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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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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 membru al programului #TT27 Leadership Academy organizat de European Political Strategy Center, think tank-ul Comisiei Europene.

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S&D Group and MEP Victor Negrescu host an international conference on the future EU budget and the European Recovery Plan (LIVE, 19th November, 11:00)

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The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament is organizing on Thursday, at the initiative of MEP Victor Negrescu (PSD, S&D), an international conference on the future European budget and on the economic recovery plan.

The conference, which will start at 11:00 (Bucharest time) and will be broadcast LIVE on CaleaEuropeană.ro, is an invitation to dialogue on how European funds should be used at European and national level.

At the conference organized with the support of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats on the future EU Budget and the European recovery plan, the European Commissioner for Budgets, Johannes Hahn, will address a video message. Also, among the participants will be Margarida Marques, MEP and rapporteur of the S&D Group for the future multi-annual budget, Dan Nica, leader of the Romanian Delegation to the S&D Group, Radu Magdin, study coordinator, Roxana Mînzatu, member of the Romanian Parliament, European funds expert and former Minister of European Funds, and Adrian Câciu, economic analyst.

In order to set out these objectives, the S&D MEP Victor Negrescu initiated a complete and complex study on the impact of the European relaunch plan on Romania and the identification of development objectives that the progressive group in the European Parliament will support at the level of the European institution.

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Dacian Cioloș, Renew Europe’s leader: Maia Sandu’s remarkable victory, clear proof that the Republic of Moldova’s future lies in Europe

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The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament welcomes the preliminary results of the presidential elections in the Republic of Moldova and congratulates Maia Sandu for becoming the first woman elected to the highest-ranking position of the state, the third largest EP political group says in a press release.

Maia Sandu’s pro-European agenda and her determination to tackle corruption and unite the country are the key elements of her emphatic victory over the pro-Russia President Igor Dodon.

The President of Renew Europe Group, Dacian Cioloș (USR PLUS, Romania), said:

“Maia Sandu’s remarkable victory in the presidential elections is clear proof that the Republic of Moldova’s future lies in Europe. Through their vote, the citizens of Moldova endorsed the consolidation of democratic institutions and practices, the strengthening of the rule of law and the fight against corruption as national priorities for the years to come. It won’t be an easy path, but I am confident that with the full support of the European Union, including Renew Europe group, Moldova will get gradually closer to European values, develop its economy and ensure prosperity for its citizens.”

Renew Europe MEP, Dragoş Tudorache (USR PLUS, Romania), the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Moldova, added:

“Just as Maia Sandu’s victory is a landmark for the democratic evolution of the Republic of Moldova, her mission is equally historic, challenging, but also transformative for the whole society. If this transformation succeeds, if this mission is successful, Maia Sandu may be the one bringing the Republic of Moldova closer to the European Union than it has ever been.

The reform agenda, which Maia Sandu embraced decisively already as a Prime Minister, requires political will, expertise and financial support. We, the European partners of the Republic of Moldova, shall stand by Maia Sandu in the ambitious mandate entrusted by the Moldovan people, whether it is the fight against corruption, institutional reforms, the reconstruction of public administrations, or to increase the economic exchanges with the EU.”  

Renew Europe MEP Ramona Strugariu, (USR PLUS, Romania), Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, commented:

“Maia Sandu’s victory is in fact the victory of a courageous, visionary and European Republic of Moldova, determined to fight for the values in which it believes. I am convinced that the first woman President in the country’s history will be able to steer firmly the Republic of Moldova towards European integration. It will not be an easy path, but we will support the country every step of the way in order to bring it in the European Union.”

MEP Hilde Vautmans (Open Vld, Belgium), Renew Europe Group’s Coordinator in the Foreign Affairs Committee, concluded:

“I congratulate Maia Sandu for this well-deserved victory, which will strengthen ties between the EU and Moldova and it will increase Moldova’s role in the Eastern Partnership. We must keep fighting for what brings us together in the benefit of Moldovan citizens.”

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Manfred Weber: We need a new and ambitious European transatlantic agenda

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European Parliament EPP Group leader Manfred Weber, awaiting the outcome of the US elections, is calling for a new transatlantic European agenda.

“We Europeans should focus more on how we imagine our future relations with the United States. We need a new and ambitious European transatlantic agenda “, writes Manfred Weber on Facebook.

The leader of the most influential political group in the European Parliament also stressed in other messages that the European Union’s transatlantic ally would no longer be the same “big brother” and that Europe should militate for its own sovereignty.

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