Commission backs Parliament's call for candidates for Commission President
Following the Commission's recommendation to Member States today concerning the European elections in 2014, Andrew Duff (Lib Dem, UK), ALDE constitutional affairs spokesperson said:
"The Commission is right to back Parliament's call for the political parties to nominate their candidates for the next presidency of the Commission. The arrival of party political champions on the scene will dramatise the European Parliamentary election campaign across Europe, and offer the voters a real choice between competing policies and personalities."
Tears of Tibet
In light of the ongoing self-immolations in Tibet, the number of which has now reached a tragic 104 (20 of them have been 18 years old or younger), we believe that the EU should have a stronger role in trying to solve the growing confrontation.
Tensions between the local Tibetans and the Chinese state have increased since the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese rule in 2008. Up to now we have unfortunately not seen any significant signs that the Chinese state is looking to achieve a genuine peace settlement.
The conference aims to review EP action for a peaceful solution and to discuss how to change the approach/strategy in order to help the Tibetan people. We will invite experts on Tibet who have also participated in the conference in previous years.
Because ALDE has organized it for the past two years, we believe that the tradition should continue. From the feedback that we have received from different NGOs that represent Tibetan interest, this conference has had an enor
ALDE calls for CAP fit for 21st Century
Ahead of the European Parliament's votes (tomorrow) on its negotiation mandate for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Liberal and Democrat Group (ALDE) has called on MEPs across all political parties to reject measures that risk taking us back to the bad old days of food mountains and milk lakes which was adopted by a very narrow margin in the Agriculture Committee earlier this year.
Consumer disputes: a balance between consumer protection and business needs
All European consumers will now be able to turn to a competent body, whatever the type of dispute. The European Parliament today adopted by a large majority two reports that make available all mediation procedures in Europe by arbitrators, mediators, and ombudsmen. The reports define the online dispute resolution (ODR) as well as extrajudicial disputes (ADR).
Re-evaluation of Aspartame: State of Play
Following a previous event organised in March 2011, the ALDE group is organising a public hearing ahead of EFSA's publication of its full re-evaluation of aspartame.
The event aims at discussing the recently published EFSA draft scientific opinion on aspartame, taking into account new studies showing potential negative impacts on pregnant women as well as the carcinogenic potential of this sweetener.
Bringing together scientists, consumer organisations, industry stakeholders and EFSA representatives, this public hearing will be the occasion to exchange views about the preliminary outcome of EFSA's review process and public consultation on aspartame.
The seminar will be preceded by a sandwich lunch.
Tougher measures to avoid radioactive contamination of drinking water
The European Parliament today adopted a report on draft EU rules on radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption.
Qualitative Development vs. Quantitative Growth
The economic crisis that has been ongoing for several years now questions our current economic model and solutions so far implemented to address it. The economic crisis is also creating instability and unpredictability for both consumers and businesses. Austerity measures and the methods which governments are using to face existing challenges are currently leading to poor results and calls for the development of alternative thinking and methods in order to pave the way to a sustainable recovery, and set up the basis of a post-crisis economic and social model.
The seminar aims at triggering a debate about our current economic growth model and its results in fighting the crisis. As the event's title suggests, different concepts focusing on qualitative development rather than quantitative growth should be explored, addressing key social and economic issues, such as labour market sustainability, public health development or gender equality. The event will be an opportunity to initiate a
A Roadmap towards a Single Seat: Countdown to the 2014 European Parliament Elections
Under Treaty, the European Parliament is currently forced by the 27 EU governments to shuttle between its base in Brussels, Europe’s political capital, and Strasbourg, where it spends four days a month. Brussels is the home of the EU Commission, the Council, the EU's Foreign Service, member state representations, some 3000 journalists, lobbyists and NGOs.
An overwhelming majority of Members of the European Parliament (and their staff) - 77% - want EU governments to revise the issue of Parliament's Seat and working places - some of its staff are based in Luxembourg. Indeed, there is a majority in each political group for this as well as every nationality of MEP, except France and Luxembourg.
MEPs have voted for EU governments to produce a Roadmap to a Single Seat by June 30th 2013. With the economic crisis, fully 88% of MEPs have voted that the EU's governments should address this issue now. MEPs are voting consistently for a Single Seat to make the European Parliament more effect