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Parliamentary Annual Review: EPP Group fights for growth and jobs

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292939

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11 Jul 2013

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Bruxelles, Belgium

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EPP TV

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TITLES TITLES Gemma on As the parliamentary year draws to a close, we're taking a look back at the EPP Group in action, reviewing a selection of its main activities, proposals and regulations that were adopted right inside that building. Join us in the European Parliament for a closer look! Gemma off For a year, the EPP group has been fighting to get the best out of the EU's 960 billion euro budget to ensure jobs and better economic growth for its citizens. Following extensive negotiations between the EU's institutions on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework for the period 2014 to 2020, a political deal was reached just before the June Summit, establishing a real investment plan for Europe. Gemma off Six billion euros will be ploughed into combating youth unemployment, prioritising the resources on regions where more than 25% of young people are out of work. Barroso on I ADDED IT We will speed up the youth employment initiative and frontload the funds so that the initial six billion euros are invested in the following two years and not spread thinly over the full seven years of the MFF period. Gemma off Throughout the negotiations the leaders of the largest political groups steadfastly rejected the deal by the Council to do more with less money, and their firmness paid off. Daul on We couldn't resign ourselves to a limited budget without finding a solution for optimising our investments. We needed a more flexible budget which allows every unspent Euro to go to those areas where they are most needed. Hence the flexibility to use unused margins. We could not settle for a seven-year austerity budget. Europe must be able to react quickly to the changes our continent faces. Therefore the revision clause so that in 2016, the next Parliament's voice will be heard. Nous ne pouvions pas accepter d'entrainer l'Union européenne sur la pente glissante de la dette. D'où notre exigence de trouver une solution aux crédits 2013 manquant. Nous ne pouvions pas nous résigner à un budget restreint sans trouver une solution pour optimiser nos investissements. Il fallait un budget plus souple, qui permette que chaque euro non dépensé soit affecté aux politiques qui en ont le plus besoin. D'où la flexibilité pour utiliser les marges non utilisées. Nous ne pouvions pas nous satisfaire d'un budget d'austérité pendant 7 ans. L'Europe puisse doit pouvoir réagir, rapidement, aux changements auxquels notre continent est confronté. D'où la clause de révision pour qu'en 2016, le prochain Parlement ait voix au chapitre. Gemma off As a result of Parliament's insistence, funding for Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation, Erasmus and COSME, the new programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs will also be front-loaded. Gemma off The European Central Bank and the EU's Investment Bank will pool together their loans, up to 100 billion euros, to create a liquid market for the small and medium sized enterprises, which account for 85% of all new jobs that were created in the last ten years. Gemma off Employment policies however remain a national competence and the EU institutions urged governments to take advantage of what's on offer and implement structural reforms in their countries as soon as possible. Gemma on The EPP Group went on to lead the reform on the Common Agricultural Policy, to make it more efficient and responsive to the current needs of the countryside and the citizens' expectations, given these economic times of hardship. Gemma off The new CAP reflects the EU's strong response to the ongoing challenges of food safety and climate change, and plays a key part in promoting smart and sustainable growth and jobs in rural areas. Elisabeth Köstinger (AT) on I think it's very important to point out that rural development policy is also growth policy...So we also want to motivate our farmers to create new ideas, how to make cooperatives, how to make direct marketing. So all in all we want to find a very good package to give them the framework to work through this. Gemma off Under the reforms, agricultural subsidies to big, industrial farms will be reduced by 30%. Some of that money will be redistributed to smaller farms, particularly those that use eco-friendly methods. Michel Dantin on European farmers, all thirteen and a half million of them, are up against eight or nine big distributors who establish the prices in the market. So where I consider, and where the EPP considers that the Commission has not gone far enough is in giving farmers the power to organise themselves to sell their products together, in order to stand up to these distributors, which are of course much bigger. And that requires a change to EU competition law. Les agriculteurs européens, treize millions et demi, sont confrontés à huit ou neuf grands groupes de distribution qui font le prix sur le marché. Donc, là ou j'ai considéré ou le groupe PPE considère que la Commission n'a pas été assez loin, c'est dans le pouvoir donné aux agriculteurs de s'organiser pour pouvoir vendre ensemble leurs produits et donc faire front, faire face, à ces acheteurs qui sont beaucoup plus gros. Ca nécessite une adaptation de la loi de concurrence. Gemma off The new policy, which you can see in full on our website, is due to come into effect in 2014 following formal adoption of the reforms later this year. Gemma on Up until last year it could have cost you tens of thousands of euros to patent a hot new idea but after a 30 year deadlock all that has changed thanks to action here at the European Parliament. Gemma off In a bid to speed up innovation in Europe, it approved Unitary Patent Protection making it easier and cheaper for firms to compete in Europe and beyond. A Unified Patent Court was established, rules set on translating patents and litigation costs cut from tens of thousands to just a few thousand euros. Gemma off The EPP Group's spokesperson on the issue, Raffaele Baldassarre, said a common European Patent will make the EU a more attractive place to create and innovate. Raffaele Baldassarre on Naturally we inserted an amendment that allows, within the regulation, reimbursement of translation costs for small and medium-size enterprises, for research centres, for universities, to favour circulation. With this reform, we imagine we can stimulate and develop this system so that our continent is always as competitive as possible. Naturalmente abbiamo inserito anche un ementamento che permette, all´interno del regolamento che permette di rimborsare i costi di traduzione per le piccole-medie imprese, per i centri di ricerca, per le universita, per favore une diffusione. Con questa riforma, immaginiamo di sollecitare e sviluppare questo sistema in maniera che il nostro continente sia sempre il più competitivo possibile. Gemma off EPP Group members have been pushing to complete a fragmented Single Digital Market and use it as a tool to boost economic recovery. The Commission has since estimated that by doing so, the online Single Market could bring in 110 billion euros every year. Gemma off Spanish MEP, Pablo Arias, authored a report, which focused on helping Small and Medium sized enterprises in particular by simplifying the rules to break down the national barriers to growth. Pablo Arias on SMEs are being held back by market fragmentation. To give you an idea, an SME has to have 27 different websites to sell their products in the 27 member states of the European Union, and all this in a so-called internal market. It is important that they do not feel scared about using the Internet, and my report is very clear about that. I want to help make our SMES able to compete on equal terms with the big companies selling their products all over Europe on the web. Esta fragmentación no ayuda a nuestras PYMES. Una PYME, para que nos podamos hacer una idea, tiene que tener 27 webs diferentes para poder vender sus productos en los 27 estados miembros de la Unión Europea, y esto en un llamado mercado interior. Lo importante es que ellas no sientan vértigo a la hora de conectarse a Internet y el documento que hemos presentado trata sobre eso. Trata sobre poder hacer que nuestras PYMES compitan en igualdad de condiciones que los gigantes de Internet que han venido a Europa para vender sus productos en todo el territorio paneuropeo. Gemma off The resolution adopted by Parliament will develop a real pan-European e-commerce in VAT, postal services and intellectual property rights. Gemma on If you're planning on travelling anywhere this Summer, fear not! You can now expect fairer treatment if your coach, train or flight is delayed or cancelled or if your luggage is lost or damaged thanks to new measures to strengthen your passenger rights, as EPP Group Coordinator for the new legislation, Mathieu Grosch, explains. Mathieu Grosch on I think it is a good moment now to change some basic aspects, for instance, what it is an extraordinary event, is a strike one? YES. Now, the Commission has cleared that strike is one. A technical problem on the airplane, for instance, it is not an extraordinary event. So therefore for the second one you will have compensation and for the first one no, this is one lets say main aspects of the clarification. Gemma off From now on airlines are obliged to give its customers clear information on what's happening within half an hour. You have the right to renounce your travel when your trip is disrupted and any delay over five hours entitles you to be reimbursed, or re-routed, because after all the main objective is to guarantee that passengers arrive at their destination as quickly as possible. Gemma off The measures also include stricter sanctioning for air carriers that do not comply and clearer complaint-handling procedures. Mathieu Grosch wants to continue work on this to make it even more beneficial to fly European. Mathieu Grosch on Normally, now we want to have, let say, a regulatory body in every country, but already in the airport itself, the passenger can go and claim his rights, which it is not possible in every airport for the moment. Gemma on And the year finished on a high with Croatia becoming the EU's 28th Member State on 1 July. Gemma off And the 28th Member State has accomplished a lot, becoming a fully-fledged member of the biggest club of democracies just 18 years after the devastating Yugoslavian war. As it looks ahead to a successful EU membership, it may inspire the hopes of other Western Balkan countries waiting to join this monumental union, which today represents the concerns and aspirations of 500 million people. Gemma on So how would you sum up the end of this parliamentary year? For me, it's certainly been one of courage, dedication and achievements. But to really get Europe safely out of the global recession there is still a long path ahead. The EPP Group will continue to attack it with integrity and conviction, ensuring more Europe, better growth and more jobs for its citizens. Thank you very much for watching throughout the year and join us again in September for more EPP TV news. Enjoy the Summer, and hopefully this weather! Title Parliamentary Annual Review: EPP Group fights for growth and jobs Description EPP TV takes a look back at the Group's year in action as the largest and most influential political force at the heart of EU decision-making. we'll review its major policy developments in the Common Agricultural Policy, Digital Single Market, Banking Union, Common EU Patent, Multi-annual Financial Framework, Accession Negotiations and Passenger Rights. Tags EPP Group, European Parliament, Digital Single Market, Economic, Monetary, Union, Banking, EU, patent, budget, MFF, Multi-annual Financial Framework, CAP, Common Agricultural Policy, passenger rights, Croatia, accession, Joseph Daul, Raimer Boge, Mathieu Grosch, Michel Dantin, Elisabeth Kostinger, Pablo Arias, Raffaele Baldassarre, Anders Borg, growth, jobs, Europe
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