in the European Parliament but also in other quarters who argue that the inclusion of gas in the delegated act would directly support Russia and its gas exports,” he added.

“It is an interpretation that creates a causal chain between two elements that are only circumstantially connected. The fact that gas is still considered a transition fuel to green energy does not mean that there is no gas other than that imported from Russia. Basically, the conflict in Ukraine is being used as an opportunity to reject a balanced and moderate vision of the transition to green energy”, said the Romanian MEP for www.caleaeuropeana.ro.

“Some colleagues who already had a position contrary to that of the Commission saw the conflict in Ukraine as an opportunity to argue. It is categorically false. We cannot achieve the goal of a green economy without gas and nuclear energy as transitional fuels. In any case, it is in Romania’s direct interest to support the European Commission’s proposal”, concluded MEP Vasile Blaga.

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MEP Vasile Blaga: Ukraine and Moldova will be part of the European family

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MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) welcomes the fact that the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have obtained the status of candidate states: “It represents the certainty that both will be members of the European Union, a huge step for the two candidate states, but also for the European Union.”

According to the MEP, the vote in the European Parliament and the decision in the Council say one thing: “the decisions are not symbolic gestures of consolation but certify that Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova will be part of the European family.”

He draws attention to the pro-Russian rhetoric that downplays the impact of these decisions: “To those who promote these ideas we say simply: the road of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova is a one-way street. At the end of the road lies integration into the European Union. It is, of course, a road that will require sustained efforts on the part of both candidate countries, but also on the part of the EU institutions.”

“Romania has used all institutional means to ensure that the Republic of Moldova is not decoupled from Ukraine in this decision. It was vital that the two states were granted the status of candidates for EU membership as a package. This is an extraordinary outcome that is well worth mentioning”, he added.

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MEP Vasile Blaga supports a fair green transition for Romania: Gas and nuclear energy must be considered transitory

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MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) reaffirms his support for a fair green transition for Romania, in which gas and nuclear energy are accepted in order to achieve the objectives set by the European Ecological Pact.

The European Parliament hosted yesterday, 30 May, a public hearing whose guests were several experts who debated, together with members of the two committees ECON and ENVI, the inclusion of gas and nuclear energy in the taxonomy of the European Union. Many of the opinions expressed push the debate towards a rejection of the European Commission’s proposal of March whereby nuclear energy and gas are considered, under certain conditions, green.

I reaffirm my support for the version proposed by the European Commission. There are many reasons why gas and nuclear energy should be considered transitional in order to achieve the objectives set by the European Green Pact. One of the reasons, and perhaps the most important one, relates to the realities on the ground in each Member State. France has a significant share of nuclear power, just as Germany is heavily dependent on gas. The decisions that the European Union needs to implement in order to achieve the objectives – already set and agreed by all Member States – need to be balanced first and foremost”, EPP MEP Vasile Blaga told European Way.

“Countries like Romania or Poland need a realistic transition towards the targets set by the Green Pact. Cohesion and solidarity in the European Union means that each Member State must take into account the other and, as a whole, decisions must not ignore any reality, be it further West or further East”, added the EPP MEP.

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