Situation in Iraq: EU should focus on a political solution The European Parliament adopted a cross-party resolution today in Strasbourg on the situation in Iraq. ALDE Spokesperson on Iraq - Marietje Schaake, (D66, The Netherlands) believes security must be ensured, but the focus should lie on a broader political solution for the country.
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ALDE/UEAPME SME Lunch Debate ALDE/UEAPME SME Lunch Debate
• Jürgen CREUTZMANN, MEP, Chair of the ALDE SME campaign Task Force: Presentation of ALDE Campaign
• Peter FAROSS, Secretary General UEAPME: Presentation of Electoral Manifesto
• Massimo BALDINATO, Member of Commissioner Tajani Cabinet
SME access to financePhilippe DE BACKER, ALDE MEP, with intervention by Gerhard HUEMER – Director Fiscal & Economic Policy UEAPME, Georg RAAB – COM, DG ENTR Unit D3
Better Regulation Jürgen CREUTZMANN, ALDE MEP, with intervention by Luc HENDRICKX, Director Legal Affairs Enterprise Policy/ UEAPME; Maria Pia VIGLIAROLO-DEL COLOMBO - COM DG ENTR Unit D4
Entrepreneurship & human ressources Michael THEURER, ALDE MEP with intervention by Liliane VOLOZINSKIS - Director Employment & Social Policy/UEAPME; Simone BALDASSARRI - COM DG ENTR Unit D1Debate with the audience
Media Freedoms and Accession Talks: Speak up Serbia! In light of the launch of accession talks with Serbia, EP rapporteur on the country Jelko Kacin is organizing a public discussion which will look into the underlying challenges facing media freedom in the country. The outstanding issues have been transparency of media ownership and state-funded advertisements which render free and open competition for independent media outlets extremely difficult.
As one of the strongest pro-enlargement voices in the EU, ALDE argues that EU-related reforms in aspirant and candidate countries must be deep and fully implemented. Freedom of media is essential if the reform effort is to deliver results in Serbia. The event, which will take place merely two weeks after the snap parliamentary elections in Serbia, would provide an excellent opportunity to reflect on the anticipated shortfalls of the media coverage of the campaign and to have an exchange of views among the stakeholders on what has stymied reforms in the past. These issues should be tackled