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



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.




MEP Vasile Blaga: The crisis in Afghanistan, especially in its social dimension, must have a firm response from the EU



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MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) argues that the current crisis in Afghanistan must be a priority on the agenda of the European institutions, which have resumed their work after the summer break.

In a statement for CaleaEuropeană, MEP Vasile Blaga said that the crisis in Afghanistan, especially in its social dimension, “must have a clear and firm response from the European Union.”

“The European Parliament has put the crisis in Afghanistan on its agenda this session. I expect that all the debates on the situation in Afghanistan will lead to solutions to the serious humanitarian situation that is about to unfold in Afghanistan. The EU, but also the Member States, owe a debt of gratitude to Afghan citizens who suddenly see their security and that of their families threatened”, added the EPP MEP.

The European Union this week began discussing the implications of recent events in Afghanistan for security and migration within the 27-nation Union.

The Foreign Affairs Committee, Development Committee and Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Afghanistan will hear from Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service, who will present an assessment of the latest developments in Afghanistan. European Commission representatives are also expected to address MEPs.

Afghanistan has been rocked by deadly violence and a brutal terror attack against Kabul airport over the past few days, in the midst of U.S. and international troops evacuating from the country by 31 August.

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MEP Vasile Blaga: EU response to future health crises and progress of national recovery and resilience plans, important issues on EP agenda



MEP Vasile Blaga  (EPP) argues that the September plenary session of the European Parliament should debate as a priority the EU’s instruments in the face of health and humanitarian crises, as well as the progress of National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

According to the MEP, the European Parliament is putting on the agenda extremely important issues for the future of the Union.

„I believe that an EU response to the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic is vital. The future of the Union must find us prepared for potential health threats similar to the coronavirus pandemic. We can all see that a health emergency of the scale of the present one can only be managed by joint measures taken by all Member States. This unfortunate experience of the last two years has shown us the fragility of the EU in the face of external health threats. We need to learn from this so that the negative social and economic effects will not be repeated in the future”, said Vasile Blaga in a statement to CaleaEuropeană.

A second priority, says the EPP MEP, is linked to an accelerated recovery of the EU economies: “National recovery and resilience plans must be urgently adjusted and approved so that investment policies become engines of development in each Member State and, as a whole, kick-start the EU economy as a whole. The European Parliament must closely follow, also during this session, the progress of the national recovery plans and the way each Member State spends the money allocated by the NRRP to achieve the objectives listed in the Recovery and Resilience Facility”, added Vasile Blaga.

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After working on infrastructure projects for NASA and the British Air Force F-35 aircraft, Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure will modernize Campia Turzii Air Base, together with the consortium represented by Leviatan Design



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The British company Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure, with extensive experience in the field of infrastructure and logistics projects of the British Royal Air Force and with collaborations at NASA level, will participate as a subcontractor in the infrastructure project in the operational area of the air base at Câmpia Turzii, according to the announcement on the public procurement platform SICAP.

The British company Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure, with extensive experience in the field of infrastructure and logistics projects of the British Royal Air Force and with collaborations at NASA level, will participate as a subcontractor in the infrastructure project in the operational area of the air base at Câmpia Turzii, according to the announcement on the public procurement platform SICAP.

The tender for the first phase of the project, worth 514 million lei, on “Realization of infrastructure – operational area in barracks 1833 Câmpia Turzii” was won by the joint venture Telekom Romania Communications SA – Ubitech Construcții SRL – Petrodesign SA and Leviatan Design SRL, as leader of this partnership.

“Our consortium has the necessary experience, both from a national perspective, through similar specific projects it has carried out, and from an international perspective, through the partners we collaborate with”, said Cătălin Podaru, director of Leviatan Design, the company that participated in the pre-feasibility study for the multi-roller infrastructure at Câmpia Turzii.

Among the key international partners involved in the Câmpia Turzii project is Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure, part of the Lagan Construction Group Ltd, established in 1962. The Brits build infrastructure to the highest safety standards for Romania’s most important strategic-military partners: Among the most recent major British-managed projects are aviation projects at Dublin Airport and RAF Marham, an important strategic base for the British Royal Air Force, for the operation of F35 multi-role aircraft. The contract to upgrade infrastructure and facilities at RAF Marham is worth £135 million.

Recently, the company has successfully delivered projects at Heathrow, London City Airport, RAF Akrotiri and RAF Gibraltar. In recent years, the company has also executed a £23 million runway resurfacing contract at RAF Northolt.

The group also has a specialist US airport team based in Virginia, Washington DC, currently working at Ronald Reagan National Airport and the Wallops Flight Facility for NASA.

This company’s expertise in infrastructure projects for F-16 aircraft is important for defence projects at Câmpia Turzii, as the Romanian base hosts F-16 aircraft of the Romanian and allied air forces, as well as American MQ-9 Reaper drones.

The Campia Turzii Air Base is one of the key strategic points in Romania’s defence and security infrastructure, being treated as such even by allies. In May this year, the US Air Force announced that the United States will invest $152 million in 15 infrastructure upgrades at Romania’s Câmpia Turzii Air Base.

The first works have already started in May-August 2021. The US Air Force plans to spend $130 million this year on “mission optimisation” at the Romanian air base. This amount is reflected in the Department of Defense budget for this year and represents the largest US military investment in Europe for 2021.

Other new modernisation projects are due to start at the end of 2021.

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