The Independence/Democracy Group in the European Parliament (IND/DEM) was an Eurosceptic political group active during the 2004–2009 term of the European Parliament. The collapsed following the 2009 European elections after losing many of its MEPs.
Formal name: Independence/Democracy Group in the European Parliament
Founded: 20 July 2004
Dissolved: 1 July 2009 (de facto)
Preceded by: Europe of Democracies and Diversities
Succeeded by: Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD)
Chaired by: Nigel Farage MEP and Hanne Dahl MEP
October 31, 2009
The European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, has faced a grilling by MEPs in a first question and answer session in Strasbourg.The Q&A session was based on Prime Minister's Questions in the British House of Commons.Representatives of the parliament's main groupings each had the chance to ask any question they wanted.MEPs are hoping the sessions will liven up the parliament's proceedings and add a touch of spontaneity.As much as they may complain about the "Punch and Judy" nature of Prime Minister's Question Time, British MPs know the weekly session at Westminster is envied in ...
Academics probe built-in obsolescence of fridges, notebooks Researchers at the Öko-Institut and the University of Bonn found that consumers were replacing their fridges, flatscreen TVs and notebooks more and more frequently. But how much of that is down to "built-in obsolescence" is still unclear.
“Today, more electrical and electronic devices are being replaced even if they are still functioning,” said Rainer Griesshammer, a member of the Öko-Institut’s Executive Board.
EU hits Syria with fresh sanctions The European Union imposed additional sanctions against Syria on Friday (6 March), targeting backers of President Bashar al-Assad, as the bloody conflict gets worse with no prospect of a peace deal.
“Seven persons and six entities providing support to the Syrian regime as well as benefitting from it have been targeted," a statement said. Their names will be made public in a legal notice on Saturday, making it effective immediately.
European Union to deliver climate pledge to United Nations EU ministers agreed on Friday (6 March) to send their formal promise on how much they will cut greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations ahead of climate change talks starting in November.
The European Union is the first bloc to agree its position before the talks in Paris aimed at seeking a new worldwide deal on global warming. It has called on other big polluters also to deliver early pledges to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said Europe was leading by example.
Bulgaria lacks political will to build interconnectors, says Commission A Commission official said and repeated during a public event yesterday (5 March) that Bulgaria, which is almost 100% reliant on Russian gas, lacks the political will to build interconnectors with its neighbours and decrease its dependence.
Brendan Devlin, advisor in the Commission’s DG energy, spoke at a public event, organised by the Martens Centre for European Studies, a think-tank of the EPP party. Better energy interconnection between member states is a central part of the executive's plans to create an EU Energy Union.