Monthly Archives: Mar 2016

Guy Verhofstadt calls on European Commission to “urgently come forward with new European intelligence initiatives”

Commenting on yesterday’s meeting of the national ministers of Justice and Home Affairs, Guy Verhofstadt says:”The Council’s Joint statement went in the right direction, but not nearly far enough. I see two substantial elements in the cou…

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Guy Verhofstadt: “Member States should go beyond better coordination between our national security services. Information sharing is imperative”

Speaking ahead of the extraordinary meeting of ministers for justice and security to be held later today in Brussels, Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE Group leader, urges Member States to go beyond better coordination between our national security s…

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EU-Turkey deal : “European Parliament has to scrutinise this deal, to assess whether all international obligations have been met.”, Guy Verhofstadt

Reacting to the agreement reached between the EU and Turkey, ALDE-leader Guy Verhofstadt said:”We can only hope that it will decrease the number of deaths in the Aegean Sea”.

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Azerbaijan: ALDE Group welcomes the release of 148 prisoners

ALDE MEP, Norica Nicolai (Romania), European Parliament’s rapporteur on Azerbaijan, welcomes the positive developments in the field of human rights, following the release of 148 prisoners, pardoned by President Ilham Aliyev.

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Verhofstadt: “EU-Turkey agreement needs fundamental changes for Parliament”

Verhofstadt: “EU-Turkey agreement needs fundamental changes for Parliament”
During yesterday’s meeting with Vice-President Timmermans, the European Parliament has made it clear that fundamental changes are needed in the agreement with Turkey. Parliament expressed unequivocally that the EU should not throw its principles overboard.

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Migration: European Parliament proposes European long-term approach -LIBE committee gives green light to proposal on European humanitarian visa –

The ALDE Group welcomes the approval today by the Civil liberties committee of two key reports aiming to provide a new long-term European approach on migration. The draft strategic own-initiative report on the situation in the Mediterrane…

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Draft European Council Conclusions too vague. Verhofstadt calls for deadlines.

Draft European Council Conclusions too vague. Verhofstadt calls for deadlines.
“Instead of outsourcing our problems to third countries, we need a comprehensive European approach”, Guy Verhofstadt. Reacting on the draft Council Conclusions of Thursday’s European summit, which are again extremely vague on how the leaders want to solve the refugee crisis, ALDE Leader Guy Verhofstadt calls on government leaders to agree on some clear deadlines to make progress

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Poland: Venice Commision is very clear: constitutional crisis endangers rule of law, democracy and human rights

Poland: Venice Commision is very clear: constitutional crisis endangers rule of law, democracy and human rights
Verhofstadt: “Polish government must now publish and fully implement the verdict of the Constitutional Tribunal.”
The president of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, has today urged the Government of Poland to respect the opinion of the Venice Commission on the legal changes to the Polish Constitutional Court’ s functioning. The government has to find a solution to the constitutional crisis within the rule of law framework.

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”Dieselgate” special committee: ALDE MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy to be co-rapporteur

During their first coordinator’s meeting today, the Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) has announced ALDE MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy as Co-rapporteur, together with Zalba Bidegain (EPP).

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Parliament gives green light for immediate help for Tunisia

Just three days ago there was a new terrorist attack in Tunisia. This demonstrates once again our need for concrete actions to support the Tunisian economic development and its employment sector, which will also help to build up a politic…

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