Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has presented his €315bn growth and investment plan to parliament
Upon his appointment as commission president, Juncker had promised to have an investment package designed to stimulate the European economy ready by the end of the year. Speaking to MEPs in Strasbourg, he said "Christmas has come early - I am here to deliver on my promise". The Luxembourgish official described his plan as "ambitious yet realistic", adding, "Europe needs a kickstart and today the commission is applying the jump cables". He stressed that "investing in Europe means much more than figures […], it's mainly about people". Juncker said "we should not forget the sacrifices that many in Europe have made over the past six years" and announced that "Europe is back in business".
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Written by: Patrick O'Flynn
Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2014, Economic and Monetary Affairs, November, Patrick O'Flynn
'Direct and indirect alcohol-related social costs in Europe amount to over €160bn' and we must act now, urges Piernicola Pedicini
In Europe, the harmful consumption of alcohol is the second largest lifestyle-related cause of illness, and it is a risk factor in over 60 chronic diseases, including alcohol-related liver disease and chronic pancreatitis, diseases of the digestive system, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and neuropsychiatric diseases. On top of all these ailments, alcohol has many other harmful effects. One in four road traffic accidents in the EU is alcohol-related and account for more than 10,000 road deaths per year - young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are particularly at risk. Overall, direct and indirect alcohol-related social costs in Europe amount to over €160bn. The commission has analysed the resulting impact on the economy and citizens’ health, and has identified five priority issues that need addressing.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Written by: Piernicola Pedicini
Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2014, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, November, Piernicola Pedicini
UKIP has its second MP
David Borrelli, co-chairman of the Group EFDD, today called Nigel Farage to congratulate him on behalf of the entire Group EFDD for election (or re-election) to the House of Commons, of the UKIP candidate Mark Reckless, who recently quit the conservative party. During their phone call, Borrelli reconfirmed to Farage its full support and willingness to strengthen their cooperation in the common fights at the European Parliament.
Friday, 21 November 2014
Written by: David Borrelli Nigel Farage
Posted in: Press releases, David Borrelli , Newsroom, 2014, November, Nigel Farage
In the first week of his presidency of the commission, Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the EPSC as a revamped version of the bureau of European policy advisers (BEPA). EFDD member of the industry, research and energy committee Roger Helmer said, "the attitude of parliamentarians to the issue of the chief scientific adviser [was] determined to a considerable extent by their opinion on the salient issue of the day". He added, "there is concern among some that the holder of the post was a supporter of GM crops, rightly in my view, and was dropped because this opinion was an embarrassment to Jean-Claude Juncker. So on those grounds I regret her passing."
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Written by: Roger Helmer
Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2014, November, Industry, Research and Energy