Maria Koleva (1434)

  • InvestEU will bring better jobs

    InvestEU will bring better jobs

    EFSI, the core pillar of the successful Investment Plan for Europe, known as Juncker Plan, will become a substantial ingredient of the InvestEU initiative for the 2021-2027 programme period. On the last day of the last session of this European Parliament, the lawmakers propped up a provisional and partial deal with the Council on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during the next seven years with the aim to reduce the significant investment gap that still exists in the EU.

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  • MEPs in quarrel over dual quality products negligence

    MEPs in quarrel over dual quality products negligence

    The new legislation that was expected to reinforce consumer rights for the internet age created new East-West division during the last for this Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg. Its weak point was the issue of dual quality products. In fact, the EP didn't succeed to push for more robust measures against this repulsive trade practice.

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  • Internet firms have one hour to get rid of terrorist content

    Internet firms have one hour to get rid of terrorist content

    Terrorist content online should be removed or access to it disabled in all EU member countries by the internet companies one hour, at the latest, after receiving an order from the authorities. This foresee the new rules to tackle the dissemination of terrorist content online across the EU, adopted by MEPs on 17 April in Strasbourg at their plenary sitting. As it was the last session for this EP term, it means that the negotiations with the Member States will be shifted to the programme of the new parliament. 

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  • Assya Kavrakova: Populists are skilled in exploiting fears

    Assya Kavrakova: Populists are skilled in exploiting fears

    Citizens are quite aware of the strengths and weaknesses of populist parties. They are good communicators. On the other hand, they are unable to provide sustainable solutions. At the same time, there is a concern that, unfortunately, traditional and mainstream parties cannot provide those sustainable solutions either, unless they start innovating. This has been identified as a shortcoming of the traditional and mainstream parties and an area which is in need of bigger improvement, says Assya Kavrakova, Executive Director of the European Citizens Action Service (ECAS), in an interview with Europost.

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  • EU-China: reinforcing ties

    EU-China: reinforcing ties

    European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, met on 9 April in Brussels for the 21st EU-China Summit to add new dynamics for reinforcing the cooperation between the two parties. The EU is China's largest trading partner and China is the EU's second largest.

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  • Cultural heritage, smart agriculture go digital

    Cultural heritage, smart agriculture go digital

    Cultural heritage, smart agriculture, and gender equality were the three important key areas on which ministers and representatives of the EU, participating in the EU Digital Day 2019, confirmed full commitment to work more closely. The biggest event in Europe in the digital economy and society, which aims to take digital cooperation forward, got together in Brussels on 9 April representatives from Member States and EU institutions with over 550 people from industry, academia and civil society.

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  • Making citizens more involved in shaping the future of Europe

    Making citizens more involved in shaping the future of Europe

    Some six weeks away from the European Elections the annual European Network of Ombudsmen conference, took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was dedicated to the participatory democracy in the EU, which importance for the future of Europe is crucial. In the spotlight were pressing issues such as how to make citizen participation meaningful, how to improve the participatory democracy in the EU and can public administrations, ombudsmen and others better involve citizens in decision-making. 

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  • CAP reform to better meet expectations of farmers, consumers

    CAP reform to better meet expectations of farmers, consumers

    For substantial reduction of red tapes and for a more efficient distribution of tasks between the EU and its member countries, called on MEPs from the EP Agriculture Committee in the approved last sets of proposals to improve EU farm policy. By shifting to a new performance-based system from a system based on checking that beneficiaries comply with detailed rules, the ultimate aim is this policy to better meet farmers’ and consumers’ expectations. The full House will have a say on the proposals.

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  • Prof. Clemens Fuest: Hard Brexit leads to a blame game

    Prof. Clemens Fuest: Hard Brexit leads to a blame game

    Political and economic factors interact. From a purely economic point of view it is difficult to understand and manage things like Brexit or the migration crisis. Populist policies are economically harmful, yet they sometimes receive political support, says Prof. Clemens Fuest, President of the Munich-based ifo Institute for Economic Research, in an interview with Europost.

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  • MEPs urge Nord Stream 2 line to follow new gas market rules

    MEPs urge Nord Stream 2 line to follow new gas market rules

    MEPs approved at their last but one plenary sitting on 4 April in Brussels new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law. With 465 votes to 95 and 68 abstentions, they backed the draft legislation authored by Jerzy Buzek (EPP, PL) which provides for the extending of EU rules, including these in terms of competition, to all pipelines entering the EU from non-EU countries. This of course will affect the 1,200km Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, which has to be completed this year.

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