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Europos ateitis: EP nariai aptaria Italų Tarybos pirmininkavimo prioritetai

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20140702PHT51267_original“If Europe was to take a selfie today, it would be a tired, resigned image,” said Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (nuotraukoje) in a debate with MEPs on his country’s priorities for the Council presidency for the next six months. He said European leaders should act with conviction and determination to keep Europe in the lead on global issues. The debate on 2 July touched upon a broad range of issues, from the Italian contribution to Europe through the ages to the place of Europe in a fast-changing world.

Renzi acknowledged that the crisis had left all of us with a “deep wound”, saying Europe faced a challenge to rediscover its soul, history and values. Referring to the Stability and Growth pact, he said: “We now have stability. We are asking for growth to be a fundamental element of European policy.”

José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, welcomed Italy’s reform agenda and pledged to support “the main themes of the incoming presidency: growth, citizens, external action”. He said that not long ago “many Cassandras were predicting the implosion of the euro, now we have the conditions to make Europe able to generate the jobs that our young people need.”

EPP leader Manfred Weber, from Germany, spoke of the lessons learned from the crisis. “One of the lessons is that we should regulate financial markets and the second is that debts destroy the future.”

Gianni Pittella, the Italian leader of the S&D group, called for flexibility in applying the Stability and Growth pact and for solidarity in dealing with migratory flows. “Europe was born as an expression of solidarity,” he said. “We need to put the solidarity into action.”

Syed Kamall, the British leader of the ECR group, called for transparent negotiations on trade agreements and stressed the need to reduce the EU’s energy “overdependence from regimes that do not share our values, whether in the Middle East or Russia”.

Belgijos ALDE grupės lyderis Guy Verhofstadtas teigė, kad ES turėtų būti naudojama kaip augimo variklis, plečiant vidaus rinką į energijos, skaitmeninio sektoriaus, telekomunikacijų ir kapitalo rinkas. Italija yra „mūsų civilizacijos, istorijos, kultūros ir Europos pagrindas“, - pabrėžė jis.

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Barbara Spinelli, an Italian member of the GUE/NGL group, called for “a complete overhaul of the Union” and a “European new deal”. She spoke against the EU-US free trade agreement, saying: “These neo-liberal dogmas clearly haven’t worked.”

Belgijos žaliųjų pirmininkas Philippe'as Lambertsas gyrė Italijos ministro pirmininko aistrą ir energiją ir išreiškė viltį, kad šios savybės bus įgyvendintos pirmininkaujant.

Ignazio Corrao, an Italian member of the EFDD group, attacked the EU-US free trade agreement that is being negotiated, saying:  “[If] multinationals can go to court against national governments, then we will really have achieved the most perverse dream of globalization – governments controlled by markets.”

Matteo Salvini, europarlamentaras iš Italijos, kuris nėra vienos iš politinių grupių narys, kritikavo Renzi už tai, kad jis sutelkė dėmesį į humanitarinius poreikius kitur, tuo pačiu pamiršdamas vargšus ES.

Diskusijos dėl Graikijos pirmininkavimo

Anksčiau trečiadienį EP nariai girdėjo Graikijos ministrą pirmininką Antonį Samarą pristatant kadenciją baigiančios Tarybos pirmininkavimo pasiekimus. Samaras paminėjo pažangą formuojant Europos bankų sąjungą, gerinant sienų ir migracijos valdymą bei klojant pamatus darbo vietoms ir augimui.

“Europe worked. Our union has problems, but it also has the capacity to solve those problems and go ahead,” Samaras said. Even though Greece and the EU as a whole had been “seriously challenged” over the past three years, people across the Union managed to show solidarity and the ability to change to become more competitive, he added.

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