Constitutional Reforms in Uzbekistan – in the broader context of enhanced EU-Uzbek relations

Speech delivered by MEP Iuliu Winkler during the Roundtable “Constitutional Reforms: Basis for Ensuring the Rule of Law, Security and Free and Fair Civil Society”, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, in the Press Club of Brussels.   Dear Ladies & Gentlemen, Your Excellency Mr. Vladimir Norov, Minister of Foreign Affairs Your …

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EPP Group in the International Trade Committee, strongly support an EU Trade and Sustainable Development -TSD

We, Members of the EPP Group in the International Trade Committee, strongly support an EU Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) policy built as a cooperative instrument. The aim of the TSD Chapters in new generation EU FTAs is primarily to improve the situation on the ground in partner countries. Clearly, a dialogue-based strategy complemented by …

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Comment: Critical raw materials – a trade policy for sustainable supply chains

In a guest contribution for Borderlex, four Members of the European Parliament call for a trade policy that is better adapted to the European Union’s new Critical Raw Materials strategy as it rolls out its Fit-for-55 climate package. Concluding outstanding free trade agreements with Chile and Australia is seen as part of the solution. One …

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SME Europe, the most active EPP organisation, despite the difficult context of the pandemic

SME Europe, the economic and SME organisation of the European People’s Party, was among the most active EPP organisations even in the difficult context of the pandemic. This was one of the conclusions of the SME Europe General Assembly held this week in Brussels. The organisation’s First Vice-President, MEP Iuliu Winkler, pointed out that SME …

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The EU-Australia dialogue must bring mutually beneficial solutions

The European Union and Australia are like-minded partners with many common challenges. The Indo-Pacific is a strategic area of engagement for the EU, and an economic growth engine we must not ignore. Still, the way in which the AUKUS deal was done and the French submarine deal terminated is not reassuring EU-Australia relations. Nevertheless, despite …

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The new EU-China strategy, adopted by the European Parliament

The European Parliament has adopted its report on “A new EU-China strategy”. I worked as co-rapporteur for this file, covering the exclusive competences of INTA on trade and investment. The report is very important because it clarifies and consolidates the EU position in its strategic relationship with China. Key trade- and investment-related considerations include calls to …

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EU conflict minerals regulation takes effect

Experience shows that the implementation of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation has been successfully initiated and has started to produce effects.

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A new EU China Strategy

Members of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) voted on Thursday by a large majority the opinion drafted by MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP) on the new EU-China strategy, which discusses the latest developments in the bilateral trade and investment relationship. ”The last months have brought significant changes in the EU-China relationship as the COVID-19 …

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Simplification of procedures, the main urgency for European SMEs

Three quarters of European SMEs have been affected last year by restrictions imposed to counter the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent study by SME Europe, the economic organization of the European People’s Party (EPP). “Last year, the European SME sector has been hit hard. Despite aid programs in all Member States, 7.5% of SMEs …

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Romanian SMEs, invited to answer questions on a survey launched by SME Europe

Romanian SMEs are invited to answer questions on a survey launched by SME Europe, the European People’s Party’s (EPP) economic organization, at the level of all Member States, which will be the basis for recommendations to European institutions, announced on Monday MEP Iuliu Winkler (RMDSZ, EPP), First Vice-President of SME Europe. “Ten months have passed …

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