Parliamentary Annual Review: EPP Group fights for growth and jobs

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292940

SHOOT DATE

11 Jul 2013

SHOOT LOCATION

Bruxelles, Belgium

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EPP TV

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Edited Package
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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
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