01 October 2014

Delivering tangible results in the wake of the economic crisis

 - Monday, 27 January 2014, 07:59

MP and former Minister Tonio Fenech attended the European Parliamentary Week (EPW) that was held in the European Parliament in Brussels between the 20 and 22 January 2014. The European Parliamentary Week brought together some 150 members of EU national parliaments and Members of the European Parliament to discuss all aspects of economic governance and policy coordination. One of the main issues on the agenda was the impact of the economic crisis and austerity measures in Europe

The opening session was addressed by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament; Vangelis Meimarakis, Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament; Josè Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.

The second meeting of the Interparliamentary Conference on Economic Governance of the EU, based on Article 13 of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance (TSCG), was also held within the framework of the EPW. The Article 13 Conference focussed on three themes: The democratic legitimacy of economic adjustment programmes; Promoting growth and jobs in Europe through financing the real economy; and Enhanced Fiscal surveillance in EMU.

Amongst the observations made during the discussions, participants said that the crisis has revealed that national policies need to be a matter of common concern, they need to be discussed at the European level and the European dimension needs to be brought into national debates.

They noted that European economic governance decisions will only succeed if parliaments across the EU work well together and are closely involved and in control of those decisions, emphasising the need for better coordination between the EP and the national parliaments.

Participants said that more emphasis must be placed on the spill-over effects from national economic policies and national reform programmes needed to be discussed and adopted by national parliaments to increase their legitimacy and ownership.

Members warned that disregard for social concerns would have a negative impact on the macroeconomic situation, noting the social disparities that exist between countries, regions and people.

Amongst the points made by various participants at the meetings, were the:


-            the negative impact of austerity measures on the standard of living of citizens

-            the need to deliver tangible results to the citizens, especially to those who have borne the brunt of the crisis

-            the need for more monitoring and supervision to ensure that the economic policy recommendations are properly implemented

-            the need for governments to deliver more tangible results to citizens and 

-            the need on making EU funding less technically complex to obtain.


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Joe Martinelli says:
27 January 2014 14:12

Since that comment of 'Cuc Malti' the number has multiplied a hundred-fold and the singular is no longer valid.
If any, Tonio had underestimated the number of cwiec.
Now the evidence is blinding!
Thank you Tonio for keeping MV Malta afloat. Pity that this government is furiously drilling holes in its hull.

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Jan Farrugia says:
27 January 2014 13:30

John Vella,  'cuc Malti'  taken out of context is as dishonest as it comes. What counts is not one expression in a man's whole lifetime but his achievements along the way.

During the past administrations Malta did not need to politically prostitute itself to survive during the worst global economic recession this side of 1923. It is only now, that the INTERNATIONAL recession is slowly being defeated that our new gov't deems fit that it needs to raise money by turning Castille as a national pimping office and our passports as the prostitutes. Shame on whoever dreamt this crap of a law, it is so shameful that the PL had it hidden in the deepest labyrinth of its headquarters lest the people would have known about it prior to the elections, only to be divulged as something that EU countries had which is a big lie as the Austrian charge d'affairs said officially last week. Now even Joseph Muscat has stopped mentioning Austria. Was he threatened with some type of action by the Austrian government?

One last thing. The previous gov worked hard during the global recession and the Libyan conflict and the drastic increase in the price of crude oil from 40 to 120 dollars a barrel and reaching 140 dollars at one point.

Now Joseph Muscat does not want to work hard but instead he wants an easy life, like that of a pimp, who would be happy prostituting us while he drinks pina-coladas on his deckchair in the sun. Or maybe he does not know how to do a prime minister's job.

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John Vella says:
27 January 2014 08:53

Yes, Tonio Fenech is a former Minister and MP, however his tongue  when he let it loose hurt him, hurt the party and hurt the people 'Cuc Malti' does he really want our votes? The least we see of him the better.
Please will someone point out to Simon that when he speaks and start repeat a phrase over and over and over it is making him look less statesman and more amateur.
Thank you.

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