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Adelina Marini
#EPhearings2014 The hearing of #Hungary's Commissioner-designate has just begun. Tibor Navracsics was entrusted with the Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship portfolio. However, there is serious opposition against his nomination for being a member of Viktor Orban's government
1 October 2014 18:05
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 The chairwoman of the education and culture committee of EP, Silvia Costa (Italy, S&D), warned Navracsics that there is opposition against him, including by civil organisations who expect answers
1 October 2014 18:08
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: To be a commissioner means to be a committed European. You know as I know that relations between the EU and Hungary have entered a very difficult period but one of the greatest virtues of the EU is that it gives us space for dispute and solution of the problems
1 October 2014 18:12
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: It's important to put pressure on the member states to keep and even increase spending on education even in times of austerity
1 October 2014 18:16
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: I want the European universities to be the best in the world. They are a pillar of society
1 October 2014 18:17
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: Before 1989 the universities in Central Europe were centres of free thought and democracy. Today, many of them have still not opened for the world
1 October 2014 18:18
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: European citizenship is not only words in the Treaty
1 October 2014 18:22
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 A MEP asked how will #Navracsics defend EU's liberal values since the Hungarian government disregards them. He said that if confirmed as a commissioner he will be a guardian of the Treaties
1 October 2014 18:32
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: I firmly support the idea of plurality and free speech and media freedom. That's why I was the mediator who had negotiations with the Council of Europe and we settled all the disputes and we amended the media law
1 October 2014 18:34
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: I have personally always had very good relations with NGOs
1 October 2014 18:37
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: When the problems appeared w/ the Norwegian Fund, I negotiated with the respective governments and we settled all the issues. NGOs are an essential part of the political system. They can integrate, articulate and represent citizens. I would like to work and cooperate with them
1 October 2014 18:39
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: I was 23 years old when democracy happened. I witnessed dictatorship. I witnessed communism. It is a huge achievement that we in Central Europe can be in the EU. There is a sense of belonging, a sense of a community (huge applause)
1 October 2014 18:44
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: The EU Fundamental Rights Charter is the most important document. Teaching civil skills at school is extremely important
1 October 2014 18:52
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: There are many citizens who are not interested in democracy and that's killing it
1 October 2014 18:53
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: We have to keep the cultural diversity
1 October 2014 18:55
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: I don't want to be accused of anti-European behaviour because I have never uttered a word against Europe. In Hungary it was not very popular to support European integration but I stood for it
1 October 2014 18:58
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: The Jewish community in #Hungary is at home and has a place in the country (applause)
1 October 2014 19:10
Adelina Marini #EPhearings #Navracsics: If the Commission undertakes actions against a MS, be it my home country, on issues related to my portfolio, I'd support it
1 October 2014 19:23
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 Hungarian MEP Benedek Javor (ALDE) challenged #Navracsics that he, on the contrary, did have a conflict with NGOs. Mr Javor participated in the hearing ALDE organised a week ago with Hungarian NGOs subject to persecution. Navracsics answered that the MEP failed to mention even one organisation. In other words - there is no problem
1 October 2014 19:30
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics: Certainly, there are many people in #Hungary that are more capable than me because Hungary is a country with lots of talented people but it is my duty to be here
1 October 2014 19:41
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics read out Art 2 and Art 17 of the TEU and said he believed in them and would swore in them. The question of Danish MEP Margrete Auken (Greens) was whether he will work with them under the Hungarian or the European interpretation
1 October 2014 19:51
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics quoted the Justice Scoreboard according to which the Hungarian's feeling of the independence of the judiciary has been on the rise
1 October 2014 20:06
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 Krystyna Lybacka (Poland, S&D) asked #Navracsics how would he comment on Viktor Orban's words that he expected the Hungarian commissioner to represent the Hungarian interests in the EU. Navracsics asked his words to be taken into account that once confirmed he would respect all the rules
1 October 2014 20:40
Adelina Marini #EPhearings2014 #Navracsics's hearing has ended a bit earlier than planned with his commitment and hope that together with the EU he will do great things
1 October 2014 20:45
 
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Adelina Marini
#EUCO EU leaders are gathering today in Brussels for an informal summit to discuss the two most toxic issues on the agenda at the moment - the composition of the European Parliament and how to elect the next European Commission president, and budget 2021-2027. Stay tuned for live updates
23 February 2018 09:05
Adelina Marini #EUCO #Spitzenkandidaten Angela Merkel says that it depends what majorities and coalitions will be formed in the next European Parliament
23 February 2018 20:14
Adelina Marini
Soon will begin the first debate in the economic committee of the EP w/ #Eurogroup's new President Mario Centeno (Portugal). Stay tuned for live updates
21 February 2018 09:02
Adelina Marini #Centeno: For the first time #Portugal started to converge with the eurozone in 2017
21 February 2018 10:39
Adelina Marini
Today is a #Eurogroup day. The euro area finance ministers will meet in their usual format and in an expanded format. In the usual format they will discuss the #Greece bailout, the establishment of a European Monetary Fund and the nominations for Vice President of the ECB to replace outgoing Vitor Constancio. In the expanded format, which includes non-euro area countries, the completion of the banking union is on the agenda. Stay tuned for details
19 February 2018 14:25
Adelina Marini To sum up today's #Eurogroup. The main issue was the controversy around the election of Spain's FinMin Luis De Guindos as ECB VP. Second issue was whether there was a big drama between ECB chief Mario Draghi and #Greece FinMin Euclid Tsakalotos. No news regarding the subjects on the agenda - Greece, Ireland, EMU, banking union
19 February 2018 20:29
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