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Refugee crisis has indeed shaken the whole Europe. And while on the field there are many CSOs, volunteers and individuals helping refugees on their way from conflict areas, European parliament is also addressing this topic at all possible occasions.

Last week there was a plenary in Strasbourg where the majority of speakers and guest took opportunity to address MEP, during the plenary and during other occasions. The Spanish King Felipe VI called on the EU to treat the current refugee crisis with “generosity, solidarity and responsibility” and also during the “historical meeting” between François Hollande and Angela Merkel, the debate was mostly about refugee crisis.

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While Mr Hollande advocated an “outgoing Europe”, able to “reaffirm the simple and clear principles of solidarity, responsibility and firmness”, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel emphasised  “The huge number of refugees is a test of historic proportions. And to allow these people a dignified life in their homelands, is a European and a global challenge”.

This week MEPs also agreed on measures to tackle the refugee crisis during the plenary session on Wednesday in Brussels, while debating also about the European asylum and migration policy. An extra €401.3 million in EU funding to manage the refugee crisis was endorsed by Parliament. In addition the European Union offered Turkey a possible 3 billion euros in aid and the prospect of easier travel visas and “re-energised” talks on joining the bloc in return for its help stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.

The over call from the European Parliament and from the majority of MEPs is that we need more Europe and we need to resist the temptation to fall back into national government action.

A research made among European citizens confirmed that common European approach should be applied to address this issue. Two out of every three Europeans want migrant crisis to be tackled at EU level, regarding the ‘priority financial support’ recently granted to Member States bearing the brunt of migration on their coasts and at their borders, 62% think that it is ‘a good thing’ and 66% of Europeans are in favour of ‘simplifying legal migration procedures, which they believe would ‘make it possible to fight effectively against illegal migration’.

A lot of words have been said, some acts have been made, but much more should be done, by people and especially by institutions, to address this topic on in EU level and in its core.

 

Tea Jarc

Reporter for Out of the Box from the European Parliament

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.

 

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