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Adelina Marini
The European Commission is presenting a new #enlargement strategy today in the European Parliament. The document will be unveiled by EU High Representative for foreign and security policy Federica Mogherini (Italy, S&D) and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn (Austria, EPP). Stay tuned for live updates
6 February 2018 14:32
Adelina Marini Federica Mogherini: The Western #Balkans are part of Europe geographically. They share the same history as the member states, the same culture, challenges and opportunities. We will share a common future within our EU
6 February 2018 14:38
Adelina Marini #enlargement #Mogherini: 2025 is not a clear date, but a perspective. It is a realistic perspective for those who are currently negotiating but also for those who might start
6 February 2018 14:41
Adelina Marini #enlargement Johannes Hahn: I think it's an historic opportunity for the region. We are talking about a perspective for all the countries in the region
6 February 2018 14:45
Adelina Marini #enlargement #Hahn: 2025 is an indicative date. It is very ambitious but doable
6 February 2018 14:46
Adelina Marini #enlargement #Hahn: EU will never accept a new member state which has not resolved bilateral pending issues, conflicts, however you might call it. It should also serve as a motivation to #Kosovo to also put a positive input. It's not only in the interest of Serbia but of Kosovo to find a positive solution
6 February 2018 14:47
Adelina Marini #enlargement #Hahn: We are proposing six flagship initiatives to help transform the region: rule of law, socio-economic development, digital agenda, energy connectivity, security & migration, reconciliation
6 February 2018 14:51
Adelina Marini #enlargement Mogherini: The #Balkans are a very important and an interesting market
6 February 2018 14:55
Adelina Marini #enlargement #Hahn: European values play an important part in this strategy
6 February 2018 15:00
Adelina Marini #enlargement #Hahn: Couple of weeks ago happened this murder in Northern #Kosovo. Couple of years ago it would have led to a conflict
6 February 2018 15:01
Adelina Marini You can find the new #enlargement strategy here euinsi.de/ZxfT
6 February 2018 15:03
Adelina Marini A very important sentence in the #enlargement strategy: "Our Union must be stronger and more solid, before it can be bigger". That's the link with the date 2025 when the reform of the Union is supposed to end
6 February 2018 15:25
Adelina Marini The Commission calls the 2025 date an extremely ambitious perspective, which says a lot about how little confidence the Commission has in the political elites in the region
6 February 2018 15:28
Adelina Marini Another key sentence which addresses the current ideological rift: "Joining
the EU is far more than a technical process. It is a generational choice, based on fundamental values, which each country must embrace more actively, from their foreign and regional policies right down to what children are taught at school"
6 February 2018 15:33
Adelina Marini The current state of the #WB6, as described in the strategy: state capture, corruption, organised crime, control over media, none of the economies in the region can be considered a functioning market economy
6 February 2018 15:41
Adelina Marini The Commission proposes bilateral resolution of border disputes but when this is not possible it recommends international arbitration
6 February 2018 16:19
Adelina Marini The debate on the Western #Balkans strategy begins in the EP. Stay tuned for live updates
6 February 2018 16:27
Adelina Marini Mogherini: It's important to say a European Union perspective, not a European one because the Western Balkans are already in Europe
6 February 2018 16:28
Adelina Marini #Balkans #Mogherini: We have come somehow to the moment of truth. 2018 is the year when this process can become not only more credible but also irreversible
6 February 2018 16:36
Adelina Marini #Balkans #Hahn: This strategy is not an invitation nor a softening to our criteria and agreements. There are no shortcuts on this European path
6 February 2018 16:43
Adelina Marini #Balkans #Hahn: Enlargement remains a regata not a convoy
6 February 2018 16:46
 
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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
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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