Our aim is to reach a strengthened and reformed EU
According to the delegation of the Hungarian socialists in the European Parliament (EP) there is no alternative to the membership in the European Parliament. The Hungarian socialists in the EP can only imagine the future and the economic growth of Hungary in the European Union, no matter what Hungarian right-wing parties say or how they act like. The Hungarian socialist delegation in the EP agrees that only a strengthened and reformed European Union is able to act competitively in the world economy. According to their opinion the huge German economy in itself would be defenseless, too. The Hungarian socialist Members (MEPs) of European Parliament Kinga Göncz, Zita Gurmai, Edit Herczog and Csaba Tabajdi declared their opinion for the sake of 9 May, the traditional Day of Europe. This day the members of the European Parliament remember the recommendation of the former French foreign secretary Robert Schuman, of 9 May 1950, presenting the plan for the reorganization of Europe. This document was the first step towards the construction of the European Union.
MEP Herczog: help make our food safer, our environment cleaner and flights safer
Members of European Parliament (MEPs) of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) urged all political groups to grant discharge to the 24 specialized EU agencies established across Europe. The vote on the discharge is scheduled for 10 May 2012 in the European Parliament in Brussels. S&D spokesman for budgetary control, Jens Geier said: „The EPP rapporteur MEP Monica Macovei wants to postpone the discharge to the European Environment Agency, the European Medicines Agency and the European Food and Safety Agency. She argues that they need to make more savings and resolve alleged conflicts of interest. In our view postponing discharge is a disproportionate political reaction, since MEP Macovei does not even take the agencies' reactions into account. Additionally she criticizes procedures that are beyond the agencies' powers to change.” S&D Group negotiator and member of the Hungarian Socialist delegation, MEP Edit Herczog said that „all agencies require scrutiny just as any other EU body but this should be proportionate.” She added that „where it is warranted, we must pinpoint specific issues which need addressing in individual bodies, but not by taking a generalized negative view which risks undermining the reputation and work of all agencies. Finally she said that they “these agencies play a key role in delivering the goals and results of EU policies. They help make our food safer, our environment cleaner and flights safer and more secure. This is a clear benefit to all EU citizens.”