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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Posts Tagged ‘European Council’

CohesionAlliance: European Council must preserve the EU’s top investment policy

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 dicembre 2019

On the occasion of the European Council discussing the Finnish proposal for the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027, the #CohesionAlliance – an EU-wide alliance calling for a stronger cohesion policy after 2020 – has demanded budgetary allocations aimed at delivering a greener, more inclusive and smarter Europe be preserved. The Alliance also warned against any centralisation, which would weaken the role of regional and local governments in managing funds.Cohesion policy is the EU’s main investment tool and plays a key role in addressing emerging challenges such as decarbonisation, climate adaptation, digitalisation and integration of migrants by promoting the strong involvement of local actors. In a paper prepared by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, cohesion allocation would be cut by €44.6 billion in comparison with the current period (excluding the United Kingdom). This means a reduction of 12%.For this reason, the #CohesionAlliance partner organisations wrote to the President of the European Council – Charles Michel – stressing that, ‘cuts would entail major political risks, calling into question the capacity of the EU to fulfil the Treaty objective of strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion, due to a lack of critical mass of support in many regions, meaning also lower investments in key European objectives’. The letter insists therefore on, ‘the necessity for cohesion policy to have sufficient funding of at least one-third of the future EU budget at its disposal, and for any new instruments such as the Just Transition Fund and its budgetary allocations to be additional to the existing European Structural and Investment Funds’.The Alliance is also deeply worried by the ongoing attempt – in the framework of the negotiations between European Parliament, Commission and Council – to undermine the involvement of regional and local governments in funds management. In the letter, the coalition partners demand, instead, ‘the full involvement of local and regional authorities in the programming and implementation phase of cohesion policy’. All Member States, they argue, must continue to be obliged to develop Partnership Agreements setting the distribution of tasks and responsibilities in the management of investment plans backed by cohesion policy.Finally, the Alliance highlights the risks connected to a late agreement on the new long term EU budget and call on the European Council, ‘swiftly to conclude the negotiations on the new MFF and accompanying sectorial regulations for 2021-2027, in order to allow the Partnership Agreements and programmes to be set up in due time, allow a smooth transition to the upcoming funding period and avoid the disastrous consequences for both managing authorities and beneficiaries’.
The #CohesionAlliance – gathering together all those who want a strong cohesion policy based on the contribution of local actors – was launched in 2018 by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), in partnership with the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE), the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR) and EUROCITIES.

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CohesionAlliance: European Council must preserve the EU’s top investment policy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 dicembre 2019

Cohesion policy is the EU’s main investment tool and plays a key role in addressing emerging challenges such as decarbonisation, climate adaptation, digitalisation and integration of migrants by promoting the strong involvement of local actors. In a paper prepared by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, cohesion allocation would be cut by €44.6 billion in comparison with the current period (excluding the United Kingdom). This means a reduction of 12%.
For this reason, the #CohesionAlliance partner organisations wrote to the President of the European Council – Charles Michel – stressing that, ‘cuts would entail major political risks, calling into question the capacity of the EU to fulfil the Treaty objective of strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion, due to a lack of critical mass of support in many regions, meaning also lower investments in key European objectives’. The letter insists therefore on, ‘the necessity for cohesion policy to have sufficient funding of at least one-third of the future EU budget at its disposal, and for any new instruments such as the Just Transition Fund and its budgetary allocations to be additional to the existing European Structural and Investment Funds’.The Alliance is also deeply worried by the ongoing attempt – in the framework of the negotiations between European Parliament, Commission and Council – to undermine the involvement of regional and local governments in funds management. In the letter, the coalition partners demand, instead, ‘the full involvement of local and regional authorities in the programming and implementation phase of cohesion policy’. All Member States, they argue, must continue to be obliged to develop Partnership Agreements setting the distribution of tasks and responsibilities in the management of investment plans backed by cohesion policy.Finally, the Alliance highlights the risks connected to a late agreement on the new long term EU budget and call on the European Council, ‘swiftly to conclude the negotiations on the new MFF and accompanying sectorial regulations for 2021-2027, in order to allow the Partnership Agreements and programmes to be set up in due time, allow a smooth transition to the upcoming funding period and avoid the disastrous consequences for both managing authorities and beneficiaries’.

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Conseil européen/Increasing the positive signals and acting at source

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 marzo 2016

Conseil européen1Bruxelles 17-18 mars 2016 en répondant aux questions suivantes:
1. La crise des réfugiés va à nouveau constituer l’enjeu central du Conseil européen : quelles sont vos analyses et recommandations sur ce registre ?
2. Pensez-vous que l’espace Schengen va pouvoir être préservé malgré la crise migratoire ?
3. Que pensez-vous du projet d’accord entre l’UE et la Turquie?
4. Ce Conseil européen va conclure la première phase du semestre européen 2016 : sur quelles priorités doit-il selon vous insister?
5. 30 ans après la signature de l’Acte Unique européen, quelles impulsions ce Conseil européen peut-il donner pour approfondir le marché unique?
Our President, António Vitorino, takes a stand on the main issues of the European Council of the 17-18 March 2016 by answering the following questions:
1. The refugee crisis is once again going to be the central issue at the European Council: what analyses and recommendations can you offer in that connection?
2. Do you think that it is going to be possible to save the Schengen area despite the migrant crisis?
3. What do you think of the planned agreement between the EU and Turkey?
4. This European Council is going to wind up the first European semester of 2016: on what priorities should it focus in particular, in your view?
5. Now that thirty years have gone by since the signing of the European Single Act, what fresh boost can this European Council impart in an effort to deepen the single market? (foto: )

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Ensuring an effective monitoring of our external borders

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 ottobre 2015

capi di statoOur president António Vitorino takes a stand on the main issues of the European Council of the 15-16 October 2015 by answering the following questions:
1. The European Council is scheduled to “debate every possible aspect of migration”. What are the priority isues involved, in your view?
2. The European Council’s debate is likely to focus on the exercise of the right of asylum and on the reception of refugees. What are your recommendations in that connection?
3. The European Council is also going to discuss talks with neighbouring and African countries on tackling the crisis. What can we expect to come of this discussion?
4. The EU’s leaders are going to conduct an assessment of the debate on the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union. What do you consider to be the key issues involved?
5. The European Council is also likely to address the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the EU. Can we expect it to clarify its intentions in that regard? (photo: capi di stato)

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The European Council has awarded Jacques Delors the title of “Honorary Citizen of Europe”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 giugno 2015

monnetAfter Jean Monnet in 1976 (Luxembourg European Council) and Helmut Kohl in 1998 (Vienna European Council), Jacques Delors is the third major actor of the European construction to be distinguished by such a title.This decision by the European Council was taken after a request sent to the European authorities by around 130 professors and academics from all over the European Union.In its conclusions, the European Council “expressed its gratitude to Jacques Delors, former President of the European Commission, for his remarkable contribution to the development of the European project”.As a reminder, the historic achievements to which Jacques Delors contributed are numerous: the Single European Act and the Single Market, the Maastricht treaty, the Economic and Monetary Union, the development of the structural funds and the creation of the Cohesion fund, the European citizenship, the Erasmus programme, the European social charter, the membership of Portugal and Spain, then of Austria, Sweden and Finland and the launching of the enlargement process following the fall of the Berlin Wall…It is thanks to the support of the European Council that Jacques Delors was able to create the “Notre Europe” think tank – which today bears his name – so as to allow him to go on taking full part in the European public debate by targeting not only decision makers, but also EU citizens.All of the current and past heads and members of the Jacques Delors Institute (www.delorsinstitute.eu) are both very happy and very proud of their founding president’s designation as “Honorary Citizen of Europe”.They see this award as a strong message of encouragement to pursue their action in favour of the ideas and values personified by Jacques Delors, at the service of the European construction.

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A time-lag problem, or even a lack of consistency

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 ottobre 2013

European Council

European Council (Photo credit: The Prime Minister’s Office)

António Vitorino takes a stand on the main issues of the European council of the 24th and 25th of October 2013, in an interview covering the ways to boost EU growth, the single market deepening, the banking union, the social dimension of the EMU and immigration within and towards the EU.António Vitorino answers to the six following questions :
1 – The European Council is going to be debating ways of imparting a fresh boost to growth in Europe. What are your recommendations in this connection?
2 – The European Council is also due to discuss deepening the single market, particularly with regard to the service industry and to the digital economy: what initiatives should be given priority?
3 – Progress towards a European banking union is also on the European Council’s agenda: Do you think that the progress being made is sufficiently rapid?
4 – The social dimension of the EMU is also due to be debated at this European Council meeting : what expectations do you have in that area?
5 – The European Council has been called on to address the issue of illegal immigration in the wake of the tragedies that have occurred in the Mediterranean. What is you position on this issue?
6 – Do you think, on a broader level, that the European Council should review European strategy toward immigration?

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