“Opening accession talks with North Macedonia a much-needed signal” -Schieder

After the Council’s decision to open accession negotiations, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee Andreas Schieder MEP (S&D, AT) said: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate North Macedonia and all its citizens on this much-awaited decision. This is excellent news for the region and for…

EU Budget Stand-Off

Council president Charles Michel, speaking after the failure of the EU summit to reach a deal on the next long term EU budge. said, “The last weeks and the last days, we have worked very hard in order to try to reach an agreement regarding the next European budget. Unfortunately, today we have observed that…

Maggiar calls for EU Budget With Strong Focus on SMEs

Ahead of the extraordinary European Council on the next Multiannual Financial Framework, SMEunited President Alban Maggiar has “reminded” European leaders on the priorities ahead.  Maggiar says Europe will only be able to provide welfare to its people, if it invests in future competitiveness, based on a greener and digital economy.  Therefore, Maggiar urges the European…

EESC Urges Parliament To Push For Strong EU Budget

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has forcefully reiterated its call for a Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of 1.3% of EU-27 gross national income (GNI) for the period of 2021-2027. The Committee called on the European Parliament to insist on a strong budget in its negotiations with the Council. This call comes at a…

Sassoli Calls for Ambitious EU Budget

Following a debate in the European Parliament on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, President David Sassoli warned national governments that the European Parliament would not support any agreement that cuts key programmes that Europeans rely on. Sassoli said, “The new long-term EU budget is the most important issue at the start of this legislature….

MFF: Heading for the Worst Budget Ever?

Statement by Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee: For weeks, I have been seriously concerned about the news filtering on the preparation of the Extraordinary European Council, which is expected to discuss the Multi-Annual Financial Framework on 20 February. Today EP plenary debate in Strasbourg has fully confirmed my long-standing concerns….

Ending overfishing is Climate Action

Our oceans have been put under severe pressure. They have been relentlessly over-exploited and over-fished. This harms the ability of the seas to sequester carbon emissions, and support life on the planet by regulating climate. It is disrupting the physics, chemistry and and ecology of the ocean with significant consequences for marine life. Presenting the…

Dr Vladimir Krulj’s Prognosis for the Zagreb Summit

Interview with Dr Vladimir Krulj, Economic Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, London. The next six months will be essential for both the European Union and the countries of the Western Balkans aspiring to join the EU, according to European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen. She was speaking in Zagreb at the start…