Committees / Intergroup
Croatian entrepreneurs got what they deserved
Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament voted today in Brussels on the proposal of the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between the EU and its Member States on one hand, and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the other hand, took into consideration Croatia's accession to the European Union with 57 in favour, 1 against and 1 abstention.
Joint meeting of the EU-Kosovo in Pristina
President of the EP Delegation for Relations with BiH and Kosovo, MEP Tonino Picula co-chaired the 1. Joint Parliamentary Committee meeting for Stabilisation and Association EU-Kosovo (SAPC), held 16. and 17. May in Pristina, Kosovo.
Citizens of Kosovo a step closer to the EU
“I warmly welcome today’s announcement from the European commission recommending visa liberalisation for the citizens of The Republic of Kosovo. This is good news that Kosovo citizens were waiting for a long time. We in the European Parliament were fighting for it regularly”, said MEP Tonino Picula, Head of Delegation for Relations with BiH and Kosovo.
Tightening border security
MEP Picula participated on the Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting in Brussels. He is shadow rapporteur on the AFET opinion on changes of Directive of the reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders.
Committee on the funds for SMEs
MEP Picula participated at the meeting of the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) in Brussels, as shadow rapporteur in the exchange of views on access to Finance for SMEs and increasing the diversity of SME funding in a Capital Markets Union.
Working visit to Martinique
As a member of the Delegation of the Committee on Regional Development of the European Parliament, MEP Picula was in the four-day working visit to the French island of Martinique in the Caribbean archipelago. It is a regular visit to the political, administrative and entrepreneurial institutions in order to establish the justification and effectiveness of investment resources from the European funds.
Decisions on islands have been made from the coast for too long
MEP Tonino Picula organized a conference about islands in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Guests were young islanders, representatives of our coastal region that Picula hosted as a Vice President of the Intergroup for seas, rivers, islands and coastal areas.
Ceremony on the occasion of a request for accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the EU
In the European Parliament the ceremony was marked by submitting the request of Bosnia and Herzegovina for membership of the European Union.
Today's failure shows that Dayton solutions can block the European progress of BiH
Yesterday and today in Sarajevo, the first meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee for Stabilization and Association with the EU and BIH (SAPC) was held, which is presided by the head of the delegation of the European Parliament for Relations with BiH Tonino Picula. Unfortunately, neither recommendations, nor declarations, nor rules of procedure were adopted due to resistance of the part of the representatives of BiH, who insisted that decisions are made by qualified majority.