Euro Reform 2014 We are pleased to invite you to the following Conference on 29 January at 15:00 in the European Parliament ( for more details the programme can be downloaded here )
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EU needs to strengthen role in Libya ALDE MEP Marietje Schaake (D66, The Netherlands) has urged the EU foreign policy chief to take action so the role of the European Union can be strengthened in Libya. The European Parliament adopted today a resolution on Libya on the initiative of the ALDE Group.
Roadmap to Transparency for a truly democratic Europe At today’s launch of the Roadmap to Transparency, Dutch liberal MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld calls for more transparency with regard to EU law making and better public access to documents. Her action plan contains practical and concrete recommendations for a more transparent Europe. “The days of diplomats negotiating in back rooms are over, “she says.
Hungary: the situation of democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights ALDE will hold a hearing on the situation of Hungary during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Representatives of civil society, press and experts have been invited to speak about developments in Hungary, notably the crackdown on NGOs supporting democracy and civil rights. Europe is a community of values. We have to stand up for those values, when they are under threat. Europe cannot credibly promote fundamental rights abroad if we do not enforce them within the EU itself. We should also send a powerful signal that authoritarianism and intolerance have no place in Europe.
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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
ALDE MEPs: We must stop the advance of ISIS We must stop the advance of ISIS as a matter of urgency in order to facilitate humanitarian support. ALDE MEPs supported a strongly worded resolution on this today adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The time for academic debate on the Ebola crisis is over MEPs voted today for more urgent international humanitarian aid and diplomatic assistance to help the countries affected by the Ebola virus in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria). ALDE MEPs are critical of the underestimation of the Ebola crisis by the international community and in particular the delay in providing any adequate coordinated strategy and response in the effort to combat the current outbreak.