Monthly Archives: Dec 2015

MEPs show strong support for digital innovation in Europe and demand the completion of the Digital single market

MEPs show strong support for digital innovation in Europe and demand the completion of the Digital single market

A cross-committee group of MEPs have this evening voted to adopt a report calling for ambitious, targeted actions to complete Europe’s digital single market. Liberal and Democrat MEPs strongly supported the report, which calls on the EU and Member States to embrace digital innovation, by giving a push to the digital transformation of traditional industries and increasing the take up of e-services by public administrations to remove barriers for innovative companies to start and scale up. It has been estimated that completing the digital single market once and for all and could create €340bn in additional growth across the EU.

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Dieselgate: MEPs to reject EU Government’s weak diesel test rules

This evening at around 19.30h, MEP’s on the Environment Committee of the European Parliament are expected to vote to oppose an agreement by EU Governments setting out revised emissions tests, in the wake of the fraud by Volkswagen and oth…

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Historic Paris agreement concluded: The era of zero carbon investment starts now

Today Governments adopted a historic legally binding climate agreement in Paris.

Guy Verhofstadt, Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe commented:

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International Human Rights Day: ALDE Group welcomes the release of Azerbaijani human rights activist

The Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus has been freed from prison on grounds of her deteriorating health. Together with her fellow activist husband, Arif Yunus, she faces treason charges in a separate case. The decision of the …

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Fair and quality fish on your plate: ALDE calls for a European Eco-label

Fair and quality fish on your plate:  ALDE calls for a European Eco-label
The EU is the largest fish and seafood market, supplied by both domestic production and third country imports. The EU fisheries sector along with its industrial and traditional processing practices comply with high social and environmental standards, which guarantee the quality and sustainability of European fisheries products. But what about imported products, that represent two thirds of EU consumption? This was the subject of the seminar organized by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on “Safe and fair fish on your plate”. During this seminar, the Commission made a commitment to put forward a proposal on an EU eco-label at the beginning of 2016.

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Cyber security: EU lawmakers seal deal

MEP’s and representatives from the Council of Ministers last night reached a political agreement on the draft Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, aimed at enhancing European cyber security regulations. The deal will see EU c…

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MEPs warn EU leaders must do more to deliver equality for disabled people

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Liberal and Democrat MEPs have today called on the EU Commission and EU Governments to do more to ‘keep the promise’ to disabled people and end discrimination against them once and fo…

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ALDE: “Only a European PNR system would close security gaps”

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament considers that today’s deal on the collection of passenger data (PNR) does not bring the security citizens may expect and regrets that the key issue of insufficient informa…

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ALDE Group welcomes the invitation received by Montenegro to start accession talks with NATO

ALDE Group welcomes the invitation received by Montenegro to start accession talks with NATO
Following the decision taken by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to invite Montenegro to start accession talks to become a member of NATO, ALDE MEP, Jozo Radoš (HNS, Croatia), ALDE shadow rapporteur on Montenegro said:

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Verhofstadt: “Greece must accept a European Border and Coast Guard” – Tsipras has to come to European Parliament to explain how he will protect Greece`s border –

ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt has called on Prime Minister Tsipras to come to the European Parliament to explain why he does not accept a European Border and Coast Guard to better manage Greece`s external borders. Verhofstadt stressed that …

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