Plenary Focus - November 2012
Economic & Monetary Union
he Emu report, with the excuse of trying to build a true roadmap for the construction of “genuine Economic and monetary union” demonstrates that the principle of solidarity on which the European project should be based, will only be put into practice if the coun tries experiencing severe economic difficulties first follow, as a precondition, the austerity measures established in the Fiscal Compact, six pack and the future two pack. this does not represent a solution to, or a way out of, the crisis.
Security & Defense Policy
the Danjean report intensifies the taken path of Eu-militarisation i.a in form of armament obligations, binding permanent structured cooperation and the misuse of development aid (EDF fund) for military purpose. Further, the report demands more “robust” CFSP missions and explicitly regrets that no new military operations were launched besides the EUTM somalia since 2008. We strictly reject this report and tabled a minority report.
the report proposes to take better account of the specificities of small-scale fisheries in the context of the CFP reform. among other proposals, advancing with the development of a community programme to support small-scale fisheries, recognition of the positive externalities generated by small and unpaid fishing, and the creation of specific mechanisms of support to put into action in case of emergencies such as natural disasters or breaks in activity determined by restocking plans.
Current negotiations on the mFF 2014-2020 have come to a standstill as some governments, such as germany and the uK, want to achieve spending reductions. European solidarity inside and outside the Eu will be undermined if the Council accepts the proposed cuts to structural and Cohesion funds as well as development cooperation and humanitarian aid. right now in times of crisis, we need to strengthen these instruments which are geared to a social future based on solidarity.