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Starting 2015 with a positive attitude

Starting 2015 with a positive attitude

I would like to express my gratitude to Latvia for giving me an excellent opportunity to launch my  English website with a positive attitude. Latvia is not only a case, it is an example. A few years ago, it was facing deep crisis. I remember that moment in the European parliament, when my colleague Valdis Dombrovskis decided to take the leadership in order to serve his homeland in a very difficult situation. He and ...

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Latvia takes over EU Council presidency for the first time

Latvia takes over EU Council presidency for the first time

The first of January not only marked the start of a new year, it was also when Latvia took over the presidency of the EU Council for the first time. The Baltic state will lead and coordinate member states’ work for the next six months and expectations are high. Visiting Latvia in December 2014, EP President Martin Schulz said: "My experience shows that presidencies from small countries are very much involved in the success ...

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MEP Peterle: Health systems need a true shift to prevention

“The recent European elections sent a clear message to the European institutions that the EU must address the concerns and expectations of its citizens”, Mr Alojz Peterle, MEP (Slovenia) said today at the opening of the 17th European Health Forum Gastein. “We need strong leadership and a bold vision to reconnect European citizens to decision-making processes in the EU, and to connect European policy to the people.” An area in which this approach is of ...

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PETERLE: “We will contribute to an improved political atmosphere which could accelerate the accession process of Macedonia to the EU”

Alojz Peterle MEP (EPP/NSI), Chair of the EU-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), welcomed the 12th EU- FYROM JPC that took place on 26 -27 November 2014 under his co-chairmanship. Peterle said that "the JPC will strive to contribute to an improved political atmosphere which could accelerate the accession process of Macedonia to the EU”. With regards to the opening of negotiations and the enlargement process in the region, Peterle called on all ...

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European Parliament calls to speed up negotiations for an EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement

The European Parliament has adopted a Resolution which positively evaluates the prospects for an EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which is under negotiation since last year. Intensifying political cooperation with Japan Alojz Peterle MEP, Member of the EPP Group and Rapporteur for the European Parliament, sees this as a vote of confidence for the adoption of the agreement. “The European Parliament has expressed its absolute support for the successful conclusion of the current negotiations, and ...

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