Viola von Cramon

Webinar: Where Does Europe End? EU, Enlargement & Western Balkans

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✔️ REGISTRATION: https://gruenlink.de/1q84

07.04 at 19:00 CET
👉 What is the future of the enlargement ❓
👉 What role can the EU play in the Western Balkans❓
👉 How can the political crisis of Kosovo be solved in the middle of the corona crisis ❓

Member of the European Parliament Viola von Cramon (Greens/EFA, Germany) and her guests will discuss these and many more questions on a free 📺WEBINAR!

Curl up on your comfy sofa, get your phone or computer and join our live Webinar next Tuesday evening by contributing questions or simply watching.

📅 Viola von Cramon’s guests on Tuesday 07.04. at 19:00-21:00 (CET):

► Dr. Annette M. Fath-Lihic (EUSR Chief Political Adviser/Executive Coordinator)

► Bodo Weber (Senior Associate Democratization Policy Council (DPC), Berlin

► Flutura Kusari (legal advisor, ECPMF, based in Kosovo)

Don’t forget to REGISTER here: https://gruenlink.de/1q84

 

Kosovo: MEPs welcome lifting the tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

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  • Removal of tariffs is an important signal for political cooperation
  • Visa liberalisation for Kosovar citizens as soon as possible as a sign of EU solidarity

This is a crucial step, which will lead to the resumption of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, MEPs hope.

Following the decision of Kosovo’s government to fully lift taxes imposed on goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina as of 1 April, the European Parliament’s standing rapporteur for Kosovo, Viola von Cramon-Taubadel (Greens/EFA, DE)  and the Chair of the Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, Romeo Franz (Greens/EFA, DE) said:

Viola von Cramon-Taubadel:

We are very happy about the decision of the Kosovo caretaker government to lift the 100 percent tariffs. This is a very important signal for political cooperation in the region and a crucial step, which we hope, will lead to the resumption of the EU-facilitated dialogue for the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

Romeo Franz:

We count on the EU Member States to fulfil their promise for visa liberalisation for Kosovar citizens as soon as possible, despite the current political crisis. This can be an important sign of solidarity, especially for the young people of Kosovo and for the country’s commitment to its European future.

 

Background

In November 2018 Kosovo imposed a levy of 100 % on imports of goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The European Parliament repeatedly called for the removal of the tariffs and the resumption of the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue.

Kosovo lifted the taxes on raw materials on 15 March and decided to lift all taxes on 1 April, but expects form Serbia reciprocity. It wil assess the implementation of its decision on 15 June. The principle of reciprocity will not apply to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are the two Western Balkan countries which have not recognised Kosovo as an independent state.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. It has been recognised by 22 EU Member States, with the exception of Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. Kosovo is the only country in the Western Balkans that has not been granted visa liberalisation. The European Parliament has repeatedly called on the European Council to abolish the visa regime for Kosovo passport holders.

 

LINKS:

  • Commission report on the implementation of the remaining benchmarks of the visa liberalisation roadmap by Kosovo (18. July 2018)

https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/what-we-do/policies/european-agenda-migration/20180718_com-2018-543-report_en.pdf

  • EP resolution on the 2018 Commission Report on Kosovo (29 November 2018)

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-8-2018-0479_EN.html

  • European Parliament first reading position on visa liberalisation for Kosovo (9 September 2016)

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-8-2016-0261_EN.html

COVID-19 und die Fluechtlingskrise

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Eine ausführliche Antwort von David Kipp und seinen Kollegen lesen Sie hier👇:

https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2020-03/migration-fluechtlinge-syrien-tuerkei-eu

COVID-19: Parliament vs. disinformation from Russia and China

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To:

The President of the European Commission The President of the European Council

The High Representative of the European Union

27 March 2020

 

Honourable President von der Leyen, Honourable President Michel, Honourable High Representative Borrell,

We recognize your difficult task and acknowledge your efforts to jointly fight the COVID 19 pandemic by strengthening coordination and solidarity among member states, neighbours and partner countries.

We would like to ask for your attention and urgently propose concentrated action in the face of instrumentalisation of the current crisis by countries with adversarial geopolitical ambitions.

We are seriously concerned about current disinformation and propaganda efforts coming especially from China and Russia. It is clear to most of us observing the situation that there is an effort to undermine the EU and sow mistrust among the local population and European neighbours towards the EU, its democratic values and institutions. Recent findings of the East StratCom Task Force also have indicated this and we should continue to build on their longstanding expertise to unveil propaganda myths and disinformation strategies. Considering the COVID 19 pandemic, we fear that current attempts are seriously risking our unity and stability in the long term and will hinder us from overcoming the crisis, its consequences and to face our future challenges jointly.

Unfortunately, these efforts have been able to take advantage of the initial nationalistic responses by European countries, as well as of the lack of transparent communication on the EU institutions‘ efforts. It is time to mitigate this geopolitical instrumentalisation of the crisis.

Thus, we urge you, EU institutions and EU member states to act along three dimensions

  • European Humanitarian Dimension: to increase efforts towards more effective assistance to all our member states, foremost to the most severely affected ones like Italy, Spain, some regions in France, as well as to our neighbours and partner countries. Such measures should go beyond financial instruments and should include tangible and visible assistance, like imports of equipment and qualified personnel, hosting sick patients.

The massive deployment of even more financial, economic and medical assistance is desperately needed.

  • European Transparency Dimension: to install a strategic and systematic transparency and communication strategy to highlight such assistance, in order to counter misinformation and to signal to the citizens of the EU that solidarity among them is ongoing, is possible and is This is also necessary to motivate and mobilize our citizens and civil society to join the combat against COVID19 as a joint European project. We need a comprehensive, regularly updated overview of all assistance, the EU and member states are providing to fight COVID 19, which should be easily accessible and largely promoted to increase knowledge and information among European citizens.
  • European Geopolitical Dimension: to establish a strategy to face and recognize geopolitical realities in times of crisis and thus to acknowledge and mitigate the attempts by foreign governments to exploit the COVID 19 crisis to the detriment of the

Thank you for considering our letter and we are looking forward to your reply and our future cooperation.

Sincerely yours,

  • Marc Angel (S&D)
  • Clotilde Armand (renew)
  • Petras Austrevicius (renew)
  • Patrick Breyer (Greens/EFA)
  • Saskia Bricmont (Greens/EFA)
  • Sylvie Brunet (renew)
  • Ilana Cicurel (renew)
  • Viola von Cramon-Taubadel (Greens/EFA)
  • Anna Donáth (renew)
  • Romeo Franz (Greens/EFA)
  • Michael Gahler (EPP)
  • Alexandra Geese (Greens/EFA)
  • Markéta Gregorová (Greens/EFA)
  • Christophe Grudler (renew)
  • Francisco Guerreiro (Greens/EFA)
  • Henrike Hahn (Greens/EFA)
  • Svenja Hahn (renew)
  • Rasa Juknevičienė (EPP)
  • Petros Kokkalis (GUE/NGL)
  • Andrey Kovatchev (EPP)
  • Andrius Kubilius (EPP)
  • Alice Kuhnke (Greens/EFA)
  • Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens/EFA)
  • Nathalie Loiseau (renew)
  • Eva Maydell (EPP)
  • Karen Melchior (renew)
  • Hannah Neumann (Greens/EFA)
  • Niklas Nienaß (Greens/EFA)
  • Ville Niinistö (Greens/EFA)
  • Jan-Christoph Oetjen (renew)
  • Juozas Olekas (S&D)
  • Jutta Paulus (Greens/EFA)
  • Bronis Ropė (Greens/EFA)
  • Radosław Sikorski (EPP)
  • Michaela Šojdrová (EPP)
  • Ramona Strugariu (renew)
  • Petra de Sutter (Greens/EFA)
  • Hilde Vautmans (renew)
  • Salima Yenbou (Greens/EFA)

Misstrauensvotum im Kosovo

sharepics_quadratMorgen (Mittwoch, 25. März) wird das Parlament des Kosovo ein Misstrauensvotum gegen die neu gewählte Regierung aussprechen. Viola von Cramon, Berichterstatterin der Grünen/EFA-Fraktion zum Kosovo, kommentiert:

„Der Dialog zwischen Pristina und Belgrad ist für die Zukunft der gesamten Westbalkanregion und der Europäischen Union von entscheidender Bedeutung. Die gesamte Westbalkanregion und ihr Weg zur EU-Integration müssen für EU-Außenbeauftragten Josep Borrell und Kommissar Olivér Várhelyi Priorität haben. Für die Verhandlungen über die lange überfällige Visafreiheit ist eine stabile Regierung im Kosovo dringend nötig.  

Einzelne Politiker dürfen die politischen Unruhen im Kosovo und die Corona-Pandemie nicht zum eigenen Vorteil nutzen. Der Kosovo braucht eine stabile Regierung, die seine Bürgerinnen und Bürger durch diese Zeiten der Unsicherheit und Krise führt.“

Hintergrund:

Der Junior-Koalitionspartner Demokratische Liga des Kosovo, LDK, reichte einen Antrag auf eine Misstrauensabstimmung über die neue Regierung (die seit Anfang Februar im Amt ist) ein, nachdem Premierminister Albin Kurti Innenminister Agim Veliu wegen Differenzen bei der Bewältigung der Corona-Krise entlassen hatte.

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English version:

Tomorrow, the Parliament of Kosovo is set to hold a vote of no confidence on the newly elected government. Viola von Cramon-Taubadel MEP, Greens/EFA Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the European Parliament’s rapporteur for Kosovo, comments:

„The current political turmoil in Kosovo and the Corona pandemic should not be used to any individual politician’s advantage. Kosovo needs a stable government that can lead its citizens through these times of uncertainty and crisis. Respecting the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue is vital to the future of the whole Western Balkan region and the EU and it must be government of Kosovo sitting round the negotiating table, not other actors.

„It is of vital interest to the EU to have a stable and functioning government in Kosovo, and one that shows its goodwill to cooperate, especially with a view to a final decision on visa liberalisation for the country. The whole Western Balkans region and its path towards EU integration must be a priority for High Representative Borrell and Commissioner Varhelyi. It is of the utmost importance to show the EU’s support to Kosovo and its new government.“

Background:

The junior coalition partner Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, filed a motion for a no-confidence vote on the new government (in office since early February, after elections in October) after Prime Minister Albin Kurti sacked Interior Minister Agim Veliu on Wednesday amid a disagreement over how to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

 

 

WEBINAR Ukraine: Wende zu Russland?

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Die Ukraine – ein Staat zwischen Ost und West. Wohin entwickelt sich die Ukraine? Seit der Annexion der Krim ist viel Zeit ins Land gegangen. Was ist seitdem im Land passiert? Zuletzt hat die Wahl des ukrainischen Präsidenten Wolodymyr Selenskyj für Aufsehen gesorgt.

Orientiert sich die Ukraine eher in Richtung EU oder in Richtung Russland? Welchen Einfluss haben die Oligarchen des Landes an dieser Wende? Welchen Einfluss hat Korruption auf die Geschicke des Landes und was wird dagegen unternommen?

Diese und viele weitere Fragen sollen in einem Webinar diskutiert werden. Die interaktive Form eines Seminars bietet jeder und jedem die Möglichkeit, von zu Hause an der Diskussion per Video oder Audio teilzunehmen oder aber auch nur zuzusehen.

Viola von Cramon, MdEP (Grüne/EFA) lädt dazu Sergej Sumlenny, den Leiter der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in der Ukraine, sowie Dmytro Gurin, Mitglied des ukrainischen Parlaments der Regierungsfraktion Sluha Narodu, ein.

Das Webinar beginnt am Freitag, 27.03.2020 um 18:00 Uhr. Es findet teilweise auf Englisch statt. Eine Anmeldung im Vorfeld ist über das Online-Formular notwendig: https://gruenlink.de/1q05. Bei inhaltlichen oder technischen Rückfragen wenden Sie sich gerne auch an nikoloz.tokhvadze@europarl.europa.eu.

Kosovo government crisis: the EU and US should stay committed and we should not allow to use the corona crisis as a pretext for grabbing power

The junior coalition partner LDK inLogoRE the government of Kosovo has announced to call for a vote of confidence for the government of Mr Kurti, which has taken office less than 50 days ago. President Hashim Thaçi also wants to use the corona virus, by announcing state of emergency not only in order to gain more power but also to use this moment to remove the current Prime Minister from office.

The role of the European Union and the United States are crucial in this point.

Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, European Parliament’s standing rapporteur on Kosovo, member of the Greens/EFA group stated:

“President Thaçi and the coalition partner LDK members are both using the corona crisis as a pretext for their power games. The reason behind LDK leadership for calling for vote of no confidence is obviously not the question of how to handle the current crisis. They want to make sure that on the international stage the legitimate elected leader of the executive power, Prime Minister Albin Kurti will not be able to lead the international dialogue.

At a time of extraordinary circumstances and closure of borders, where normal political life is vastly suspended the coalition partners should set their differences aside and focus on measures against the spread of corona virus. LDK should consider suspending its decision on a motion of no confidence until after the end of the public health crisis.

It is the vital interest of the European Union and the US to have a stable and functioning government in Kosovo; a government which already showed its goodwill to cooperate with Belgrade and with the international actors. We should not be mistaken: this crisis is about who is sitting at the table in the dialogue. This is the task of the government, not any other actors. The US should not go over the government in order to protect their short-sighted business interest. We need to strive for stability and clear responsibilities, not shady backroom deals.”

For questions and commentary, please contact:

Viola VON CRAMON-TAUBADEL
Member of the European Parliament
viola.voncramon@europarl.europa.eu
Tel.: +32 (0) 228 45619

In Brussels
Roland Papp – Politikberater
roland.papp@europarl.europa.eu
Tel.: +32 (0) 2 28-47619

Margarethe Richter– Büroleitung
margarethe.richter@europarl.europa.eu
Tel.: +32 (0) 2 28-37619

Nikoloz Tokhvadze – Politikberater
nikoloz.tokhvadze@europarl.europa.eu
Tel.: +32 (0) 2 28-57619