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Öppet brev från ELN till FNs Generalförsamling mot spridningen av kärnvapen
Öppet brev från ELN till FNs Generalförsamling mot spridningen av kärnvapen

As world leaders prepare to meet this month at the United Nations in New York, we call on them to take urgent steps to reduce the risks of nuclear confrontation. We join a growing number of internati…

Letter to President Juncker on the Troika Laundromat case
Letter to President Juncker on the Troika Laundromat case

To: Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission Brussels, 14 March 2019 Dear President Juncker, We, Members of the European Parliament, are addressing you in order to express our…

The Magnitsky Act and its name – Op-Ed in EUObserver
The Magnitsky Act and its name – Op-Ed in EUObserver

On Thursday, the European Parliament will vote on a resolution to introduce a sanctions regime for human rights violations, more known as a ”European Magnitsky Act”. The Parliament has prior to this …

Why didn’t the Greens support the name Magnitsky? – speech in plenary
Why didn’t the Greens support the name Magnitsky? – speech in plenary

Gunnar Hökmark ifrågasatte att de Gröna ledamöterna i Europaparlamentet röstade emot att kalla Magnitskijlagstiftningen vid dess rätta namn. En sådan lag skulle innebära möjligheten att frysa…

Speech on Digitalisation at Euronest Economic committee
Speech on Digitalisation at Euronest Economic committee

Gunnar Hökmark’s speech to the Euronest Economic committee, where he comments the report ”Facilitating digitalisation to improve efficiency and stimulate economic growth in the EU and Eastern Partner…

Panelsamtal om framtiden för Europas ekonomi
Panelsamtal om framtiden för Europas ekonomi

Gunnar Hökmark deltog i Euractiv’s panelsamtal med Europaparlamentariker Sven Giegold om framtiden för Europas ekonomi, där Gunnar bland annat underströk behovet av strukturreformer och främjande…

Comments on the European Defence Fund
Comments on the European Defence Fund

With the negotiations on the European Defence Fund about to start, the European Union possesses a chance to take a giant leap forward towards strengthening both the competitiveness of the European def…

Dear citizens of the United Kingdom – open letter
Dear citizens of the United Kingdom – open letter

Dear citizens of the United Kingdom, As friends of your country, we are looking with growing anxiety at the unfolding of Brexit disaster that will be harmful for both Britain and Europe. We are rel…

A Magnitsky Act for Europe – Op-Ed in CNN
A Magnitsky Act for Europe – Op-Ed in CNN

Sometimes a name means everything. In this case, the name Sergei Magnitsky has been globally synonymous with how to fight human rights abuse in the 21st century. His sacrifice has resonated with victi…

Financial markets in Europe: Is it possible to avoid a crisis? – Op-Ed in Open Access Government
Financial markets in Europe: Is it possible to avoid a crisis? – Op-Ed in Open Access Government

Is there a way to avoid a financial crisis? The answer is no. Financial crises will come, often as a result of high growth and rapid development. A disruptive change to new technologies may change the…

We must respond to threat of foreign disinformation campaigns – letter to Juncker and Mogherini
We must respond to threat of foreign disinformation campaigns – letter to Juncker and Mogherini

Today Gunnar Hökmark and 60 other parlamentarians and security experts send a letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, and the High Representative for Foreign and Secu…

Provisional deal reached on the resolution part of the RRM-package
Provisional deal reached on the resolution part of the RRM-package

“Last night’s deal on BRRD is a very important step in the completion of the Banking Union. It will reduce risks in the financial system but also facilitate for the Banking Union by a decision on th…

De som jämför EU med Sovjetunionen vet inte vad Sovjetunionen var – anförande i plenum
De som jämför EU med Sovjetunionen vet inte vad Sovjetunionen var – anförande i plenum

  Gunnar Hökmarks anförande i plenum den 3 oktober 2018 med anledning av debatten med Estlands premiärminister Jüri Ratas om EU:s framtid.…

Gunnar Hökmark om Rumänien – anförande i Plenum
Gunnar Hökmark om Rumänien – anförande i Plenum

Gunnar Hökmarks anförande i plenum den 3 oktober 2018 med anledning av debatten om rättstatsensprinciper i Rumänien. …

EU economy on the rise as incomes increase and unemployment rate falls – Op-Ed in Open Access Government
EU economy on the rise as incomes increase and unemployment rate falls – Op-Ed in Open Access Government

The economy of the European Union (EU) is currently doing quite well. We are most likely at the end of an expansionary phase of the business cycle, average incomes have risen above pre-crisis levels a…

Gunnar Hökmarks rapport om säkerheten i Östliga partnerskapsländerna
Gunnar Hökmarks rapport om säkerheten i Östliga partnerskapsländerna

Gunnar Hökmarks rapport om säkerheten i Östliga partnerskapsländerna och vad EU kan göra, som antogs under Euronest parlamentariska församling, finns nedan att läsa i sin helhet:   Sec…

Real recovery requires real reform Op-Ed in The Parliament Magazine
Real recovery requires real reform Op-Ed in The Parliament Magazine

The EU will not achieve lasting financial stability and growth if its member states don’t stick to the rules, says Gunnar Hökmark. The single most important challenge in developing the monetary …

Proposal from Gunnar Hökmark on new banking legislation approved by ECON committee in European Parliament
Proposal from Gunnar Hökmark on new banking legislation approved by ECON committee in European Parliament

MEPs agreed on a roadmap for banks to deal with losses, by ensuring that they hold enough capital and debt not to need taxpayer bailouts and defining conditions for remedial measures. …

Georgia is a country of old Europe – Op-Ed in Euractiv
Georgia is a country of old Europe – Op-Ed in Euractiv

Many forces wish to undermine Georgia’s democratic development, and this is why the EU engagement and cooperation must be much more active, writes Gunnar Hökmark. In the aftermath of the Rus…

Message from Brussels – Intervju med Gunnar Hökmark i Georgia Today
Message from Brussels – Intervju med Gunnar Hökmark i Georgia Today

Despite it being the second biggest Parliament in the world, it’s still rare enough to find a member of the European Parliament who is knowledgeable about Georgia. Even rarer are those who boast a s…

All eyes on the FIFA World Cup – and on Russia – Op-Ed in EUObserver
All eyes on the FIFA World Cup – and on Russia – Op-Ed in EUObserver

As the FIFA World Cup sets off, everyone’s eyes will be on Russia. There are, however, plenty of other reasons for Europe to watch Russia. Kremlin’s warfare against European countries through …

Security challenges in the Eastern Partnership countries – Euronest draft report
Security challenges in the Eastern Partnership countries – Euronest draft report

Gunnar Hökmark är Europaparlamentets rapportör i Euronest parlamentariska församling för en kommande rapport om säkerhetsutmaningar i Östra Partnerskapsländerna och EU:s roll i att addressera …

The misguided logic of digital taxation – Op-Ed in Euractiv
The misguided logic of digital taxation – Op-Ed in Euractiv

The European Commission’s proposal on digital taxation demonstrates a completely new logic of taxation. It contains all the wrongs you can achieve in one proposal, writes Gunnar Hökmark. The Eur…

Nord Stream II aims to undermine Energy Union – Op-Ed in EUObserver
Nord Stream II aims to undermine Energy Union – Op-Ed in EUObserver

Last week, the industry and energy committee in the European Parliament voted in favour of bringing Nord Stream II under European law, re-establishing order, stability and predictability on the Europe…

Putin divides Europe – Op-Ed in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Putin divides Europe – Op-Ed in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

An English translation of the Op-Ed by the Members of the European Parliament Michael Gahler (EPP, DE) Rebecca Harms (G/EFA, DE) Laima Andrikiene (EPP,LT) VP) Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE, LT) Ana Gome…

Plenary speech on future EU-UK relations
Plenary speech on future EU-UK relations

View the full speech here. ”Madam President, when our own mini-Trump, Mr Farage, claims here in this plenary that the European Union is bullying the United Kingdom, it is his way of informing us …

Europe’s new era – only possible with 5G – article in Euractiv
Europe’s new era – only possible with 5G – article in Euractiv

If the EU misses out on 5G it could lead to a drain of world leading tech companies in Europe (of which there are only a few), if it wants to catch up to America and China then it has to deliver o…

Gunnar Hökmark condemns the ban of Charter 97 in Belarus
Gunnar Hökmark condemns the ban of Charter 97 in Belarus

– Lukashenko is undermining the future of Belarus by limiting freedom of speech and freedom of the media in the country. The fear of independent reporting is a sign of weakness. The authorities must l…

The great EU corporate tax lie – Artikel i EUobserver
The great EU corporate tax lie – Artikel i EUobserver

Esther de Lange, Brian Hayes och Gunnar Hökmark skriver gemensamt på EUobserver om CCCTB. As three MEPs who take subsidiarity and proportionality seriously, we face an almost daily battle aga…

Security challenges in the Eastern Partnership countries – Euronest working document
Security challenges in the Eastern Partnership countries – Euronest working document

Gunnar Hökmark is the EP rapporteur of the Euronest report Security challenges in the Eastern Partnership countries and enhancing the role of the EU in addressing them.  This text is the working…

Why transnational lists are not a good idea – artikel i Euractiv
Why transnational lists are not a good idea – artikel i Euractiv

The Parliament and Council are set to decide on what to do with the 73 seats currently held by British MEPs. However, leaning towards transnational lists is not the answer because it is un-European a…

To an outstanding activist for freedom at the International Conference in Memory of Peeter Luksep in Tallinn 27th January 2018
To an outstanding activist for freedom at the International Conference in Memory of Peeter Luksep in Tallinn 27th January 2018

Gunnar Hökmark, MEP, in Tallinn the 27th of January 2018 at the International Conference in Memory of Peeter Luksep at the National Library of Estonia He who proved you can make a difference – A s…

Eastern Partnership – interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Eastern Partnership – interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Gunnar Hökmark gives his views on the EU’s relations with its Eastern partners in the political year of 2017 and the prospects for 2018. &n…

100 years after the October Revolution – speech in plenary session
100 years after the October Revolution – speech in plenary session

Mr. Speaker, Some of the Members of this House have today compared the Soviet Union with the European Union, mixing up open borders, democracy, human rights, a market economy and democratic electio…

The future of the Eastern Partnership – speech in plenary session
The future of the Eastern Partnership – speech in plenary session

Mr. Speaker, The Eastern Partnership is about a partnership for freedom, democracy, rule of law, and peace. That’s what we see, but also we see all the difficulties. When I listen to the colleague…

Economic Ideas Forum
Economic Ideas Forum

Gunnar Hökmark deltog den 7 oktober i Economic Ideas Forum 2017, arrangerat av Wilfried Martens Center. Under konferensen, vars tema var ”New Europe, New Economy”, diskuterades ekonomiska utmaningar…

Clean Energy Package needs market, not just targets – Artikel i EUobserver
Clean Energy Package needs market, not just targets – Artikel i EUobserver

The political groups are now clashing on all fronts over the aims and targets of the Clean Energy Package. Negotiations are tough and the outcome difficult to predict. What is more, when the 2030 t…

Macron shows the ‘Juncker dilemma’ does not exist – article EurActive
Macron shows the ‘Juncker dilemma’ does not exist – article EurActive

Europe needs serious reform if it is to avoid being turned into a mere museum for rich Chinese tourists. But it is clearly possible to be both European and succeed in the global economy, writes …

”We shall never forget the cost of non-enlargement” – Gunnar Hökmark’s intervention in the debate on Serbia

  In the European Parliament plenary debate on the European Commission 2016 Report on Serbia, Gunnar Hökmark underlined that the EU enlargement policy has been one of the Union’s main su…

Country specific recommendations from the Commission
Country specific recommendations from the Commission

24-05-2017  The Commission has launched its Country specific recommendations for 2017. GDP growth in the EU as a whole is expected to remain constant at 1.9%. Unemployment is expected to fall b…

Ten reasons to stop the European social pillar – article EUobserver
Ten reasons to stop the European social pillar – article EUobserver

The spirit behind the efforts of the European Commission to address the malaise felt by EU citizens towards the Union deserves to be appreciated. However, it is by no means certain that last month’…

Future of Europe is unity, not uniformity – EU Observer
Future of Europe is unity, not uniformity – EU Observer

Brexit, Le Pen and Geert Wilders. These are only three expressions of the new European discontent that trembles though the corridors of Brussels. Amidst confusion and panic, and various attempts to…

Letter of concern on Rustavi2
Letter of concern on Rustavi2

Today Gunnar Hökmark, together with 16 other Members of the European Parliament sent a letter to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, underlining concern regarding the ownership dispute o…

Regrettable decision on Rustavi 2
Regrettable decision on Rustavi 2

Today Gunnar Hökmark expressed regret and serious concern over the decision by the Georgian Supreme Court to grant ownership of the independent television channel Rustavi 2 to Kibar Khalvashi, a clos…

Rustavi 2 must stay independent
Rustavi 2 must stay independent

Today Gunnar Hökmark expressed concern regarding the forthcoming decision by the Georgian Supreme Court on the ownership dispute of the independent television channel Rustavi 2, and its potentially a…

EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee
EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee

Ahead of the 4th EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee meeting on 15-16 February in Strasbourg, Gunnar Hökmark underlined the importance of media plurality and expressed concerns of adverse…

Nord Stream 2 is incompatible with Energy Union – article in EU Observer
Nord Stream 2 is incompatible with Energy Union – article in EU Observer

Ever since the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project was launched by Gazprom, the Russian state controlled global energy company that holds the world’s largest gas reserves, its aims and consequences have …

When Trump makes America small, Europe must stand tall – article in EUObserver
When Trump makes America small, Europe must stand tall – article in EUObserver

Donald Trump is certain he is going to make his country great again – by turning its back to the world, by building walls and by saying no to foreign people, goods and services. But it won’t work. …

Ruotsin ja Suomen jäsenyys Natossa vakauttaisi Itämeren tilannetta – article in Suomen Kuvalehti
Ruotsin ja Suomen jäsenyys Natossa vakauttaisi Itämeren tilannetta – article in Suomen Kuvalehti

Gunnar Hökmark skriver här tillsammans med Henna Virkkunen (EPP-FI) och Bendt Bendtsen (EPP-DK) i Suomen Kuvalehti om vikten av ökat europeiskt försvarssamarbete och Nato. Sotilaallinen jännit…

Ignoring our problems leads only to crisis – Gunnar Hökmark on euobserver.com
Ignoring our problems leads only to crisis – Gunnar Hökmark on euobserver.com

The Commission’s decision to turn a blind eye to the deficits of Spain and Portugal does not bode well for the future. It may yet lead to another crisis and undermine our rules-based Union. The E…

Speech in plenary: Our values are stronger than your hate
Speech in plenary: Our values are stronger than your hate

The tragedies in Norway this summer hit us all. As parents, neighbours and fellow human beings, and as participants in the political life, regardless of political views we know them all, the young com…

You have friends in the EU – Article in EurActiv
You have friends in the EU – Article in EurActiv

Guest blog post by Bendt Bendtsen MEP, Gunnar Hökmark MEP, Krišjanis Karins MEP, Tunne Kelam MEP, Gabrielius Landsbergis MEP, Henna Virkunnen MEP. We, six Nordic and Baltic members of the Europea…

The times when telecom was telecom are long times passed- Article in The Parliament Magazine
The times when telecom was telecom are long times passed- Article in The Parliament Magazine

The times when telecom was telecom are long times passed. It is not about people talking, it is about our societies and economies walking with a lead into the future. Mobile telephony has develope…

Presentation by Gunnar Hökmark, MEP, on FTTH and digital agenda targets – at the Fiber to the Home Council Conference ”Calling for a Brighter Future”
Presentation by Gunnar Hökmark, MEP, on FTTH and digital agenda targets – at the Fiber to the Home Council Conference ”Calling for a Brighter Future”

February 17th 2016 from 11:45, LUXEXPO, Luxembourg City Ladies and Gentlemen,   For me the goal is quite simple. Europe needs to be number one.   If you want to be number one…

3G was modernisation, 4G was and is digitalisation, 5G is industrialisation- Artikel The Digital Post
3G was modernisation, 4G was and is digitalisation, 5G is industrialisation- Artikel The Digital Post

The introduction of 3G was a huge modernisation. It was a revolution for mobile telecom and gave Europe the lead. Mobile telephony was suddenly a popular phenomenon, creating new opportunities and new…

Presentation by Gunnar Hökmark, MEP, on the opportunities and challenges coming from 5G and the digital economy – at the EU High Level Dialogue on Spectrum-Related Issues
Presentation by Gunnar Hökmark, MEP, on the opportunities and challenges coming from 5G and the digital economy – at the EU High Level Dialogue on Spectrum-Related Issues

3rd of February 2016 from 13:00, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi, Brussels   Ladies and Gentlemen,   The development of digital services is day after day leaving a surprise…

Russia, IS: EU values under attack – artikel i EU Observer
Russia, IS: EU values under attack – artikel i EU Observer

Little more than two weeks ago, as the world turned its eyes towards the vicious terrorist attacks in Paris, violence once again flared up in Ukraine. The current state of affairs is clear: on seve…

Gunnar Hökmark Key Note Speech: Are we doing the best we can?
Gunnar Hökmark Key Note Speech: Are we doing the best we can?

At the annual ECTA Regulatory Conference in Brussels Mr. Hökmark asked the question ”Are we doing the best we can?” If Europe is going to become the number one in a global digital economy we …

Letter to Europe
Letter to Europe

And so, the letter of which much has been said finally came. In his letter to the European Council President Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron highlights the issues of con…

Europe needs a new economic reform agenda- Article Euractiv
Europe needs a new economic reform agenda- Article Euractiv

Europe’s governments must make tough reforms to bring back competitiveness and prosperity to EU economies, writes Gunnar Hökmark. Gunnar Hökmark [Moderaterna] is a Swedish member of the European …

Increase our military capabilities
Increase our military capabilities

For a long time, any warnings or notions of the increasingly hostile Russia under Putin was denied or subdued. Consequentially, Sweden disarmed itself almost completely in a time when global and local…

Gunnar Hökmark in debate on Capital Markets Union
Gunnar Hökmark in debate on Capital Markets Union

Today in a debate in the European Parliament MEP Gunnar Hökmark made his remarks on the Commission’s Action Plan on creating a Capital Markets Union. Mr. Hökmark welcomes the initiative and poi…

The European Agenda- New booklet MEP Gunnar Hökmark
The European Agenda- New booklet MEP Gunnar Hökmark

”Europe needs an agenda that does not only identify and discuss the real problems and the underlying causes of our dire straits, but also one that suggests credible solutions. It is actually quite s…

Gunnar Hökmark: We need to create a capital market for the whole union
Gunnar Hökmark: We need to create a capital market for the whole union

Today Commissioner Jonathan Hill revealed the Commission’s Action Plan for a Capital Markets Union (CMU). – I welcome the initiative. We need to make the European economy competitive. A competiti…

The European Agenda
The European Agenda

Europe needs an agenda that does not only identify and discuss the real problems and the underlying causes of our dire straits, but also one that suggests credible solutions. It is actually quite simp…

Gunnar Hökmark: Allocate and coordinate the 700 MHz band as soon as possible
Gunnar Hökmark: Allocate and coordinate the 700 MHz band as soon as possible

Europe needs to allocate and coordinate the 700 MHz band as soon as possible. This is needed in order to have sufficient capacity for the development of mobile data traffic and new services as well as…

Gunnar Hökmark on the negotiations of the Banking Structure Regulation
Gunnar Hökmark on the negotiations of the Banking Structure Regulation

If we don’t get new investments financed we will not get the jobs and the growth Europe is in need of. Instead we will dive into a new financial crisis caused by underinvestment, lack of growth and …

Gunnar Hökmark: Time for digital action- 7 steps
Gunnar Hökmark: Time for digital action- 7 steps

Too much of European debate about the digital single market is about what the digital development can give us in the future. That is not bad, with a perspective clarifying what is at stake. But more i…

On EU – Russia relations, Hökmark amendments

Gunnar Hökmark has proposed a number of amendments to the draft report of Gabrielius Landsbergis for European Parliament– seen by Hökmark as an excellent proposal – on the relations between EU and…

Gunnar Hökmark: Rule of law and freedom of speech in Azerbaijan are fundamentally flawed
Gunnar Hökmark: Rule of law and freedom of speech in Azerbaijan are fundamentally flawed

Development toward democracy and rule of law has stagnated in Azerbaijan and the the rule of law and freedom of speech in Azerbaijan are fundamentally flawed.  These were among the pertinent issues d…

Press release EPP group: European Parliament rejects unconditional recognition of Palestine
Press release EPP group: European Parliament rejects unconditional recognition of Palestine

The EPP Group welcomes that the European Parliament today supported a Resolution on the recognition of a Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution but it must go ”hand in hand” with the develop…

Press release: Europe must take the lead in the development of Internet and broadband services
Press release: Europe must take the lead in the development of Internet and broadband services

– Europe must take the lead in the development of Internet and broadband services. There is no other way than to create the best capacities and highest speeds in EU. The Radio Spectrum programme of th…

Press release: Universal banks crucial in a Capital Markets Union
Press release: Universal banks crucial in a Capital Markets Union

”The European Union lacks investment of 900 billion euros. This is one of the main challenges we face when proceeding with a Capital Markets Union and with the legislation creating a framework for sta…

Speech by Gunnar Hökmark at the ”Fibre To The Home Conference 2014: Showcasing a Brighter Future”
Speech by Gunnar Hökmark at the ”Fibre To The Home Conference 2014: Showcasing a Brighter Future”

Speech by Gunnar Hökmark, Member of the European Parliament and Vice President of the EPP Group, at the ”Fibre To The Home Conference 2014: Showcasing a Brighter Future” Date: Thursday 20 February…

In memory of Wilfried Martens
In memory of Wilfried Martens

It is with great sadness and a profound loss that we today remember EPP chairman Wilfried Martens. Ever since the Moderate Party in the early 1990s joined the EPP he has been there as an institution b…

Gunnar Hökmark calls on the EU to react to Russia’s ’unacceptable’ use of military and economic pressure to exert its influence- Article in the European Magazine
Gunnar Hökmark calls on the EU to react to Russia’s ’unacceptable’ use of military and economic pressure to exert its influence- Article in the European Magazine

Once again a curtain is descending across Europe, threatening to divide our continent between open, democratic societies governed by law, and societies where might is always right. The ancient Europea…

Georgia must abide by the rule of law – Press Release
Georgia must abide by the rule of law – Press Release

”Georgia is a welcome partner to the European Union, but must live up to the standards of rule-of-law and freedom of the media. It is not acceptable to use the judiciary to apply selected justice dire…

Speech at broadband seminar: A key infrastructure for Europa2020
Speech at broadband seminar: A key infrastructure for Europa2020

Broadband – A key infrastructure for Europa2020 – Delivering the 1 gigabit vision Gunnar Hökmark Contrary to the title of today’s seminar, I don’t believe that broadband is a key infrastructure…

Europe Needs a ’Big Bang’ for Wireless – article in WSJ
Europe Needs a ’Big Bang’ for Wireless – article in WSJ

Policy makers in the European Union and around the world regularly refer to the Internet and the wireless economy as an ”important part” of society. Yet outside the group of telecom ministers and othe…

Georgia’s Fragile Democratic Process – letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal
Georgia’s Fragile Democratic Process – letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says his government is making ”progress through pragmatism.” This is hard to see when it comes to democracy and the rule of law. In his Aug. 6 op-ed, Geo…

The state of democracy in Georgia – article EuropeanVoice
The state of democracy in Georgia – article EuropeanVoice

There are, unfortunately, reasons to be concerned about the state of democracy in Georgia. Vano Merabishvili, the leader of the opposition, former prime minister and candidate in the presidential e…

Speech at the ECTA Conference –  ”A single market for telecoms”
Speech at the ECTA Conference – ”A single market for telecoms”

Dear friends of competition, dear distinguished guests, It is a great honor to have been invited to present my views on the timely theme of this year’s ECTA conference – ”A single market for teleco…

Georgia belongs to Europe – press release
Georgia belongs to Europe – press release

”Through a politicization of the judicial system, the Georgian Government is on its way to undermine the country’s democracy. It is reprehensible to include the judicial system as a part of the Govern…

The Safest Way to Let Banks Fail – Op-ed in Wall Street Journal
The Safest Way to Let Banks Fail – Op-ed in Wall Street Journal

The European crisis—and especially this spring’s events in Cyprus—has put the spotlight on a once-taboo question: Can a major bank be allowed to fail? Looking back at recent financial history…

Press release: Rules for banking resolution to stabilise financial markets
Press release: Rules for banking resolution to stabilise financial markets

“Europe will now get modern legislation on the management of a bank in crisis and of banking crises”, says Gunnar Hökmark MEP and the Parliament’s rapporteur for the Bank Recovery and Resolution …

Europe in the world: The state of the union
Europe in the world: The state of the union

Today, on May 3rd Mr. Gunnar Hökmark was a key note speaker at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce adressing his views upon the state of the union. All the facts, analysis and views can be read by clic…

Europe needs a big bang auction of 4G licenses- article in New Europe
Europe needs a big bang auction of 4G licenses- article in New Europe

In a time when confronted with huge debt burdens, negative growth and record high unemployment, the wireless revolution is a golden opportunity Europe cannot afford to miss out on. The road back to re…

Speech in plenary 17th of March on the 2012 comprehensive monitoring report on Croatia
Speech in plenary 17th of March on the 2012 comprehensive monitoring report on Croatia

– Madam President, in less than three months we will have Croatian Members of this Parliament when we start our July session. I think that is an expression of something even bigger than what happens …

Can a major bank really be allowed to fail?- Article in European Voice
Can a major bank really be allowed to fail?- Article in European Voice

Dealing with bank failures requires a delicate balance between managing expectations and finding a credible solution. The events in Cyprus during the past few weeks have put in the spotlight what, in …

Mener la révolution mobile : une occasion en or pour l’Europe – article in Les Cahiers de L’arcep
Mener la révolution mobile : une occasion en or pour l’Europe – article in Les Cahiers de L’arcep

Par Gunnar HÖKMARK, député européen Les technologies sans fil et l’internet mobile transforment rapidement nos économies et nos sociétés. Chaque année, le trafic de données mobiles explo…

Plenary speech 13th March on the Situation in Ukraine
Plenary speech 13th March on the Situation in Ukraine

– Mr President, I should like to thank the Commissioner for presenting his view on Ukraine. It is important to send a clear message to the authorities and to the government in Ukraine because we can…

Wireless Broadband: opening up of 700 MHz band good news for Europe’s mobile Internet users
Wireless Broadband: opening up of 700 MHz band good news for Europe’s mobile Internet users

”I am glad that the European Commission is now taking an important step to open up the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband. We now urgently need a political decision to ensure that the 700 MHz band is…

Opening speech at the Fiber-to-the-Home conference, London
Opening speech at the Fiber-to-the-Home conference, London

”First of all, new services, innovations and information flows must grow, flourish and create economic growth without being dependent on technological speeds and capacities of the past. Secondly,…

Press release: EPP Group warns against setbacks and backsliding of Georgian democracy
Press release: EPP Group warns against setbacks and backsliding of Georgian democracy

Commenting on recent violent mob attacks against the opposition Members of Parliament in Georgia, EPP Group Vice-Chairman Gunnar Hökmark MEP said: ”What we are seeing are very serious setbacks and ba…

We must facilitate the growth of the Internet economy
We must facilitate the growth of the Internet economy

– The Internet economy is one of the most important drivers for economic growth in Europe. If Europe is to take full benefit of this development we must offer the best conditions in the world for the …

Speech at ECTA annual conference
Speech at ECTA annual conference

Madame Commissioner, Minister, dear friends of competition, More growth comes from the Internet economy The outlook for Europe and the European economy is often painted in gloomy pictures. Indeed,…

MEPs divided on bigger EU budget – Gunnar Hökmark on BBC News
MEPs divided on bigger EU budget – Gunnar Hökmark on BBC News

European leaders have spent hours trying to hammer out a deal on a future budget for the European Union, amid conflicting calls for an increase and also a cut. MEP Gunnar Hökmark comments on BBC News…

Europe Needs Better Bank Rules – article on Bloomberg
Europe Needs Better Bank Rules – article on Bloomberg

The European Union’s collective economy is the biggest on the globe, larger than the U.S. or China, yet it is being held back by the fragmented nature of its markets. This has to change. If Europ…

Speech at Swedish Bankers’ Association’s annual summit
Speech at Swedish Bankers’ Association’s annual summit

Yesterday Gunnar Hökmark attended the Swedish Bankers’ Association’s annual summit “Bankmötet” in Stockholm where he gave a speech on the topic of bank recovery and resolution as well as the…

Gunnar Hökmark’s presentation on bank recovery and resolution legislation in committee
Gunnar Hökmark’s presentation on bank recovery and resolution legislation in committee

Gunnar Hökmark’s report on the Recovery and resolution directive was today formally presented in the the Econonomic and monetary affairs committe. Below you will find his introductory statement. …