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Ursula von der Leyen for Calea Europeană: Cohesion and agriculture funds need to mainstreamed to the European Green Deal and digitalisation



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Conducted by Dan Cărbunaru, edited by Robert Lupițu

The future EU multi-annual budget should take into consideration that the next seven years will look completely different from today and the cohesion, says Ursula von der Leyen.

Therefore, cohesion agriculture policies would need to be mainstreamed under the umbrella of the two top priorities for the next European Commission, respectively the European Green Deal and digitalisation, she added in a response to CaleaEuropeană.ro during an interview with six major EU media outlets after her College of Commissioners received the confirmation from the European Parliament.

Asked by CaleaEuropeană.ro‘s director Dan Cărbunaru on whether she supports the approach of cutting money from agriculture and cohesion funds and directing it to climate change and digital or if she supports the idea of increasing national allocations for the EU budget, von der Leyen said:

The financial framework for the next seven years will have to take in account that the seven years will completely be different than the last seven years we had. When the old plan was issued we did not have the Russian annexation of Crimea, the word ISIS or Daesh or whatever is it known in our language was not known, we didn’t know anything about the destabilisation of Africa, just to name some. The environment topic was not the highest on the agenda. We started to understand what digitalisation will mean in a transition. Therefore, as the next seven years will look completely different we will have to adjust the budget. But for the European Green Deal to be successful, of course cohesion funds will have to be mainstreamed to. By that I mean we should not subsidize contradictory projects. For example, on having air pollution or having carbon emission. Same goals for the agriculture budget. It is already streamlined on the green topic. So these two pillars will pay into the green agenda to. It does not go one against the other, but we have to mainstream the agriculture, the cohesion and the modernisation part on the goal of climate neutral in 2050”.

The new President of the European Commission underlined that she can guarantee that the budget will be mainstreamed as for the topics of cohesion, agriculture, green deal and digitalisation

”It has promote and bring forward the European Green Deal and digitalization and not hinder it”, she stressed.

As part of the broader interview, Ursula von der Leyen pointed out that the European Green Deal and digitalisation have to mean that Europe will be the ”frontrunner so that it is our export of knowledge and of technologies that will not only serve the world, but it will also stabilise our industrial basis”.

Speaking again of the future European budget proposed by the Juncker Commission, the new President went to call for the member states to pay more.

”We know that every member states benefits highly from the common market and especially the net payers know that they are exporting power and the revenues from the internal market outnumber the money they invest in the European Union. (…) Ăeople expect the European level to address the big topics. As I said, climate change, digitalization, but also innovation, research, science, Erasmus. We need a basic funding. (…) It has to be a sound foundation of financing and we might think about also to own new resources. If we take for example the emissions trading system. If we partly allow the European level to have new resources and are bound to be reinvested in the European Green Deal, social aspects of people or developing technologies it might be a way out”, she explained.

The EU, which is gearing up for a battle over its 2021-27 budget plan, provides aid known as cohesion funds to member states in the south and east to help them invest in development and catch up with richer peers to the north and west.

But various proposals by Germany, the executive European Commission and current EU president Finland would reduce the size of the cohesion funds and attach conditions which would predetermine areas where investments should go.

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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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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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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