Vote on Trade and investment strategy for the Southern Mediterranean following the Arab Spring revolutions:
- extracts from the vote on the report by Niccolò RINALDI (ALDE, IT)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 10/05/2012 First transmission: 10/05/2012
The EU must do more to promote democracy and stability in its southern Mediterranean neighbourhood by boosting mutually-beneficial trade relations in the wake of the Arab Spring, says Parliament. Efforts should be focused on small businesses as the main drivers of job creation and wealth.
In a report on the EU's trade for change policy in the southern Mediterranean, adopted on Thursday by 479 votes to 64, with 40 abstentions, MEPs demand greater efforts by the EU and Member States to support the transition to democracy in the Arab Spring countries. "So far, the political response to the Arab Spring has been weak", said rapporteur Niccolò Rinaldi (ALDE, IT). My report sets out what Europeans can do to help these people, who are getting closer to democracy and realize that there are prospects for a better life."
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||EP Vice-President Gianni PITELLA opens the vote on the Trade and investment strategy for the Southern Mediterranean following the Arab Spring revolution. Ambience shots during the vote on the report by Niccolò RINALDI (ALDE, IT).
||Digital screen with results: 479 votes in favour, 64 against and 40 abstentions.