New EU Global Strategy needs to be pro-active and should take NATO on board. During today’s debate on the global strategy for the EU's Foreign and Security Policy, presented to MEPs by the High Representative Federica Mogherini, the ALDE Group’s coordinator on the European Parliament's AFET Committee, Hans van Baalen (VVD, The Netherlands), pleaded for a close security and defence cooperation with the United Kingdom, despite the Brexit vote.
KREMLIN'S LIES - EU'S RESPONSE TO DISINFORMATION Pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns are not only targeted at Ukraine or the Baltic states. Germany had its Lisa case and further disinformation attacks are intensifying because of Berlin's firm stance on economic sanctions related to Russian military engagement in Ukraine. The Netherlands has experienced first-hand how such organized disinformation efforts can distort the public debate and influence the outcome of a consultative referendum on the Association Agreement with Ukraine. Pro-Kremlin trolls are also heavily engaging in the Brexit campaign, in support of the Leave side. While the EU tries to find a solution to an unprecedented migration crisis, the atmosphere in several EU Member States is poisoned by dozens of manufactured disinformation stories a week. In short, these hostile actions by the Russian Federation and its proxies have become a homeland security issue inside the EU.
Whereas societies in Central and Western Europe are slowly realising that they are under unpreced
Protection of whistle-blowers: European legal framework urgently needed Ahead of today’s plenary debate, European liberals and democrats in the European Parliament demand the European Commission to come forward with a legislative proposal to protect whistle-blowers. The future legislation needs to include a single and horizontal European framework based on the approximation and strengthening of national legislations.
CONFERENCE: SIMPLIFYING ESI FUNDS TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS The conference is hosted by the Chair of the EP REGI Committee Iskra Mihaylova within the ALDE Working Group on Maximising the Cohesion Policy results.
The event aims at discussing ways of simplifying the access to EU Funds, thus increasing the impact and efficiency of projects results.
The EC Vice-President for Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis will provide an opening speech stressing the importance of the reforms within the European Semester to modernize Member States' economies, strengthen competitiveness, encourage investment and foster new employment.
Key speakers at the event are:
The EIB Vice President Laszlo Baranyay will stress the potential of financial instruments and their complementarities with the European Structural and Investment Funds.
The Chair of the EP BUDG Committee Jean Arthuis will focus on the ways of achieving effectiveness and efficiency of a performance and results-oriented EU budget.
The ALDE MEPs Ivan Jakovčić, ALDE Coordinator of the
SEMINAR: WIDER EUROPE, NEIGHBOURHOOD AND THE WORLD COMMUNITY In 2004 - just before the first Eastern enlargement - the ELDR Group adopted a position paper by the name "Wider Europe, Neighbourhood and the World Community". It was based on the idea of concentric circles. According to the paper, "Europe should be seen as a system of concentric circles composed of flexible differentiation inside the European Union and functional spheres of cooperation surrounding the Union". 12 years later the ALDE Group has decided to organise a seminar dealing with the same themes as the 2004 ELDR position paper.