Exciting times! The European Parliament Conference of Presidents -the leaders of the political groups in the Parliament- agreed to suggest to the Council for the next European elections to take place between 23 and 26 May 2019. The proposed dates will now be sent to Member States for approval.
It’s plenary week at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Brexit, outgoing and incoming EU Presidency, gender equality, fisheries, energy efficiency and Russia’s propaganda in the EU are some of the topics that our Members of the European Parliament sitting in the ALDE Group are focusing on this week.
On Tuesday 16 January the Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas travelled to Strasbourg to review the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union with the Members of the European Parliament. “We hope that Europe is more united, stronger and safer than it was six months ago,” he said.
Anne Brasseur, a long-standing Liberal, both at the national and European level, has announced she will retire from active politics. She will step down as a Member of the Luxembourg’s Chamber of Deputies, where she sits with ALDE Party member Demokratecsh Partei, on 31 January.
Last week former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he is close to backing a second EU referendum to end the “whinging and whining” of anti-Brexit campaigners. In response to Farage, we said: “Bring it on!” Do you want to stand with us? Sign our petition and share it with your friends and family!
We know 9 May is far in time, but the time has come for a counter-offensive by all pro-European political forces to regain the hearts and minds of citizens. We call on liberals to join us in mobilising local politicians and civil society for a large pro-European movement on 9 May 2018.
Do you want to know more about the priorities and challenges of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union? Then register for our Liberal breakfast co-hosted with FNF Europe, which will take place on 31 January 2018 at the ALDE Party HQ in Brussels..