Idealized balance and plans for “sucking” young labor from Eastern and Southeastern Europe

In a speech dedicated to the state of the European Union, held yesterday morning in Strasbourg before the members of the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von de Layen, announced the increased engagement of the EU in the region of the Western Balkans.

Addressing members of the European Parliament at the plenary session in Strasbourg, Ursula von de Layen announced that she would visit the region of the Western Balkans before the end of this month.

“I will travel to the Western Balkans to send a strong message about our commitment to the EU enlargement process,” she said, adding: “We owe that to those young people who believe in a European future.”

The President of the European Commission announced a new economic and investment plan for the Western Balkans. Its value, she said, will be close to a third of the average social product in the region.

She added that “Investing in the future of the Western Balkans is investing in the future of the European Union.”

She stated that the EU, together with the Western Balkans, “will always be stronger.”

Strasbourg, 15.09.2021 – Address by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Layen before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the situation in the European Union

Health Union announcement

Von der Layen assessed the annual balance of the EU and the European Commission very favorably in terms of the fight against the pandemic and the provision of vaccines for the citizens of the Union. She announced that 50 billion euros would be invested in the establishment of the European Health Union by 2027, in order to ensure that “no virus from the local epidemic grows into a global contagion in the future.”

In the parliamentary debate that followed her speech, many MPs from the left and the extreme right criticized the triumphal speech of the President of the European Commission.

German MP from the parliamentary group of the left, Martin Schirdevan, criticized von der Layenov for not even mentioning the release of patents for vaccines so that they become common property and available to all mankind, and not only to those countries that can pay for them, with symbolic donations to the poor of needs and announced quantities for the third world.

“Ten billionaires in the EU earned 180 billion euros during the epidemic, while millions of people lost their jobs,” he reminded, adding: “It would be better to use the money you intend to invest in arms production to reduce poverty.”

Is the European defense getting ready?

The president of the European Commission announced an increase in investments in digital technology, announcing that “it is not necessary to have an army” for cyber attacks.

“We cannot talk about defense if we are not talking about cyber defense,” Von der Layen emphasized and added. “That’s why we need to have a common cyber defense policy.”

In this regard, and in the context of the “sudden” withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan, Von der Leyen announced an ambitious program to create a European defense, saying that this has not been possible so far due to lack of “political will.”

This is an allusion to the fact that the idea of ​​creating a “European defense” is actually part of the idea of ​​creating a federalized, supranational European Union. She was advocated by the first president of the European Commission, a German – Walter Hallestein. He is due to disagreement with the then French President Degol – he had to resign in 1967.

The President of the European Commission stated that there is not enough cooperation between the intelligence services of the EU member states and announced that she would convene a summit dedicated to European defense together with French President Macron, during the upcoming French presidency of the European Union.

Von der Leyen announced that in the future there will be European military missions without the participation of NATO and the UN.

Like all previous presidents of the European Commission, Von der Layen announced the fight against tax evasion of large companies.

“Large companies make profits thanks to our infrastructure, and it would be right to pay proportional taxes for the profits made.”

She pointed out that the economic growth in the Eurozone in the last quarter was higher than the one recorded by the USA and China.

Attracting young people to the northern members of the EU

Von der Layen has repeatedly emphasized how committed the EU is to the future and the younger generations, and announced that 2022 will be declared the year of youth.

“We will launch the ALMA program for young people. “It will help young Europeans (from EU member states) to find a place in one of the countries of the Union where they could temporarily gain work experience,” said the president of the European Commission. She assessed that “young people” deserve such an experience that would be similar to the Erasmus program for students, in order to gain expertise, progress and to make their European identity stronger “.

It is interesting that in the parliamentary debate that followed this program – it was not mentioned. If it is realized, it will certainly enable additional acceleration of “sucking” young and professionally trained people from Eastern European and Southern European countries to the northern members of the EU – primarily to Germany – who desperately need labor.

The fact that this will happen through a European program means that the costs of additional training of young people will be covered from the European budget, and not from the national budget of countries that receive fresh labor.

However, this topic was not “photogenic” enough for MEPs, although the continued withdrawal of young labor to the northern highly industrialized countries will leave a literally empty space in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans due to the low demographic rate. has a vocation “to enter the EU.

Von der Layen did not say yesterday whether this future map of Europe is related to resolving the migrant issue. When it comes to this topic, she limited herself to the bureaucratic already known announcements of the new European Pact for Migration and Asylum and to the statements that it is necessary to strengthen trust among the member states. In other words, there is no way to force, say, Poland and Hungary to take over part of the migrants or refugees in solidarity.

That is why the President of the European Commission emphasized yesterday that it is true that there are people who are in favor of expelling migrants, but “those who do not have the right to stay.” However, we need to accept those who come legally and whose contribution to our societies is vital. “

Too long deadlines for leaving dirty energy

One of the important topics of Von der Layen’s speech was the EU’s policy towards climate change, which is – at least officially – at the center of its mandate.

Deputies criticized her for idealizing the balance of action of the European Commission in this area, as well as in terms of presenting the policy of procurement of vaccines. In both cases, the European Commission is transferred to serve the interests of large industry, and less to the interests of citizens.

Belgian Philippe Lamberts, on behalf of the Group of the Greens, fiercely criticized Von der Layen.

“Why are you waiting for 2032 to tax kerosene?” He asked, adding that the European Commission is taking half measures to combat climate change, warming and pollution, giving too long deadlines of 10 to 15 years to get out of “dirty” energy. .

“What about the taxation of multinational groups and the taxation of capital?” Lamberts asked, turning to the president of the European Commission. “There is no time to lose, if we do not do anything that is necessary on the environmental level – there will be no economy at all. “The European Union has lost its leadership in the digital revolution, the same must not happen with the green,” he warned in a dramatic tone.

“As long as market interests are most important to you, there will be no progress,” said Lamberts, who advocated for a society in which technology serves people. “We do not want a society of capitalist supervision like in the United States, or totalitarian supervision like in China,” said the leader of the Greens in the European Parliament.


Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by www.balkanmagazin.net.

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