GovNews is a brief round-up of a select number of the most interesting conversations happening on GovFaces. In today’s edition, the main topics include the main EP2014 campaign issues in Poland, the Chinese economy, and the EU-Andean relations.
Franck Guillory: Hey MEP Liberadzki, Franck Guillory, Jolpress.com editor, manager of JOL Social, social network for journalists – What are the main issues of the EP2014 campaign in your country and Europe-wide?
- Boguslaw Liberadzki: Dear Mr. Guillory, for me, the main issue is the future model of the EU. The Dilemma is the following: To continues today’s model of a weak Communitiy and strong national gouvernments; cuts and austerity as a way out of the crisis; economic recovery; more investments; more jobs and more justice. Today in Poland Ukrania is a very hot issue. During the campaign we should be able to deliver a message of a strong and united Union, efficiency when it comes to defending the principals of territorial integrity souvereignety and solidarity. Poland and Lithuania have been already affected by Russian sanctions, while other Member States do nothing, but even more, they try to make business with Russia as usual. The EU in Poland and my constituency, my constituency in the EU -that is an important message to be delivered, to encourage people to cast their vote.
Dr. Liberdazki is a former Polish minister of transportation and maritime economy (1993-1997). As an MEP, he is currently a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and vice-chair of the Committee and Budgetary Control
Question: Madame, dans un rapport, vous affirmez que “la Chine ne peut pas encore être considérée comme une économie de marché”. Pourquoi? Comment avoir de meilleures relations économiques avec ce partenaire?
- Marielle de Sarnez: L’économie chinoise ne remplit pas à ce jour les critères de l’économie de marché telle que définie par l’OMC.
The question and MEP de Sarnez are referring to a recent European Parliament report which claimed that “the Chinese economy does not fulfill the criteria of a market economy as defined by the WTO” and called on the EU Commission to “apply the principle of reciprocity to the EU’s common trade policy with developed and emerging countries such as China, in order to restore fair competition and to ensure a more level playing field.”
MEP de Sarnez is currently a member of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the Committee on International Trade, Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
Question: MEP Bilbao Barandica, as the Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community, what do you see as the EU’s main role in this region?
- Izaskun Bilbao Barandica: I think the USA is changing its vision about those countries. Twenty years ago the USA saw this American region as a colonial area. That kind of policy is the father of the majorities that now there are in Bolivia, Ecuador or Venezuela. USA have understood this line is not the best, but there are yet a lot of inertias and interests against the necessary change of USA’s “diplomacy style” in the area. The key is respect for people, countries and Democracy.
MEP Bilbao Barandica is a former president of the Basque Parliament (2005-2009). As an MEP she is currently a member of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and vice-chair of the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community.