Issue n°11 – 21 March 2018

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19/03/2018
Successful first ALDE Ministers meeting of the year
On 19 March, liberal Agriculture and Fishery Ministers met in Brussels for the first ALDE Party AGRIFISH Pre-Council of the year. The meeting was co-hosted by Fernand Etgen, Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture & Consumer Protection of Luxembourg, and chaired by ALDE Party Vice President Timmy Dooley TD.
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21/03/2018
Digital Single Market: what’s next?
On 20 March, the ALDE Party hosted its 4th Digital Working Group focusing on the next steps for the Digital Single Market and especially on the issue of platform responsibility. European Commisioner Andrus Ansip introduced the Commission’s work to boost innovation and access to digital content and services.
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21/03/2018
Liberal Prime Ministers to discuss Brexit
Liberal Prime Ministers and European Commissioners will meet tomorrow at the Egmont Palace in Brussels ahead of the European Council Summit meeting of the same day. This time, Liberal Democrats leader Vince Cable and Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera will also join the ALDE Pre-Summit.
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19/03/2018
ALDE Party President: “Yet another façade election”
Commenting on the Russian presidential election’s result, ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP said: “The result is not at all surprising, nobody suspected anything else. In a country that claims to be democratic, this is another façade election that delivers yet another disservice to the Russian people.”
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21/03/2018
News from Individual Membership
What can ALDE Party’s individual members expect? Next month, we will hold a Europe-wide by-election to elect a new Steering Committee member. Members will also be asked to endorse the Mission and Vision for individual membership. Members in Belgium, Italy and the UK can elect new country coordinators.
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14/03/2018
Join Manifesto Forum in Stockholm on climate policies
The second expert forum as part of the ALDE manifesto drafting process for the 2019 European elections will take place in Stockholm on Friday 23 March on the subject of EU climate policies. The event is organised by the European Liberal Forum with the support of Fores and ALDE Party. Register today!
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20/03/2018
Join Manifesto Forum in Helsinki on digitalisation
The third expert forum as part of the ALDE manifesto drafting process for the 2019 European elections will take place in Helsinki on Saturday 7 April on the subject of digitalisation. The event is organised by the ALDE Party with Suomen Keskusta. Register today!
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30/01/2018
Register now for ALDE Party Council 2018
The 2018 ALDE Party Council Meeting will take place from 27 to 28 April in Sofia, Bulgaria, co-hosted by MRF. Take a look at the event’s website and make sure to register yourself and your delegation for the Council meeting today!
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21/03/2018
Guy Verhofstadt: “We need a strong Europe”
At last week’s plenary session, ALDE Group leader Guy Verhofstadt expressed his views on the future of Europe: “President Xi Jinping crowned himself emperor for life in China. Trump is starting an old fashioned trade war. Putin gets away with murders on European soil. We need a strong Europe to face that.”
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21/03/2018
Digital Tax: Time to combat profit shifting
Liberal and Democrats Members of the European Parliament welcome the announcement by the European Commission of a new ‘Digital Tax’, targeting large multinational digital companies, aimed at ensuring they are taxed based on where they generate revenue, rather than where they have their regional headquarters.
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21/03/2018
Defending women’s empowerment in rural areas
ALDE Group Vice President Izaskun Bilbao Barandica presented in New York the report that the European Parliament contributes to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, dedicated to the empowerment of women in rural areas. Bilbao recalled that women do two thirds of the work, but receive 10% of the income.
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