MEPs explore closer cooperation with Cedefop

Ideas for closer cooperation between Cedefop and the European Parliament, as well as national representations, were explored during a two-day visit (10-11 February) to the EU agency of a delegation of the parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL). MEPs Kostadinka Kuneva from Greece and Jutta Steinruck from Germany (committee members), and Pieter Rook of the Committee Secretariat had meetings with Cedefop Director James Calleja, Deputy Director Mara Brugia, heads of departments and several experts who presented the agency’s work. Both MEPs mentioned ...

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5 questions with… Kostadinka Kuneva

Written by The Parliament Magazine on 10 February 2016 in Opinion Get to know Parliament's Buddhist MEP in 5 questions.  1. Which person you have worked with has most inspired you in your career, and how? This might sound strange, but the one person who has influenced my career more than anyone else is my teacher of Buddhism. In this respect, the Dalai Lama may be the person who has had the most influence on me, more than anyone else. Through him, I learned how to find peace in difficult situations and how to offer love and compassion. My friend Lama ...

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Interview to Chrissi Wilkens for Press Project website: “Konstantina Kouneva: Syriza is Europe΄s opportunity for change”

Syriza΄s MEP talks to Chrissi Wilkens about how Syriza΄s presence in the European Parliament as well as its rise to power in Greece could mean a shift from austerity politics for the whole of Europe How is the atmosphere in the EU parliament considering the Greek election results? It is completely different. Since the European elections, SYRIZA’s victory has put it in the spotlight, but now SYRIZA is government, and the Ministers and the Prime Minister are traveling to meet with the other leaders to discuss the Greek situation. My fellow MEPs hope that the ...

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Interview to Christina Vasilaki for Equal Times: “Konstantina Kuneva: the cleaner turned trade unionist turned MEP”

  Konstantina Kuneva (also known as Kostadinka Kuneva; pictured right) speaks at a protest in central Athens.(Photo credits to: AP/Petros Giannakouris) On 23 December 2008, Konstantina Kuneva (also known as Kostadinka or Constantina Kuneva), a Bulgarian-born cleaner and leading female trade unionist, became the victim of an acid attack because of her work organising mainly female cleaners and domestic workers. The case shocked the country and Kuneva was terribly disfigured. Although a court decision resulted in Kuneva being compensated €250,000 by her employer, ...

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