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Adelina Marini
European Parliament President Martin Schulz will speak to journalists in a few minutes about the main challenges for the EU and the Parliament in particular this year. He will also comment more in detail on David Cameron's European speech. The press conference starts at 10 CET.
25 January 2013 09:46
Adelina Marini @martinschulz started the news conference with a comment on David Cameron's speech, saying that it had too little to do with the EU but with domestic policy. Cameron should be cautious not to lose control over the feelings he has just unleashed.
25 January 2013 10:10
Adelina Marini Mr #Schulz agreed with a large part of Cameron's criticism for the EU, mentioning explicitly a problem he raised many times - why do the leaders meet behind closed doors? This makes decisions anonymous and opaque, he said.
25 January 2013 10:13
Adelina Marini Yes, we need reforms. The #EU must be more transparent, more democratic, more socially just, but this will not be achieved by splitting the Union, the European Parliament chief added.
25 January 2013 10:14
Adelina Marini #MFF The 2nd issue Schulz touched was the negotiations on the next multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 saying that Parliament will not support the budget unless the EP's demands are taken into account. He reiterated that the leaders constantly agree new tasks at every summit of theirs but refuse to provide money for them.
25 January 2013 10:19
Adelina Marini @martinschulz said that he is not surprised by the fact that David #Cameron did not mention the European Parliament in his speech. He specified that governments report to national parliaments but when European policies are concerned the Europarliament is the appropriate institution. He invited David Cameron to address the MEPs and present his ideas there.
25 January 2013 10:27
Adelina Marini #MFF The European Parliament chief is avoiding to point out a specific sum under which the Parliament will block the EU multiannual budget.
25 January 2013 10:30
Adelina Marini No one wants assimilation of national identity in Europe. We need the richness of sovereign states, of national identities and languages. But the EU should act intercontinentally and to tackle global challenges, Martin Schulz said.
25 January 2013 10:42
Adelina Marini When David #Cameron makes decisions in the European Council he is accountable before the British national parliament, but these decisions affect the German citizens as well, for instance. This is why the European Parliament is established, Martin Schulz explained to a series of questions of British journalists concerning Mr Cameron's speech in which he called the role of national parliaments on European level to be enhanced.
25 January 2013 10:57
 
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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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