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Shimon Peres: ALDE Group sends its condolences

The ALDE Group in the European Parliament has today expressed its sadness at the passing of Shimon Peres. The Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres died on Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a major stroke.

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Panama Papers: ALDE stresses need for action and demands effective protection for whistle blowers

Panama Papers: ALDE stresses need for action and demands effective protection for whistle blowers
During today’s first hearing, the Members of the PANA Inquiry Committee had an exchange of views with some of the journalists who revealed the scandal of the so-called Panama Papers. The journalists discussed their investigative work on the files with the Members and gave conclusions and possible recommendations

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ALDE calls for greater powers for the European Ombudsman

ALDE calls for greater powers for the European Ombudsman
In light of recent public scandals, Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament have today demanded greater powers for the EU Ombudsman, by tabling an amendment to the annual report on its activities. The ALDE Group believes the European Ombudsman should have binding powers regarding access to documents of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council. Currently, the European Ombudsman’s power to view any EU document held by the institutions and her recommendations to release these documents to the public is not binding and can be refused by the institutions.

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ALDE congratulates PNV on election results

Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament, has congratulated ALDE group member PNV on Sunday’s Basque parliamentary elections. Election results show that PNV excelled, with mor…

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Poland: right to safe and legal abortion must be guaranteed

Poland: right to safe and legal abortion must be guaranteed
The ALDE Group deplores the results of the votes held today in the Polish Parliament, which rejected a piece of legislation liberalising abortion and approved in first reading a bill for an almost complete ban. European liberals and democrats call on the members in the Sejm to work on legislation that guarantees women’s rights, especially the right to safe and legal abortion. Poland already has one of the most restrictive legal frameworks in this field, and the text approved today could have terrible consequences for women’s health and lives.

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EuroLat plenary session failed to address worsening situation in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Brazil

EuroLat plenary session failed to address worsening situation in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Brazil
ALDE Group’s delegation to the EuroLat Parliamentary Assembly criticises the lack of reference, in the common statement of EuroLat’s co-presidents, to the situation in Nicaragua and the biased approach to Venezuela and Brazil.

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Roaming charges: Revised proposal on “fair use” a significant improvement

Roaming charges: Revised proposal on “fair use” a significant improvement
The European Commission has today outlined its revised draft safeguards on “fair use policies” as part of the roaming regulation. The Commission’s College of commissioners agreed that there should be no limits in terms of timing or volume imposed on consumers when using their mobile devices abroad in the EU.

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EU budget spending: Martina Dlabajová to visit refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan

EU budget spending:  Martina Dlabajová to visit refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan
Brussels / Beirut / Amman – This week, MEP Martina Dlabajová will participate in a fact-finding mission of the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) to Lebanon and Jordan to investigate the use of EU financial assistance to deal with the inflow of refugees.

From the 20th to the 23rd September, a delegation of eight members of the Budgetary Control Committee (CONT) will visit refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. Members of the mission will meet high-level representatives from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as well as Jordanian authorities. The refugees from these regions are assisted by UNRWA, to which the EU is contributing between €100 and €175 million annually.

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Russian parliamentary elections: democratic opposition parties didn’t stand a chance.

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament regrets that with yesterday’s Duma elections, democratic opposition parties didn’t stand a chance.

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CITES wildlife conference: European Parliament adopts ambitious proposals to counter illegal trade in endangered species

CITES wildlife conference: European Parliament adopts ambitious proposals to counter illegal trade in endangered species
MEP’s have today adopted an ambitious resolution that sets out the priorities and wishes of the European Parliament in next week’s World Wildlife Conference next week in Johannesburg. The conference is the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and aims to discuss measures to tackle soaring rates of poaching and the trafficking of illegal wildlife products.

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