Monthly Archives: Oct 2015

Georgia must respect freedom of expression and reverse negative trends

Georgia must respect freedom of expression and reverse negative trends
ALDE Group Vice President, Petras Auštrevičius (Liberal’s Movement of Lithuania), today wrote an open letter to Georgian authorities, co-signed by a number of MEPs from several political groups in the European Parliament, expressing his worries about the possible taking over of Rustavi 2, Georgia’s leading and the most popular independent TV station.

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National governments fail to protect citizens against mass surveillance

Two and a half years after the NSA scandal, the ALDE group urges Member States to end the unlimited and unwarranted surveillance EU citizens are being exposed to. The lack of response from Member States and the European Commission to the …

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Drones: EU parliamentarians push for Europe wide regulation

MEPs have today adopted a report calling for EU framework legislation on RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft systems), commonly known as drones. The European Commission has said it is preparing a legislative proposal to be presented by the en…

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Backed by the ALDE Group, Raif Badawi wins the Sakharov Prize 2015

The Saudi jailed blogger, Raif Badawi, has won the 2015 European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, following a decision taken today by the EP Conference of Presidents and supported by ALDE. In May 2014, Raif Badawi was sen…

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Boris Nemtsov receives Jean Rey International Prize

Boris Nemtsov receives Jean Rey International Prize
The former co-leader of our liberal sister-party, RPR-PARNAS, Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered in February 2015 on a bridge near the Kremlin walls, is to posthumously receive the Jean Rey International Prize 2016, following a decision taken by the selection committee of Jean Rey Foundation. Nemtsov’s assassination happened a few weeks after he started to work on a dossier proving the involvement of Russian military forces in the war in Eastern Ukraine.

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ECJ reform: increasing the number of judges of the General Court by 28 is absolutely unnecessary -ALDE regrets Member States indecision has prevailed over real needs –

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament (ALDE) strongly regrets the decision of the Member States and the European Parliament to reform the General Court by multiplying by two the number of its current judges. W…

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Emissions scandal: Liberals and Democrats condemn EU Governments decision on new road tests

EU governments have this afternoon, behind closed doors, agreed new emissions tests for diesel cars. The new road tests measuring real emissions, which are needed to avoid cheating on the emission limits, will be implemented from 2017 onw…

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MEPs vote for ambitious EU air pollution limits including ammonia and methane

MEPs vote for ambitious EU air pollution limits including ammonia and methane
The European Parliament has approved strict new national limits on major pollutants to be met by 2030. The limits are expected to halve the number of premature deaths caused by air pollution each year, estimated at 400,000 in the EU.

MEPs today voted:

• To include ammonia and methane, two pollutants largely emitted from agriculture. MEPs voted to exempt enteric methane (emitted from ruminant animals’ belches).

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Towards reform of the citizens’ initiative

Towards reform of the citizens’ initiative
At the plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament today adopted a series of proposals for improving the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) in view of the revision of the Regulation in 2016. It seeks to eliminate obstacles that have proved problematic for ECI organisers and sponsors, to act as legal protection against abuse of personal data for which they are now personally responsible.

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Is Haider back?

Commenting on the news that Austria will build a fence on its border with Slovenia, the first wall to be built within the Schengen area ALDE Group leader Guy Verhofstadt said:

“Austria is destroying the Schengen area from within. Instead…

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