Monthly Archives: Dec 2015

ALDE welcomes the end of the two-party system in Spain

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament welcomes the results of the general elections held in Spain yesterday which led, for the first time, to the entry into the Parliament of a national centrist and liberal for…

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Burundi: MEPs demand EU sanctions against Government

The European Parliament voted on a resolution concerning the worsening situation in Burundi, where more than 400 people have been killed since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term, earlier this year.

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Verhofstadt: “Fast-track European Border and Coast Guard procedure”

Reacting to the Conclusions of the European Council on migration, the President of the ALDE group, Guy Verhofstadt, said:

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Destruction of Virunga National Park: ALDE Group calls on Congolese authorities to act before it becomes too late

The European Parliament voted today on a resolution which stresses the absolute need to prevent irreversible damage to the Virunga National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1979, and as a World Heritage Site in Dange…

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VW scandal: European Parliament set to agree Committee of Inquiry

A majority of the political Group leaders in the European Parliament have today reached a political agreement to set up an inquiry committee, which could last up to 12 months, to investigate alleged contraventions of European Union law an…

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“Schengen finished without European Border and Coast Guard”, Guy Verhofstadt

– Ping pong game, shuffling refugees between countries must stop, says Group Leader of the European Liberals and Democrats –

During today’s debate in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt has warned Europe’s leaders that Schengen is fi…

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EU to remain frontrunner on privacy protection – ALDE welcomes agreement on the data protection package

The ALDE Group in the European Parliament strongly welcomes the agreement reached today by the European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission on the reform of the data protection package (Regulation and Directive). For th…

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Energy Union: MEP’s push for more ambitious renewable targets, less reliance on imported fossil fuels – Attempt by far-right parties to block report dashed –

MEPs have today adopted a key report on progress on the creation of an EU ”energy union”. Liberal and Democrat MEPs today supported the report, which recommends a number of actions that will help to lower the cost of energy bills, de-ca…

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European Parliament backs key trade mark reform for European businesses and citizens

European Parliament backs key trade mark reform for European businesses and citizens
The European Parliament today backed by an overwhelming majority the report drafted by ALDE MEP Cecilia Wikström on the trade mark reform package (regulation and directive). The adopted text will modernise EU trade mark registration systems – available in parallel to national registrations – by making them more accessible for both citizens and businesses, lowering the costs, increasing legal certainty and reducing the length of the legal procedure businesses have to face when registering a new mark. The modernisation and reform of the current EU trade mark system will also bring more transparency and facilitate the fight against counterfeit goods.

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Electricity Interconnection: 10% target vital, but more must be done.

Electricity Interconnection: 10% target vital, but more must be done.
MEPs have today adopted a report that proposes several actions necessary to make Europe’s electricity grid fit for 2020. Liberal and Democrat MEPs are happy with the compromise and consider the 10% target as a very valuable contribution to the Energy Union and also as one of the main preconditions for the creation of this project. However, Liberals and Democrats do regret that the 10% target, which was already announced in 2002, wasn´t subject to an impact assessment, but rather taken purely by a political decision.

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