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7th EPP Young Members Network Meeting in Poland

The 7th EPP Young Members Network Meeting (YMN) will take place in Sopot and Gdańsk, Poland, from 19-21 September 2013. Young national and European parliamentarians will debate 'Cohesion Policy: Effective structural investment for all the EU', 'Regions', 'Third-generation human rights' and 'Maritime Policy: the future of the shipbuilding industry in the EU: Challenges for GLOCAL Industries'.

Strengthening cooperation between young EPP parliamentarians

Paulo Rangel MEP commented: "As Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group in charge of Relations with National Parliaments and Communication Strategy, I have a double political concern: to strengthen EPP inter-parliamentarian cooperation and to make sure that the EPP Group's political work is well understood by European citizens. As a former young parliamentarian, I used to participate in the YMN meetings, so I can talk from experience about how important these meetings are in exchanging views and for networking. I have been fully committed to these tasks because I believe that our cooperation at an early stage and good communication is vital for a Europe that has its citizens at its core."

More European integration for facing economic challenges

Pablo Zalba MEP, YMN Coordinator, added: “I would like to highlight the importance of a strong industrial base as the way towards economic recovery. Shipbuilding is proof of this. In order to achieve this, we need to move in the same direction. A coherent industrial policy with a commercial policy is necessary and of course, competition policy. We need more Europe, more economic integration, and more political integration. However, we need more democratic legitimacy in the decision-making process in the European Union framework. The priority in the short term is the Banking Union.”

European politicians meet in Poland for exchange of views

The key speakers at the event are: former President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Wałęsa, Lucinda Creighton (Ireland), Vice-President of the EPP Party, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Minister of Regional Development, Poland, Paweł Orłowski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Regional Development of Poland, Dorota Pyć, Undersecretary of State responsible for Maritime Economy in the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Maritime Trade of Poland, Slawomir Tokarski, Head of Unit at the European Commission, defence, aeronautical and maritime industries, Duarte Marques, Member of the Portuguese Parliament, and Javier Dorado, Secretary-General of Nuevas Generationes (Spain). The EPP Group is represented by Paulo Rangel MEP, Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group responsible for Relations with National Parliaments, Jan Olbrycht MEP, Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group responsible for intercultural dialogue and religious affairs, Pablo Zalba MEP, YMN Coordinator, Jarosław Wałęsa MEP (Gdańsk, Poland) and YMN Vice-Coordinator Petru Luhan MEP.

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