France- No to mass surveillance and illegal spying in the EU The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European parliament regrets the large majority that supported the French intelligence law during today's vote at the French National Assembly. ALDE deplores that the voice of national consultative bodies, civil organisations, NGOs, and journalists, who expressed concern about the extension of the government power and the threat this law entails for civil liberties, has not been heard by the French deputies.
EU must support Russian and Ukrainian civil society ALDE MEPs Pavel Telička and Hans van Baalen held a meeting, today, with civil society representatives and NGOs from Russia and Ukraine to discuss the current situation in Ukraine, the relations between Kiev and the European Union, in the context of growing tensions in the region and the EU sanctions towards Russia.
SEMINAR: PRESS FREEDOM IN TURKEY After years of political stability and economic progress, Turkey is sliding backwards in reforms and in abiding to democratic principles and the rule of law.
A serious clampdown on media and individual freedoms has started and is likely to continue beyond the general elections in June 2015.
Journalists have been arrested and the authorities are cutting back the freedom of expression and media in Turkey.
As a reaction, a recent resolution by the European Parliament reminded Turkey that a free and pluralistic press is an essential component of any democracy.
Guy Verhofstadt, President of ALDE, and Rebecca Harms, President of Greens/EFA, have invited a number of key Turkish journalists from the major media corporations to address the issue of media freedom in Turkey and the role that the EU could play in that field.
Interpretation will be provided in English and Turkish.
ALDE Conference: 'Roadmap to a democratic Cuba - Role of the Civic society' ALDE Vice Presidents Fernando Maura Barandiarán and Pavel Telička are hosting a conference on the Roadmap to a democratic Cuba - Role of the Civic society in light of the negotiations for a future bilateral Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement.
Kenny Bell, Head of division for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean from the European External Action service will make a presentation about the latest EU-Cuba relations. Cuban political activists, Antonio Rodiles and Rosa María Payá, human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and the Programme Director for Latin America of Civil Rights Defenders, Erik Jennische will participate in the round table as well as Ambassador Martin Palous, Director of the Václav Havel Initiative for Human Rights and Diplomacy on FIU.
The event would be a starting point for a more in-depth ALDE debate in order to establish the basis of ALDE policy towards Cuba in this legislature.
Interpretation will be provided in FR, DE, NL, EN, DA, ES, PT, FI, S
Package travel: EU deal will improve consumer's rights MEPs from the The European Parliament and EU Member States representatives have today provisionally agreed a revision of EU package travel legislation. The revised laws improve consumer rights, by putting in place stricter controls on price surcharges, a requirement to pass on price reductions to customers, compensation for non-material damages and refunds of all payments in case providers go bankrupt. The legislation will also improve transparency requirements for online booking and guarantee a right of repatriation.
Hungary has crossed the line, the Commission must act now Ahead of a debate in the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU, the ALDE Group in the European Parliament firmly condemns both the call for the re-introduction of the death penalty in Hungary and the xenophobic and leading wording of its Government's public consultation on migration.