Parliament Agenda: ALDE priorities for the week of 27 Feb. 2012

Jennifer Baker is joined by Neil Corlett, ALDE Group Spokesperson, to discuss the EU Agenda for this week in the latest issue of ‘previEUws’.

The European Union’s foreign ministers are meeting this week, with Syria high on their agenda. According to ALDE spokesperson Corlett, decisive issues include finding a way to end the violence in Syria (00:58) now that the UN has been rendered incompetent, Turkey’s role in a possible solution and protecting refugees, as well as providing necessary humanitarian aid to the Syrian people. Second point on this week’s agenda is the Economic and Monetary Committee of the European Parliament, which is meeting on Tuesday. Special attention will go out to the Greek debt crisis (03:04), now that Greece has to prove its reform capabilities to the troika (the EU, ECB and IMF).

The spokesperson advocates a structural solution to the Greek problems. If not, another package worth up to tens of billions of euros might be necessary within another 6 months. Later this week, the Economic and Monetary Committee will meet with Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker (05:58). Corlett emphasises that when it comes to stimulating growth by investing in a job friendly environment, attention should go out to SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). As they provide in over two-thirds of all jobs in Europe. In conclusion this week’s ‘previEUws’ touches upon ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (08:08). Following recent protests and strong critique at various levels, the Commission referred the treaty to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The Court of Justice in its turn will now examine whether the agreement is in conformity with the EU treaties.

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