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Безбедност и работни места: Европратениците дебатираат за приоритетите на латвиското претседателство




СтрајумаIncreasing security, boosting growth, creating jobs, establishing a digital single market: Latvia will have plenty to do at the helm of the Council presidency the coming six months. Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma discussed her country’s priorities during a debate in the European Parliament on 14 January. Some MEPs welcomed plans to focus on passenger name record legislation to improve security, while others stressed the importance of investment.

Referring to last week’s terrorist attacks in France, Straujuma highlighted the need to strengthen security in Europe, while still safeguarding fundamental values: “Our objective is to defend the European values, a space of freedom, security, justice and mutual tolerance, characterizing Europe in the world.”

She said her country’s goals included “a competitive, digital and globally strong Europe” as well as better links with the European Parliament: “It is important for us to work in close cooperation with you. This is the main reason for my visit today – to strengthen our cooperation and to develop a coherent agenda of the Council and the Parliament.”

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said: “The Latvian presidency is the symbol of reconciliation in the history of the EU. Thirty years ago no-one could have imagined this.” He said the Commission supported the presidency’s goals of creating jobs, boosting growth, relaunching investment, deepening the economic and monetary union and completing the digital single market.

Манфред Вебер, германскиот претседател на групата ЕПП, истакна дека иако Летонија доживеа тешки економски времиња во 2009 година, сега ужива економски раст и пад на невработеноста. „Летонија е трепка надеж во ЕУ“, рече тој, ветувајќи the на земјата поддршка од неговата група за законодавството за евиденција на името на патниците и мерките за поддршка на економскиот раст и отворањето работни места.

Gianni Pittella, the Italian chair of the S&D group, said: “We want to answer the question about the protection of our citizens. We need a new security approach. We have to overcome the resistance of the member states and set up a regional strategy to clear away terrorism.”

Робертс Зиле, латвиски член на групата ECR, го привлече вниманието на ситуацијата во Украина, велејќи дека стабилна, слободна и демократска Украина ќе биде важен пример за другите партнерски земји, покажувајќи дека вредностите на ЕУ се реални. Ова може да помогне за зајакнување на соработката со другите земји од евроазиското партнерство.


Sophie in ’t Veld, a Dutch member of the ALDE group, said: “I would call on the Latvian presidency to make the adoption of the horizontal anti-discrimination directive an absolute priority,” adding that the adoption of a European law would be the best response to homophobia.

Dimitrios Papadimoulis, a Greek member of the GUE/NGL group, commented: “The European Union needs to find solutions through diplomacy and democracy and it is in our interest to alleviate tensions, to build up friendly relations on the principles of democracy.”

Филип Ламбертс, белгиски член на групата на Зелените/ЕФА, го покани премиерот Страујума да ја ревидира својата програма. „Дали сме избрани овде за да ги задоволиме пазарите? тој ме праша.

Rolandas Paksas, a Lithuanian member of the EFDD group, warned that large countries exercised a strong influence on the presidency programmes of small member states. “We need an EU security strategy, jobs and growth, but first of all a common energy market,” he added.

Iveta Grigule, a non-attached member from Latvia, said good relations with Central Asian countries were important: “Central Asia states need our support and attention to help them balance the increasing Russian pressure.”

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