Am revenit în aceste zile în România pentru a da un impuls unei foarte necesare dezbateri naţionale care să contureze opţiunea românilor pentru viitorul continentului. Preşedintele Comisiei Europene, Jean Claude Juncker, a propus spre considerare cinci scenarii şi consider că este imperios ca a şasea ţară ca mărime din UE post-Brexit să îşi asume rolul conturării direcţiei de urmat. Trebuie să înţelegem că această dezbatere este despre Europa în care vrem să trăim, să muncim, să învăţăm, să călătorim, să ne creştem copiii şi nepoţii.
I would like to debate with you on the future of cohesion policy. On how it can make Europe stronger, more cohesive, and better prepared to promote its values in this changing World.
I travel a lot across Europe. That is part of my job: to go and see by myself the state of play of EU funded projects, to encourage local, regional and national authorities to make the most of available EU funds, to use them in the best possible way. And I suppose my recent (8-10 February) trip to Naples, Pompeii, Norcia and Cascia was no exception. In a way.
It was my first visit to Lithuania as EU Commissioner on 26-27 January, and I was lucky to be accompanied by my colleague EU Commissioner for Health and food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis. Indeed, the first part of the trip was rather “healthy” as we both attended a conference on ‘Networks of Healthcare Institutions’ at Vilnius University Hospital Santariskes.
Just before Christmas, New Europe asked me how I saw the year ahead. Europe is at a crossroad, was my first reaction. Then I thought that, rather than one, quite a few crossroads were ahead of us this year. Indeed, 2017 could be the year of all crossroads for Europe. The article is available online or in a slightly longer version here below.
It was my fourth visit to Greece since I became the EU Commissioner’s for Regional Policy. And that visit had it all: signing financial agreements, meeting top Greek politicians and witnessing first-hand how Regional Policy funds do have an immense impact on the ground.
This week, a significant initiative of the European Union became reality. A reality for young Europeans and for Europe’s values of solidarity: the European Solidarity Corps aims to reach 100,000 young people by the end of 2020.
As Head of the EU delegation to the United Nations Conference-Habitat III which took place in Quito, Ecuador, I had the honour to take part in the adoption of the global ‘New Urban Agenda’.
The 14th European Week of Regions and Cities, which took place in the second week of October in Brussels, was particularly special for me as it was my second attendance at this traditional event so representative for Regional Policy.
Mi-a făcut plăcere să revin recent în ţară pentru o nouă vizită oficială, iar de această dată, am ajuns atât la Bucureşti, cât şi la Iaşi, în capitala Moldovei. Primul punct al vizitei în România l-a reprezentat întâlnirea la Bucureşti cu membrii comisiilor pentru Afaceri Europene din Parlamentul României, în cadrul căreia am discutat despre obiectivele și prioritățile Comisiei Europene pentru următoarele 12 luni.
Europe is built on solidarity. I often think of the European Union as a big family, whose strength is given by the collaborative will of its members. And as in a family, when one of the members is affected by a grave tragedy, the others come together and offer their support. The Solidarity Fund is one of the EU’s support tools, which provides financial support for the recovery of the areas affected by severe disasters.