Monthly Archives: Feb 2014

Ukraine: We must end the tug-of-war between East and West

Hans van Baalen, ALDE Shadow on Ukraine welcomes the broad support in the European Parliament for the democratic change in Ukraine following a cross party resolution adopted today.

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Human Rights in the EU: there is still much work

The European Parliament meeting in plenary session today adopted by majority Louis Michel’s (MR , Belgium) report on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU for 2012.

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SOLVIT: Stronger focus on businesses

The European Parliament adopts today an own-initiative report that will further improve SOLVIT, the EU help desk for citizens and companies with legal problems in the EU.

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European Arrest Warrant reform will strengthen human rights and improve efficiency

The European Parliament today overwhelmingly backed a report by ALDE MEP Sarah Ludford (Lib Dem, UK) calling for major reforms to the European Arrest Warrant, including a human rights safeguard clause to help avoid miscarriages of justice…

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Democratic Venezuela: Political opposition vital

During a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today ALDE strongly condemned the recent acts of violence in Venezuela that have left 13 people dead, more than 70 injured and hundreds detained.

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Continuous repressions in Russia must stop

Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Liberal Group in the European Parliament issued the following statement following the arrests of political activists in Russia.

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“Game over” in Russia: Arrests of peaceful demonstrators an affront to basic civil rights

Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Liberal Group in the European Parliament issued the following statement following the arrests of political activists in Russia.

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EU sales law – improved consumer rights

After years of discussions, the proposal for a Common European Sales Law (CESL), adopted today by the European Parliament lays down optional EU-wide rules for purchases from other member states, particularly relevant given the sale of pu…

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Good news for tobacco control; less so for e-cigarettes

Today I abstained on the final Tobacco Products Directive vote.  My position on this Directive has always been clear: I wanted strong tobacco control measures and sensible regulation of e-cigarettes.   I was therefore not willing to vote against the Directive …

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eCall system save lives but undermines privacy

The European Parliament has adopted today the introduction of an eCall system for all new passenger cars from 1 October 2015. In case of a serious accident the system would automatically be activated and send an emergency 112 call, enabli…

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