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S&D Group's news on the European Parliament's Plenary session in Strasbourg - 12 to 15 January 2015

S&D Group's news on the European Parliament's Plenary session in Strasbourg - 12 to 15 January 2015

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S&D Group's news on the European Parliament's Plenary session in Strasbourg - 12 to 15 January 2015

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S&D Group's news on the European Parliament's Plenary session in Strasbourg - 24 to 27 November 2014

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S&D Group's news on the European Parliament's Plenary session in Strasbourg - 24 to 27 November 2014.

 

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Preparation of the European Council (23-24 October 2014)

20 - 23 October 2014 (Strasbourg)
23/10/2014

The S&D group underlines the need to move to a more ambitious and long-term investment plan in agreement with the investment needs contained in the Europe 2020 strategy, and to combine a broad range of financing sources.

The MFF 2014-2020 should be reviewed as soon as possible in order to increase funding from the EU budget for infrastructure projects. The EIB should be given a greater role by raising its capital by an additional 10 billion euros in order to raise its annual investment. In addition, he called for a revision of the existing fiscal rules to make them investment-friendly.

Situation in Kobane and the threat of IS

20 - 23 October 2014 (Strasbourg)
22/10/2014

The fighters of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party have heroically defended Kobane. Nevertheless, the S&D Group strongly deplores Turkey's inaction in the face of this jihadist assault and its refusal to join the anti-ISIS coalition. As a future candidate to join the European Union and as member of NATO, it is important for Turkey to have a more responsible attitude.

I believe that the military operation should have the exclusive aim of destroying ISIS and Al-Qaida-linked groups and should include all relevant regional players.

Presentation and Election of the new European Commission

20 - 23 October 2014 (Strasbourg)
22/10/2014

The two most challenging political priorities for the next Commission are to change the direction of Europe and to finally take action to boost growth, encourage development and create new jobs.

We can proudly say we have contributed to shaping a new and different Commission which is much closer to our values. We want to bring an innovative vision of the economic and social development of Europe and also to get co-operation on all policies linked to sustainable development and the planned investment programmes.

The capacity of public investments for leveraging private funds must be a priority.

We need to bring the European Union closer to citizens, reduce bureaucracy and give a new dynamism to the institutions.

The new European Commission must work in close co-operation with the European Parliament and in the spirit of the community method, in order to give to the EU greater political impact and more visibility on EU foreign policy.

We need a new European Commission who are on the front line in all humanitarian crises, and who can guide an EU-led international response to situations like the Ebola epidemic or the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

We must ensure that European immigration and asylum policy will be based on true European solidarity in terms of real action and strength to manage the reception of refugees and immigrants. We expect the new Commission to uphold asylum-seekers' rights and promote safe and lawful access to the EU's asylum systems.

We expect the new Commission to work hard on the European neighbourhood policy and enlargement, promoting the values of the EU. The enlargement process reinforces the EU's efforts towards achieving prosperity, stability, peace and democracy. In particular, we emphasise the social dimension of both enlargement and neighbourhood policy, and we expect the new Commission to take that seriously.

Data protection and safeguarding EU laws from arbitrary dispute settlement mechanisms in trade agreements with third parties are at the heart of our concerns.

We call for more European action and co-operation in the field of research, science and innovation. It will be crucial to mobilise innovative financial instruments to fund projects which could create long-term sustainable growth and thousands of jobs in Europe.

We ask the European Commission to make sure that health and food safety will both protect and enhance equal access to healthcare, and safeguard food safety.

We need stronger guarantees with regard to net neutrality and we need more clarity about the Commission’s position and plans for action.

General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015

20 - 23 October 2014 (Strasbourg)
21/10/2014

The S&D Group underlines the need to move to a more ambitious and long-term investment plan in line with the investment needs outlined in the Europe 2020 strategy, and to combine a broad range of financing sources.

The multi-annual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020 should be reviewed as soon as possible in order to increase funding from the EU budget for infrastructure projects.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) should be given a greater role and its capital increased by an additional €10 billion to raise its annual investments. In addition, existing fiscal rules should be revised to make them investment-friendly.

Libya

15 - 18 September 2014 (Strasbourg)
18/09/2014

The EU must co-operate with the UN Special Envoy to support Libya in securing a ceasefire between the warring parties and putting the country on the path to peace. The international community must focus on helping Libya build state institutions and that requires support to build up national security forces. Without security, the prospects for a true democratic transition will be further jeopardised and the suffering of the people will increase.

EU security interests are at stake as well. The EU should actively promote a partnership with regional players, namely Egypt and Tunisia, to help bring governance and help rid Libya of violence, terrorism and crime, and deliver on the expectations of the February Revolution.

EU response to the Ebola outbreak

15 - 18 September 2014 (Strasbourg)
18/09/2014

We seriously underestimated Ebola. Right now, it seems that the epidemic will continue to worsen in the next six months with about 20,000 people infected in Western Africa. In the long run, only a comprehensive strengthening of health systems will stabilise the situation in a satisfactory way.

It is not only about the disease however. Ebola also has consequences for food insecurity as trade and food harvesting are severely limited. The Western African countries affected fear an economic drop of up to 4%. We have to look seriously at food supply if we want to avoid chaos and even more deaths.

Preparation of the Eurozone summit

15 - 18 September 2014 (Strasbourg)
17/09/2014

Following the European Council's decision to organise the first ever Eurozone summit in October, the S&D Group requested a plenary debate to discuss the issues. The sheer fact that such a summit is happening should be 'recognised and valued' by the European Parliament with a proper preparatory debate, as is the case before European Councils (at least by those who are in favour of strengthening economic and monetary union (EMU) at political level).

Considering the importance of pursuing efforts to strengthen EMU democracy, it would be illogical for the Parliament not to get involved in this debate during the preparatory phase leading up to the summit.