The biggest disappointment of the last year is perceived by the Quaestor of the European Parliament and MEP Marcel Kolaja in the new rules regarding the mandatory control of private messages of users.
“Under the nonsensical proposal of the European Commission, the operators of communication services such as e-mail or chat platforms would spy on each and every one of us. Even innocent pictures of children on vacation can end up in an investigation. In my opinion, the entire legislation is to be thrown away. I agree that we have to prevent the abuse of children, but here the Commission really messed up,” Kolaja says of the Commission’s proposal, and his words are confirmed by the German Association for the Protection of Children. According to her, the proposal is ineffective and unreasonable.
According to MEP Markéta Gregorová, one of the biggest challenges not only for the European Commission is dealing with the effects of the war in Ukraine and the related energy and economic crisis.
“With the exception of the Trojan horse of Putin’s interests, which is Orbán’s Hungary, Europe is unprecedentedly united. All the more, however, I hope that Ursula von der Leyen will mention what the real future of the new and old candidate countries is. At a time when some are facing direct military aggression from Russia and others are listening to threats, they need more than media promises – they need a clear plan for their European integration,” says Gregorová.
The MEP and chairman of the European Pirate Party, Mikuláš Peksa, also praises the fact that Europe’s unified common approach is working.
“Putin hurts our steps. That is why the Kremlin announced that the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline will not start as long as the sanctions are in place. This shows his desperation. We must not back down and we must respond to the current emergency situation with extraordinary means. That is why I support the proposal of the European Commission, thanks to which member countries will have significant resources to finance their measures to reduce energy prices. This proposal will also create a common framework for states to take action in other areas we need to address this winter, such as lower electricity consumption. We all realize that there is a need to act urgently, which is why I hope that the Commission’s proposal will find sufficient support among the member states,” adds Mikuláš Peksa.