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BalasGUILLAUME BALAS (S&D/FR)    

« Professeur d’histoire en banlieue parisienne pendant 15 ans, j’ai été président du groupe socialiste au Conseil Régional d’Ile-de-France avant d’être élu député européen. Profondément de gauche, je fais partie d’une génération dont le rapport est très critique vis-à-vis de l’Europe. La crise nous impose de radicalement changer de politique pour que l’Europe soit au service des peuples.

« À ce titre, je suis investi dans la lutte contre le dumping social et la construction d’un modèle social européen.  Face à l’urgence environnementale, je milite pour que nous fassions le choix d’un changement de modèle productif et suis très vigilant sur les questions liées à la durabilité de notre modèle agricole et la défense de notre sécurité alimentaire. »

« Sur la question sociale comme sur les normes environnementales, les accords de libre-échange en cours de négociation peuvent potentiellement abimer nos modes de vie. L’absence de transparence accroit la colère des peuples. On ne peut pas imposer un bouleversement des normes si les européens ne sont pas assurés qu’elles soient plus sociales et plus écologiques. Nous y veillerons »


Professor of History in the Parisian suburbs for 15 years, I was president of the Socialist Group in the Regional Council of Ile-de-France before being elected MEP with the French Socialist Party.   I belong to a generation who has a critical approach towards Europe. Indeed social crisis require a radical change to put Europe at the service of the People.   That is why I am involved in the fight against social dumping and in the construction of a European social model. In the context of the alarming climate crisis, I fight for a productive model change and am committed on issues related to the sustainability of our agricultural model and the defense of our food safety.

"On social issues and environmental standards, free trade agreements being negotiated may potentially negatively impact our lives. Lack of transparency increases the anger of peoples. We cannot impose an upset on European standards if citizens are not convinced of social and environmental improvements. We will be very careful on that point”.


 Blog: http://www.guillaumebalas.eu/ 

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/balasguillaume?fref=ts              

Twitter: https://twitter.com/balasguillaume

CofferatiSERGIO COFFERATI (S&D/IT)

Sergio Cofferati was born in 1948 in Sesto ed Uniti (Cremona – Italy). In 1969 he begins, while working in Pirelli, his activity as trade unionist within CGIL, the largest Italian trade union. In 1988 he becomes the secretary general of FILCEA, the Federation of CGIL representing the workers in the chemistry sector. In 1994 he is elected secretary general of CGIL. Eight years later he ends his mandate as secretary general and restarts his work in Pirelli. In 2004 he is elected mayor of Bologna. He is one of the 45 members of the founding committee of the Democratic Party. In 2009 he is elected member of the European Parliament with more than 200.000 preferences. For five years Sergio Cofferati is member of the Legal Affair, Employment and Internal Market Committees and he serves also as coordinator for the S&D Group in the Special Committee on Financial, Economic and Social Crisis. In 2014 he is re-elected member of the European Parliament. He is currently member of the Internal Market and Legal Affairs Committees. He is also part of the Inquiry Committee on Panama Papers. At the beginning of 2015 Cofferati resigns from the Democratic Party. He remains in the S&D Group as independent member.

“CETA negotiations have been conducted under a full secrecy and without the necessary public debate. The result is a very dangerous agreement which would negatively affect our democratic decision making processes and does not ensure an adequate protection of public services. CETA furthermore contains very dangerous investor-state provisions and does not include adequate measures to guarantee the full respect of workers’ rights and labour standards”.

MasiFABIO DE MASI (GUE/DE)

"Im Europäischen Parlament befasse ich mich überwiegend mit Wirtschaftspolitik. Ich streite vor allem für eine Euro-Politik im Interesse der Bevölkerungsmehrheit und somit gegen die ungerechten und wirtschaftlich verheerenden Kürzungsdiktate. Außerdem trete ich ein für öffentliche Investitionen statt des Ausverkaufs öffentlichen Eigentums. Banken und Finanzmärkte müssen reguliert, Steueroasen ausgetrocknet werden und Maßnahmen gegen Steuerhinterziehung und Geldwäsche verstärkt werden. Darüber hinaus engagiere ich mich gegen die geplanten Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA und Kanada und kämpfe gegen den Einfluss der Wirtschaftslobby auf das Parlament. Außerdem unterstütze ich eine Stärkung der Beschäftigten und damit der Gewerkschaften."

"CETA ist kein Motor für Wachstum und Beschäftigung sondern die Kapitulation der Demokratie vor Wirtschaftsinteressen."


"In the European Parliament I am mostly concerned with economic policy. In particular, I fight for a Euro-policy in the interest of the majority of the people and against the unjust and economically devastating austerity dictates. In addition, I argue for public investments in contrast to the sell-out of public property. Banks and financial markets have to be regulated, tax havens must be closed down, and measures against tax evasion and money laundering strengthened. Furthermore I am engaged in the fight against the planned free trade agreements with the USA and Canada and fight against the influence of corporate lobbyists on Parliament. Moreover, I support a strengthening of the position of workers and unions."

"CETA is not an engine for growth and jobs, but the surrender of democracy to corporate interests."

 

Website: http://www.fabio-de-masi.de/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fabio.d.masi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fabiodemasi

JolyEVA JOLY (Greens-EFA/FR)

Eva Joly, née à Oslo le 5 décembre 1943, est franco-norvégienne. Elle a été élue députée européenne Europe-Écologie depuis 2009 et est aujourd’hui Vice-Présidente de la Commission d’enquête parlementaire sur le Luxleaks et les Panama Papers. Eva Joly fut auparavant Juge d'Instruction, instruisant certaines des principales affaires politico-financières françaises des années 1990. C'est par ce biais qu'elle a commencé à s'intéresser aux pratiques de certaines grandes entreprises internationales et à leurs conséquences sur la vie des Etats et de leurs populations, en particulier des pays en voie de développement, où elles sont implantées.

« La négociation de nouveaux accords commerciaux mettant les Multinationales au-dessus choix des citoyens marquent en la matière un tournant insupportable pour nos démocraties. »


Eva Joly, born in Oslo December 5, 1943, is French-Norwegian. She has been elected MEP Europe-Ecology since 2009 and is now Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission on Luxleaks and Panama Papers. Eva Joly was previously Magistrate, instructing some of the main French political and financial affairs of the 1990s. It is through this that she began to focus on the practices of some large international firms and their consequences on the lives of states and their populations, especially in developing countries where they operate.

“The negotiation of new trade agreements making Multinational Companies above choices of citizens would be an unbearable turning point for our democracies.”

Website: http://evajoly.fr/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EvaJoly.fr/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/evajoly?lang=fr

KouloglouSTELIOS KOULOGLOU (GUE/EL)

Ο Στέλιος Κούλογλου είναι μέλος του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου με τον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και την Ευρωπαϊκή Αριστερά GUE / NGL . Είναι δημοσιογράφος και ανεξάρτητος δημιουργός ντοκιμαντέρ στα οποία συμπεριλαμβάνονται το βραβευμένο σε Ν. Κορέα και Ισπανία " Εξομολογήσεις ενός Οικονομικού Δολοφόνου", η "Ολιγαρχία" και " Η Νονά". Ήταν αρχισυντάκτης και παρουσιαστής της βραβευμένης εβδομαδιαίας σειράς ντοκιμαντέρ "Ρεπορτάζ Χωρίς Σύνορα", η οποία προβάλλονταν από το 1996 έως το 2012 στη δημόσια ελληνική τηλεόραση ΕΡΤ. Έχει διατελέσει πολιτικός αναλυτής για τη Le Monde Diplomatique και ξένος ανταποκριτής στη Γαλλία, τη Ρωσία και τη Γιουγκοσλαβία. Είναι ο ιδρυτής του ελληνικού διαδικτυακού καναλιού TVXS (Τηλεόραση Χωρίς Σύνορα).


Stelios Kouloglou is a member of the European Parliament with SYRIZA-GUE/NGL. He is an independent documentary maker whose films have included Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Oligarchy, and The Godmother. He was editor-in-chief and anchorman of the Greek national television’s current affairs program Reportage Without Frontiers from 1996 to 2012. He has served as a political analyst for Le Monde Diplomatique and as a foreign correspondent in France, Russia, and Yugoslavia. He is the founder of the Greek web channel TVXS (TV Without Frontiers).

Website : http://stelioskouloglou.gr/

Twitter : @SteliosKoul.

MalteseCURZIO MALTESE (GUE/IT)

Curzio Maltese is an Italian MEP who is part of the Committee on Culture and Education and the Committee on Transport and Tourism, as well as the Panama enquire committee. Before joining the European Parliament and the GUE/NGL group, Maltese worked as a journalist and writer in Italy. He wrote a number of books, including one about the Vatican and one about the rise of the “Northern League” in Italy. He has worked for “La Stampa” and “La Repubblica”.


“CETA is nothing more than TTIP in disguise, and it is much more dangerous given how close it is to becoming implemented. It threatens jobs, quality standards, and provides multinational Corporations with the tools to blackmail states through the “Investment Court System”. The negotiation process has been utterly non-transparent and bereft of democratic scrutiny. The temporary implementation provision, whereby the treaty would be active for years while the ratification process unravels around EU countries, is simply unacceptable”.

MaurelEMMANUEL MAUREL (S&D/FR)    

Au Parlement européen, je suis membre titulaire de la commission du Commerce international, de la commission d’enquête sur les Panama Papers, et membre suppléant de la commission des Affaires économiques et monétaires, des domaines dans lesquels la puissance publique doit défendre les intérêts des citoyens face à ceux des multinationales. Dans mon travail parlementaire, je défends une vision du commerce international fondée sur le juste-échange : l’Europe doit protéger, et se protéger dans la mondialisation. Protéger ses travailleurs, ses consommateurs, ses savoir-faire de l’effet inévitablement déstabilisateur des méga-accords commerciaux (TTIP, CETA, etc.) et de toutes les formes de dumping. Protéger également ses partenaires commerciaux les moins développés, en adoptant une approche fondée sur le développement.

« Le CETA est le premier étage de la nouvelle fusée libre-échangiste de l’Union européenne, ainsi que le symptôme d’une croyance déraisonnée dans les vertus de la dérégulation et l’harmonisation par le bas »


In the European Parliament, I am a full member of the International Trade committee, the inquiry committee on Panama Papers, as well as a substitute member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee, different fields where public authorities must make sure that the citizens’ interests are better promoted than corporate interests. As a parliamentarian, I advocate for a specific approach of international trade that should be based on fair trade: in my opinion, Europe’s role in globalization is to protect its people and its developing partners. It has to shield its workers, consumers and know-hows against excessive liberalization (induced by mega trade agreements such as TTIP, CETA, etc.) and all kinds of dumping. It also has to protect its least-developed partners, by choosing a development-based approach.

“CETA is the first stage of the European Union’s newest free-trade rocket, as well as the symbol of an irrational belief in deregulation and downwards harmonisation as privileged solutions to Europe’s crises”

Website: http://emmanuelmaurel.eu/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emmanuelmaurel/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/emmanuelmaurel

UrtasunERNEST URTASUN (Greens-EFA/ES)

Ernest Urtasun, born in Barcelona January 27, 1982.
Has a BA in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a Diploma in International Relations from the University of Barcelona and concluded  the Spanish Diplomatic Corps College. Speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Italian.
Since 1998 has been actively political locally and internationally with Young Green Left (JEV), FYEG - Federation of Young European Greens and the EGP - European Green Party. Was a European Parliamentary Assistant, in 2010 joined the Diplomatic Corps having different responsibilities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Spain and abroad, from 2011 to 2014 was Diplomatic Advisor to the Secretary General of the UpM - Union for the Mediterranean. In 2014 was head of ICV-Iniciativa per Catalunya’s list to the European Parliament elections and elected MEP. Sits in the Greens/EFA Political Group, is member of the Parliamentary Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs, on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and substitute member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and of both Committees of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion and of the new Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. Is also Vice-President of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly and member of the Delegation for relations with Central America.

“I believe that Trade Agreements such as CETA are real threats for our democracies. CETA’s negotiation process was not transparent at all. Only in 2015 the mandate of the negotiations was published, after 7 years of negotiations. Only a small number of MEPS had access to the negotiation documents while the public was completely shut out. CETA would give corporations an enormous power and more mechanism to influence European legislation and to sue member states for implementing progressive measures and polices protecting health and the environment. Private arbitration mechanism such as ICS are an illegitimate interference with democratic decision-making processes and should never be agreed in a trade deal. CETA does not exclude public services, which means that with this treaty it is ensured that the liberalisation and privatisation of the public services continues, while making very hard and costly for countries to revers these privatisations in the future. CETA even prevents future remunicipalisation of water, electricity and other any other public services.”

Website: https://ernesturtasun.eu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eurtasun/
Twitter: @ernesturtasun