14 June, 2016

Return on Investment? Necessary reforms of EU Funding Mechanisms as Instruments of Foreign Policy

The EU invests significant resources to support its foreign policy, promote respect for common values in neighbourhood countries, provide aid for crisis zones and alleviate famine and poverty. For 2014-2020, the European Neighbourhood Instrument has a budget of €15.4 billion, with similar amounts spent in previous years. However, serious concerns are raised as to the […]

23 May, 2016

Doha Forum 2016: It takes strength for someone to face today’s storms, but it takes COURAGE to stop them

Doha Forum: XVI edition, 21-23 May, 2016 Specialized Session: Global Security: current reality and challenges Your Excellences, Distinguished guests, I want, first of all, to express my gratitude to HH the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, for this successful forum that gathers so […]

23 March, 2016

European Neighbourhood Policy – an instrument in support of Christian communities from Middle East

European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is, for many European citizens, just an abstract concept, “another bureaucratic instrument” of Brussels. I believe this instrument can do much more, being capable to respond in a direct manner to many of the needs and demands of the European citizens. First, it can bring clear benefits in terms of security […]

8 March, 2016

Lebanon hosts 6 times more refugees than Turkey and 15 times more than Germany. It needs our support today. Tomorrow might be too late.

During today’s Euromed Working Group, I leveraged on the presence of Mr Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian aid and Crisis management, at our meeting and talked to him about the humanitarian situation in Lebanon, especially the immense number of refugees that are crumbling this country.   Turkey is not the only country from the southern […]

9 July, 2015

Report on the security challenges in MENA region: EU security depends on the peace and stability in North Africa and Middle East

Today, European Parliament adopted the Report on the security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa region and the prospects for political stability, on which Ramona Manescu EPP/PNL MEP was a shadow rapporteur on behalf of EPP Group. The Report addresses the threats and the security situation in North Africa and Middle East region […]