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It will soon be easier for citizens who have lost their jobs to get help in finding a new job or setting up their own business. On Wednesday evening, a provisional agreement revising the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for displaced workers (EGF) was reached between Parliament and Council.

“ As Renew Europe rapporteur, I welcome this agreement, which sends a clear message of European solidarity to all displaced workers, especially in these very difficult times,” says Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, Member of the European Parliament who has represented Renew Europe in the negotiations.

The EGF was established in 2006 and is a concrete expression of European solidarity. The programme is part of the Multiannual Financial Framework stretching from 2021 until 2027, and will get a budgetary boost from 170 million euros per year to an annual average of 186 million euros. …


Capital and long-term perspective is required to carry out world-changing research and deliver much needed innovations. Therefore, Renew Europe is proud to announce that an ambitious amount of 95.5 billion euros has been secured to the key future-oriented programme Horizon Europe, stretching from next year until 2027, making it the world’s largest investment programme in research and innovation. The deal was reached at the concluding trilogue on Friday at dawn and will succeed the current programme, Horizon 2020.

MEP Dlabajovà, Coordinator for the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and Shadow Rapporteur for the Horizon Europe Regulation, says:

“ I consider this result a success, for the European Parliament, but first and foremost for our research community and for our innovators. Horizon Europe will not only support forefront discoveries, but also bring incredible innovative solutions in our daily lives, making our start-ups and SMEs a key vector of the green and digital transformation of our economy.” …


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Europe’s technological know-how will from 2021 unite under a fully-fledged European Defence Fund of 8 billion euros, creating a joint innovative and competitive defence industrial base, after an agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council on Monday. Renew Europe’s lead negotiator Dominique Riquet:

“We can welcome this step forward towards a more secure and protecting Europe, for the benefit of its citizens. On such a sovereign matter, setting up this Fund through the Union is a real sign of confidence and solidarity between Member States. Let us remember that in terms of military spending, the European Union is the second largest player in the world. This Fund should generate synergies between European defence industries and allow the emergence of a military-industrial complex.”

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In the grip of the second wave of coronavirus, two thirds of EU citizens call for more EU competence and an EU budget with sufficient means to tackle the crisis.

The European Parliament released today the full results of its third survey this year asking European citizens their views on the Coronavirus crisis and their attitudes towards the European Union. Although 50% of Europeans feel ‘uncertainty’ again as their key emotional state as the economic impact of the pandemic takes its toll, more people now have a positive image of the EU than in the Spring.

With an increasing number of EU citizens feeling uncertain about their future, two thirds of respondents (66%) agreed that the EU should have more competences to deal with the pandemic. …


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The unemployment rate is unacceptably high throughout many European regions, particularly among young citizens or other vulnerable groups and far too many citizens face discrimination on the labour market. To help affected citizens getting a job, Renew Europe has been a driving force in ensuring the continuation and enhanced cooperation of the European Network of Public Employment Services (PES).

MEP Atidzhe Alieva-Veli (Movement for Rights and Freedoms/Bulgaria) has represented Renew Europe in the negotiations. She stresses the importance of the continuation of PES, increasing the possibilities for unemployed citizens to get a job. MEP Alieva-Veli says:

- Now, when Member States have to overcome the negative impact, which the COVID-19 pandemic has on our citizens and economy, to facilitate swift recovery and ensure successful transition to green economy, we need, more than ever, to enhance the cooperation between the Member States within the areas of PES’ responsibility. …


Par Dacian CIOLOȘ et Valerie HAYER

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La crise du COVID-19 a poussé les Européens à s’unir et faire front face à un ennemi commun sans pitié pour les plus vulnérables d’entre nous. Très tôt, les eurodéputés ont compris l’urgence d’un sursaut européen pour surmonter la crise sanitaire, économique et sociale. Aucun Etat membre ne peut à lui seul faire face à ces défis. …


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Members of the International Trade Committee (INTA) in the European Parliament adopted today their position on the Trade Policy Review. Renew Europe very much welcomes the timely launch of this review which commits to placing openness, resilience and values-based trade at the heart of the EU Trade policy.

MEP Barry Andrews (Fianna Fáil Party, Ireland), Renew Europe shadow rapporteur on this file declared:
« Renew Europe remains firmly committed to open and rules-based trade. …


by Dacian Cioloș and Valérie Hayer

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President Dacian Cioloș (right) with our MFF Taskforce Team.

The EU is facing many common challenges, from Covid-19 to economic recovery and climate change. From very early on, MEPs understood that no single Member State can possibly face these challenges alone. Through long and difficult negotiations, the European Parliament persisted and finally managed to get the EU Heads of State to make a considerable leap forward in the consolidation of our common efforts by way of agreement on the EU’s common budget.
In total, more than €1. 8 trillion will enable the EU not only to rebuild its economy but also to lay new solid and lasting foundations for the Green deal and digital agenda. …


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MEP Anna Donáth

Thanks to the unjust Roma policies implemented by some EU Member States over the last decade, we have lost generations. EU funding for Roma integration policies sadly didn’t help to reduce the cruel differences between people, in large part because the money was spent recklessly by corrupted governments. But funding — even if used properly — cannot be expected to magically solve all problems, social inclusion cannot depend on money alone.

Real change can only be achieved through humane and just policies and only within the framework of the rule of law. The new EU Roma Strategic Framework published last week by the European Commission is a step in that direction. This strategy sets more ambitious goals than ever before. For example, it would halve discrimination against Roma and help ensure that the majority of Roma young people complete secondary school, thus increasing their chances of breaking out of poverty. …


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By Dacian Ciolos, Malik Azmani, Fabienne Keller and Jan-Christoph Oetjen

From the tragic death of Alan Kurdi 5 years ago, to the thousands of lost lives in the Mediterranean, to the recent fire at the Moria refugee camp, it has been clear for many years now that the European Union’s approach to migration and asylum is not fit for purpose.

Despite the attempts of the Juncker Commission and the European Parliament to make progress, the EU still not has a solid common migration and asylum policy and the most poor and vulnerable continue to pay the price for our failures.

In the meantime, politicians from the extreme right and populists have exploited the EU’s inability to put in place an effective European system, further dividing our communities and destabilising the European Union itself. …

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