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“Europe starts in Arad”: #EPPLocalDialogue series continue in Romania with a debate on the future of Europe (LIVE 12:00)

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The European People’s Party, the largest European political family, continues the # EPPLocalDialogue series in Arad on Friday as part of the EPP Grassroots Engagement at local and regional level launched in March in Sofia.

Under the heading “Europe starts in Arad”, on Friday, October 5, citizens will discuss the future of Europe, along with the president of the National Liberal Party, Ludovic Orban, EPP CoR Group Vice-President Franz Schausberger and Mayor of Arad, Gheorghe Falcă, member of the National Delegation of Romania to the CoR.

The event will begin at 12:00, being broadcast on Calea Europeană, and will be moderated by journalist Dan Cărbunaru, Director of the Calea Europeană.


“We want to give our citizens the chance to make their voice heard and listen to their concerns and fears, but also the expectations of our common European future. European people have always protected the development of the United Europe and we want to make sure that the benefits of our policies are felt and effective in all regions of the EU, “said EPP-CoR President Michael Schneider at the launch of the campaign.

On 9 March 2018, the European People’s Party, together with Political Party GERB of Bulgaria, launched an EPP Grassroots Engagement in view of the 2019 European Elections.

This engagement, stemming from EPP regional and local leaders, aims to restore trust in the EU and increase ownership of the European project by reconnecting with local people and giving them a say on European issues ahead of the European Elections in 2019. 

The first EPP Local Dialogue took place on 9 March, directly after the launch of the Grassroots Engagement. During a debate on the themeEurope Starts in Sofia – Youth perspectives and the future of Europe”, citizens living and working in Sofia had the chance to share their views on Europe. The dialogue was co-moderated by Calea Europeană’s Director Dan Cărbunaru.

After the launch in Bulgaria, another high-level event is planned in Austria in December 2018.

The Summit of Regional and Local Leaders, with the participation of the EPP Spitzenkandidat, is envisaged to be the highpoint of the engagement and will take in Romania in 14-15 March of 2019, just before the European elections in May 2019.

Also, the EPP local dialogue precedes the #SOTREG 2018, State of the Union: the view of Regions and Cities address, a speech held by the President of the European Committee of the Regions within the European Week of Regions and Cities frame, which will also mark the approval of CoR opinion on the future of Europe.

Reflecting on Europe survey

Moreover, in the context of the “Reflecting on Europe” initiative, the European Committee of the Regions launched a survey in 2016 on the main issues that people identify in the city or the region they live in.

At both European Union and Romanian level, unemployment, youth policies and mobility and public transport are considered the three main issues at local and regional level.

In Romania, the three mentioned problems have been classified by citizens as followed: 28% of them consider that mobility and public transportation is the main problem at local and regional level, while for 23% the main challenge is represented by youth policies and also, 23% see unemployment as the main issue. A particular concern, underlined by a significant score, is the issue of environment, where 21% of the Romanian citizens see it among the main problems within their communities.

The European Committee of the Regions invite Romanian citizens to share their view on the future of Europe (Fill the survey by clicking the image below and mention that you have learned about ”Reflecting on Europe” through a EPP Local Dialoge)

 

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Robert Lupițu este redactor-șef, specialist în relații internaționale, jurnalist în afaceri europene și doctorand în domeniul reasigurării strategice a NATO. Robert este laureat al concursului ”Reporter și Blogger European” la categoria Editorial și co-autor al volumelor ”România transatlantică” și ”100 de pași pentru o cetățenie europeană activă”. Face parte din Global Shapers Community, o inițiativă World Economic Forum, și este Young Strategic Leader în cadrul inițiativelor The Aspen Institute. Din 2019, Robert este parte a programului #TT27 Leadership Academy organizat de European Political Strategy Center, think tank-ul Comisiei Europene.

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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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Citizens’ and Youth Agoras to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe, MEPs say

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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.

You can also read about Agora – Future of Europe concept launched in 2017 by CaleaEuropeană.ro and the EC Representation in Romania

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.

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EPP Secretary General Antonio López-Istúriz: The Orban-Iohannis couple will represent the European approach Romania needs so much

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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.

See also EPP Secretary General Antonio López-Istúriz: Romania can no longer stay outside Schengen. This is an unacceptable situation that the EPP will fight to change and we will support whatever measures prime minister Orban takes in this sense

”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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