Monthly Archives: Sep 2013

Rebecca Taylor sees EU investment in science and research in action

Yorkshire Lib Dem MEP, Rebecca Taylor, has welcomed the European Parliament agreement on the EU funding programme for science and research. This comes as Rebecca visited a project in Leeds that has benefited from EU research funds. The Lifelong joints …

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Liberals demand clarification on controversial appointment of Court of Auditors member

Liberals demand clarification on controversial appointment of Court of Auditors member
The group of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament (ALDE), together with the PPE, S&D, GREENS and GUE, wants the Council to explain why it went against the will of the European Parliament when appointing a Croatian candidate to the Court of Auditors.

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Verhofstadt congratulates NEOS on bringing Liberals back into Austrian politics

Verhofstadt congratulates NEOS on bringing Liberals back into Austrian politics
Guy Verhofstadt, President of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament, called Matthias Strolz, leader of NEOS, to congratulate him this afternoon, and said, “We are delighted to see the breakthrough of a pro-European liberal force in Austria. Austria needed to break out of its duopoly of the two large parties. And NEOS is the only party that does not provide for simplistic and populist answers.

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Letter to the Yorkshire Post: Back the tour de France

The following letter has been sent for publication to the Yorkshire Post.   Dear Sir, I note the recent speculation about the Tour de France (Sports minister in Leeds brushes off Tour De France worries, 24th Sept). Firstly, I would …

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Syria: UN resolution does not go far enough

Last night the five permanent members of the UN security council reached an agreement on the wording of what they call a “binding and enforceable” resolution to eliminate Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons.

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Sochi 2014 – Let’s not give Putin a political photo opportunity

Guy Verhofstadt, President of the ALDE Group was in Moscow today speaking at a conference on EU and Russia in the global world today on the invitation of Mikhail Kasyanov, Co-chair of RPR-PARNAS. Mr Verhofstadt used this opportunity to r…

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Single seat for Parliament: ALDE welcomes the debate which has finally been launched

Single seat for Parliament:  ALDE welcomes the debate which has finally been launched
ALDE welcomes the frank debate which has finally opened in the European Parliament on the question of the institution’s seat. By adopting the opinion of Alexander ALVAR0 (FDP, Germany), the Budget Committee puts particular emphasis on the financial aspect of this controversial issue. The cost spent on monthly trips for the plenary sessions is more than € 180 million, notwithstanding other substantial costs due to the dispersion, such as the loss of working hours, additional costs for staff, and additional travel expenses for members. MEPs therefore are asking for Parliament’s administration to conduct an analysis of the savings that could be achieved if Parliament had only one workplace or at least stopped the monthly move.

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Single seat for Parliament: ALDE welcomes the debate which has finally been launched

Single seat for Parliament:  ALDE welcomes the debate which has finally been launched
ALDE welcomes the frank debate which has finally opened in the European Parliament on the question of the institution’s seat. By adopting the opinion of Alexander ALVAR0 (FDP, Germany), the Budget Committee puts particular emphasis on the financial aspect of this controversial issue. The cost spent on monthly trips for the plenary sessions is more than € 180 million, notwithstanding other substantial costs due to the dispersion, such as the loss of working hours, additional costs for staff, and additional travel expenses for members. MEPs therefore are asking for Parliament’s administration to conduct an analysis of the savings that could be achieved if Parliament had only one workplace or at least stopped the monthly move.

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EU, Member States and the Eastern Partnership countries against human trafficking issue

EU, Member States and the Eastern Partnership countries against human trafficking issue
On 24 September 2013 the conference “An agenda for better human rights in the Eastern Partnership countries” took place in the European Parliament in Brussels. It assembled MEPs, stakeholders and various experts in human rights.

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ALDE welcomes Croatia – Commission European Arrest Warrant deal

The Commission and the Croatian authorities have today reached an agreement on how to alter Croatia’s current national legislation to fully implement the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), after Croatia unilaterally implemented exemptions to …

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