HEARING: CONTRACTS FOR THE SUPPLY OF DIGITAL CONTENT The Digital Single Market (DSM) offers enormous opportunities for citizens, businesses and the European economy as a whole, and the ALDE Group is fully committed to building the DSM. In this respect, the proposal on contracts for the supply of digital content is key and could in itself result in an annual EU real GDP gain of as much as €4 billion. This hearing brings together stakeholders and experts in order to harvest insights and recommendations on contracts on digital content, thereby contributing to the work of ALDE on this important proposal.How can the EU further develop e-commerce throughout the Union? How can we simultaneously boost cross-border trade as well as cross-border trust when buying products from foreign countries? Those and other important questions will be covered during the hearing.Various aspects of the scope and issues of the directive will be discussed with experts from the European Commission, App Developers' Alliance, Digital Europe, GSMA Europe, BEUC, EDiM
10.000 refugee and migrant children missing: ALDE demands answers Reacting to EUROPOL 's recent statement about the 10.000 refugee and migrant children who have disappeared during the last months, the ALDE Group in the European Parliament urges the European agency and Member States to clarify the situation of all the refugee and migrant minors once they enter European territory. MEP Hilde Vautmans, together with 45 members of the ALDE Group, demand clear information with regards to the registration of those minors and call on Member States to take measures to avoid these missing children ending up in criminal environments.
ALDE HEARING: STATE OF PLAY OF PRESS AND MEDIA FREEDOMS IN THE WESTERN BALKANS The ALDE Group is organising a hearing on press and media freedoms in the Western Balkans. Journalists and civil society activists from Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been invited for an in-depth exchange of views in the European Parliament. This event is hosted by Mr Ivo Vajgl, ALDE MEP, Standing Rapporteur on Macedonia and ALDE Member of the AFET working group on the Western Balkans.
Interpretation will be provided in English and Serbian.
PUBLIC HEARING: THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION ON WHEELS. *** THIS HEARING HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 16TH JUNE, FURTHER DETAILS WILL FOLLOW *** Connected vehicles have the potential to change the way in which we live and simplify our lifestyles. As we advance towards a driverless future, we need to start thinking about the challenges and questions on how connectivity and mobility will affect all aspects, from more technical questions to consumer safety, the economic impact on the Single Market and current EU legislation, the transformation of the European automotive industry, and the interaction with Member States' urban transport. With this prospect coming closer to reality, ALDE has decided to bring together the consumers, stakeholders, and legislators at an early stage of this transformation for a high-level hearing that will be complemented by the demonstration of a self-driving car.
WORKSHOP: ENERGY UNION AND THE NEED FOR INTEGRATED ENERGY SOLUTIONS. THE ENERGY AGENDA 2016 Europe needs secure, affordable and sustainable energy for all – the integration of power generation, heating, cooling, buildings, transport and ICT is part of the solution!The right energy solutions are paramount for Europe – European policy and industrial decision makers now join forces to share ideas in realizing the vision of European Energy Solutions.Vice President of the Energy Union and European Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, President of the Energy Solutions Network and MEP Morten Helveg Petersen, Members of the European Parliament and the European Energy Industry offer their views - including why integrated energy solutions are the future of the European Energy sector, and what European decision makers can do to shape the future.
Interpretation will be provided in English and French.
The event will be livestreamed (see below).