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Europe is the huge home of the old and the new democracies which guarantee the freedom and prosperity of all citizens within the Union. Ironically, the name 'Europe' is given to us by the Phoenicians from which emerge associations for the material and the money. Centuries later, the European Union is an example for all mankind to the rule of law and moral values. The coordinates of a better life, guaranteed human rights and freedoms are all here. Each resident of the European Union must feel the European Parliament as a guarantor of human achievements which give freedom, prosperity, peace. This Parliament is the heart of democracy in Europe!

Nedjmi Ali

Member of the European Parliament,
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Actual news

Committee on Budgets – European parliament


Meeting on 11.10.2016

The Budgets Committee demanded more funds, in a vote on Tuesday, to help young people into jobs, to boost economic growth and assist third countries with a view to mitigating the migration crisis. MEPs had earlier reversed all the cuts proposed by the Council to the draft 2017 EU budget. Part of the additional funds are expected to be financed via new appropriations to be obtained through the ongoing mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

The draft resolution on Parliament’s position on the EU’s budget for 2017 was approved by 29 votes to 7, with 1 abstention. The main changes are as follows:

Youth, growth and jobs

MEPs added €1.5 billion in commitment appropriations for the Youth Employment Initiative, to help youngsters desperately seeking a job.

They also decided to reinstate in full the original budgets of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which funds infrastructure projects, and the Horizon 2020 programme, which backs research projects. Both programmes had faced cuts to help fund the EU contribution to the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The corresponding additional commitments amount to €1.24 billion above the proposed draft budget. These additional funds should be obtained through the mid-term revision of the EU’s long-term budget (Multiannual Financial Framework, MFF).

MEPs also increased budgets for other programmes, including COSME, Progress, Marie Curie, European Research Council, Eures and Erasmus+.

Refugee and migration crisis

Funding for the EU refugee deal with Turkey and other ad-hoc funds or instruments should not come at the expense of the Union’s existing external action, including its development policy, MEPs said. They “strongly question” whether the funds for projects in third countries are sufficient, especially in view of the current refugee and migration crisis.

MEPs therefore decided to reverse all the Council’s cuts in this area (Heading 4, “Global Europe”), and also to reinstate the 2016 levels for the ENI (European Neighborhood Instrument) Mediterranean lines and for humanitarian aid. They also reduced the cuts proposed by the Commission in the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) and the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).

As a result, they increased the level of commitment appropriations for this heading by €497.9 million and by €495.1 million in payment appropriations above the proposed draft budget.


Budgets Committee members expressed “strong support” for the agricultural sector in the EU and increased its appropriations by €600 million above the draft budget, to tackle the effects of the dairy sector crisis and the effects of the Russian embargo on the milk sector.

Next steps

Parliament as a whole will vote on 26 October on a proposed budget amounting to €161.8bn in commitments, €4.13bn more than the original Commission proposal. As for payments, MEPs set them at €136.8 billion (original Commission proposal: €134.9 billion in payments).

The plenary vote will kick off three weeks of “conciliation” talks with the Council, with the aim of reaching a deal between the two institutions in time for next year’s budget to be voted by Parliament and signed by its President in December.

Nedzhmi ALI : EIT – driving force for the technological advance in Europe


Thank you Mme Chair, Dear colleagues,

Firstly, I would like to thank the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and the Rapporteur for the work done assessing the subordination, structure and delivery mechanisms of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) regarding the achievement of its main goal.

Having in mind thatEurope is lagging behind compared to its main competitors in the field of innovation and developing of needed new technologies, the role of EIT is pivotal. Its mission to promote synergies and cooperation among the education institutions, research centres and business is of crucial importance supporting the competiveness of the Union, its sustainable economic growth and job creation.

Indeed there are some weaknesses, including the concept of Knowledge and Innovation Communities’ (KICs) complementary activities not funded by the EIT; some ill suited practical arrangements between the EIT and KICs; not enough involvement of the business in the KIC’s activities.

The four ECA’s recommendations envisaging improvements of the overall functioning of the EIT are generally correct and in the right direction. They include activities that should be done by the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council, but the most important tasks remain for the Institute.

In the three original KIC’s reports in 2014 about the output, ECA observes that there are few tangible results in terms of products that are close to the market. Furthermore, the ECA also raises the question of the EIT’s European added value. At the same time we should pay attention to the fact that now is almost the end of 2016 and some changes have occurred in the period after 2014.

During 2015 the EIT has taken a number of measures to address many of the shortcomings highlighted in the ECA report. If we look carefully at the recently distributed EIT’s action plan, we can make an observation that the majority of the ECA recommendations have been already addressed in a proper manner. In this area we can enumerate measures such as the Introduction of financial sustainability principles; Revision of the definition of KIC Complementary Activities; Development of more meaningful Key Performance Indicators; Discussion is under way of New Framework Partnership Agreements.

What is particularly positive recently is that the EIT is trying to involve more countries. The EIT has created the Regional Innovation Scheme, an outreach mechanism to better promote innovation in specific regions, to spread its support more widely. More even distribution throughout Europe will lead to inclusion of a number of assets staying aside, thus reducing the cost of scientific developments and improving the final result.

Finally, we must be conscious of the role of the Institute as a driving force for development and enhancing Europe’s ability to innovate. In this regard is crucial to integrate the EU’s research and higher education system, to translate R&D results into commercial opportunities and to create a critical mass for faster development in small- and medium-sized enterprises. We must support this agency, which is a new one but having a significant role in R&D, regarding the staff and financing. Its duties have been increased, two new KICs have been developed, so I think they need our support. They are doing very well and as our colleagues said after the last year´s report many positive steps have been taken.

Meeting with EU’s Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová


On 14th of September 2016 a breakfast meeting organised by the ALDE members of the Parliament took place in Strasbourg, France. The special guest of the meeting was the European Union’s Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality – Věra Jourová.

The main topic of the meeting was the functions and the power of the European Public Prosecutor’s office (EPPO) which is expected to be established until the end of this year.

Nedzhmi ALI called Commissioner Jourová for a stronger information campaign concerning the establishment of the European Public prosecutor’s office as the cross border criminal offences affecting the Union’s financial interests are often very complex and need effective cooperation among Member states more than ever.

The Member of the European Parliament also suggested that the future functions of the EPPO should include a reinforced cooperation with the national prosecutors.

Nedzhmi ALI: The new ALDE Coordinator in the Budgetary Control Committee


With the opening of new parliamentary season the MEP from ALDE Group Nedzhmi Ali was elected as ALDE Coordinator in the Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament. As coordinator Nedzhmi Ali will be the main representative of the ALDE group in the Committee on Budgetary Control in the EP and together with the other coordinators (representing the rest of the political groups) he will have numerous technical powers which include the assigning of various reports to the rapporteurs, the appointment of shadow rapporteurs and he will have the responsibility for mobilization of the ALDE group in the European Parliament during the votes.

The Committee on Budgetary Control is entitled to ensure the legality, accuracy and financial soundness of the budgetary operations and financial control systems, as well as sound financial management of the EU budget (economy, efficiency and effectiveness). The Committee on Budgetary Control also contributes to ensure the effective spending of the Union’s budget in order to protect the interests of the European taxpayer by applying the Treaty of Lisbon and by strengthening the control over the results achieved by European programs.

One of the key elements of the work of the Committee on Budgetary Control in order to achieve  the above stated is the discharge procedure, during which the MEPs check the amount of the resources spent by the European Commission, other institutions and agencies of the EU. Over the years this procedure has become a very important tool to assess how public funds are spent and how the EU projects are being implemented.

Discharge is being granted by the European Parliament on the recommendation of the Council. Before taking the decision the EP checks the financial accounts and annual reports prepared by the European Commission and the Annual Report of European Court of Auditors on how the budget has been utilized. In connection with the discharge, the relevant Commissioners answer the written questions of the Committee on Budgetary Control and participate in the discussions within the meetings of the Committee.

During the plenary sessions the European Parliament votes separately on the discharge of each EU institution, which has its own independent part of the EU budget. Furthermore, the European Parliament votes separately on the discharge of the Agencies, Joint undertakings and the European Development Fund.

Nedzhmi ALI to Commissioner MOGHERINI: Are we doing enough to protect the external borders of the Union?


Mr. Chairman, Ms Vice-president, Dear colleagues,

As European partners of Turkey, we have to repeat again our condemnation of the July coup attempt. This Coup was a test for the Turkish democracy. The reaction of the Turkish people deserves our support and solidarity.

Despite the turmoil in the country, the government institutions continued their proper functioning, thus guarantying the existence of the democratic society.

Together with Turkey, we are in a complex geopolitical situation, we are pressed by the same challenges and we have a set of common interests. The problems can be handled acting together. This inevitably leads us to increase all the aspects of our cooperation.

The accession negotiations with Turkey must continue, raising the level of the constructive dialogue. The process of visa liberalization should be accelerated, thus improving the trade relations, providing for economic growth and employment both in EU and Turkey.

We should not forget that Turkey shelters more than 3 million refugees, having spent more than 8 bill Euros to sustain these people. Do we abide by our commitment to provide financial resources to support the efforts of our Turkish partners?

Finally, speaking about the migration pressure, are we doing enough to protect the external borders of the Union, as it is the case of my country Bulgaria and Greece, in order to keep the internal borders open?

After the analysis of Nedzhmi ALI: a letter-statement to the EU and Turkey leaders


The Friends of Turkey Group in the European Parliament strongly condemned the July coup attempt and expressed solidarity and support to the Turkish people. During the preparation of the letter-statement the group approved and endorsed all the analysis of the MEP from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and member of the Friends of Turkey group in the EU Nedzhmi Ali. Group’s members unanimously supported the proposal of Nedzhmi Ali concerning the acute need for the EU and Turkey to work together effectively to overcome common challenges, including migration, security and energy among others.

You can find below the whole letter-statement:


Brussels, 2 September 2016

We, as members of the Friends of Turkey group in the European Parliament, want to repeat our strong condemnation of the recent coup attempt and show our solidarity and support for Turkey’s secular, democratic institutions. We wish to express our solidarity with the people of Turkey and send our deepest condolences to the families of the 265 people killed in the attempted coup.

We sincerely hope the political unity following the coup will lead to a stronger democracy by reinforcing the rule of law. We are concerned that the handling of the aftermath of the coup, resulting in mass dismissals and arrests, could lead to further polarisation and division within the society. Respecting the rule of law, human rights and human dignity is the only way to heal the wounds caused by the coup attempt.

As Turkey is going through one of the most difficult times in its history, engaging in a sincere and constructive dialogue with the Turkish government, all opposition parties and civil society organisations, becomes more important than ever. The EU and Turkey should work together effectively to tackle shared challenges in the field of migration, security and energy, among others. We strongly support Turkey’s role as a long-standing and reliable member of the NATO alliance.

We urge EU leaders and high-level EEAS and European Commission officials to visit Turkey at their earliest convenience in order to discuss and better understand the impact and consequences of the failed military coup in Turkey.

We would also like to call on the chairmen of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee to reconvene its parliamentary activity as a matter of urgency with an early meeting with an open agenda and free-ranging exchange of views.

As the European Parliament was already in recess when these events occurred, we only had the opportunity to discuss the coup attempt in an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Committee meeting held on July 19th. We would like to invite a cross-party delegation from Turkey’s Grand National Assembly to visit Brussels and meet Members of the European Parliament and EU officials.

We reiterate our commitment to continue engaging in constructive dialogue and building relations with Turkey and its people in these difficult times.

Artis Pabriks and Ismail Ertug, co-chairs of the Friends of Turkey group

Nedzhmi Ali

Franc Bogovic

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt

Marietje Schaake

Pavel Poc

Geoffrey Van Orden

Nedzhmi ALI: We need to allocate more resources to achieve a better combat efficiency! The European defence union will ensure the security of the EU territory


First of all I would like to congratulate the rapporteur Mr. Pons for the opinion on European Defence Union. The findings and recommendations in the paper are correct.

Indeed EU Member States spend 1.4% of their combined GDP for defence purposes, or about 200 bill. Euros, but the results are not impressive. It is obvious that spending is not sufficient and the allocation of resources is not adequate. The lack of European defence capabilities restricts the Union’s ability to project stability beyond its borders. A solution would be a greater cooperation among Member States and integrating their defence capabilities.

The trend of declining defence budgets throughout the Union should be reversed. Historically has been proved that in order to maintain capable armed forces in current circumstances, states should spend no less than 2% of their GDP. This would allow sufficient resources not only for the personnel but also for operation and maintenance, which is a prerequisite for the normal combat training.

Additionally, the annual spending on major new equipment, including related Research & Development,not be less than 20% of total defence expenditures. The responsibilities and budget of the European Defence Agency should be established appropriately.

Furthermore, the most effective use of funds and more balanced sharing of costs and responsibilities in the quest of achievement of required capabilities is vital for the creation of defence power.

Maintaining a strong defence industry within Europe as a background of the military power is a mandatory condition. A more integrated, sustainable, innovative and competitive European Defence Technological and Industrial Base will contribute to the creation of jobs, growth and innovation across the EU.

Establishing of European defence union would allow us, in the framework of NATO as cornerstone of European security architecture, to strengthen the defence of EU territory. This would enable the Union to act autonomously if there is a need in operations abroad, with an ultimate goal to stabilising its neighbourhood.