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MEP Ramona Manescu (EPP): “The new EU agenda for migration policy must be followed by consistent and concrete political actions”

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sigla ppe bunaThe European Commission released today (13 May 2015) the new European Agenda for Migration, which is a strategic document for the next five years. The coordinator of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the LIBE Committee (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs), MEP Monika Hohlmeier, on behalf of our group, appreciated the document and said that “the EPP will support the implementation of this strategic document that demonstrated the ability of the Commission and European Parliament to act in accordance with the existing challenges”.

In an exclusively statement for CaleaEuropeana.ro, EPP MEP, Ramona Mănescu, member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament welcomed the new agenda.

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”I take this opportunity to express my support for this new agenda for migration and stress that – after the Commission and Parliament have made great efforts to achieve this – it is important for Member States to identify solutions to control migration flows. I am pleading for solidarity between member states governments for them to provide concrete answers to urgent situations that continuously appear on our borders” she said.

”In this context, I recall what I argued at the Doha Forum, as leader of the EU-Qatar friendship of the European Parliament, that we have an obligation to stop political and diplomatic tragedy, to stem conflicts and combat terrorism. All are the factors that determine a huge flow of refugees and produce a dangerous phenomenon of migration”, MEP added.

Ramona Mănescu concluded her statement by adding that ”Finally, I appreciate the ambitious goals of this new agenda and I consider very appropriate the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy efforts to create a common approach between the EU and countries of origin of migration and transit”.

Ramona Mănescu is a member of the European Parliament from the European People’s Party (EPP), the biggest political group in the European Parliament, with 219 members from 27 EU Member States. Also, the EPP is the largest and most influential center-right political party at European level, which includes 78 member parties from 40 countries, the Presidents of the European Commission and European Council, 11 heads of state and government within the EU and 6 outside the Union and 14 members of the European Commission.

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CaleaEuropeana.ro became member of OpenEUDebate, a European network that will be launched in Madrid by academic institutions and experts in EU politics

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CaleaEuropeana.ro became member of OpenEUDebate, a Jean Monnet network of academic institutions (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain; the National University of Political and Administrative Studies – SNSPA, Romania;, Institut d’études européennes de l’Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; The Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and Agenda Pública, Spain), practitioners and experts in EU politics and policies that marks its lauch in Madrid by organizing debates on the future of Europe, on 21-22 January, in the context of the next Elections to the European Parliament, that are expected to be held in 23-26 May 2019.

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The upcoming May 2019 EU elections will determine to a great extent the direction of the European project. The struggle for the soul of Europe is not only between nationalists and pro-Europeans, but also between different European projects with different public policy proposals on issues such as climate change, inequality or migration.

Rather than an abstract debate on Europe per se, citizens need to hear and engage in a conversation on this set of public policy proposals in order to have a meaningful vote.

Tackling issues of EU citizens’ common concerns requires an open public debate, the first round of which, between Spanish MPs and MEPs, will take place on Monday, 21st January 2019, from 19:00 – 21.00 h.

The venue of the event is the office of the European Parliament in Madrid (Paseo de la Castellana 46), and the debate will be livestreamed in Spanish and English.

The event launches the public activities of the Jean Monnet network OpenEUdebate, which will put EU expertise at the service of journalists, civil society and political actors to improve public debates about Europe. OpenEUDebate is not yet another EU discussion outlet from the “Brussels bubble”.

It follows a bottom-up approach to match EU’s policies with politics at the national level. OpenEUDebate will launch an online platform that will connect the debate in the EU institutions and transnational civil society platforms with national publics.

The event on Monday, 21st January, from 19:00 – 21.00 h features a keynote speech by former EU Commissioner Laaszlo Andor on the challenges of the social union and a Eurozone unemployment benefit scheme, and a debate on the future of Europe with MP Melisa Rodríguez (Ciudadanos, ALDE), MEPs Jonás Fernández (Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats, PSOE) and Ernest Urtasun (European Greens/European Free Alliance, Catalunya en Comú), and a representative of Partido Popular (European People’s Party). Journalist Claudi Pérez (El País) will moderate the debate. The livestreaming will be available in Spanish and English.

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EPP MEP Adina Vălean: ”COP24 – a modest outcome, but the Paris Agreement remains on track”

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Katowice climate conference fell short of ambition but delivered on the essentials to implement the Paris Agreement, MEPs said on Sunday, according to a news release from the European Parliament.

“This is a modest result for a COP located in Europe, as ambition has suffered from a difficult political context and the will of some delegations to bring the IPCC report under the carpet” said EP delegation Chair Adina-Ioana Valean (EPP, RO).

“The question of the functioning of carbon markets has also been postponed because of the stubbornness of a few in wanting a free ride. However, the Katowice agreement delivers on what we believe is the essential at this stage: a clear rulebook for the implementation of the Paris agreement” she said.

“Ambitious objectives are nothing if the implementing rules contain loopholes. Europeans had to defend the “spirit of Paris” tooth and nail, and I salute the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council for their work. In a climate negotiation, leadership is not a question of posture, but of the ability to help others to overcome their disagreements”.

“As key elements had to be postponed to the next COP in Chile, Europe will have to move forward in revising its objectives, but also be intractable in defending the integrity of the multilateral system. The Katowice agreement is modest, but those who work to undermine multilateralism have so far failed: the Paris agreement remains on track” she added.

A parliamentary delegation took part in UN climate talks in Poland last week.

In a resolution adopted in October, MEPs agreed on recommendations to EU institutions and countries ahead of the COP24 meeting. MEPs say that while the agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council to raise targets for renewables and energy efficiency will result in a reduction of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions of more than 45% by 2030, the EU should aim for a reduction of 55%.

Parliament also called for a dedicated and automatic EU public finance mechanism providing additional and adequate support towards the EU’s fair share in the delivery of the 100 billion dollar international climate finance goal.

 

 

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European Committee of the Regions, Sibiu County Council and Calea Europeană organise “Local engagement for the Future of Europe” citizens’ dialogue (LIVE, 20th of December, 10:00)

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CaleaEuropeană.ro, together with the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Romanian National Delegation to CoR organise, with the support of Sibiu County Council and in partnership with the European Parliament Office in Romania, a local dialogue conceived as a part of the reflecting process on the Future of Europe, a main theme of Romania’s upcoming EU Council Presidency and the key subject of the EU heads of state and government summit in Sibiu, on May 9th 2019, on Europe Day.

The event, entitled ”Local engagement for the Future of Europe takes place on Thursday 20 of December, at the County Council in Arad, starting at 10:00. The event will be broadcast live on CaleaEuropeană.ro

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In dialogue with citizens will engage Daniela Cîmpean, President of the Sibiu County Council, alternate member of the Romanian National Delegation to the European Committee of the Regions (EPP, RO), Robert Negoiță, President of the Romanian National Delegation to the European Committee of the Regions (PES, RO) and Christophe Rouillon, Mayor of Coulaines, member of the French National Delegation to the European Committee of the Regions (PES, FR).

The debate is part of CoR’s ”Future of Europe” new initiative and aims to pave the way for the CoR’s 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities, scheduled for 14-15 of March 2019, in Bucharest, ahead of the European Council Summit in Sibiu on 9 of May 2019 and during Romania’s EU Council Presidency. This local dialogue subscribes also to the awareness campaign for the European elections from 23-26 of May 2019 (www.thistimeimvoting.eu), at the 40th anniversary since the first European Parliament elections.

This local dialogue will be the second event of its kind after the #SOTREG 2018, State of the Union: the view of Regions and Cities address, a speech held on October 9th by the President of the European Committee of the Regions Karl-Heinz Lambertz within the European Week of Regions and Cities frame, which has also marked the approval of CoR opinion on the Future of Europe, entitled „Reflecting on Europe: the voice of local and regional authorities to rebuild trust in the European Union”.

”Future of Europe” campaign in a nutshell

In 2016 the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, asked the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) – as the voice of cities and regions – to submit its recommendations on the future of Europe. Subsequently, the CoR launched its “Reflecting on Europe” campaign whereby members held local events with citizens in their regions and cities to hear their views. Now, the opinion and speech mentioned above form the basis of the CoR’s efforts to contribute to the debate on the ”Future of Europe” ahead of the meeting of the EU leaders in Sibiu on 9 May and the European elections on 23-26 May 2019.

The ”Future of Europe” campaign is an initiative of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) providing a platform for regions, cities and their citizens’ engagement in the debate on the future of Europe.

Over 40.000 citizens in more than 180 local debates organised across Europe already shared their views, concerns and ideas. The CoR is committed to ensuring that the voice of regional and local authorities and their citizens is heard within the EU, in an effort to make the European project more transparent and democratic and develop new forms of participative democracy.

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)

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 25% the main challenge is represented by youth policies and 24% see unemployment as the main issue.

 

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