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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Posts Tagged ‘priority’

Migration must be a priority of the 2016 budget too, emphasized MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 ottobre 2015

Devoting enough resources to handle the unprecedented migration crisis must be a priority of next year’s European budget, said MEPs on Tuesday at a joint meeting of the budgets and the civil liberties committee discussing the financing of the crisis with Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva and Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos in charge of migration issues. fuga migranti2MEPs urged member states to stick to their word and come up with resources they promised. They deplored earlier Council cuts to the originally proposed draft budget in areas which aim at stemming the reasons for migration, including funds for the poorest regions and development aid.”The refugees are not the culprits, they are victims themselves”, said Mr José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT), the rapporteur for the bulk of the 2016 budget. “These are extraordinary events, therefore they call for extraordinary funding,” he continued, adding that taking the money from other priority programmes could not be the solution.While welcoming the Commission’s topping up of its own original proposal for migration (through the draft amending budget 7/2015 and through an amending letter to the 2016 budget proposal), civil liberties committee rapporteur Mr Péter Niedermüller (S&D, HU) insisted that there must be full transparency of where the extra resources end up. “We know that Frontex can only organise the return of migrants at the request of member states. How can the extra €50 million for Frontex then be spent on its organising the return? There is no legal base.”
Commissioner Avramopoulos announced that a proposal will be tabled at the end of the year to review Frontex’s mandate. The proposal is due to deal with the returns and with the setting-up of a European border and coast guard system, he added.Several MEPs questioned whether funding of the refugee crisis was sufficient in the medium and long term, calling for the mid-term revision of the Union’s multiannual financial framework to rearrange the priorities and the associated budgets.Others wanted to see uniform asylum law in the Union and the financing of a common European border and coast guard system. Several MEPs called for more relocation of asylum seekers and less return of migrants.The Commission is ready to discuss the reallocation of national resources from the cohesion, the structural or the solidarity fund to the management of refugee flows if needed, said Commissioner Georgieva.

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Blue Growth a priority as EU launches Adriatic and Ionian Strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 luglio 2014

Mediterranean Sea1Better cooperation between countries in the Adriatic and Ionian regions is needed to address shared challenges and better exploit joint opportunities. This Strategy seeks to facilitate this co-ordination and will help the regions’ 70 million citizens to benefit from a boost in the maritime economy, the preservation of the marine environment, stronger transport and energy links and increased tourism.
The European Commission has officially launched a new EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region to help its 70 million residents to reap the benefit of closer cooperation in areas like promoting the maritime economy, preserving the marine environment, completing transport and energy links and boosting sustainable tourism. The Strategy will also provide a valuable opportunity non EU-countries to work alongside EU members, in particular contributing to the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union. This is the first EU ‘macro-regional strategy’ with such a large proportion of non-EU countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) cooperating with EU members (Croatia, Greece, Italy, and Slovenia). The Strategy mainly revolves around the opportunities of the maritime economy – ‘blue growth’, land-sea transport, energy connectivity, protecting the environment and sustainable tourism – sectors that are bound to play a crucial role in creating jobs and boosting economic growth in the region. The starting point for this is the Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, adopted by the Commission on 30 November 2012 and now incorporated into the Strategy. European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn commented: “Working together to tackle common challenges and promote shared potential makes great sense. The Adriatic Ionian will be Europe’s third macro-regional strategy. The countries involved should learn lessons from the Baltic Sea and Danube Strategies, namely the importance of focusing on a few priorities with strong political leadership, if it is to have a real impact. In a region that has seen some of Europe’s most serious recent conflicts, the Adriatic Ionian Strategy, with its cooperation between EU and non-EU neighbouring countries, could also play an important part in helping the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union.” Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: “The maritime challenges we face in the Adriatic and Ionian Region are not unique to any one country: from overfishing to pollution, traffic congestion, transport connections and seasonal tourism: the only way that makes sense to tackle these issues is the united, coherent way. Since there is growth potential many of these areas, the action plan for the Adriatic Ionian can help propel the region out the crisis and put its economy back on track.” A pair of countries – one EU Member State and one non-EU country- coordinated the development of each element of the Action Plan: Greece and Montenegro on “Blue Growth”,
Italy and Serbia on “Connecting the Region” (transport and energy networks),
Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on “Environmental Quality”,
Croatia and Albania on “Sustainable Tourism”.
In addition, capacity building as well as research, innovation and small and medium size business are cross-cutting aspects. Climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as disaster risk management are horizontal principles relevant to all four pillars.

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