Plenary Focus - June 2013
Since its creation, the European
External Action Service
has been a militarised, nontransparent
structure that links civilian
and military capabilities. Neither the European
Parliament nor the national Parliaments have any
political or budgetary control, over this institution.
Its review will only increase its ties to military
and intelligence structures. It represents a further
threat to peace in Europe and in the world. We believe
that the EEAS should be urgently abolished.
Debate: Wednesday; Vote: Thursday
The proposal aims to regulate
baby food and food for special
medical purposes, like
dietery products and meal
replacements aimed at the
elderly and sick. Most importantly, the agreement
reached with the Council sets a higher food safety
standard for food intended for vulnerable groups.
For example, stricter regulations will apply on maximum
residue levels of pesticides in food and feed
of plant and animal origin.
Debate: Tuesday Vote: Tuesday
Joao Pimenta Lopes
I believe the right to housing should be implemented through a guarantee that citizens and families will have adequate housing which meets their needs and safeguards their well-being, privacy and quality of life, thereby helping to achieve social justice and cohesion and tackle social exclusion and poverty. Member States, taking into account their different social, economic and cultural circumstances, should set transparent and impartial criteria for allocating social housing that guarantee this right to all without discrimination.
The question of a common
asylum system has been on
the table since 1999. In these
14 years we have consistently
failed to establish a genuine asylum policy
centred around the rights of asylum seekers
and the principle of solidarity. The compromise
reached with Council falls far below our expectations:
for instance, the agreement does not
modify the Dublin system, it does not ban the
detention of unaccompanied minors, and it does
not exclude vulnerable groups from accelerated
or border procedures.
Debate: Tuesday; Vote: Wednesday
CRIM mid-term report
The mid-term report on organized crime includes good proposals such as a call to end bank secrecy, which is important as banks have worked as money laundering machines for organized crime for too long. We need more control of capital, more openness and transparency in public and business administrations and to involve civil society much more in the battle against organized crime.
In light of skyrocketing unemployment
rates in Europe,
especially among young
people, European leaders
must urgently invest in sustainable growth. Big
promises will not help if the money provided is
not enough as by the so called “Growth and Jobs
Compact”. The dogma of austerity and improving
competitiveness means social dumping and wage
cuts at the expense of the people. The social situation
in many Member States requires solutions
based on solidarity if the EU wants to have a future.
Freedom of movement without border controls is one of the most important achievements of the EU. This reform of the governance of the Schengen area introduces the possibility to reintroduce internal border controls if one Member State fails to keep its external borders airtight. With this decision to be made by the ministers in the Council, this reform severely undermines the principle of free movement within the EU by surrendering it to the discretion of governments whose biggest interest is to be re-elected