More integrated European maritime management The European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) adopted today a framework directive for the establishment and implementation of maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management which aim at mapping the marine waters and the efficient distribution of actual and potential uses in maritime space. By coordinating the different sector activities and policies this would yield huge potential benefits for industries like offshore-energy, aquaculture and tourism.
Conference on Freedom of Scientific Research The World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research is an intellectual and political area of international discussion on emerging issues related to scientific research and technological innovations which turn out to be morally, religiously, politically, legally and socially controversial.
In view of the first decennial anniversary and the third international meeting, the promoters are organizing a preliminary meeting – with the help of the ALDE group – at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels.
The goal of the Brussels meeting is to address some burning issues concerning the international debates on the social role of science and the challenges that the regulation of technological innovations are facing, in a critical transition phase of the global and local economies and policies of research and development.
Interpretation will be provided in the following languages: English, French and Italian.
Press Crisis in Europe With the European written press currently facing new difficulties and challenges, the ALDE group and MEDIA Intergroup of the European Parliament have co-organised a seminar «Press Crisis in Europe» to encourage debate and reflection on these issues. The seminar will be organised around two roundtables. In the first one, Patrick Eveno, Ann Cahill, Patrick de Saint Exupery and Renate Weber MEP will discuss the topic «The decline of the traditional press». They will analyse the current situation of the written press in Europe and examine potential suitable solutions that can be developed.
In the second roundtable, Edwy Plenel, Ivar Rusdal and Arnaud de Puyfontaine will exchange views on «The online press’ quest for an economic model». They will present an overview of the new digital press industries and online news websites in order to define the opportunities these new information tools are creating.
Then, Jean-Marie Cavada, President of the MEDIA Intergroup, and Guy Verhofst
The European Parliament regrets that the Council is taking the multiannual financial framework hostage Following the June political agreement on the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, ALDE accepted a lower budget forecast than for the previous period on two main conditions: first, that the outstanding bills be paid so that they do not fall under the next budget period, and secondly, that a high-level group on own resources be formed prior to the Parliament's assent on the MFF. It is clear that these conditions are still not fully met and the Parliamentary Budget Committee has decided today to postpone its vote on the MFF, without prejudice to the vote in plenary session.
Europe must reap benefits of worldwide talent market The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) today adopted ALDE MEP Cecilia Wikström's (Folkpartiet, Sweden) report on clearer conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and 'au pairing'.
Jean Rey Award The Jean Rey Prize is awarded to a political figure, scientist, academic or economist of international standing for their humanist and universal qualities.
This award is a tribute to Jean Rey who illustrated liberal thinking. He was President of the Commission of the European Communities, and was elected to the European parliament on the first elections of its members by popular vote in 1979.
This year, the award will be go to Ms. Bogaletch Gebre for her outstanding work on the empowerment of women in Ethiopia, her home country.
The European Arrest Warrant: issues and solutions Sarah Ludford MEP (ALDE) has been appointed Rapporteur for a European Parliament report 'Review of the European Arrest Warrant'. As a member of the LIBE committee and the UK Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman, she has been actively involved in the area of European police and criminal justice cooperation and has taken a strong interest in particular in the operation of the European Arrest Warrant.
Her broad aims are to strengthen respect for the principle of proportionality and fundamental rights in its application while not undermining its vital role in bringing criminals expeditiously to justice.
To help prepare her report Sarah Ludford is hosting with Renate Weber MEP an ALDE group hearing on "The European Arrest Warrant: issues and solutions" in order to get input from experts in the field. Representatives of the European Institutions, civil society - NGOs and academics - and national authorities will present their views on the EAW following which Sarah