Headlines January 2014
As Europe prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, there are many lessons to be learned from our past that can help us make a better future, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič told an audience of Maltese students on 31 January. The EU has brought 60 years of peace, and Europe still succeeds best when we all work together, not against each other, he said.
With just four months to go until the European Parliament elections in May, Europe needs to reconnect with citizens, remind them of what the EU really brings them and regain their trust, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič told parliamentarians from all 28 Member States on 27 January. Speaking at the bi-annual meeting of the chairs of the European affairs committees of the national parliaments, hosted by the Greek EU presidency in Athens, VP Šefčovič drew on the wisdom of ancient Greek storyteller Aesop to underline his message.
It is 20 years since the European Commission's White Paper on competitiveness, growth and employment drafted by then Commission President Jacques Delors, but these still remain top priorities for the EU – all the more so in this European Parliament election year.
Europe, democracy and pragmatism: three things we all owe to Greece. This was the message of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in the European Parliament on 15 January as MEPs debated the priorities for the Greek presidency of the EU.