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Video summary of the ALDE Seminar "Arctic Governance in a global world: is it time for an Arctic Charter?" Event date: 07/05/08 16:30 to 19:00 Location: Room A3G3, European Parliament, Brussels More than Twenty Year's ago, Gorbachev expressed that the Arctic States should form a "genuine zone of peace and fruitful co-operation" in the far north. Over that period several key issues - pollution, climate change leading to the opening of hitherto closed seaways, resource use, sustainability, security of energy supply, fish stocks - have emerged which have focussed attention on the High North. With this background in mind the question which needs answering is whether the current governance structures in the High North are sufficient to deal with these challenges. Questions which need answering are e.g. Could the Arctic Council be overhauled so as to provide the vehicle for improved Artic collaboration? Might there be the opportunity to consider a binding Arctic Charter? In view of these aspects, an ALDE seminar with elected representatives from the Arctic, academics, scientists and other experts could provide a thorough contribution to the debate. For more information Krings Thomas - Tel: +32 2 284 32 42 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=9348 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Language EN original]
23 Jul 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE New Year Seminar on the Euro-Zone Event date: 09/01/07 14:30 to 18:30 Location: 3G3 (A. Spinelli), European Parliament, Brussels The ALDE New Year Seminar will focus this year on the Impacts and perspectives of Europe's single currency. The Seminar will look at whether the Euro is fulfilling its potential, both inside and outside Euroland and what are the perspectives and actions which should be taken in the future Didier Reynders, Minister of Finance of Belgium and Marco Buti, ECFIN Deputy Director General will introduce the 2 panels in which high-level speakers, such as the Governor of the Slovenian Central Bank and prominent economic analysts, directors of financial institutions, journalists and parliamentarians will take the floor. MEP's Concerned: Graham Watson, Jules Maaten, Wolf Klinz, Sophia In 'T Veld, Margarita Starkevičiūtė On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=8014 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Seminar] [Language EN] 070109-ALDE_Seminar-Euro-Zone
29 Jul 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Public Hearing on "EU legislation on CO2 and cars" Event date: 31/01/07 16:30 to 19:30 Location: European Parliament, Brussels It is now clear that the voluntary commitments made by the car industry to attain a level of 140g CO2/km for their fleet of new passenger cars sold in the EU by the year 2008/2009 will not be achieved by most car makers. The intervention of the EU legislator appears necessary to regulate the emissions of CO2 from road vehicles. As the Commission is due to publish a review of EU strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from passenger cars, it is the right time to extend the discussion in the light of recent technological developments, and of the legislation adopted by the State of California. This public hearing, co-organised by Chris Davies MEP and Antonyia Parvanova MEP, will try to address issues such as the need for a supply side policy at the EU level, the technical feasibility of policy targets concerning reduction of CO2 emissions by new cars, and the Commission strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from passenger cars and the further steps to be taken to address the problem. MEP's Concerned: Chris Davies, Antonyia Parvanova On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=8300 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Hearing] [Language EN] 070131-ALDE_Public_Hearing-CO2_and_cars
29 Jul 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Seminar on "The Future of European Bioenergy Industries" Event date: 14/05/07 14:30 to 18:00 Location: Room ASP 3G3, European Parliament, Brussels The European Council's decision on a European energy policy includes the binding target of 20% of the EU’s total energy consumption to come from renewables by 2020 and 10% from biofuels. Member States need to prepare to reach this target, and related industries need to prepare themselves and their technologies to do the same. With the March Council's decisions on energy as a backdrop, the purpose of this seminar is to present the current situation of bioenergy industries in Europe, and show which measures and legislation might be taken in order to stay on track to meet the Council's targets. The seminar will also be an opportunity to share the experiences of the different companies using or producing bioenergy in this new challenge. MEP's Concerned: Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Lena Ek, Fiona Hall, Graham Watson For more information Svetikaite Giedre - Tel: +32 2 284 37 64 Mazzaro Nicola - Tel: +32 2 284 27 84 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=8523 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Seminar] [Language EN] 070514-ALDEEVENTS-Seminar_European_Bioenergy_Industries
29 Jul 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Conference "Religious minorities as Cornerstone of Europe" Event date: 05/06/07 15:00 to 19:00 Location: Room ASP 5G1, European Parliament, Brussels One of Europe's values is to live in unity and diversity. In an enlarged Europe, undergoing economic and social transformations, the challenges of globalisation, the management of migration flows and the increase of mobility between citizens, how can Europe promote multiculturalism and pluralism towards its religious minorities? This hearing is sponsored by Luciana Sbarbati (Italy) and Marios Matsakis (Cyprus). The roundtable will be attended by a Chief Rabbi Joseph Levi of the Florence Synagogue, Mr Domenico Maselli from the Waldesian Church in Italy, an Abate Superiore of the Cistercians order, Prof. Pier Ferdinando Giorgetti from Livorno. An introduction will be made by leader of ALDE, Graham Watson. Following the remarks of the speakers, a debate will follow where the audience will have the opportunity to express their views. MEP's Concerned: Luciana Sbarbati, Marios Matsakis For more information Fiss Joëlle - Tel: +32 2 283 10 88 Mob: +32 496 548 394 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=8646 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Conference] [Language EN] 070605-aldeevents-conference_on_religious_minorities
29 Jul 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Hearing on "How can the EU improve its fight against Human trafficking? Event date: 12/06/07 09:00 to 11:30 Location: Room ASP 3G3, European Parliament, Brussels The aim of the seminar is to explore how EU legislation on human trafficking could be improved and how Member States could better implement existing tools to fight trafficking. Prevention, protection of victims and the prosecution of perpetrators will also be discussed. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe will use this seminar to promote awareness of human trafficking in the European Parliament and to encourage Members to sign a cross-party Written Declaration it plans to initiate in view of creating an EU Hotline for Victims of Trafficking. Experts, representatives of the Commission and the Council and NGOs are invited to explain best practises in Europe as well to reflect on current EU policies in this field. For more information Fiss Joëlle - Tel: +32 2 283 10 88 Mob: +32 496 548 394 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=8553 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Hearing] [Language EN]
30 Jul 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Conference on "Shaping policy for voluntary service through research" Event date: 13/06/07 14:30 to 18:00 Location: Room ASP A3G3, European Parliament, Brussels The conference will focus on research in the field of volunteering and voluntary service, and aims at answering a few of the following questions: * why do we need research in the field of voluntary service ? * what is the impact of voluntary service on the volunteer and the hosting community, and how could we measure it ? * how does volunteering differ in Europe and in Africa ? * can young immigrants participate in voluntary service projects in Europe ? If not, why not ? To answer these and more questions there will be interventions from researchers from Europe and Sounth Africa, the European Commission and the United Nations Volunteers. MEP's Concerned: Marian Harkin For more information Mc Laughlin Guillaume - Tel: +32 2 283 20 36 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=8625 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Conference] [Language EN]
1 Aug 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Seminar "IGC - The way toward a reformed Europe" Event date: 12/10/07 14:00 to 17:30 Location: Room PHS 7C50, European Parliament, Brussels Co-hosted by MEPs Bilyana Raeva and Andrew Duff MEP's Concerned: Bilyana Raeva, Andrew Duff For more information: Mc Laughlin Guillaume - Tel: +32 2 283 20 36 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=8918 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Seminar] [Language EN]
1 Aug 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Seminar on Consumer Policy Event date: 17/10/07 15:00 to 18:30 Location: Room PHS 5B 001, European Parliament, Brussels Since the creation of the Internal Market, Consumer policy has played a consistent and increasing role in creating results for the benefit of the European citizens. The Single Market has always been and still is the guarantor of wealth in Europe. However, there are a growing number of European citizens who feel that the Single Market does not really make much difference to their lives. Perhaps some of the benefits are now taken for granted and citizens sense that they major gains are being enjoyed by enterprises rather than touching themselves in their daily lives. Therefore we need to find solutions for making the results of a common consumer policy more visible. We need to sell the Single Market to the citizen again and elaborate on what has to be improved in order to deliver even greater benefits to them. The seminar will be divided in two parts. The first part will deal with the achievements of the Single Market and the role of consumer policy and the second part will have a look at the possibilities for improvement. MEP's Concerned: Karin Riis-Jørgensen, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff For more information: Sauerteig Karin - Tel: +32 2 283 21 89 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=8391 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Seminar] [Language EN]
1 Aug 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Hearing "Towards the harmonisation of European rules and practices on the right of defence" Event dates: 18/10/07 to 19/10/07 Location: Room ASP 5G2 (18th Oct), room ASP 3G3 (19th Oct), European Parliament, Brussels The objective of the Hearing is to discuss and analyse EU Member States enforced domestic legislation and praxis in relation to the safeguard of the rights of defence, especially in pre-trial criminal proceedings and in cases in which cross-borders elements are involved, with the goal to find grounds for European common minimum standards governing procedural law which could lead to ensure a uniform safeguard of fundamental human rights all over the EU. Since the adoption of the Amsterdam Treaty and the subsequent European Council of Tampere in 1999, the EU has made great strides in promoting, through the application of the principle of mutual recognition, closer co-operation between police, prosecutors and judges in the fight against international crime (i.e. the adoption of the proposal for a European Arrest Warrant in June 2002). Yet the achievement of a common area of freedom, security and justice implies to ensure, in the same way, the full judicial protection of fundamental individual rights during criminal proceedings. In spite of several initiatives launched by the European Commission (in particular the proposal for a framework decision covering the rights of suspects and defendants in criminal proceedings throughout the European Union, presented on 28 April 2004 and whose adoption still depends on negotiations in the Council), this dimension is still far from being achieved. Therefore it is important to bring together all stakeholders in order to generate an all-round discussion on the current state of play, with a special focus on cases in which cross-borders elements are involved or within a warrant of arrest framework, in order to identify the present obstacles as well as concrete measures which could be undertaken at European level with a view to guaranteeing a uniform level of protection of fundamental rights throughout the EU. MEP's Concerned: Sarah Ludford For more information: Rasmussen Anders - Tel: +32 2 284 14 93 Marzocchi Ottavio - Tel: +32 2 284 39 95 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=8951 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Hearing] [Language EN]
1 Aug 2008
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Video summary of the Joint ALDE Seminar with CoR on "Competences on urban transport: who does what?" Event date: 09/01/08 15:00 to 18:30 Location: Room ASP A3G3, European Parliament, Brussels 80% of the European citizens are estimated living in urban areas. Cities must then comply with their mobility needs and develop an offer within their competences. The European Union brings indeed an added-value with regards to exchange of best practices, impact assessment studies etc. The European Commission Green Paper "Towards a new culture for urban mobility" published in September 2007 is the first step towards the adoption of an Action programme in this field that will also identify the responsibilities of the various actors. In the framework of the subsidiarity, it is essential to know who does what for urban transport so as to maximise the efficiency and coherence of the policies. We do not ask for money or more competence but a clarification on European, national, regional and local authorities' competences. This ALDE seminar will bring together stakeholders of urban transport in Europe to share experiences and find the balance in distribution of competences. . MEP's Concerned: Jean-Marie Beaupuy, Alfonso Andria, Paolo Costa For more information: Spanneut Ophélie - Tel: +32 2 284 35 92 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=9092&cHash=715802b2c8 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Seminar] [Language EN]
1 Aug 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Seminar on Persecuted Christian Minorities Event date: 05/03/08 15:00 to 19:00 Location: Room ASP 1G2, European Parliament, Brussels Persecuted Christian Minorities form one part of wider human rights and religious rights issues. Although it would be possible to speak about different religious and forms of discrimination, the focus of this seminar is on Christians. Disinformation leads to discrimination and through this seminar we hope to dispel myths and notions that do not accurately reflect reality. This parliament has taken a firm stand for persecuted Christians in a resolution, which mentioned countries of Asia and Middle East which will be discussed. Situation in China, Assyrian minority in Iraq and Palestinian Christians are included in today's program, as examples of the difficulties Christian minorities face. These difficulties range from harassment to murder and this seminar seeks to inform the audience about this grim reality. There is a plenty of time for discussion following the presentations and the audience will be challenged to think of something to improve things, not just to hear about them. MEP's Concerned: Hannu Takkula and István Szent-Iványi. For more information: Marzullo Isabella - Tel: +32 2 284 31 81 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=9295&cHash=c38d292fc6 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Seminar] [Language EN]
1 Aug 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE public hearing "Republic of Moldova and its European future" Event date: 06/05/08 15:30 to 18:30 Location: Room ASP 5G1, European Parliament, Brussels Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) wishes to further intensify its cooperation with the liberal democratic contacts in the immediate EU neighbourhood. This public hearing will be focused on the situation and perspectives for the Republic of Moldova on its path to greater European integration. ALDE MEP`s will debate together with the representatives of liberal parties from the Republic of Moldova efficient ways to strengthen the relations between EU and the Republic of Moldova. It is of great importance to ensure that co-operation with the European Union institutions can offer citizens of Moldova tangible and sustainable perspectives for the future. In this regard ALDE is of the opinion that increased dialogue with the political actors in the country can contribute to the greater understanding, constructive discussions and broader awareness of the problems Republic of Moldova and its citizen face. For more information: Vaisbrodas Renaldas - Tel: +32 2 283 27 45 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=9378 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Hearing] [Language EN]
1 Aug 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Seminar "Absorption of EU funds: lessons from Ireland and Spain" Event date: 10/06/08 09:00 to 11:30 Location: Room PHS 7C50, European Parliament, Brussels Following the adoption of the operational programmes, Member States and their regions are currently able to benefit from EU funding amounting to 347 billion euros, allocated for the Structural Funds for the 2007-2013 period. However, at the same time the new Member States can still use the funds under the previous Financial Perspectives (2000-2006). The pace and capacity of EU Member States to absorb EU funds differs from country to country. The reasons for slower absorption of Structural Funds may vary from lacking administrative capacity, lack of training and appropriate policy planning and budgeting, suspended payments to delays in adopting the operational programmes. This seminar will discuss lessons to learn from the Irish and Spanish experiences of implementing Structural and Cohesion Funds. The first panel will focus on Spanish and Irish approaches to developing the absorption capacity. The second panel will discuss the absorption capacity of the new Member States and their particularities. These lessons are meant to help in the design of strategies for increasing the absorption capacity in all Member States, but particularly in the newer ones, which are the greater beneficiaries of European assistance. Speakers will include the Commmissioner for Regional Policy, Mrs Danuta Hübner, national experts from Spain, Ireland and Romania, and a representative of the World Bank. For more information: Ahopelto Anu - Tel: +32 2 283 21 81 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=9534 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Seminar] [Language EN]
1 Aug 2008
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Event dates: 10/06/06 to 10/06/08 Location: Room ASP 3G3, European Parliament, Brussels Look-alike products are deliberately designed to avoid any infringements of intellectual property rights, at least in some Member States. There is no consistency across Europe in the application of the law. Therefore different jurisdictions will apply different rules in the same EU single market, making it difficult for the industry to operate in a predictable environment. A look-alike product will be allowed in some Member states and will be considered as a counterfeit in others. A recent study on the "Effects of counterfeiting on EU SMEs" commissioned by DG Enterprise reveals that parasitic copying, also called look-alikes, represent the second source of concerns for SMEs regarding intellectual property rights infringements. The Green Paper on Counterfeiting and Piracy, the Enforcement Directive on Intellectual Property all make references to this problem but without making clear recommendations, leaving a grey legislative area. This debate will look at the impact for consumers, brand owners, distributors, the current legal situation, ways to improve it; taking into consideration the consumers’ right for the broadest, safest and cheapest choice of products.Our speakers will be representatives from the European Commission, Member State, consumers association, the industry - SMEs, retailers. For more information: Spanneut Ophélie - Tel: +32 2 284 35 92 On ALDE Website: *******www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=9531 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Seminar] [Language EN]
1 Aug 2008
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Video summary of the ALDE Conference: Kashmir resolution follow-up Event date: 11/12/08 09:00 to 18:30 Location: 10/12 - room A7F387, 11/12 - room ASP 3G3, European Parliament, Brussels The cultural heritage of the people of the former princely state is rich and historic. This conference will explore how much of that heritage has been sustained, and will do so in the context of a follow-up debate on the European Parliament Resolution of 24 May 2007 "Kashmir: present situation and future prospects". The conference will look to find ways forward to sustain and even develop this rich cultural heritage in the modern world. We will be publishing statements and papers from a wide variety of speakers. ----------------------------------------------- MEP's Concerned: Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne For more information: Trauffler Jean-Pierre - Tel: +32 2 284 28 69 [ALDEEVENTS] [Events] [Conference] [Language EN]
3 Jun 2009
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