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 ...
French Socialists call for Oettinger to resign The German Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society has angered France, and the Socialist Party, by publically calling for the Commission to take a firm stance against the country's "recurrent" budget deficit problems. EurActiv France reports.
EU still not pressuring Serbia over Russia Johannes Hahn made his first visit to Belgrade on Thursday (20 November). The new European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations' trip was marked by support for the process of Serbia’s accession to the EU, and to the reforms on that road, while Hahn expressed understanding for the sensitive issue of Serbia’s alignment with the EU’s decisions on Russia.
Gender equality and environment laws on business lobby hit list EXCLUSIVE: EU legislation to ensure gender equality on company boards, to extend maternity leave, and to reduce air pollution and landfill should be killed off, a leading business lobby organisation has told the European Commission.
A BusinessEurope communication to Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, seen by EurActiv, contains a hit list of five pending bills, including the EU’s circular economy package, that it wants ditched by the executive.
Record-breaking survey: World should prioritise education and health So far, more than 5 million people from all over the world have replied to a survey, called MyWorld2015, conducted both online and on paper, the preliminary results of which show that good education and better healthcare are considered to be the two main priorities to boost development.
According to data released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) office in Madrid, “Good education” has received so far 3.3 million votes, “Better healthcare” almost 2.8 million votes, and in third place “Better job opportunities” received 2.6 million votes.