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EPP MEP Ramona Mănescu: The project agreement signed with UNESCO will bring education to 150.000 out-of-school children in the Middle East and Asia



EPP MEP Ramona Mănescu attended a high-level panel discussion on education and development entitled „Connecting the SDGs: The Key Role of Education” on 28 February, organised by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, founder of the Education Above All Foundation, UN SDG Advocate and UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

Today, more than 61 million children are out of school. This exclusion generates skills gaps and causes unemployment, poverty, inequality, and instability, which stunt economic growth and prevent young people from fulfilling their potential. The high-level panel discussed these challenges and examine how investing in education can drive human development and advance the sustainable development agenda.

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Today’s event „comes in a time of great need and hardship for so many of the children and youth of this world that need education almost as much as they need access to water, food, and shelter. Even the future success of UN Sustainable Development Goals, as a whole, is threatened by the sheer number of people that can’t access any form of education. As a member of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Committees of the European Parliament, I can clearly say that any future plan regarding vast regions of this world, must put at their very basis, the education goal.”, Mănescu said.

Mănescu drawed attention on the situation in Syria, where people living the countless refugees camps, waiting for „pacification” and „security” start thinking that education is not a solution anymore. „They need it now as much they need peace and security”, the MEP said. 

„Anyone that is denied, for so long, access to education, has also a denied future. This brings anger, desperation, and alienation. How can we think of successful sustainable development when hundreds of millions have problems in securing even their basic needs? How can we think of successful sustainable development when so many countries, unfortunately placed exactly in the areas that are the hardest hit by the effects of climatic changes, are troubled by conflicts and insecurity? In a world that moves so fast, where not only the goods and services markets are globalised but the jobs market also, access to education is needed today, not tomorrow. I am convinced that failing to do so means that today, instead of planting the seeds of future development we are planting the seeds of future, endless problems.  It is our duty to take this message further, to expose it everywhere there are ears that can listen but also where ears seem to be deaf to such arguments. Especially there we must double, triple our efforts.”

”My experience in the European Parliament has shown me that we have success models and examples that can be replicated all over the world. We have the examples in Europe and many other corners of the world, where countries are successful today due to their educational investments from yesterday. There are countries that lack almost any natural resources or strategic position on the map. But still are successful and their people live good and meaningful lives. Education is the key and this is not a well-kept secret but something that can be copied by everyone. European Union is doing a great job in terms of education for its citizens. It is also one of the top donors – the biggest actually for some parts of the world – for programs that support education and help children and young people to return to schools and have a school where to return to. Maybe we are not so successful in advertising this work and effort. This doesn’t make it smaller or less effective. But maybe it must be put into light more so it can be an example for so many others that are capable to support this effort. To be seen more even by those that it is addressed to, so they can understand that there is hope, they have friends and help is coming”. 

The keynote speakers of this high level UNESCO event, Madame Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General and H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder of the Education Above All Foundation and UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education are both deeply involved in the implementation of Education 2030 Agenda, an essential part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ”I was particularly impressed by Madame Audrey Azoulay contribution to the protection of cultural heritage for the future generations, especially those places threatened by the war destructions. It gives me hope and it is a lesson for everyone. By personal example and implication can be achieved so much!”, Mănescu said.

”Also, H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser work together with the Education Above All Foundation in providing quality education to children everywhere is simply amazing and is an undeniable proof of Qatar’s long-term commitment to support UNESCO’s activity and make education accessible to those that need it the most – the children. The agreement signed with UNESCO today, in Paris, will bring education to 150- thousand more out-of-school children in the Middle East and Asia. This is a very direct and concrete example of personal involvement and the positive results it can generate.

”The messages and examples from today’s event in Paris must be taken further and spread to all those that must listen to them”, concluded Mănescu.

The agreement signed with UNESCO will bring education to 150.000 out-of-school children in the Middle East and Asia



Apostolos Tzitzikostas, EPP candidate, elected as new President of the European Committee of Regions: “Together, we must make our Committee the bridge between Europe and its citizens”



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Governor of the Region of Central Macedonia and EPP CoR member, Apostolos Tzitzikostas,  was elected as new President of the European Committee of Regions.

“Together, we must make our Committee the bridge between Europe and its citizens”, transmitted the new CoR president in his speech.


Apostolos Tzitzikostas wants a change of the European Committee of the Regions and presented to the new colleagues a plan based on three pillars: Modernizing the administration, a focused dialogue between citizens and the European Union and establishing an agenda in order to ”make this Committee the point of reference in the European Union.”

The February 2020 plenary session represents the inaugural session for the European Committee of the Regions’ seventh’ term of office.

The European Committee of the Regions is the EU’s assembly of regional and local representatives. Since 1994 its mission has been to represent and promote the interests of local and regional authorities in relation to the European decision-making process. From its Brussels headquarters, the European Committee of the Regions has thus helped to ensure ever closer union of the European nations and territories with decisions being taken at the closest possible level to ordinary Europeans, in line with the subsidiarity principle.

The New Mandate

CoR members and alternates are appointed for 5 years, which is the length of a CoR mandate. The next mandate starts on 26 January 2020 and will last until 25 January 2025. At the beginning of a new mandate, all CoR members have to be appointed, and all organs, including the Bureau, the commissions, the working groups, and the interregional groups have to be re-established. A new President, a new First vice-President and a new Bureau are elected by the members meeting in the first plenary session.

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Head of Romanian EPP MEPs responds to S&D Group leader: Treat Romania differently. You cannot compare PSD’s attacks against the rule of law with EPP Government measures



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The actions undertaken against the rule of law by the former Social-Democrat governments in Romania cannot be compared with recent measures announced by the centre-right government, member of EPP family, says MEP Rareș Bogdan, head of the Romanian delegation within the EPP Group in the European Parliament.

In an exclusive statement for CaleaEuropeană.ro, Bogdan responded to critics drawn by Iratxe Garcia, leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. In a Twitter post earlier on Monday, Garcia said EPP Romanian government should take note of Venice Commission, which prohibits changing the electoral law one year ahead of the elections.

The Spaniard MEP advised the Romanian Government against going the ”same path as Poland and Hungary” in ”undermining the rule of law”.

In his reaction, Rareș Bogdan mentioned that we would ask for a discussion with ”Mrs. Garcia to clarify that her statement was made without knowing the reality in Romania and the steps taken by the Orban government”.

“I think there is no bad will, but a simply less unfortunate information about the situation in Romania”, he replied.

”There is no term of comparison” between PSD and PNL, said Bogdan, ”although both parties are from Romania”.

”You cannot compare the continuous attack of PSD against Romania’s strategic partnerships with the EU and the US, against the rule of law (…) with the natural, logical and normal proposal of PNL, using constitutional tools, to introduce a two rounds vote for the local elections in June 2020. The purpose of our proposal is to enhance the representativeness and legitimacy of the elected local politician. By introducing a two rounds election we do not reduce, in any case, electoral rights”, explained the head of the Romanian delegation in the EPP Group.

Moreover, Rareș Bogdan asked that the situation in Romania to be treated ”differently”, considering Garcia’s comparison with the situations in Poland and Hungary.

“My request is that our colleagues in the European Parliament treat Romania as a different situation. Also, pay close attention to the statements of the leaders in Bucharest, led by President Klaus Iohannis and the right-wing Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, who have no connection with the statements made by Romanian officials at the head of the Government or Parliament in the period 2017-2019”, said Bogdan.


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Take part in the #EUCanBeatCancer campaign. EPP group urge the Member States to join forces and fight cancer together



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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.

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How can you get involved in the #EUCanBeatCancer campaign

You can join the 1537 citizens already registered in the campaign through 4 simple steps:

  1. You subscribe using the email address HERE
  2. Follow the #EUCanBeatCancer campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  3. Use the Twibbon  in the profile picture
  4. 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.

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