EPP Congress in Zagreb: Highlights of the Second Day
The European People’s Party has concluded day-2 of the XXVI EPP Congress in Zagreb. Today’s plenary session featured addresses of the EPP’s EU heads of State and government, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament Manfred Weber, as well as party and opposition leaders.
The EPP Congress delegates also debated how the party can take the lead in the fight against climate change by implementing sustainable policies. After the debate, a resolution on climate action was adopted.
- Resolution ‘EPP vision for a sustainable planet’
The resolution can be found here: https://zagreb2019.epp.eu/documentation/
The newly elected EPP President Donald Tusk committed to five youth pledges as proposed and voted on by the delegates. These pledges demonstrate the party’s commitment to engaging young people and making sure their voice is heard.
The pledges can be found here: http://epptalks.myepp.eu/home/
Following the proposal of the incoming president, the Congress delegates today re-elected Secretary General Antonio López-Istúriz.
The delegates also elected the ten EPP Vice-Presidents and the Treasurer.
The new and complete EPP Presidency will therefore be comprised of:
Donald Tusk, Civic Platform, Poland
Antonio López-Istúriz, Partido Popular, Spain
Vice-Presidents: (in order of the number of votes received)
Mariya Gabriel, GERB, Bulgaria
David McAllister, CDU, Germany
Helen McEntee, Fine Gael, Ireland
Johannes Hahn, ÖVP, Austria
Esther De Lange, CDA, Netherlands
Antonio Tajani, Forza Italia, Italy
Siegfried Mureșan, PNL, Romania
Franck Proust, Les Républicains, France
Paulo Rangel, PSD, Portugal
Petteri Orpo, Kokoomus, Finland
Christian Schmidt, CSU, Germany
The website of the Congress can be found at: https://zagreb2019.epp.eu/
Donald Tusk overwhelmingly elected European People’s Party President
The European People’s Party Congress has overwhelmingly elected Donald Tusk as the EPP President with 491 in favour (93%) and 37 against. His Presidency will start on 1 December 2019.
He succeeds Joseph Daul after 2 mandates as EPP President.
A press conference with the outgoing and incoming EPP Presidents will take place tomorrow, 21 November, at 09:00-09:30 at the Area Zagreb.
Biography of Donald Tusk:
Donald Tusk was born in 1957 in Gdańsk, Poland. In 1976 he started studying history at the University of Gdańsk, where he got involved in illegal activities against the Communist regime.
In the 1980s he was an activist in the underground Solidarity movement. In 1980 he founded the Independent Students’ Association (NZS), part of Solidarity. In 1983 he launched the Political Review, a monthly that promoted economic liberalism and democracy. An informal think-tank supporting Lech Wałęsa was centred around the periodical.
After the fall of communism the think-tank members known as the Gdańsk Liberals formed a government following the first free presidential elections in Poland. They also founded the Liberal Democratic Congress, with Tusk as its leader.In the 1990s Tusk served as an MP and deputy Speaker of the Senate. He also published books on the history of Gdańsk.
In 2001 he was one of the initiators of the centrist Civic Platform party, which he led from 2003. Tusk was Prime Minister from 2007-2014, making him the longest-serving premier in democratic Poland, and the first to be reelected.
Donald Tusk was elected President of the European Council in 2014, reelected for a second term in 2017.
President Iohannis: A Pillar of Stability and Responsibility in Romania
Ahead of the second round of the Romanian Presidential elections, the President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Joseph Daul, made the following statement:
“2019 has been an important year for Romania. We have seen thousands of courageous Romanians take to the streets to demand change and showed up again in massive numbers to vote in the European and Presidential elections for political representatives who will listen and act on their behalf. It has been a significant victory for Romanian democracy.
As the year ends, I wish to see another such victory with President Klaus Iohannis reelected as Romania’s head of state. Over the past 5 years, President Iohannis has been a pillar of stability and responsibility in Romania. When the Socialists continuously undermined the rule of law and weakened the judiciary on a daily basis, President Iohannis acted as a gatekeeper of Romanian credibility and legitimacy. Highly respected, President Iohannis enjoyed not only a strong credibility but also mutual trust among the European leaders. As a convinced European, President Iohannis fought hard to keep Romania on its pro-European path and make the country a reliable partner in the EU.
As a statesman, President Iohannis united all Romanians under the same vision. He made every Romanian proud of their country and he answered the Romanians’ call by taking a strong stance on defending the rule of law, an independent judiciary and by fighting against corruption. Through his initiative to organise a referendum last May, he gave every Romanian a voice and the power to decide what’s best for the country. The choice was overwhelmingly clear – Romanians chose a society based on the rule of law.
Ahead of the second round of the Presidential elections, I would like to wish him a clear electoral victory for a strong second mandate. We count on the unity of the Romanian centre-right. I am convinced that Romania is in the best hands possible with President Iohannis and Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the helm of the country. Unlike the socialists, I trust they will serve their citizens and they will deliver the solutions and the opportunities the Romanians have been asking for.”
Suppression of democracy as Georgia fails to change electoral system
EPP is strongly disappointed by the cynical and unfaithful step of the ruling party towards the commitment it made to its citizens to switch to a proportional electoral system.
All Georgian political parties, supported by the international community, agreed that a proportional system is necessary for a pluralistic political environment, while the existing mixed system is rightly criticized for producing super majorities.
The responsibility for the political crises in Georgia lies entirely on the current government, therefore, we urge Georgian authorities to abstain from the use of force, to respect the right of freedom of assembly and to consider political solutions on the table.
The failure to find a compromise will put the country on a dangerous path, resulting in severe disappointment for Georgia’s friends and only those who want to derail Georgia from its Euro-Atlantic path will benefit.
Moldova: Fall of Sandu’s government is a missed opportunity
Following the Moldovan parliament’s approval of the motion of no confidence in the Sandu government, the President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Joseph Daul, made the following statement:
“It is with disappointment and indignation that I learned of the vote of no confidence in the government in the Republic of Moldova triggered by the recruitment process of the Prosecutor General. The backbone of Maia Sandu’s governing programme was installing an independent justice system with an independent Prosecutor General who would help rid Moldova of corruption and defend the rule of law. The citizens have been demanding and expecting these changes for years and this is what Sandu government was already working towards.
Unfortunately this was only a goal of the Sandu government and not of the PSRM and President Dodon. It is of grave concern to see that the justice reform process has stalled and ultimately been blocked by the Socialists. It is now clear that their commitments to reform were never genuine and they never had any intention of cleaning the system or giving their citizens an independent and transparent judiciary. It is another Socialist betrayal of the citizens, the country and future generations.
The EPP stands by its centre-right parties in Moldova and will continue to support their efforts in being a strong opposition voice to depoliticise Moldovan institutions and democratise the country. A change in power does not absolve the next Moldovan government of its EU-Moldova Association Agreement responsibilities. On the contrary, now more than ever we will monitor closely the developments in the country, the reforms, as well as the compliance with the EU conditionalities for any present or future financial support.”
EPP President: A victory for Partido Popular the only way to end political deadlock in Spain (EN+ES)
Ahead of the Spanish Parliamentary elections on November 10, the President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Joseph Daul, has expressed his support and wished an electoral victory to EPP member party Partido Popular (PP) and its President Pablo Casado:
“Only a victory for Partido Popular in this Sunday’s general election can guarantee the formation of a stable government and put an end to the current political deadlock in Spain. Partido Popular has proved to be the main political force able to engage in open dialogue with other political forces to reach broad consensus.
“Partido Popular has always placed the country’s interests first and focused on what really concerns the citizens, even if this meant taking the tough and unpopular decisions that enabled the country to become one of the fastest growing economies in Europe, creating jobs and improving citizens’ well-being.
“Other parties, like Partido Socialista, have placed electoral interests before Spain’s interest, leading to a dangerous political stalemate whose effects the country is starting to suffer: according to the latest economic data, the economy is slowing down and employment is being destroyed.
“Partido Popular and its leader Pablo Casado, with their responsible project to ensure social harmony, security, freedom and solidarity in the whole of Spain, are the only credible centre-right alternative to a socialist government.
“Pablo Casado represents a new generation of EPP leaders, full of energy with a European vision and committed to EU values.
“I really trust Partido Popular as the best partner to address current and future European challenges.”
Una Victoria del Partido Popular es la única que puede garantizar el fin del bloqueo político en España
Ante las próximas elecciones parlamentarias en España el 10 de noviembre, el Presidente del Partido Popular Europeo (PPE), Joseph Daul, ha manifestado su apoyo y deseado una victoria electoral al Partido Popular (PP), miembro del PPE y a su Presidente Pablo Casado:
“Sólo una victoria del Partido Popular en las elecciones generales de este domingo puede garantizar la formación de un gobierno estable y poner fin al actual bloqueo político en España. El Partido Popular ha demostrado ser la principal fuerza política capaz de implicarse en un diálogo abierto con otras formaciones políticas para alcanzar un amplio consenso.”
“El Partido Popular ha puesto siempre los intereses del país como prioridad y se ha centrado en lo que realmente preocupa a los ciudadanos, incluso si esto significa tomar decisiones difíciles e impopulares que, no obstante, llevaron al país a convertirse en una de las economías que más rápido crecía en Europa creando puestos de trabajo y mejorando el bienestar de los ciudadanos.”
“Otros partidos, como el Partido Socialista, han puesto su interés electoral antes que los intereses de los ciudadanos lo que ha conducido a un peligroso bloqueo político, cuyos efectos, el país, está empezando a sufrir. Según los últimos datos económicos, la economía está desacelerándose y el empleo se está destruyendo.”
“El Partido Popular y su líder Pablo Casado es la única alternativa de centro-derecha creíble a un gobierno socialista, con un proyecto responsable para asegurar la convivencia, la seguridad, la libertad y la solidaridad en toda España.’
“Pablo Casado representa una nueva generación de líderes del PPE, enérgicos, con una visión europea y comprometidos con los valores de la UE.”
“Confío plenamente en el Partido Popular como el mejor socio para afrontar los presentes y futuros desafíos europeos.”
Romania’s PNL-led Government – A New Hope for all Romanians
As the new PNL-led government of Prime Minister Ludovic Orban was today approved by the Romanian parliament, the President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Joseph Daul made the following statement:
“I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on taking office and putting in place a credible, responsible and a pro-European government. I would also like to commend Prime Minister Ludovic Orban’s courage and determination for making what previously seemed impossible, possible: that of giving the Romanians a centre-right government. I believe with this PNL-led government, he is giving Romania a new start and bringing hope to all his citizens.
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban will now face the difficult task of correcting the damage inflicted on the country by the Socialist government. For years democratic standards were weakened, the rule of law ignored, and the reputation of Romania in Europe suffered. However, the EPP member parties remain willing to assume their responsibility and Prime Minister Ludovic Orban is up for the challenge to deliver again for all its people.
I am certain that Ludovic Orban, together with President Iohannis, will take the urgent and necessary steps to ensure the rule of law prevails, the justice system functions and Romania becomes a reliable partner in the region and in Europe once more. EPP stands by its parties and fully endorses the new government in achieving these goals.
On behalf of the EPP, I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and wish him well as he leads government,” concluded EPP President Joseph Daul.
EPP leaders welcome Brexit agreement; regret decision on North Macedonia and Albania
The European People’s Party (EPP) leaders met today in Brussels ahead of the European Council. They congratulated President-elect Ursula Von der Leyen on her election as President of the European Commission as well as Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Sebastian Kurz on their respective resounding victories in Greece and Austria.
Following the meeting, the President of the EPP, Joseph Daul, made the following statement:
“While the decision of the UK to leave the EU is regrettable, I believe that the deal reached today is fair and balanced and will facilitate an orderly exit. This outcome would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the EU Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and his team. The ball is now in the UK court and Prime Minister Johnson has a responsibility to deliver a majority so that a no-deal Brexit can be avoided.
The leaders also discussed the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania:
“EPP has always been the party that promoted EU Enlargement Policy as a way to bring stability and peace to our continent. We regret that some member states this week blocked opening accession negotiations for North Macedonia and Albania.
We must acknowledge their efforts and opening the talks would be an incentive to continue with the necessary reforms to further implement the rule of law, strengthen the judiciary, fight against corruption, improve neighbourly relations and guarantee the independence of the media. Our credibility in the region is at stake” said EPP President Joseph Daul.
EPP leaders held a minute of silence in memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the journalist who was murdered in Malta two years ago, reiterating the need to bring the culprits to justice and the importance of protecting the freedom of press.
EPP leaders to meet for Summit in Brussels ahead of meeting of the European Council – list of participants (EN+FR)
EU heads of state and government, opposition leaders of the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission and the President-elect of the European Commission – Donald TUSK, Jean-Claude JUNCKER and Ursula VON DER LEYEN – will participate at the upcoming EPP Summit, to take place in Brussels on 17 October. On the agenda will be the preparation for the European Council meeting on 17 and 18 October.
EPP President Joseph DAUL will host the Summit. Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament Manfred WEBER, EPP Secretary General Antonio LÓPEZ-ISTÚRIZ and the members of the EPP Presidency will participate.
Heads of state and government Nicos ANASTASIADES (Cyprus), Boyko BORISSOV (Bulgaria), Krišjānis KARIŅŠ (Latvia), Angela MERKEL (Germany), Kyriakos MITSOTAKIS (Greece), Andrej PLENKOVIĆ (Croatia) and Leo VARADKAR (Ireland) will participate.
Deputy Prime Minister Koen GEENS (Belgium), and opposition leaders Pablo CASADO (Spain), Adrian DELIA (Malta), Christian JACOB (France), Janez JANŠA (Slovenia), Petteri ORPO (Finland) and Grzegorz SCHETYNA (Poland) will also be present.
The EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel BARNIER will attend the summit.
Date: 17 October 2019 from 12:30 until 15:00
Venue: Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Bruxelles
The press registration and working area will be located at Restaurant 1040, at the Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, and will open at 11:00
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Rencontre des dirigeants du PPE au sommet du parti à Bruxelles, précédant la reunion du Conseil européen – liste des participants
Bruxelles, 16 octobre 2019
Les chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement, les chefs d’opposition de l’Union européenne, appartenant au Parti populaire européen (PPE), ainsi que les Présidents du Conseil européen et de la Commission européenne et la Présidente élue de la Commission européenne – Donald TUSK, Jean-Claude JUNCKER et Ursula VON DER LEYEN – participeront au prochain sommet du parti, qui se tiendra le 17 octobre à Bruxelles. La préparation du Conseil européen des 17 et 18 octobre sera à l’ordre du jour.
Ils seront reçus par Joseph DAUL, le Président du PPE. Le Président du groupe PPE au Parlement européen Manfred WEBER, le Secrétaire général du PPE Antonio LÓPEZ-ISTÚRIZ et les membres de la Présidence du PPE participeront à la réunion.
Les chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement Nicos ANASTASIADES (Chypre), Boyko BORISSOV (Bulgarie), Krišjānis KARIŅŠ (Lettonie), Angela MERKEL (Allemagne), Kyriakos MITSOTAKIS (Grèce), Andrej PLENKOVIĆ (Croatie) et Leo VARADKAR (Irlande) assisteront au Sommet.
Le Vice-Premier ministre Koen GEENS (Belgique) et les chefs d’opposition Pablo CASADO (Espagne), Adrian DELIA (Malte), Christian JACOB (France), Janez JANŠA (Slovénie), Petteri ORPO (Finlande) et Grzegorz SCHETYNA (Pologne) seront aussi présents.
Le négociateur en chef chargé du Brexit Michel BARNIER sera présent.
Date: le 17 octobre 2019, de 12h30 à 15h00
Lieu: Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Bruxelles
L’espace presse se trouve au restaurant 1040, Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1 et sera ouvert à partir de 11h00
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EPP Political Assembly adopts code of conduct, expresses concern about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong
The European People’s Party (EPP) Political Assembly (PA) met in Brussels to discuss political developments in member states, adopted Code of Conduct for EPP Ethics Committee as well as a resolution the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and prepared for the upcoming EPP Congress in Zagreb.
The members of the Political Assembly adopted a Code of Conduct for the party members as well as internal regulations for the EPP Ethics Committee, reaffirming EPP’s commitment to fight against corruption and conflicts of interest on all levels.
The EPP Political Assembly expressed its concern regarding the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. In a resolution, the Political Assembly stressed that peaceful protestors should never suffer violence or political persecution at the hands of police, security forces or criminal gangs and calls on Chief Executive Lam and the HKSAR to follow through on their September commitment to investigate police conduct vis-à-vis protesters.