Coronavirus, Migration, Industry, Africa Strategy
12 Mar 2020
Battling the Coronavirus - a call to action
Peter Liese 3:01
This needs a European cooperation.
Tensions with Turkey over migrants
Manfred Weber 1:18
The main message is, you cannot blackmail Europe.
Updating the EU´s Industrial Strategy
Esther de Lange 5:53
We can make the Green Deal a good deal for industry.
Rethinking the EU´s Africa Strategy
We must have partnerships, real partnerships, with countries with which we share values.
Peter Liese, German MEP 1:24
The crisis is very serious. I´m very concerned, especially what happens in Italy.
Peter Liese on the coronavirus. He wants more EU action on prevention as well as economic stimulus.
Liese on 2:01
We need much more European coordination. The European Centre for Disease Control - ECDC - needs much more staff as soon as possible.
While health policy is a national responsibility, the EPP Group says the EU should coordinate restrictions on travel, schools and public events.
On the economic impact, Liese and EPP Group Vice Chair Esther de Lange call for a more flexible interpretation of EU state aid rules to help companies hurting from the crisis.
Esther de Lange, Dutch MEP :30
We need to be all hands on deck, we should be making sure that we use all the flexibility that we have within our Stability and Growth Pact.
Amid tensions at the Greek-Turkish border over migrants and refugees, the EU and Turkey have agreed to review their four-year-old agreement on how to manage the situation.
Manfred Weber, EPP Group Chairman :00
The presence of President Erdogan in Brussels is for me a clear proof that the measures on the external borders works, because we cannot be blackmailed.
Weber on :18
We are ready to help, but only on the negotiating table and not with pressure on the border.
The EU has announced 700 million euros in new aid to Greece to help deal with the migrants and ensure the EU’s external border.
Weber on :35
Europe must show all the solidarity it can show to the Greek authorities to back their position and their activities there.
Christian Ehler, German MEP :19
The Green Deal is a chance, because we will invest, we will invite, we will have new industries.
The EPP Group’s Christian Ehler, on the European Commission’s newly proposed Industrial Strategy, as the EU aims for carbon neutrality by 2050.
Ehler on :27
We have to cope with the fact that this is of transformative nature, you know we want to change industries, whole sectors.
Traditional sectors like steel will need help to get greener and stay competitive, says EPP Group Vice Chair Esther de Lange. That means fair trade ties.
De Lange on 2:06
If you then don´t provide a level playing field at a global level, all you´re doing is chasing these companies away to other parts of the world.
Isabel Wiseler-Lima, Luxembourg MEP
Democratic values are essential values, and they must be essential for countries with which we have real partnerships.
Isabel Wiseler-Lima, as the EU sets out a new Africa Strategy. She says there’s got to be a stronger orientation toward reaching the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Wiseler-Lima MEP on
They are all important, and in the 21st century, it´s that there is no more hunger in the world. And I must say, that without peace it is difficult to have economic growth.
Economic growth can encourage people not to migrate. That´s one reason the EPP Group believes EU policy must promote democratic standards - good governance - to make sure EU funding is better spent.
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