Headlines February 2013
The decisive actions taken at the EU level to tackle not only the symptoms of the economic crisis but also its underlying causes have left Europe in a much stronger position to cope with further crises in the future, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said on Monday.
Speaking to students at the prestigious SciencesPo university in France, V-P Šefčovič said that the future of the Europe would depend on learning from the mistakes of the past and making sure that they never happen again.
Europe's future lies in greater coordination and deeper integration of policies and programmes, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a conference on economic and monetary union in Bratislava, V-P Šefčovič said that EMU provided a "new vision" for the future of Europe, based on working together to find common solutions to shared problems.
Excessive and unreasonable cuts to the EU's administration budget, as called for by some Member States, will risk breaking the EU machinery and hit citizens first, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič warned on Wednesday (6 February).
Speaking after a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the preparations for this week's European Council, which will discuss the EU's long-term budget (or multi-annual financial framework, MFF, as it is known), V-P Šefčovič criticised the "excessive" focus on administration costs by some national governments.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, representing the EU Presidency, debrief journalists on Monday’s General Affairs Council. The main topics of discussions were trade, the situation in Syria and Mali and the preparations for the March European summit, which will once again focus on the EU’s long-term budget proposals.
The EU has come a long way in the last few years in terms of reducing red tape, but there are still plenty of burdens on European businesses that need to be tackled through a smarter approach to regulation, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said on Friday (1 February).