ALDE welcomes the end of the two-party system in Spain The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament welcomes the results of the general elections held in Spain yesterday which led, for the first time, to the entry into the Parliament of a national centrist and liberal force.
SEMINAR: NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH - THE PROTECTION OF WHISTLE-BLOWERS AT EU LEVEL A whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, dishonest, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public. Whistle-blowing is not a new phenomenon but it is in fact thousands of years old.
Whistle-blowers are either seen as heroes or as traitors. The decision to disclose sensitive information is ethical and can have wide-ranging consequences for the whistle-blower, from internal mobbing, losing employment to criminal conviction and possibly imprisonment. On the other hand, whistle-blowers are often the only source of information for journalists to inform the public about political, health, environmental or other public scandals. If the laws at EU level are scattered or whistle blowing is even discouraged it would hinder investigative journalism, freedom of expression and the right of information of the society.
The seminar, initiated by Jean-Marie Cavada (ALDE/FR), aims at setting off a debate on the necess
Burundi: MEPs demand EU sanctions against Government The European Parliament voted on a resolution concerning the worsening situation in Burundi, where more than 400 people have been killed since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term, earlier this year.
SEMINAR: SAFE AND FAIR FISH IN YOUR PLATE? The EU is the world's largest seafood market which is supplied both by the EU fisheries sector and imports from third countries. The EU sector complies with high social and environmental standards that, linked to artisanal and traditional practices and its related processing industry, guarantee the quality and the sustainability of European fish products. The European Commission is currently examining the potential benefits of establishing minimum requirements for an "EU label in fisheries". The ALDE Group would like to analyse the current state of play and to feed the debate on "fisheries labeling".
Interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.
The event will be livestreamed.
NEW YEAR SEMINAR: A COUNTER-NARRATIVE TO VIOLENT EXTREMISM This new year Group seminar aims at highlighting the crucial role played by root causes and psycho-social factors in processes leading to violent extremism. The need to develop a counter-narrative to violent extremism is crucial in addressing this phenomenon, which is too often looked at from a politically biased or short term perspective.
The prevention of recruitment of EU citizens by terrorist organisations must therefore lead to a discussion about the societal root causes of such a phenomenon, to be addressed through a long term strategy. Prevention at community level, social inclusion, the fight against discrimination, economic growth and stability, as well as mental health aspects have for a long time been overlooked as potential factors to tackle violent extremism. Political and financial investments in these fields should therefore be further assessed. Building upon the Paris Declaration of 17th March 2015 on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance
HEARING: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE: A EUROPEAN PEACE INITIATIVE FOR THE MIDDLE EAST Following the September 2015 Parliament resolution calling for a European peace initiative in the Middle East, ALDE has invited Mr. Gentilini, EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process,to participate in a seminar dedicated to the subject, as well as highly-regarded Israeli and Palestinian representatives which have a constructive approach to a comprehensive solution towards peace. We will have the opportunity to listen to their personal experiences and views and examine together the latest developments in the region, in particular the recent surge in violence and reactions to the Commission Guidelines for the labelling of goods from occupied territories.
Senior diplomats will then analyse the state of play of the current peace initiatives, reflecting on the lessons to be drawn from previous ones.
Finally, a high-level panel will debate about the European added-value in the peace process and the concrete actions the EU can undertake in the hope of achieving stabili