Headlines Mai 2010
Vice President Maroš Šefčovič will travel to Madrid on Monday May 31 and Tuesday June 1 to discuss the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty and the enhanced democratic possibilities resulting from it, and to introduce the political priorities of the new Commission. On Monday, he will speak at the Forum Europa (Nueva Economia) on the Lisbon Treaty and the European Citizens' Initiative. He will also participate in the meeting of COSAC, which brings together the European Affairs Committees of national parliaments. The Vice-President will hold a number of meetings with leading members of the Spanish government, including Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, First Vice-President and Minister for the Presidency, Diego Lopez Garrido, Secretary of State for the EU, and Francisco Javier Rojo, President of the Spanish Senate.
Maroš Šefčovič, the Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Inter-institutional Relations and Administration, announced today the publication of vacancies for four Deputy Director General posts, open to nationals of three Member States which joined the EU in 2004 (Latvia, Lithuania and Malta). Although overall targets for top managers from the new Member States which joined the EU in 2004 have been achieved, individual indicative targets have not yet been reached for these three Member States. Today's publications will be followed in the coming days by two further waves of senior management publications, respectively at Director and Principal Adviser levels, which will opened to nationals of six Member States which joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia).
Commission, Parliament and Council move on with discussions on European Agencies and agree a roadmap for the work ahead
After launching a dialogue on the functioning of European agencies last year, political leaders from the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the European Union met again on 19 May in Strasbourg to take stock of the ongoing discussions and agree on a roadmap for the work ahead. The three institutions committed to finding common ground on how to improve agencies' work in 2011.
On Friday, 14th May, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič opened the Conference of Speakers of National Parliaments in Stockholm. This brings together speakers from forty chambers of national parliaments across the EU, the President of the EP and also assemblies from candidate countries. In his intervention, Vice-President Šefčovič underlined the great progress already accomplished in bringing EU institutions closer to national democratic realities, so that European affairs become part of daily discussions in national parliaments.
He stressed that this is a normal state of affairs, as so much legislation impacting on citizens' lives finds its origins in European regulation. The Treaty gives national parliaments the instruments to have a voice in the legislative process of the EU, and Vice-President Šefčovič strongly encouraged Speakers to seize this opportunity and bring Europe closer to the citizens.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič welcomes progress on Europe 2020 programme to build sustainable economic growth
European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič today welcomed the successful outcome of the General Affairs Council in Brussels, at which he represented the Commission. The Council, under the chairmanship of Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, met to prepare the ground for June's European summit, which is set to adopt the Europe 2020 strategy, designed to hasten Europe's exit from the economic crisis and to provide the building blocks for growth that will be sustainable in the future.
On 9 May, Europe Day, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič will attend the
celebration at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, of the 60th anniversary
of the Declaration by Robert Schuman, alongside Parliament President Jerzy
The celebration, in the presence of around 800 young people, will be marked by the raising of the European flag and the playing of the European anthem at midday, followed, in the afternoon, by a football match organised by UEFA and the city of Strasbourg.