The ALDE Party IM coordinator for North-West Italy Francesco Condò submitted some questions to the candidates of +Europa, the Italian liberal party, at the next European elections in the North-West Italy constituency. You can read the full interviews (in Italian) on the Facebook page of the North-West Italy ALDE Party IMs:
Today we publish the answers of Silvja Manzi and Lia Orfei
Why did you choose to run for the European Parliament?
SILVJA MANZI This is a key event. Perhaps never like this time the European elections represent a crucial challenge, between those who want a greater European integration and those who would like to go back in time. I not only want more Europe, but I also want the United States of Europe, because that is the goal: the way to go for a future of peace, greater wellbeing, openness, hope. And that’s why I’m running with +Europa.
LIA ORFEI After graduating in Statistics in Rome, I felt the need to engage and gain experience abroad in other academic research realities. Thanks to European agreements, I had the opportunity to study and work in various countries: Eurostat in Luxembourg, the University of Lancaster, the University of Cambridge and the Joint Research Center in Ispra. For me and many people of my generation, Europe represented an opportunity and I would like it to continue being an opportunity for others and future generations of young people. We must absolutely contrast the feeling of closure and protectionism that is taking place in different sections of the population and which risks endangering the European project. I am working to transfer this conviction to young people but also to other age groups, because Europe can give so much to everyone.
In your opinion, how can we make the European Union closer to its citizens and more effective in responding to their needs?
SILVJA MANZI: We should start from an electoral system that really brings the voters closer to the elected and from the direct election of the President of the Commission. It would also be essential, even as an antidote to rampant misinformation, to promote European public media, radio and television, to have a common and accessible source of information for all the European citizens.
GIULIA PASTORELLA I believe that the greatest effort to bring citizens closer to the EU is to accelerate towards political and social union; these, together with the single market and the free movement of people, will help to make citizens feel more and more European, because they are included in a community of people where they can have opportunities and, above all, safeguards. In this last field, a form of European unemployment benefit must be introduced as an instrument of economic stabilization.
Which are the three priority areas in which the European Union should do more with the powers that its institutions have at present?
SILVJA MANZI: Enforcing the internal rule of law: the authoritarian tendencies within the EU are not admissible and tolerable, since they undermine the sense and foundation of the European institution; policies on migrants and asylum; social policies.
LIA ORFEI: Starting from the current situation of powers, the EU could act towards the taxation of commercial transactions of international digital companies in the European continent, towards the harmonization of direct and indirect tax regimes, and towards new objectives of regional funds and social cohesion towards the areas of southern Europe and urban suburbs.
Last, Innovation: a European public fund to support new and good business ideas by investing an amount equal to those granted to companies by venture capital and private equity funds and a better coordination and support of national Industry 4.0 plans.
If you will be elected to the European Parliament, which will be your priorities and what policies / sectors would you like to focus your work on?
SILVJA MANZI: On the one hand I would work on internal reforms, on the areas I mentioned. On the other hand, I would work on the promotion of human rights: on this topic the Parliament can do a lot and we worked a lot in the years when I was in the EP with the Radical MEPs.
LIA ORFEI: I want to defend the values I believe in: honesty, competence and solidarity. I will carry forward proposals on the topics that I believe most contribute to achieving these values. In particular: innovation, environment and social protection.
Full interview to Lia Orfei is available in italian here.
Full interview to Silvja Manzi is available in italian here.