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Wednesday 6 December 2017
The European Democratic Party, founded and co-chaired by Francesco Rutelli and François Bayrou, is inviting important European political figures to the Temple of Hadrian in Rome on Friday December 8th for a pro-European public initiative… Read more
Friday 20 October 2017
Commenting on the conclusions of the European Council held today in Brussels, Marielle de SARNEZ, Secretary General of the European Democrats, said:   “I welcome the ambitious work programme adopted by the Heads of State and Government… Read more
Wednesday 27 September 2017
On the occasion of the Université de Rentrée of the Mouvement Démocrate (MoDem), the European Democratic Party is organising its European Days in Guidel, Brittany, on 29 and 30 September. We will deal with the major social… Read more
Monday 3 July 2017
The European Democratic Party Council has been held in Coimbra (Portugal), on June 30 2017. After the French elections and the decisve role played by MoDem in Emmanuel Macron's victory, after populists' defeats in Netherlands, United… Read more
Monday 19 June 2017
Congratulations to the 350 new MPs from the alliance En Marche / MoDem, which has won the absolute majority in the National Assembly in France. Among them, 51 from the Democratic Movement (MoDem).   Following Emmanuel Macron’s victory… Read more
Tuesday 16 May 2017
The European Parliament has today adopted an ambitious report calling for action to reduce food waste and loss across the European Union. Despite the EU’s approval of the the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which calls for a… Read more
Friday 12 May 2017
The President of the Government of the Basque Country Iñigo Urkullu met with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. “Lehendakari” Urkullu is the first head of a regional government to be received by… Read more
Tuesday 28 March 2017
Developing proposals "for a European refoundation" was the objective of the conference "Europe's future hangs in the balance" organized by the European Democratic Party, led by Francesco Rutelli and François Bayrou. From the Europhobic… Read more
Monday 20 March 2017
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the European Democrats will hold a conference in the heart of the Italian capital. This event, part of the official celebrations, will see speakers like the EDP co-presidents… Read more
Wednesday 15 March 2017
The European Parliament, meeting today in Strasbourg in plenary session, has voted in favour of an EU budget in 2018 that accompanies the still fragile recovery growth in Europe. For the European Democrats, efforts should be made to… Read more
Thursday 16 February 2017
The European Parliament today adopted two texts aimed at combating terrorism effectively, in particular by defining new offenses on the one hand and by systematically monitoring at the external borders of the European Union.   The new… Read more
Monday 13 February 2017
According to Marielle de Sarnez, EDP Secretary General, the European Union – Confronted with the Brexit and Donald Trump, – must pull itslef together. On March 25th, Member States willing to share an upper level of ambition will… Read more
Thursday 2 February 2017
Today, Members of the European Parliament gave their final green light to a bilateral safeguard clause and stabilisation mechanism for the trade with bananas, following the accession of Ecuador to the trade agreement between the EU… Read more
Tuesday 31 January 2017
For Gérard Deprez, EDP Delegate General, member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament, the exchange of information between European services is far from optimal because of the… Read more
Wednesday 25 January 2017
Food is one of our most precious resources, therefore it is time we found innovative ways to prevent wasting it, writes EDP Vice-President Ulrike Müller, in The Parliament Magazine.   Food is one of our most valuable resources, although… Read more
Tuesday 20 December 2016
During a conference in Rome on December 15, EDP Co-President Francesco Rutelli presented a new manifesto "Democratici nell'Europa del XXI secolo".   Download the document "Democratici nell'Europa del XXI secolo" Read more
Thursday 15 December 2016
For days, the farewells of the civilians of Aleppo have been swarming into the social networks. More heart-rending messages than the others. A large number of civilians, including women and children, are currently victims of atrocities… Read more
Wednesday 14 December 2016
Taking the floor during the plenary session of the European Parliament today in Strasbourg, EDP Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez declared:   “While we are talking, there is no humanitarian corridor in Aleppo. All of us must call… Read more
Tuesday 13 December 2016
The European Parliament today approved a Regulation establishing new rules for fishing in the North-East Atlantic, including the total ban of bottom trawling below 800 meters in EU waters. The lack of a proper regulation and the… Read more
Wednesday 30 November 2016
The European Democratic Party, reaffirmed today 30 November 2016 in Brussels, the priorities of its political action. About hundred delegates from 17 European countries proclaimed the vocation and the raison d'être of the EDP as the… Read more
Friday 25 November 2016
"It is good that the members of the European Parliament have followed the request of our group to freeze the accession negotiations of Turkey as quickly as possible“. The MEP and Vice-President of the EDP Ulrike Müller (Germany)… Read more
Wednesday 9 November 2016
Reaction of the EDP Co-President François Bayrou after the victory of Donald Trump in the American presidential elections. Donald Trump’s election will mark the world for a long time.   First, there is a reality: all around the… Read more
Friday 21 October 2016
In Brussels, Heads of State and Government of the European Union discussed the future direction of the European trade policy. On this occasion, Marielle de Sarnez recalled the vital importance for Europe to acquire strong and deterrent… Read more
Wednesday 5 October 2016
MEPs today debated the situation in Colombia following the narrowly rejected referendum on the peace process between FARC and the Colombian Government, held on the 2nd of October. The result of this public consultation was a shock for the… Read more
Wednesday 28 September 2016
The EDP Co-President Francesco Rutelli met in Podgorica Miograd Vlahovic, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro and leader of the pro-European CDU.  The orientation towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration is "a wise… Read more
Monday 26 September 2016
In front of 800 people in Britany, the European Democrats reaffirmed last weekend that Europe is not the source of the problems but the solution, three months after the British vote on the exit of the European Union. With one motto:… Read more
Monday 1 August 2016
A delegation of the European Democratic Party, led by the co-president Francesco Rutelli, and the vice-president Andoni Ortuzar, with the presence of Luca Bader, director of the Institute of European Democrats, attended the Democratic… Read more
Tuesday 12 July 2016
The European Democrats demand the European Commission to come forward with a legislative proposal to protect whistle-blowers. The future legislation needs to include a single and horizontal European framework based on the approximation… Read more
Wednesday 6 July 2016
The European Parliament today adopted the proposal to create a body of European coastguards and border guards, consisting of a European agency for coastguards and border guards (Frontex) on the one hand, and national authorities for the… Read more
Tuesday 5 July 2016
The balance between the maximum respect of the seabed and its ecosystems and the jobs related to fishing is the greatest virtue of the agreement concluded in Brussels to regulate deep sea fishing, according to the MEP Izaskun Bilbao… Read more
Friday 1 July 2016
Following the choice of the British people to leave the European Union, the European Democratic Party takes note of this decision and calls for a profound overhaul of the European Union.   For 40 years, the European issue has been the… Read more
Wednesday 22 June 2016
On the eve of the British referendum, the European Democrats recall their commitment to the idea of a profound refoundation of the European Union upon democratic basis. Whatever the choice of the British people, European leaders must… Read more
Wednesday 8 June 2016
A plan to lend Tunisia €500 million on favourable terms to help it reduce its external debt and consolidate its democratic mechanisms was backed by MEPs on Wednesday, thanks to the work of the EDP Secretary General, Marielle DE SARNEZ… Read more
Monday 6 June 2016
 The European Democratic Party held its Council meeting on June 3rd in Athens, in presence of delegations from all over Europe. The discussions, opened by the co-presidents François Bayrou and Francesco Rutelli, began with the formal… Read more
Friday 27 May 2016
Yesterday in the European Parliament, the European Democrats firmly expressed their deep concerns about the milk producers and urged the Commission to act in order to “prevent announced human tragedies”. In the hemicycle, Jean Arthuis… Read more
Thursday 28 April 2016
The European Parliament has cleared the way for the first and technical part of the so-called 4th EU railway package, which focuses on the elimination of the remaining administrative and technical barriers in the European railway sector… Read more
Monday 18 April 2016
The European Democrats welcomed the adoption of the Trade Secret Directive by the European Parliament, Thursday, April 14. Long months of negotiations finally resulted in a balanced text, conducive to innovation and protective for freedom… Read more
Tuesday 12 April 2016
The European Democrats welcome the adoption in the European Parliament today of a strong resolution on the situation in the Mediterranean and on the need for a holistic approach to the migration drama. This report calls for a radical… Read more
Thursday 7 April 2016
After the referendum in the Netherlands on the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, the EDP Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez declared:   "This result is alarming vis-à-vis Ukraine who vitally needs us. This… Read more
Wednesday 9 March 2016
After the EU-Turkey summit of the night of Monday to Tuesday, the European Democrats have expressed their disbelief at the "shameful" and "indecent" spectacle shown by the Heads of State and Government.   "It is normal to talk with… Read more
Tuesday 8 March 2016
Draft rules designed to boost the efficiency and cut the cost of services supplied at EU maritime ports, such as mooring and towage, were voted by Parliament on Tuesday. Ensuring transparency in the setting of fees for using port services… Read more
Thursday 25 February 2016
Today the European Parliament approved the draft resolution on the opening of negotiations for an EU-Tunisia Free Trade Agreement. For the European Democrats, the agreement will be beneficial for both parties and essential for the… Read more
Tuesday 2 February 2016
Marielle de Sarnez was in Lesvos Saturday and Sunday. She met representatives from NGOs, Greek Coast-Guards and police, as well as the mayor of Lesvos, Sypros Galinos. The Greeks do the job, so let's not divide us by finger-pointing this… Read more
Tuesday 2 February 2016
Parliament endorsed draft EU legislation establishing a “European platform” to enhance cooperation in combatting undeclared work in a vote on Tuesday. The platform would enhance cooperation among EU member states' labour ministries… Read more
Wednesday 20 January 2016
The European Parliament approved today by a substantial majorty the report of Nathalie GRIESBECK (France) on the final adoption of the new Presumption of Innocence Directive. A new set of rules to ensure that the right to be presumed… Read more
Wednesday 16 December 2015
On 15 December, the European Commission presented its proposal to create a European Border and Coast Guard to protect the external borders of Europe. This announcement is welcomed by the European Democrats, who have demanded such a… Read more
Monday 14 December 2015
The European Democrats welcome the adoption in Paris of an a minima agreement on climate change. No agreement at all would have been obviously worse. Although divided on major strategic interests, the international community has… Read more
Friday 20 November 2015
As the EU Interior Ministers met today, Marielle de Sarnez and Gérard Deprez, respectively Secretary General and Delegate General of the European Democratic Party, and members of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group in… Read more
Wednesday 11 November 2015
On November 10, The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament has approved by a very large majority the agreement reached between the European Parliament and the European Council, during… Read more
Tuesday 10 November 2015
François Bayrou, co-president of the European Democratic Party, paid today tribute do Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of West Germany, and to the "balanced and warm tandem" formed with the former President of the French Republic… Read more
Thursday 29 October 2015
The European Parliament adopted in Strasbourg on Wednesday its proposal for the budget of the European Union for the year 2016. This budget of 146 billion euros is an increase of 4 billion compared to the proposal of the European Council… Read more
Wednesday 28 October 2015
The European Democrats welcome the adoption by the European Parliament of the Regulation on the European single market for electronic communications (“Connected Continent”). The main measure of this text is the end of often abusive… Read more
Tuesday 27 October 2015
The European Democratic Party met on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October in Munich. In the Bavarian capital, at the heart of the flows of refugees arriving in Europe, the migration crisis was naturally at the centre of the European… Read more
Monday 12 October 2015
The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet rightly constitutes recognition of the efforts made by civil society in Tunisia since the Arab Spring.   It is a tribute that Tunisians can be proud of.   It is… Read more
Wednesday 7 October 2015
Taking the floor today in the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Marielle de Sarnez, Secretary General of the European Democratic Party, called for a urgent political solution in Syria. "Never has the situation been… Read more
Tuesday 29 September 2015
In Brittany, in front of 600 people, the EDP reaffirmed its desire to see the refugee crisis managed at European level and not country by country. Fighting against populism and climate change have also been discussed on the occasion of… Read more
Monday 28 September 2015
Loss of confidence in the political structures, new groups claiming the need for participatory democracy and effects of globalization in different geopolitical contexts will be the topics of the VIII edition of the Dialogues of Bilbao… Read more
Monday 21 September 2015
 Une délégation du PDE conduite par Marielle de Sarnez et Nathalie Griesbeck, s’est rendue ces derniers jours en Grèce, en Ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine (ARYM), en Serbie et en Hongrie, quelques heures avant la… Read more
Monday 13 July 2015
The EDP co-chair Francesco Rutelli reacted with relief to the agreement reached this morning on the Greek Crisis. Now, the Eurozone must play its full part, based on more democratic values, an economic and social strategy and a… Read more
Friday 25 September 2015
Marielle de Sarnez et Jean-Marie Cavada signent cette tribune dans Le Monde avec Guy Verhofstadt, président du groupe ADLE au Parlement européen.   Si nous voulons nous attaquer aux racines de la crise humanitaire qui affecte… Read more
Friday 10 July 2015
Marielle de Sarnez welcomed the sense of responsibility and courage shown by the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, as he submitted a series of reforms to overcome the political and financial crisis in which Greece has been facing from… Read more
Wednesday 8 July 2015
Ulrike Müller welcomed yesterday's vote in the European Parliament on the Nicholson report concerning the prospects for the EU dairy sector. She stressed the importance to monitor the implementation of the Milk Package after the… Read more
Tuesday 7 July 2015
Alexis Tsipras finally responded positively to the invitation of the European Parliament. He will speak tomorrow before the assembly at its plenary session in Strasbourg.MEP Sylvie Goulard, who has repeatedly called on the Greek… Read more
Monday 6 July 2015
Commenting on the result of the referendum in Greece, the EDP Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez expects from Alexis Tsipras, Angela Merkel and François Hollande positive actions and that they start to work seriously together, for the… Read more
Wednesday 1 July 2015
The Council and the European Parliament, with the support of the Commission, announced last week an agreement on the technical aspects of the fourth railway package. This set of standards designed to move toward the creation of a Single… Read more
Tuesday 30 June 2015
On 15 June 2017, the roaming charged by the mobile phone operators when traveling in Europe will be abolished. A decision more than welcomed by the European Democrats rejoice, starting with Dominique Riquet.   "The digital market's… Read more
Monday 29 June 2015
Through its Secretary-General Marielle de Sarnez, the European Democratic Party calls for the “unreservedly” resumption of the negotiations with Greece. Greece is on the verge of being excluded from the euro area, after the… Read more
Friday 26 June 2015
The European Council held in Brussels was originally to be devoted to the European Security and Defence Policy, yet the President of the European Council announced that this topic would be upstaged.   Certainly, it is understandable that… Read more
Wednesday 24 June 2015
The deadline for Greece to repay 1.5 billion euros to the IMF is about to expire on 30 June. For several days, the negotiations have been multiplying between the Greek government and its creditors and this will be the main subject of the… Read more
Monday 8 June 2015
The European Democratic Party welcomed on the occasion of its Council meeting on June 5 in Rome, the new membership of the Democratic Republican Party (Partido Democrático Republicano), from Portugal.   Founded this year by the MEP… Read more
Monday 1 June 2015
While the year 2015 is characterized by a unprecedented influx of migrants on the Mediterranean coast and south-east Asia, resulting in the death of thousands of them, it is now high time that the international community, and Europe… Read more
Wednesday 27 May 2015
Speaking in the plenary session of the European Parliament during a debate on the preparation of the G7 Summit scheduled for June 7 and 8 in Germany, Marielle de Sarnez questioned the vice president of the European Commission, Frans… Read more
Wednesday 13 May 2015
The European Commission presented today its European agenda for migration, a strategic document highly anticipated since the beginning of the mandate of the new "Juncker Commission" and the tragic events that occurred in the Mediterranean… Read more
Wednesday 13 May 2015
Whereas the Mediterranean Sea became the deadliest point for migrants, Marielle de Sarnez, Member of the European Parliament and Secretary-General of the European Democratic Party, proposes a few ideas so that the European Union and the… Read more
Monday 11 May 2015
On the occasion of Europe Day and after 70 years of peace, we must give new impetus to our Europe, according to the MEP Dominique Riquet, in a column published by the website Slate.   As the French state, Europe has not been made by… Read more
Friday 8 May 2015
A group of fifteen Spanish Members of the European Parliament, from nearly all political groups, have launched in Brussels a battery of initiatives to encourage the European institutions and the Member States to improve coordination in… Read more
Thursday 7 May 2015
A delegation of the EDP Presidency, composed of Treasurer Jean-Marie Beaupuy, Vice-President Andrzej Potocki and Vice-Secretary-General José Felix Merladet, went to Riga on April 24 & 25, to attend the Federal Assembly of the European… Read more
Tuesday 5 May 2015
Nathalie Griesbeck, French MEP and coordinator of the ALDE Group for the LIBE committee of the European Parliament expressed serious concerns about the scope and content of the intelligence law, adopted today by the French National… Read more
Thursday 30 April 2015
The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday, April 29, the provisional budget for the year 2016. Resulting from negotiations between the Bureau of the European Parliament and the Committee on Budgets, the report presented by the EDP… Read more
Tuesday 28 April 2015
Strongly mobilized to fight against youth unemployment, MEP Jean ARTHUIS proposes the creation of a single European framework for apprenticeship, a real "highway" to employment, on the Erasmus model.   Europe often appears far away from… Read more
Monday 27 April 2015
Today is the begining of the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.   MEPs will demand concrete action to halt the deaths of Mediterranean migrants and refugees, in a debate with the Commission's President, Jean-Claude… Read more
Thursday 23 April 2015
Interviewed by the French radio station RMC on dramas in the Mediterranean Sea, the President of the European Democratic Party Francois Bayrou recalled the position of the EDP, that the smugglers are guilty of crimes against humanity… Read more
Wednesday 22 April 2015
Given the increasing number of tragedies caused by immigration in the Mediterranean, MEP Jean Arthuis regrets that Frontex is not provided with sufficient resources.   Most of the European Union countries have signed the Schengen… Read more
Tuesday 21 April 2015
Ces derniers jours, trois nouveaux naufrages de migrants se sont produits en Méditerranée, au large des côtes Libyennes. Après les deux précédents naufrages qui avaient fait près de 450 morts et disparus, un chalutier transportant… Read more
Thursday 16 April 2015
The European Parliament adopted a joint resolution on the European commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.This text has been the subject of a successful agreement between all the political groups in Parliament. As… Read more
Tuesday 14 April 2015
The Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament adopted its position on the European regulation concerning "conflict minerals". The European Democrats welcome the fact that the rapporteur Iuliu Winkler (EPP, RO) supported… Read more
Monday 19 February 2018
The European Democratic Party inaugurates a cycle of conferences devoted to the European Women in 2015.    The first of these conferences, organised in cooperation with the Alliance of Citizens, will be held Saturday March 28 in Nicosia… Read more
Tuesday 10 March 2015
Today in Strasbourg, during the plenary debate in the European Parliament on the budget guidelines for 2016, Jean ARTHUIS, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Budgets (BUDG), said: "At the start of the 2016 budget process, I would… Read more
Monday 9 March 2015
On the occasion of the debate on the report on progress on equality between women and men in the European Union in 2013, MEP Izaskun Bilbao encouraged European data collection women's contribution on competitiveness, economic integration… Read more
Monday 9 March 2015
Today is the begining of the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.   MEPs vote on Tuesday on a resolution calling for 10 days' paid paternity leave and recognition of a woman’s right to abortion and contraception… Read more
Thursday 12 February 2015
Commenting on today’s agreement between Russia and Ukraine in Minsk for a cease-fire, Marielle de SARNEZ, Secretary-General of the European Democratic Party and Vice-Chair of the ALDE Group, said: “I welcome the spirit of… Read more
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Un mois après les terribles attaques terroristes de Paris, le Parlement européen vient d'adopter à une large majorité une résolution sur les mesures de lutte contre le terrorisme. L’adoption à une large majorité d'un amendement… Read more
Wednesday 11 February 2015
After an important vote today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament has taken its responsibilities and called on the European Commission to present legislative proposals to require mandatory indication of the origin of the meat used in… Read more
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Today, the Members of the European Parliament adopted a legislation facilitating Cross-border exchange of information on road safety related traffic offences.  Dominique Riquet, vice-chair of the committee on Transport in the European… Read more
Monday 26 January 2015
After the victory of Syriza in Greece, the European Democrats welcomed the "democratic groundswell" but warn against the "disillusionment". EDP Co-Chairman François Bayrou believed that "things have been done wrong in the past" in… Read more
Friday 23 January 2015
For several weeks, the violence has been increasing in Ukraine. The call for a cease-fire launched on Wednesday evening in Berlin by Foreign Affairs Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany foreign has not been heard. In outcome… Read more
Thursday 22 January 2015
The European Central Bank President Mario Draghi announced today the launch of a massive program of public and private debt purchases, commonly called "quantitative easing" or QE. 60 billion euro will be used each month until September… Read more
Thursday 15 January 2015
On January 13, the European Parliament approved the report of the Belgian MP Frédérique Ries on the adoption of the Directive allowing Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory. Through their… Read more
Wednesday 14 January 2015
Taking the floor today at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg during the debate on the program of activities of the Latvian Presidency of the European Union, Marielle de SARNEZ, EDP Secretary-General and ALDE… Read more
Thursday 8 January 2015
"The Assassins of Paris – weapons of war against irreverent satire – are are similar to the kapos of the Nazi concentration camps. For them, diversity is to be destroyed, and God's name has been used in an vile way", declared in a… Read more
Wednesday 7 January 2015
Today, the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris was the subject of a barbaric attack that left at least 12 dead, including the cartoonists Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski and the journalist Bernard… Read more
Thursday 11 December 2014
The European Democratic Party Congress in Brussels reiterated today in Brussels the priorities of its political action, recognized by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and the President of the ALDE group Guy… Read more
Wednesday 10 December 2014
The European Democrats will gather Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 December in Brussels for their sixth Congress. In the European Parliament, 80 delegates from the EDP member parties and individual members will discuss about the urgent need… Read more
Monday 8 December 2014
The Council and the European Parliament have finally reached an agreement on the 2015 budget and amending budgets for 2014. According to this agreement, the amount of payment appropriations for the current financial year was increased by… Read more
Wednesday 3 December 2014
Ministers responsible for space from the member countries of the European Space Agency met yesterday in Luxembourg to approve the launch of Ariane 6.   "I am very happy with the agreement that has been reached since in space exploration… Read more
Thursday 27 November 2014
After the presentation of the European Investment Plan by the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Marielle de Sarnez, leader of the Democrats MEPs, said:   “The European Investment Plan presented by Jean-Claude Juncker… Read more
Wednesday 26 November 2014
Ahead of the Commission's new 2015 budget proposals, which will be presented this Friday, long-term solution to tackle unpaid EU bills, that affect projects on the ground, has to be found. MEPs are prepared for constructive negotiations… Read more
Tuesday 25 November 2014
Taking the floor today in the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a debate on the situation in the Mediterranean sea and the need for a comprehensive approach to EU Migration, Marielle de Sarnez declared:   "I… Read more
Thursday 20 November 2014
On this 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Belgian MEP and EDP Delegate-General Gérard Deprez wished to draw the attention on the crucial issue of the protection of children in cyberspace. "There is still much… Read more
Tuesday 18 November 2014
The European Parliament, the Commission and the Council failed yesterday to reach an agreement on the 2014 amending budget and the 2015 budget. The Budgets Committee of the European Parliament, led by Jean Arthuis, wanted to clear the… Read more
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Taking the floor after Jean-Claude Juncker’s speech in Strasbourg, the European Democratic Party Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez announced the Democrats put their faith in the new European Commission, “a demanding and impatient… Read more
Monday 20 October 2014
Today is the begining of the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.   Among the topics of this October session are the last hearings of the Commissioners-designate Violeta Bulc (Transports – Slovenia) et Maroš… Read more
Friday 17 October 2014
As Member States are sending their 2015 draft budget to the European Commission, which has the look, the EU is itself in an alarming fiscal position. According to Jean Arthuis, interviewed by EurActiv., the debt is expected to reach 30… Read more
Wednesday 1 October 2014
The European Democratic Party held in Bilbao on September 29 the seventh edition of the Dialogos de Bilbao Europe-Latin America, on the theme "Energy, climate change and competitiveness". On this occasion, the PNV president Andoni Ortuzar… Read more
Friday 26 September 2014
The 2014 Congress of the Young Democrats for Europe will be held in Bilbao from 26 to 28 September.   This will be the opportunity to elect a new leading team for the YDE and to define a framework of guidelines for the next years.  … Read more
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Closing the Democratic Summer School which was held this weekend in Brittany, the EDP Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez and the Italian Minister of European Affairs Sandro Gozi recalled how Europe was the key to "meet the challenges of… Read more
Saturday 20 September 2014
Jean Arthuis, chair of the Budget Committee of the European Parliament, is deeply concerned by the first reading of the Council on the budget 2015. "I wish the 2015 budget would not only be the mere continuation of previous budget… Read more
Wednesday 17 September 2014
Speaking at a debate in plenary session of the European Parliament on the EU response to the epidemic of Ebola fever spreading in West Africa, Marielle de Sarnez, co-initiator of the EP resolution on this crisis, said:   "We obviously… Read more
Wednesday 17 September 2014
The European Parliament discussed today in Strasbourg about youth unemployment. EDP Vice-President and ALDE Group coordinator for the Employment Committee Marian Harkin (Ireland) made a statement asking Member States to create and… Read more
Tuesday 15 July 2014
Along with their colleagues of the ALDE Group, the Democrats MEPs voted today in Strasbourg in favour of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. This is a new step for the European Parliament and tangible progress for… Read more
Thursday 10 July 2014
Yesterday in Brussels, the European Democratic Party took stock of the European elections. Through the voice of its Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez, the EDP states that "more than ever, we need to regain the citizens’ trust", after… Read more
Monday 7 July 2014
Today Jean ARTHUIS (UDI / Modem, France) was elected President of the Parliamentary Budget Committee (BUDG). Besides Jean Arthuis, three EDP MEPs has been elected committees vice-presidents. Pillar of the French Senate Budget Committee… Read more
Thursday 3 July 2014
The Board of Directors of the European Consumer Centre of Kehl designated Robert Rochefort (MoDem, France) as its Vice-Chairman. Andreas Schwab (EPP, Germany) is the current Chairman.   ECC is the consumers' direct interlocuteur in… Read more
Tuesday 1 July 2014
The next EDP Council will be held on 9 July in Brussels.   This will provide the opportunity to take stock of the European elections and to determine the priority lines of action for the years ahead.  Read more
Friday 27 June 2014
Commenting on the designation of Jean-Claude Juncker as candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission by the European Council, Marielle de Sarnez, EDP Secretary-General, stated:    "It is a very important day for Europe. For… Read more
Friday 23 May 2014
Commenting on the indications of the European election results yesterday in the Netherlands, Marielle de Sarnez, Vice-President of the ALDE Group and Secretary General of the EDP, said:   "Against all odds, the pro-European centrists won… Read more
Tuesday 20 May 2014
The European Democratic Party is particularly concerned about the situation of the population affected by the floods in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. It sends its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and expresses its… Read more
Monday 19 May 2014
Guy Verhofstadt's speech in Paris, on May 18th.   First of all my dear friends, thank you for inviting me... I do not know if there has been a lot event from other parties where there was a candidate for the presidency of the Commission… Read more
Friday 16 May 2014
With his competitors Ska Keller, Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Schulz and Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the ALDE group in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt participated yesterday last debate held before the European elections on 25… Read more
Friday 9 May 2014
Guy Verhofstadt answered the questions of the Belgian newspaper Le Soir. The former Belgian Prime Minister wants to be a bolder and more political President of the European Commission. We have to move away from the old recipes, and to… Read more
Wednesday 30 April 2014
A few weeks from crucial elections for the future of European integration, the European Democratic Party Council met today in Rome to rank in order of battle. Joined by three new members – UDI (France), National Forum (Croatia) and SDS… Read more
Monday 19 February 2018
Il Partito Democratico Europeo ha indetto la riunione del Consiglio a Roma per il 30 aprile, alle ore 9.00, presso il Grand Hôtel de la Minerva. All’ordine del giorno: bilancio e prospettive dell’Unione Europea alla vigilia delle… Read more
Thursday 24 April 2014
The candidate for the presidency of the European Commission Guy Verhofstadt came to Gliwice, Poland, on April 24th, to attend a conference organized by EDP Vice-President Andrzej Potocki.   The ALDE Group leader recalled thatVladimir… Read more
Wednesday 23 April 2014
Tomorrow April 24th, the candidate for the European Commission Presidency Guy Verhofstadt will be in Poland with EDP Vice-President Andrzej Potocki to present their vision about the future of Europe.   Meet them at the Silvia Gold… Read more
Thursday 10 April 2014
Marielle de Sarnez answered the questions from Europolitics about the next European elections. According to the EDP Secretary General, Guy Verhofstadt will make his differences heard in the presidential race for the European… Read more
Wednesday 2 April 2014
On 29 March, the German Free Voters "Freie Wähler" launched their electoral campaing for the next European elections. On this occasion, EDP Treasurer Jean Marie Beaupuy came to introduce the EDP Manifesto.   The FW list will be lead by… Read more
Thursday 20 March 2014
The European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council agreed on Thursday March 20 on the regulation for the orderly winding down banks, creating a single European resolution authority and a single fund. According to… Read more
Wednesday 12 March 2014
The European Democratic Party, meeting on Wednesday March 12, 2014 in Strasbourg, has chosen Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister and current leader of the ALDE group in the European Parliament, as its candidate for the European… Read more
Friday 28 February 2014
On Friday 28th February the European Democratic Party Council unanimously adopted its new ten points manifesto. The name of the candidate for Commission Presidency will be announced on March 12th.   In front of the delegation of the… Read more
Wednesday 26 February 2014
It is not good enough for the EU to just have an economic index to indicate the state of the 28 nation body, there is an equal need for a social index which would, in a meaningful way, track the condition of all citizens. This was stated… Read more
Saturday 22 February 2014
Marielle de Sarnez, Secretary general of the European Democratic Party and Vice-President of the ALDE Group, visited Kiev on Thursday and Friday with Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE Group President. She met opposition leaders, civic organisations… Read more
Wednesday 19 February 2014
PDE/EDP Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez will go tomorrow to Kiev to meet with opposition leaders, representatives of euro-Maidan, civil society leaders and protesters. She will be accompanied by Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE Group President… Read more
Wednesday 19 February 2014
Since late November, Ukrainians have been gathering in Maidan Square, in Kiev, to demand rule of law, freedom, democracy. But far from achieving any progress, protesters have been facing for weeks an escalation of violence by the armed… Read more
Wednesday 5 February 2014
Through its Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez, the European Democratic Party welcomes the massive vote in today's plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to strengthen the European instruments against dumping and… Read more
Tuesday 4 February 2014
Robert Rochefort condemns unfair commercial pratices on the internet and provide guidelines to fight them. His report has been adopted today at the European Parliament, in Strasbourg. He asked for a new legislative tool to regulate… Read more
Monday 20 January 2014
Marielle de Sarnez, Secretary-General of the European Democratic Party and Vice-President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group in the European Parliament, said:    "I welcome the decision tonight by ALDE party to… Read more
Tuesday 14 January 2014
Today, the European Parliament, in its Strasbourg's plenary session, adopted an initiative report on the European strategy for waste plastic to support the model of circular economy. This allows the decoupling of growth and resource… Read more
Wednesday 18 December 2013
Currently more than 8 billion journeys a year are made by rail in Europe, and 10 % of goods are transported by rail freight whilst the sector is responsible for a turnover of EUR 73 billion, generating EUR 13 billion of revenue and… Read more
Tuesday 17 December 2013
In adopting a report today on the implementation of an EU directive on unfair commercial practices, Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Affairs committee approved a new legislative tool to regulate misleading advertising and other… Read more
Friday 13 December 2013
Lettera della deputata europea PDE Sylvie Goulard sul Corriere della Sera del venerdi 13 Dicembre 2013. Chi viaggia in Europa può fare in questo momento un’esperienza interessante: si dice sempre più spesso in Italia, anche da parte… Read more
Wednesday 11 December 2013
Today the future of the European Globalisation Fund (EGF), the EU's solidarity aid fund, was secured: the report drafted by ALDE MEP Marian Harkin was adopted with a clear majority by the European Parliament. Since the Council already… Read more
Sunday 8 December 2013
MEPs Marielle de Sarnez and Nathalie Griesbeck, along with former MEP Bernard Lehideux, have been in Kiev, in Ukraine, since Saturday to support the Ukrainian people in its fight for Europe, after the government's choice to turn its back… Read more
Tuesday 3 December 2013
The European Democratic Party, led by François Bayrou and Francesco Rutelli, held its Council in Rome, on December 1 and 2. Discussions were very rich and dense upon the manifesto for the European elections of May 2014. EDP will defend… Read more
Monday 19 February 2018
Piena riuscita del II Forum del Rinnovamento Europeo, presieduto da Francesco Rutelli e Francois Bayrou, co-presidenti del Partito Democratico Europeo, in corso nell'Aula dei Gruppi Parlamentari di Montecitorio: aperta dal saluto… Read more
Saturday 30 November 2013
On the eve of the EDP Council and the European Renewal Forum, Francesco Rutelli was invited by the show Checkpoint on the Italian channel Tgcom24.   According to the former mayor of Rome, the problem is that "Europe is in a difficult… Read more
Monday 25 November 2013
The European Commission released a report on the deepening of relations between the European Union and the Republic of San Marino.   The European Commission recommends the integration of San Marino, Andorra and Monaco in the internal… Read more
Wednesday 20 November 2013
EDP co-President and former leader of the centre-left party The Olive Tree Francesco Rutelli gave an interview to the Greek newspaper Eleftherotypia about the centre-left coalitions in Europe. Interviewed by journalist Elisabetta… Read more
Tuesday 22 October 2013
The Ministers of the European Affairs decided, on the basis of recommendations of the European Commission, to open a new chapter in the accession negotiations with Turkey from November 5.   This schedule announced by the Commission and… Read more
Tuesday 22 October 2013
The iconic burman activist Aung San Suu Kyi received today the Sakharov Prize, awarded to her in 1990. The European Parliament awarded her the prize in recognition of her struggle for democracy and the rule of law in Burma. Under house… Read more
Thursday 17 October 2013
Before the European Council of Ministers of International Trade in Luxembourg, devoted to the trade agreement in negotiations between the European Union and the United States, Marielle de Sarnez recalled the democratic requirement of… Read more
Friday 11 October 2013
Nathalie Griesbeck welcomed the adoption of the “Tobacco Product Directive" by the European Parliament, a text which "strikes the balance between individual liberties and the protection of health." The Tobacco Product Directive adopted… Read more
Thursday 10 October 2013
François Bayrou paid tribute this morning to Wilfried Martens, former Belgian Prime Minister and President of the European People's Party. "Wilfried Martens was a stateman and a “man of Europe“. For his country, Belgium, he was a… Read more
Monday 23 September 2013
After the vitory of Angela Merkel in Germany, European Democratic Party Presidents Francesco Rutelli and François Bayrou stressed the need to build large and strong alliance in order to get Europe out of the crisis.  For… Read more
Tuesday 17 September 2013
The Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the European Parliament adopted this morning by a large majority a resolution on the European Commission's mandate to negotiate an investment treaty with China. This treaty, which must secure… Read more
Thursday 12 September 2013
  The European Parliament adopted today, by an overwhelming majority, the legislative initiative report of Nathalie Griesbeck on the situation of unaccompanied minors within the European Union. The current situation of unaccompanied… Read more
Monday 1 July 2013
After the disclosure by the German newspaper Der Spiegel of a possible spying of the European Union by the United States, François Bayrou and Marielle de Sarnez both denounced "unacceptable attitudes".    For the EDP Secretary-General… Read more
Thursday 27 June 2013
Commenting on the agreement reached this morning between the Presidents of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, Marielle de Sarnez, Vice-President of the Modem, said:   "This… Read more
Saturday 22 June 2013
 The European Democratic Party held the first European Renewal Forum on Saturday, June 22, in Paris. Europe is undergoing an addition of crises: economic, social, political, institutional. The peoples who compose it, in the grip of doubt… Read more
Thursday 20 June 2013
EDP co-president François Bayrou spoke today to the French newspaper L'Opinion. He stressed the need to create "a European political authority accountable to the citizens." He explained the current state of Europe by "a lack of vision… Read more
Saturday 15 June 2013
After 13 hours of negociations, European Ministers of Trade agreed on a mandate given to the European Commission to negociate the free-trade agreement with the United States. Marielle de Sarnez, member of the International trade Committee… Read more
Wednesday 12 June 2013
On the French radio France-Inter, MEP Jean-Luc Bennahmias proposed a genuine "European New Deal", the only way to free the employment potentials and to create new areas of activity. In the programme Le Téléphone sonne, Jean-Luc… Read more
Thursday 6 June 2013
Ahead of the G8 Nutrition for Growth Summit on 8 June, MEPs Marielle de Sarnez and Eleni Theocharous  publish an opinion on the EurActiv website to encourage heads of state and government to find solutions to the problem of… Read more
Tuesday 4 June 2013
Marielle de Sarnez, rapporteur on the EU-China trade relations for the European Parliament, welcomed the decision to establish a tax on Chinese photovoltaic.   "The decision of the European Commission to introduce a tax on the Chinese… Read more
Monday 20 May 2013
In an article published by the French newspaper L'Union, Jean-Marie Beaupuy, treasurer of the European Democratic Party, denounced the "double speak of many heads of state" who "blame Europe not to provide the means they themselves… Read more
Friday 17 May 2013
The European Democratic Party held its Council on May 16 at the European Parliament in Brussels, one year prior to the next European elections.A disconnected and disembodied EuropePrelude to the development of the EDP political program… Read more
Thursday 9 May 2013
 On the occasion of Europe Day, celebrating the anniversary of the Schuman declaration of May 9, 1950, marking the beginning of the European Communities, the European Democratic Party reaffirms the need for a Europe where citizens are… Read more
Thursday 9 May 2013
Invited this morning on the French news network i>télé, EDP Secretary-General Marielle de Sarnez called "the citizens to take over the European destiny." "The Europeans should be able to decide what policy should be."Christophe Barbier… Read more
Thursday 25 April 2013
Plenary Session – Avril 15-18 2013Intervention of Izaskun Bilbao Barandica on gender equality – April 16Intervention of Izaskun Bilbao Barandica on the prudential supervision of credit institutions – April 16Intervention of… Read more
Sunday 24 March 2013
In these particularly hard times for the Republic of Cyprus, the European Democratic Party wants to express its total solidarity with the Cyprus people and its friends of Evropaiko Komma. Eurogroup and Finance Ministers have to decide on… Read more
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Marielle de Sarnez, EDP Secretary-General, welcomed "that the European Parliament has expressed, thrugh an overwhelming majority, a clear position on the draft multiannual financial framework 2014-2020, by asking the Council's commitment… Read more
Tuesday 5 March 2013
A week after the Italians elections and the proposition of Beppe Grillo for a referendum on Italy's exit of the euro zone, Italian MP Sandro Gozi explains that the "the solution of the problem is not 'less Europe in Italy', but an Italy… Read more
Friday 15 February 2013
Rutelli presenta lo studio sulla Green economy from Alleanza per l'Italia on Vimeo.  EDP Co-President Francesco Rutelli presented yesterday the results of a study on the Green Economy, the mutation toward a clean and environnementally… Read more
Friday 8 February 2013
 EDP, through its Secretary-General Marielle de Sarnez, regrets the lack of ambition of the agreement reached by the European Council in Brussels today.With, for the first time in the history of the European Union, a decrease of 3.4% of… Read more
Tuesday 22 January 2013
 Reaction of Marielle de Sarnez, EDP Secretary-General, after the speech by British Prime Minister David Cameron on the future of the United Kingdom within the European Union."When the European Union crosses the worst crisis in its… Read more
Saturday 5 January 2013
Italians look forward to the Green Economy, as a transition to a sustainable development, to cleaner production, reorganization of modes of transport and construction and use of renewable energy. They are much "more advanced" than the… Read more
Thursday 13 December 2012
 Regarding the deal made last night in Brussels at the EcoFin Council on the banking supervision, Marielle de Sarnez, EDP Secretary-General, declared: "This is a huge step toward a banking union and eurozone integration. I congratulate… Read more
Monday 10 December 2012
Reaction of Marielle de Sarnez, EDP Secretary General, to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, December 10 2012.  "The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the European Union, is primarily a due recognition to generations… Read more
Friday 23 November 2012
Reaction of Marielle de Sarnez, EDP Secretary-General, after the European Council held on November 23 2012.   The failure of budget negotiations in the European Council is a missed opportunity for Heads of State and Government and a bad… Read more
Monday 22 October 2012
 The European Democratic Party congratulates EAJ-PNV after their victory in the regional elections in Basque Country. Wining 34,5 % of the vote and 27 seats over 75 in the Basque Parliament, PNV is once more the Autonomy main political… Read more
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