Headlines May 2013
Europe is at a crossroads after years of struggling to cope with the effects of the economic crisis, but the fundamental economic and political changes that have resulted from our response to the crisis have shown us the right path to take towards a far brighter future. This was the main message of Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič at a high-level conference in Bratislava on 31 May.
Europe's ability to react to disasters more quickly and decisively has been given a major boost with the opening a new Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in Brussels. The new centre, which was inaugurated on 15 May 2013 by Commission President José Manuel Barroso, will provide a better coordinated, faster and more efficient European response to disasters in Europe and the world.
Each 9 May, the European institutions celebrate Europe Day, in memory of the 9 May 1950 declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman calling for the creation of a united Europe. Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič took part in a number of events in both Brussels and Bratislava to mark the day.
On 4 May, V-P Šefčovič was in Brussels for the annual Open Doors day, when all the institutions are open to the general public. Alongside Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, he took part in the inauguration of a new visitors' centre located in the Charlemagne building, opposite the Commission's Berlaymont headquarters.