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Ramona Mănescu EPP/PNL MEP: Our security in Europe depends on the stability and security situation in the neighbouring countries

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Today, European Parliament adopted the Report on the security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa region and the prospects for political stability, on which Ramona Manescu EPP/PNL MEP was a shadow rapporteur on behalf of EPP Group.

The Report addresses the threats and the security situation in North Africa and Middle East region (MENA), expresses European Parliament opinion on the need to step up the global strategy for democracy and human rights and comes with proposals on strengthening the cooperation for economic development in the targeted region.

Ramona Nicole MANESCU - 8th Parliamentary term

Ramona Nicole MANESCU – 8th Parliamentary term

MEP Ramona Manescu commented on the content of this report: “Having the complex and grave situation, in terms of security, stability and humanitarian crisis, in so many of the countries from the MENA region, this Report was a particular difficult one. The positive vote that it received from the Parliament will reflect in actions at Commission level, which are much needed, by both EU and the countries in MENA region.

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The Report proposals are stretches along 54 points to which are added 15 more on behalf of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and the work upon it started in November 2014. As a shadow rapporteur, Mrs Manescu backed up the EPP opinion on the matters tackled by the Report, its success being reflected by the positive vote of the EPP group during the plenary session.

Regarding the importance of the proposals adopted today MEP Ramona Manescu declared:

I much welcome the recognition of the fact that our security in Europe seriously depends on the stability and security situation in the neighbouring countries. While on the Eastern border of EU there are strong and stable members like Romania, which can assure the security, on the South and South-East borders, towards Africa and Middle East, the situation is much different because of the many conflicts and the spread of the terrorist threat. As the Reports states, European Union will only be an effective player on the international scene if it is able to speak with one voice and a close coordination between internal and external actions.

Such a role must also involve taking the position of main facilitator for a regional dialogue involving all regional stakeholders. This means, among others identifying and rely on key partner countries, to ensure political and security stability in the long term. Some of these countries, like Lebanon, Jordan or Morocco, are now part of the solution. But, without immediate help from the international community, especially from EU, they can end up to become part of the problems as an effect of the enormous pressure caused by the millions of refugees, active terrorist cells and neighbouring armed conflicts.

Also, with the help of successful countries from the Arab world, like Qatar or Oman, EU, in its regional strategy and actions must address the root causes of radicalisation and adopt a global approach based on security, capacity for democratic governance, and political, economic, social and cultural development, whereby inclusivity should be a guiding principle. Without credible and sustainable solutions for the needs of education and economic stability of the young generations all over the MENA region, terrorist groups like ISIS will always find fertile grounds for their seeds of radicalism and jihadism.

The Report adopted today by the European Parliament will reach not only the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, but also the Secretaries-General of the League of Arab States and the Union for the Mediterranean and the governments and parliaments of their member countries.

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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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MEP Vasile Blaga: “New sanctions package against Russia is a strong sign of EU solidarity with Ukraine”

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MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) welcomes the agreement reached by EU leaders on the latest sanctions package against Russia.

“The progressive embargo agreed yesterday evening by the European Council is a consistent step towards blocking the financing of the war unleashed by the Russian Federation in Ukraine. The sanctions will initially target 75% of imports of crude oil and petroleum products, rising to 90% by the end of the year”, the MEP told caleaeuropeana.ro.

According to the liberal MEP, the Council’s decision puts an end to a fundamentally unacceptable situation – condemning Russian aggression in Ukraine while financing it through hydrocarbon imports into the EU: “This is a necessary step in the attempt to force the Russian Federation to stop the absurd war in Ukraine. Of course, there will be voices saying that the 10% represents hesitation, failure or lack of solidarity. I place them squarely in line with those propagating pro-Russian rhetoric. The European Union also has a degree of heterogeneity, especially in terms of the degree to which economies are dependent on Russian hydrocarbons. In this context, blocking 90% of imports at the end of the year is undoubtedly a victory that I welcome”, said EPP MEP Vasile Blaga.

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MEP Vasile Blaga: The most effective weapon against Russia’s blackmail to turn off the gas tap is EU solidarity

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The cut-off of gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria should be the start of the EU finding solutions to disconnect Europe from the Russian Federation, said MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP).

The MEP stressed that the most effective weapon against Russia’s blackmail to turn off the “gas tap” is EU solidarity.

“A generalised and overnight disconnection of Europe from Russian resources is not realistic, but in the medium and long term it is the only solution. The dependence of large EU economies – such as Germany’s – is a major obstacle to this necessary disconnection, but a united reaction, comparable to that during the pandemic, can provide the solutions to get out of this situation, which is immoral to say the least”, said the liberal MEP for the CaleaEuropeana.ro.

According to the MEP, it is necessary, as a first step, even if only in principle, for all EU Member States to speak “with one voice” on eliminating energy dependence on Russia.

“It is obvious that the European democratic architecture is incompatible with the immoral paradox of financing Russia’s war machine in the context of military aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine. Then, without delay, we need to take concrete steps that will bring us within a reasonable timeframe closer to this priority objective”, added the EPP MEP.

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