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Climate change on top of EU agenda

Climate change, the rule of law and search for a modernized model for growth should be on the top  of the European Union’ agenda, the bloc’s leaders concluded at informal Summit in Sibiu meant to demonstrate unity and optimism amid Brexit crisis.

However, their informal Summit in the Romanian town of Sibiu did not propose any action plan on how to achieve the ambitious goals.

The leaders of all members except the UK met on Europe Day in Sibibu, in historical center, which has been recently renovated with aid of the EU funds, creating an optimistic backdrop for the Informal Summit, and also underlining the positive impact of the EU on development of the Eastern Europe.

However the EU realities are less optimistic, because the Europeans are no so much impressed by the symbolism of stars, blue flags, photo sessions and handshakes. They are waiting for tangible results, including economic growth, rising of living standards, and security.

According to latest Ipsos polss Marine Le Pen party RN is leading in upcoming European elections with 22% of votes.



Mamikins MEP challenges Latvian PM

MEP Andrejs MAMIKINS (Latvia) criticises disparities between slogans and realities of respect of human rights in Latvia, namely the situation of 12% of stateless inhabitants of the country, who are excluded from political life. There are around Soviet 200 000 inhabitants of Latvia who voted independence, but nowadays are forgotten, and they will not vote in upcoming European elections in May 2019.

Socialist MEP also raised an issue of conflict of interest of Prime minister Arturs Krisjanis KARINS, who keeps his American citizenship while chairing Latvian government. The interview was taken in Strasbourg after the debate between Latvian Prime minister and Members of European Parliament on Future of Europe. The debate has concluded the discussion between heads of states and government and MEPs on future of the EU.

Mr Kariņš was the twentieth EU head of state or government to debate the future of Europe with MEPs, the last one in this parliamentary term.

Latvian PM shares vision of Future of Europe

The EU needs to strengthen the its core principles, Latvian Prime Ministers Krišjānis Kariņš said in the debate on the Future of Europe, on April 17 at European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg.

Kariņš suggested four main fields of EU action: completing the Single Market, controlling external borders, undertaking a smart transition towards clean energy and boosting security. “Don’t fight the populists, address the causes of people’s malcontent,Prime Minister said. With people worrying about their jobs, the EU needs to sharpen its main tool for job creation – the Single Market. Europe needs to foster “National Champions” by opening up the Single Market, not embarking on a Chinese way of protectionism. “We need to continue to tear down the barriers to the Single Market. This is what will create more jobs and more wealth in Europe,” he said, singling out digital industry and services as the two main fields of action.

To avoid re-erecting internal borders and allow for an unhindered Single Market, the EU needs to shore up its external borders, control migration and make sure people arriving in the EU accept European values. “It is extremely important to maintain our national identities. Arrivals need to adapt themselves,” Mr Kariņš said, suggesting that Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency need to be beefed up further.

“If we truly want to increase the share of renewable energy in our system, we need to open up markets and deregulate prices. Consumer choice is what can best drive energy transition,” the Latvian PM suggested. “By opening electricity markets to competition and market prices, we can greatly increase the uptake in renewable energy sources and increase energy efficiency.”

My country spends 2% of its GDP on the military. I believe we all should. But we also need to work on strengthening our information defence”, PM Kariņš said, adding that new legislation could help to hold social media platforms to account for allowing disinformation to spread .

The Prime minister had discussion with MEPs, many of whom knew him as a colleague in the European Parliament.  

However Prime minister has been also confronted with harsh criticism for disparity between his speech and realities.  Lativian MEP Andrejs MAMIKINS raised a range of problems, including double citizenship of Mr.Kariņš, who kept his American passport while being head of Latvian government. MEP Mamikins pointed to the chronic situation of conflict of interests.

Today was the prime Minister of Mr. Kariņas to participate in the ES future debate. The Prime minister spoke of the diversity in Europe and the need to fight dirty money. In return, I offer the prime_minister to look in the mirror”, MEP MAMIKINS said.

Italy PM Conte debates Future of Europe

MEPs will exchange views on the future of Europe with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday at 17.00.


Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte leaving the Europarliament studio where he had an interview with European Youth. He refuses questions of press, under pretext that he is in a hurry to meet the President and MEPs to debate The Future of Europe.


In a plenary debate on the Future of Europe, the Italian Prime Minister said: “This is a valuable opportunity to reverse the process of detachment between rulers and governed, which if fed could lead to the European project imploding”. The prerequisite for relaunching it, are “solidarity and cohesion between the member states”.

Prime minister focused on different aspects of the EU foreign policy, in first ranks challenges of African multiple crisis, causing migration, but also paid a lot of attention to Venezuela problems, he also mentioned the need of more coordinated approach to foreign policy, for example a need to receive a common EU seat in the UN Security Council. Among priorities he underlined the significance of strengthening relations with the United States, an imperative of a strong dialogue with Russia and China and the creation of a meaningful European common defence.

In spite of explaining at length the Italian position towards Venezuela, it was Africa to absorbing the central place of Italian foreign policy.  Through his speech and in the debate with MEPs Prime minister Conte underlined the paramount significance of Africa for European future, underlining that in spite of all efforts the EU border guards, or asylum policy are in modality of coping with consequences of multiple crisis Africa suffers. He insisted on intensifying aid to African states,  build on new partnerships, and aimed at assistance in crisis resolution. Concerned with human dignity, Conte underlined that fighting African poverty is one of the biggest challenge for the EU future.

A bitter regret of absence of EU solidarity has been a bitter refrain thorough the speech and debate with MEP,  Prime minister blamed the EU a great deal of hypocrisy in handling the migration crisis, producing declarations, but failing to deliver upon promises.


Merkel to debate Future of Europe with MEPs in Strasbourg

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will debate the future of Europe with MEPs and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday from 15.00 to 17.30 in the Strasbourg Chamber, France.


This will be the twelfth in a series of future of Europe debates between EU heads of state or governments and MEPs.


Coburn: PM Michel spoke in ‘unfortunate’ time

David COBURN MEP (UK, UKIP) comments of #FutrureofEurope debate with Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel, and massive failure of MEPs to show up at Brussels hemicycle.

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Michel listed three imperatives: fostering prosperity, delivering security and protecting fundamental values. The UKIP group criticized the position of PM, pointing out that he avoided to mention the major EU ‘accident’ of Brexit, and rising euroscepticism. The disappointed citizens vote for parties defending nation-state idea, turning away from globalist pan-European structures. The UKIP vows the UK is not the last member to leave the Union, but a first one in a process of the dismantling of obsolete, bureaucratic construction.

Michel: ‘multi-speed’ Europe means ‘avantguard’

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel debated the future of Europe with MEPs and and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday, May 3.

“I want a strong Europe that acts where it can add real value“, Michel said,  calling on the EU to “persuade with an ideal and concrete results… European, national, regional and local democracies must complement and reinforce each other“.

Michel listed three imperatives: fostering prosperity, delivering security and protecting fundamental values. Putting our public finances in order, delivering economic and social reforms, taking security measures and promoting peace are an endless battle to serve the European ideal and European citizens, he stressed, calling for a “culture of results” and efforts to ”release the exceptional potential of our continent”.

The EU “can be the motor of a reinvigorated multilateralism that takes the great challenges facing humanity: peace and security, development and global warming”, he added.

Michel also defended the idea of ‘multi-speed’ Europe, defining it as chance to accelerate, and take initiatives: “the major achievements are often a fruit of avantgarde’, he claimed.

Welcoming the Prime Minister, Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani stressed the importance of these debates with European leaders, which ”enable us to look ahead at what we can do together: member states, Commission and European Parliament.

A few of Parliament’s group leaders praised Michel’s commitment to a strong Europe that delivers  added value to citizens, referring to the city of Brussels not only as the capital of Belgium, but also as the heart of the Europe.

Others used the country’s war-torn past to explain why the Belgian people have developed a “passion” for the European project, and cited Belgium’s federal structure as evidence that a strong Europe not only needs strong nations, but also prosperous regions. Michel confirmed the “loyalty” of his country to NATO, but also to the European defence “within” the Alliance.

MEPs also underlined the need for more European solutions to combat tax evasion, strengthen EU’s external borders and boost European defence.

The next European head of government to discuss the future of Europe with MEPs will be Xavier Bettel, Prime minister of Luxembourg, on 30 May in Strasbourg.


Merkel welcomes Macron vision of Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron’s speech on EU reform, her spokesman said, without giving details on how she would go about improving the way the European Union is run.

Macron offered a sweeping vision for Europe’s future in a speech in Sorbonne University in Paris, calling for the EU to cooperate more closely on defence, immigration, tax and social policy, and for the single currency bloc to have its own budget.

Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said Berlin shared Macron’s view that the EU needs reforms and that his speech contained “a lot of material” for debate on the issue.

“This discussion is necessary and sensible,” Seibert told a regular news conference, adding that EU leaders would have a chance to talk at a meeting in Estonia on Thursday.

Macron said he hoped his ideas would be taken into account in Germany’s coalition building negotiations, talks that are not expected to begin until mid-October and may take months.

Verhoftstadt optimistic for EU27


“We shouldn’t focus on the negative story of one country leaving us, but on the optimistic prospect of building a new common destiny for the 27,” – said Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE leader, while debating president’s Juncker White paper on future of Europe.
I think you are right when you say the first three scenarios aren’t really an option and we should go ahead with scenario four or five: doing things more efficiently and doing more together. We desperately need a European solution to the migrant crisis, we need to expand our internal market to the digital and energy sectors, and  we need to build European capacities to stabilise our neighbourhood and to keep Europe safe,” – continued Verhoftadt, addressing Juncker directly.

“What we absolutely should avoid is going further down the path of ‘Europe à la carte’, with opt-outs and exemptions for everyone. Europe today is a union of ‘too little, too late’ because we are a loose confederation of nation states paralysed by the unanimity rule. If we want Europe to work again, we need more unity. This is what our founding fathers had in mind: Jean Monnet, Paul-Henri Spaak and yes, Winston Churchill who led the pro-European fight in Britain.

Reactions on Juncker's White Paper

The leaders of the European Parliament political groups debated the White paper on the Future of Europe with the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.



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