Maria Koleva (1522)

  • Reviving the dream for Europe

    Reviving the dream for Europe

    The debate for Europe's future will not be easy, and maybe one conference, even if it lasts for two years, will not be enough. This showed the result of the three-hour debate at the EP plenary in Strasbourg on Wednesday, which was attended by Dubravka Suica, Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, and Nikolina Brnjac, representing the Croatian Presidency of the Council.

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  • Iliana Ivanova: The aim is EU spending to be geared towards performance

    Iliana Ivanova: The aim is EU spending to be geared towards performance

    The debate about performance orientation of cohesion policy is not new and involved through the years many different stakeholders that had sometimes contradictory views. With our briefing paper we aim at contributing to this debate by providing relevant and focused information to all those involved in tackling the difficult political and practical challenges on how to improve performance orientation for the future, says Iliana Ivanova, Member of the ECA in an interview to Europost.

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  • All digital multinational firms should pay a fair share of tax

    All digital multinational firms should pay a fair share of tax

    OECD estimates that the missing tax revenues due to multinationals' tax elusion amount to $240bn per year. In a resolution on Fair taxation in a digitalised and globalised economy - BEPS 2.0, which has to do with the digital taxation and the ongoing reforms in the framework of the G20 and OECD, adopted on 18 December, lawmakers insisted for the EU to engage fully in international efforts to tax the digital economy.

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  • Citizens with disability must be able to choose their lives

    Citizens with disability must be able to choose their lives

    It is estimated that in the EU, as early as next year, the number of people with some kind of disability will reach 100 million. This means that every fifth European will need special treatment and care. MEPs across the political spectrum are unanimous that people with disabilities should be able to freely choose their own lives and fully participate in the society.

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  • EU aims to become climate frontrunner

    EU aims to become climate frontrunner

    EU's action against climate change and the next common long-term budget were the main topics at the last for this year European Council, held in Brussels on 12 December. After long hours of discussions, the EU27 presidents or prime ministers agreed on the important task of achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050, in unison with the Paris agreement goals. 

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  • Western Balkans' solo tango

    Western Balkans' solo tango

    It takes two to tango: the Western Balkans between hope and reality, was the title of the high-level international conference, held at TownHall Europe in Brussels and organised by Friends of Europe, a leading think tank.

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  • Veronique Willems: SMEs need to see that EU is making their life better

    Veronique Willems: SMEs need to see that EU is making their life better

    First of all, the new SME Strategy needs to be for all SMEs, not only for those which are innovative, fast-growing, internationally active, but also for those that are providing our day-to-day needs, such as food, clothes, houses, cars, anything we sit on. We also need to show the added value of the Union to them. Secondly, we need to make sure that all these words that we have at EU level are turned into action, says Veronique Willems, Secretary General of SMEunited, in an interview to Europost.

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  • Cracking down on corruption

    Cracking down on corruption

    Corruption is one of the most unacceptable phenomena that erode the fabric of democracy in Europe and it is high time to crack down on it, said MEPs from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) at a public hearing. 

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  • Small firms see innovation as vehicle for sustainable growth

    Small firms see innovation as vehicle for sustainable growth

    The SME Assembly, which is the core forum for small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe, this year was held from 25 to 27 November at the Scandic Marina Congress Centre, next to the gate of the Port of Helsinki. Hosted by the Finnish Presidency and the European Commission, it was a vibrant meeting point for hundreds of SMEs, policy makers, business associations, academia to discuss enterprise and debate on pressing issues concerning the small businesses, but also to get acquainted with the exciting and inspiring experience other companies already put on their record.

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