PDE http://www.pde-edp.eu/ News In Rome, the European vanguard for the 60th… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/in-rome-the-european-vanguard-for-the-60th-anniversary-of-the-eu 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 positions of the new US administration to the Eurosceptic… Europe's future hangs in the balance: 60th… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/europes-future-hangs-in-the-balance-60th-anniversary-of-the-rome-treaty 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 Francesco Rutelli and François Bayrou, the president of the… Make youth a priority! http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/make-youth-a-priority 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 combat the unemployment of young Europeans.  Gérard DEPREZ, EDP… Terrorism: two new texts to strengthen the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/terrorism-two-new-texts-to-strengthen-the-europeans-security 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 directive constitutes, according to Nathalie GRIESBECK… The Rome Treaty 60th anniversary must give birth… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-rome-treaty-60th-anniversary-must-give-birth-to-a-european-political-core 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 must take their responsibilities.      In 1957, when the… Agreement with Ecuador: "It is very important to… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/agreement-with-ecuador-it-is-very-important-to-better-protect-european-bananas-producers 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, Colombia and Peru. While the current system lacks transparency… Fighting terrorism: "The more we know each… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/fighting-terrorism-the-more-we-know-each-other-the-more-we-trust-each-other-the-more-we-exchange-intelligence- 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 lack of confidence. He is campaigning for the creation of a… Innovation at the heart of food waste prevention http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/innovation-at-the-heart-of-food-waste-prevention 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 continuously falling food prices point to the contrary.  … Democrats in Europe: PDE Italia http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/democrats-in-europe-pde-italia 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" War crimes in Aleppo are intolerable http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/war-crimes-in-aleppo-are-intolerable 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. According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR)… More than ever, the world is in need for… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/more-than-ever-the-world-is-in-need-for-stronger-europe 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 for an awakening of Europe and international community to put… Deep-sea fishing banned, a step forward for… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/deep-sea-fishing-banned-a-step-forward-for-environmental-protection 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 development of industrial fisheries in the EU during the last decades… Restoring the political project of Europe http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/restoring-the-political-project-of-europe 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 promoter of a deep European refoundation.   For Co-President… We must not turn a blind eye when democratic… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/we-must-not-turn-a-blind-eye-when-democratic-values-are-flouted-in-turkey "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) welcomed the adoption of a resolution by the European Parliament… US Elections: Trump's victory requires us to… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/us-elections-trumps-victory-requires-us-to-find-a-new-ideal 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 world, people refuse the established order, from which they feel… Strengthening trade defense instruments is vital… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/strengthening-trade-defense-instruments-is-vital-for-europe 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 trade defence instruments.   "For or against CETA? This big… Colombia’s future must be based on peace and… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/colombia 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 international community as nearly every poll predicted that… Meeting with CDU in Montenegro http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/meeting-with-cdu-in-montenegro 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 choice on the strategic plan" for Montenegro, said Francesco… Facing Brexit by reforming Europe http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/facing-brexit-by-reforming-europe 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: let’s reform Europe!   Speakers from all walks of life, such… Rutelli: the US elections will be a major… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/rutelli-the-us-elections-will-be-a-major-crossroad-for-europe 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 Convention in Philadelphia, which validated the appointment of… We need to take immediate action to protect… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/we-need-to-take-immediate-action-to-protect-whistle-blowers 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 and strengthening of national legislations. Jean-Marie CAVADA… Green light for a European Border and Coast… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/green-light-for-a-european-border-and-coast-guard-to-protect-europes-external-borders 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 borders’ management, on the other hand. "The proof is here… Deal to ban deep sea fishing below 800 metres http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/deal-to-ban-deep-sea-fishing-below-800-metres 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 Barandica (PNV, Basque Country). After four years of… Europe is not only necessary, it is vital http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/europe-is-not-only-necessary-it-is-vital 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 confrontation between two visions, said the co-president… Brexit: what Europe needs is a refoundation http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/brexit-what-europe-needs-is-a-refoundation 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 understand that the functioning of the European Union requires… Tunisia: Europe really needs to stand by its… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/tunisia-europe-really-needs-to-stand-by-its-side 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 (MoDem, France).  "The major challenges in Tunisia are the… Towards new forms of European governance http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/towards-new-forms-of-european-governance  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 accession of three new members: the Canarian Coalition… Milk Crisis: it is still time to act to prevent… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/milk-crisis-it-is-still-time-to-act-to-prevent-human-tragedies 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 (UDI-MoDem, France), chair of the Budget Committee of the… Adoption of the technical pillar of the railway… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/adoption-of-the-technical-pillar-of-the-railway-package 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. The aime of the three different reports adopted this… Trade secrets: a guarantee for SMEs and for the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/trade-secrets-a-guarantee-for-smes-and-for-the-right-to-information 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 of information. But we have to remain vigilant on the issue… Refugee crisis: let's be consistent with our… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/refugee-crisis-lets-be-consistent-with-our-values 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 overhaul of the Dublin agreements. A proposal for a "vision"… Dutch referendum: a worrying signal http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/dutch-referendum-a-worrying-signal 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 neighbouring country expects from the EU a closer… EU-Turkey Summit: an indecent spectacle http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/eu-turkey-summit-an-indecent-spectacle 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 Turkey, said Marielle DE SARNEZ, Secretary General of the EDP… More autonomous ports for more innovation and… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/more-autonomous-ports-for-more-innovation-and-services 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 and infrastructure, and in any public funding that ports… A EU-Tunisia trade agreement must first and… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/a-eu-tunisia-trade-agreement-must-first-and-foremost-be-a-political-agreement 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 economic and political stability of Tunisia and the Maghreb region… In Greece, the job is done, so let's really… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/in-greece-the-work-is-done-so-lets-really-stick-together 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 country. This is the message she delivered to the Commission… Tackling undeclared work: "a question of… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/tackling_undeclared_work 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, trade unions and employers' associations about how best to… Presumption of Innocence: a “major legislative… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/presumption-of-innocence-a-major-legislative-step-for-the-european-citizens 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 innocent until proven guilty in criminal proceedings is… A European Border and Coast Guard is obvious http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/europeanbordercoastguard 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 measure for too long. A support of which the European Commissioner… COP21: "everything remains to be done…" http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/cop21-everything-remains-to-be-done 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 demonstrated a certain awareness of the objectives.   However, the… Terrorism: the European Democrats call for a… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/terrorism-the-european-democrats-call-for-a-european-effort 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 the European Parliament , said:   After the attacks in… Presumption of Innocence: new binding rules for… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/presumption-of-innocence-new-binding-rules-for-all-member-states 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 negotiations led by Nathalie Griesbeck, rapporteur on the future… Schmidt: "a considerable political and symbolic… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/schmidt-a-considerable-political-and-symbolic-role 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 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. In a letter to the latter, François… Thoroughly review the drafting of the EU budget http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/thoroughly-review-the-drafting-of-the-eu-budget 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, due to additional costs incurred by the refugee crisis.  … European single market for electronic… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/european-single-market-for-electronic-communications-a-new-milestone 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 roaming fees, a "new stone in the European edifice" according… Council of Munich: strong resolutions for… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/council-of-munich-strong-resolutions-for-climate-and-refugees 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 Democrats’ works.   Faced with the tragedy of migrants and… Tunisia must persevere on the path of Democracy http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/tunisia-must-persevere-on-the-path-of-democracy 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 also a message of encouragement to Tunisia and to the Tunisians… Three leads for a solution to the Syrian… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/three-leads-for-a-solution-to-the-syrian-conflict 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 so inextricable nor so dangerous in Syria; with the fights… 8th Dialogues of Bilbao: the representative… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/8th-dialogues-of-bilbao-the-representative-democracy-crisis-and-the-globalisation 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, organised by the EDP and the Sabino Arana Foundation on 28 and… Nous devons lutter aux côtés de la Russie… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/nous-devons-lutter-aux-cotes-de-la-russie-contre-les-djihadistes-en-syrie 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 l’Europe, il est temps pour les dirigeants occidentaux et la… Carnet de voyage dans les Balkans http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/carnet-de-voyage-dans-les-balkans  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 fermeture de la frontière. Notre objectif était de voir et… The Greek compromise and what is ahead of us http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-greek-compromise-and-what-is-ahead-of-us 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 geopolitical vision. "Otherwise, we will lose everything, all… Tsipras chose a tough path: responsibility http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/tsipras-chose-a-tough-path-responsibility 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 several weeks.   "I note that he has made a difficult… The Milk Package is a good step http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-milk-package-is-a-good-step 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 abolition of the Milk Quota. In view of the difficult situation… At last! Tsipras before the European Parliament http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/at-last-tsipras-before-the-european-parliament 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 government to come and debate with the representatives of the peoples… Let's doing things seriously for the sake of the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/lets-doing-things-seriously-for-the-sake-of-the-greek-people 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 sake of the Greek people.   "The European leaders have… Bilbao: a single railway area can create huge… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/bilbao-a-single-railway-area-can-create-huge-opportunities 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 European Railway area is essential to the construction of… The abolition of roaming fees is a major step… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-abolition-of-roaming-fees-is-a-major-step-for-the-creation-of-a-telecom-single-market 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 fragmentation is an obstacle to growth and investment," said the… Grexit: "we must not let that happen!" http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/grexit-we-must-not-let-that-happen 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 exasperated EU and IMF have terminated the negotiations following the… A missed opportunity for the European Defence http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/a-missed-opportunity-for-the-european-defence 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 current events put at the forefront of the Member states’… Greek crisis: wide-ranging reforms are needed http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/greek-crisis-wide-ranging-reforms-are-needed 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 meeting of the European Council of 24 and 25 June. Given the… The PDR, new EDP member http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-pdr-new-edp-member 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 António Marinho e Pinto, the PDR is based on three pillars:… Migrations: Europe needs to act now! http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/migrations-europe-needs-to-act-now 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 first, act concretely.   The European Democrats will devote most… Mobilisation for Syria http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/mobilisation-for-syria 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 Timmermans on the issue of Syrian refugees.   "Mr… Migrations Plan: an impetus to be realized http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/migrations-plan-an-impetus-to-be-realized 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 Sea during the past months. Nathalie Griesbeck, coordinator… Mediterranean: it is on the causes that action… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/mediterranean-it-is-on-the-causes-that-action-is-required 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 Member States act together toward a consistant migration and… Honoring the founding Fathers, pursuing their… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/honoring-the-founding-fathers-pursuing-their-work 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 itself. It has been made, is being made and will not be made… Improving coordination in the search for missing… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/improving-coordination-in-the-search-for-missing-persons 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 the search for missing persons at the continental level. The… European Movement International Federal Assembly… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/european-movement-international-federal-assembly-in-riga 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 Movement International.    During this meeting, the EMI… France: fighting terrorism cannot be done… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/france-fighting-terrorism-cannot-be-done-disregarding-our-fundamental-principles 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 Assembly:   "I am deeply concerned about the bill adopted today… The 2016 EP provisional budget adopted by the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-2016-ep-provisional-budget-adopted-by-the-european-parliament 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 Delegate-General Gérard Deprez projects a budget of 1.838… A plea for a European apprenticeship http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/a-plea-for-a-european-apprenticeship 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 our fellow citizens' preoccupations. If one of its aspects… Plenary session of the European Parliament in… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/plenary-session-of-the-european-parliament-in-strasbourg 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 Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday at… What is happening in the Mediterranean Sea is a… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/what-is-happening-in-the-mediterranean-sea-is-a-crime-against-humanity 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.  Let’s talk about the puzzle of the moment, namely these… Immigration: Frontex as the symbol of the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/immigration-frontex-symbole-de-leurope-impuissance 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 Agreement. These require the free movement of persons, goods and… Migrations : des États membres solidaires et… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/migrations-des-etats-membres-solidaires-et-responsables 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 plusieurs centaines de personnes a chaviré dans la nuit du… Armenian Genocide: "there is no reconciliation… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/armenian-genocide-there-is-no-reconciliation-without-truth-and-remembrance 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 initiator and negotiator of the text for the ALDE Group, Jean-Marie… Toward a binding legislation on conflict… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/toward-a-binding-legislation-on-conflict-minerals 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 the proposal from Marielle de SARNEZ for an efficient and… 2016 Budget: increased investments are a… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/2016-budget-increased-investments-are-a-priority 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 like to formulate two wishes. The first one concerns our… Bilbao: struggling in favour of equality is not… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/bilbao-tarabella-report 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 and labour market. The Basque representative considered that… Plenary session of the European Parliament in… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/Strasbourg-march15 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. They will point to problems caused by gender inequality such… Ukraine: The European Democrats welcome the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/ukraine-the-european-democrats-welcome-the-spirit-of-responsibility 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 responsibility that prevailed in Minsk and the role played by France and… Soutien sans appel à un PNR européen http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/soutien-sans-appel-a-un-pnr-europeen 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 appelant mettre tout en œuvre pour finaliser la directive… Origin labelling of processed meat has to be… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/origin-labelling-of-processed-meat-has-to-be-mandatory 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 processed foods.Robert Rochefort, vice-chair of the committe… A first step toward a European Highway Code http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/a-first-step-toward-a-european-highway-code 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 Parliament, said that "this procedure will encourage our… Greece: Structural reforms, social justice and… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/greece-structural-reforms-social-justice-and-european-solidarity 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 Greece. Firstly by successive governments who have "ruined the… Ukraine: the European Union needs to stand… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/ukraine-the-european-union-needs-to-stand-resolute 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 of an attack in which 42 died within 24 hours, including 13… QE: structural reforms are needed http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/qe-structural-reforms-are-needed 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 2016 - a total of 1,140 billion euros. This should have the… GMOs: "a most democratic outcome" http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/gmos-a-most-democratic-outcome 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 Vice-President Marian Harkin, the European Democrats welcomed… Europe needs to take action against its internal… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/europe-needs-to-take 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 Group Vice-Chair, said: "These are the European values that have… Charlie Hebdo: we all have to be intransigent… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/charlie-hebdo-we-all-have-to-be-intransigent-toward-the-barbaric-violence "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 statement the co-Chairman of the EDP Francesco Rutelli.   "In… Attacks against Charlie Hebdo: one duty, to… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/attacks-against-charlie-hebdo-one-duty-to-stick-together 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 Maris. According to the EDP President François Bayrou, there is… The Democrats, as promoters of a profound and… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-democrats-as-promoters-of-a-profound-and-innovative-european-integration 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 Verhofstadt.   About a hundred delegates from 17 European… EDP Congress http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/edp-congress 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 to change Europe, so that it meets the European citizens… Agreement on the EU Budget http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/agreement-on-the-eu-budget 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 EUR 4.8 billion and the level of commitment appropriations… Ariane 6: the European cooperation at its best http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/ariane-6-the-european-cooperation-at-its-best 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, it is essential to have reliable launchers and quality,"… Juncker Plan: "A major shift in European policy" http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/Junckerplan 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 has given a positive signal to Europe. It was expected by our… The EU cannot be based on a pyramid of debts http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-eu-cannot-be-based-on-a-pyramid-of-debts 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 in order to avoid any budgetary crisis in the EU to which… "Should Europe have a common response, it has to… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/common-response-migrations 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 think if there is a big question that requires a common… Internet luring: There is still much to do! http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/internet-luring-there-is-still-much-to-do 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 to do!" the author of the Belgian law on Internet luring… Budget: Europe is putting its credibility at… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/budget-europe-is-putting-its-credibility-at-stake 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 non-payments of 2014 before discussing the 2015 budget.   For… The European Democrats put "a demanding and… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-european-democrats-put-a-demanding-and-impatient-faith-in-juncker 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 faith because the Europeans expect concrete results”. For… Next EDP Council on December 10 and 11 http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/events/next-edp-council-on-december-10-and-11 Next EDP Congress will be held in Brussels on December 10 and 11 2014… Plenary session of the European Parliament in… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/plenary-october14 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 Šefčovič (Energy Union – Slovakia) on Monday and the vote of… The EU debt contravenes the treaties http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-eu-debt-contravenes-the-treaties 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 billion euros by the end of 2014.  The EU finances are in a… The European energy community is the key of… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-european-energy-community-is-the-key-of-europes-future 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 recalled that the European Union must take the necessary… Young Democrats for Europe Congress http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/young-democrats-for-europe-congress 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.   This weekend will finish by the Alderdi Eguna (Day of the… Europe as the horizon http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/europe-as-the-horizon 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 the economic crisis and external threats”.   "As the… Jean Arthuis is sounding the alarm on 2015… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/jean-arthuis-is-sounding-the-alarm-on-2015-budget 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 exercises, with the addition of further crude and arbitrary cuts on… Ebola: This is a war we must win http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/ebola-this-is-a-war-we-must-win 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 need an urgent international mobilization against this… Give the youngsters a new chance http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/give-the-youngsters-a-new-chance 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 implement new projects to give the jobless youngsters a new… Jean-Claude Juncker, a further stage for Europe… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/jean-claude-juncker-a-further-stage-for-europe- 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 European democracy. The first reason for our choice is the… Toward an economic and social renewal http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/toward-an-economic-and-social-renewal 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 the anti-European populist thrust.   From this… Jean Arthuis takes over leadership of the Budget… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/jean-arthuis-takes-over-leadership-of-the-budget-committee 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, Mr. Arthuis has earned a solid reputation as general… Robert Rochefort Vice-Chairman of the European… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/robert-rochefort-vice-chairman-of-the-european-consumer-centre-of-kehl 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 France and Germany to get information about their rights in… Next EDP Council: 9 July http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/next-edp-council-9-july 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.  Juncker: a victory for the European Parliament http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/juncker-a-victory-for-the-european-parliament 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 the first time, one of the major leaders of Europe will not… Everything to play for! http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/everything-to-play-for 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 the election in the Netherlands. All polls predicted that… Floods in Balkans http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/floods-in-balkans 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 solidarity to all the citizens of these countries.   Concerning… The real surprise will be the emergence of a… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-real-surprise-will-be-the-emergence-of-a-radical-pro-european-movement 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 but in any case, they did it in secret! Because I can’t… Eurovision Debate: Europe at a crossroads http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/eurovision-debate-europe-at-a-crossroads 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 May.   Before the debate, the former Belgian Prime Minister… Another Europe is possible http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/another-europe-is-possible 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 initiate a European action plan to overcome the crisis… The peoples of Europe must take it over http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/peoples-must-take-over-europe 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 (Slovakia) – the EDP intended to assert the need for "the… Verhofstadt: "we need to ensure our energy… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/verhofstadt-we-need-to-ensure-our-energy-independence 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 Putin's attitude in Ukraine was intolerable and that not only… Guy Verhofstadt and Andrzej Potocki in Poland http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/guy-verhofstadt-and-andrzej-potocki-in-poland 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 Hotel, Studzienna 8, Gliwice, from 15:30. An opportunity you… Guy Verhofstadt and Andrzej Potocki in Poland http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/events/guy-verhofstadt-and-andrzej-potocki-in-poland 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 Hotel, Studzienna 8, Gliwice, from 15:30. An opportunity you won't… Guy Verhofstadt is the best candidate! http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/guy-verhofstadt-is-the-best-candidate 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 Commission.Is it still possible time to avoid the abstention and a… Free Voters designated their candidates http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/free-voters-designated-their-candidates 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 Ulrike Müller and Wolf Achim Wiegand, with the purpose to… Banking union: a choice of responsibility http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/banking-union-a-choice-of-responsibility 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 MEP Sylvie Goulard, "accepting this compromise is a choice of… Guy Verhofstadt, EDP candidate http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/guy-verhofstadt-edp-candidate 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 Commission Presidency.   With him, the EDP intends to lead… EDP adopted its Manifesto and will officialise… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/edp-adopted-its-manifesto-and-will-officialise-its-candidate-to-the-commission-presidency-on-march-12th 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 European Democratic Party gathered in Brussels for a council… EU needs new approach to tackle unacceptable… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/eu-needs-new-approach-to-tackle-unacceptable-austerity-policy 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 by Independent MEP Marian Harkin in a debate in the… Ukraine: Yanukovych is neither legitimate nor… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/ukraine-yanukovych-is-neither-legitimate-nor-trustworthy 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 and the medical staff of the “field hospital” established… Ukraine: Marielle de Sarnez in Kiev to meet… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/ukraine-marielle-de-sarnez-in-kiev-to-meet-opposition-leaders 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, and Hans van Baalen… Ukraine: How many people have to die before… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/ukraine-how-many-people-have-to-die-before-europe-decides-to-act 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 forces.   Yesterday, dozens of people died and 250 were… EU strengthens its trade defenses against… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/eu-strengthens-its-trade-defenses-against-abusively-imported-products 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 subsidies prohibited by the WTO. Marielle de Sarnez, spokesman of… Rochefort: "EU must fight against unfair… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/rochefort-unfair-commercial-practices 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 misleading advertising and other unfair practices in… EDP welcomed Liberals' decision to present Guy… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/pde-liberaux-verhofstadt 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 present Guy Verhofstadt as candidate for the Presidency of… The European Parliament says 'Yes' to the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-european-parliament-says-yes-to-the-circular-economy 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 depletion and requires a total change in our product design. MEP… Improving efficiency and interconnectedness of… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/improving-efficiency-and-interconnectedness-of-europes-rail-network 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 supporting 800 000 jobs. Rail travel is essential both for… Pressure on Member States to implement consumer… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/pressure-on-member-states-to-implement-consumer-rights 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 unfair practices in business-to-consumer transactions. The… Perchè non ha senso dare a Berlino ogni colpa http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/perche-non-ha-senso-dare-a-berlino-ogni-colpa 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 di personalità cosiddette moderate, che è necessario… €1 billion boost for unemployment Fund http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/1-billion-boost-for-unemployment-fund 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 approved the agreement last month, the continuation of the EGF… Europeans and Ukrainians have a common destiny http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/europeans-and-ukrainians-have-a-common-destiny 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 to European Union.   "We come from France and from Europe… EDP Council: Refounding Europe http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/edp-council-refounding-europe 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 the idea of refounding Europe in order to solve the… Rethinking the idea of ​​Europe is essential http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/rethinking-the-idea-of-europe-is-essential 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 situation because it has created expectations and hopes" now… San Marino: the future through Europe http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/san-marino-the-future-through-europe 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 market by establishing frameworks association agreements. Due… European Renewal Forum – Rome http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/events/rome1213 For our political movement, as with all those who share the European ideal, the situation in Europe is a huge challenge. The biggest opportunity of our continent has become unpopular. Yet, without a proper European strategy, it would be impossible to rekindle the energy and vitality of Europe to… Rutelli: "It is not enough to criticize… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/rutelli-it-is-not-enough-to-criticize-austerity 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 Casalotti, Francesco Rutelli found that the "centre-left is… Turkey: Deepening before enlargement http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/turkey-deepening-before-enlargement 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 the Council is quite surprising. Never has the crisis of… Aung San Suu Kyi received the Sakharov Prize http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/aung-san-suu-kyi-received-the-sakharov-prize- 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 arrest until 2010, she could not receive it so far.   MEP… EU-US trade talks: "the mandate should be made… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/eu-us-mandate 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 transparency in the conduct of the negotiations. "These… Tobacco Product Directive: "The European… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/tobacco-directive-balanced-text 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 on Wednesday by the European Parliament "reflects a… "Wilfried Martens was a stateman and a “man of… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/wilfried-martens 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 leader passionnately attached to the unity ant the development… Next EDP Council – December 1st in Rome http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/events/next-edp-council-december-1st-in-rome The next EDP Council will be held on Sunday December 1st… Angela Merkel's victory: "Opinion can't be… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/angela-merkel-victory 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 François Bayrou,"this victory, unprecedented since the reunification… EU/China Investment Treaty: EDP wants clear and… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/euchina-investment-treaty-edp-wants-clear-and-firm-guidelines 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 European investment, is a long-standing request of Marielle… "Unaccompanied minors should never be detained" http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/rapport-NG   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 minors in the EU should be improved through concrete and… Marielle de Sarnez déplore les conditions de… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/interventions/marielle-de-sarnez-deplore-les-conditions-de-fermeture-de-laudiovisuel-public-grec Intervenant aujourd'hui en session plénière du Parlement européen lors d'un débat public consacré aux conditions dans lesquelles le gouvernement grec a fermé l'ERT, l'audiovisuel public grec, Marielle de Sarnez a déclaré :   « Je regrette l’attitude de la Commission qui semble se laver… US espionage : "Europe must be brave and strong" http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/nsa-espionage 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, Marielle de Sarnez, if "the facts are established, severe… 2014-2020 budget: Encouraging progress http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/2014-2020-budget-encouraging-progress 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 pre-agreement addresses all the points raised by Parliament. In… "Today is the time for the refounders of Europe" http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/today-is-the-time-for-the-refounders-of-europe  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 and mistrust, turn away from the very idea of Europe. For… European Renewal Forum – Michel Barnier http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/interventions/fre-barnier Forum du renouveau européen - Intervention de...par PDE-EDP  Speaking a the first European Renewal Forum, Michel Barnier called for "replacing the human person at the heart of the European project".Abstract According to Michel Barnier, this idea of overhaul and renewal of the European… European Renewal Forum – Guy Verhofstadt http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/interventions/fre-verhofstadt Speaking at the European Renewal Forum, Guy Verhofstadt asked for a "step foward" toward "democratic supranational institutions".   Abstract   According to Guy Verhofstadt (see his speech), if there is not anymore public support for Europe, it is because there are not anymore politicians in… European Renewal Forum – Francesco Rutelli http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/interventions/fre-rutelli EDP co-president Francesco Rutelli emphasized the vital role of Europe in the defence of the world's cultural heritage and diversity, in Europe as well in the world where this heritage is threatened, as in Syria. It is not a matter of pride but a strong ambition for Europe. The defence of the… European Renewal Forum – François Bayrou http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/interventions/fre-bayrou Forum du renouveau européen - Conclusion de...par PDE-EDP   François Bayrou called for « the time of the refounders of Europe, those who want to give it a face, to make it understandable and closer to the peoples », in the first European Renewal Forum, in Paris.   In his closing speech, he… European Renewal Forum – Jérôme Fourquet http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/interventions/fre-fourquet Forum du renouveau européen - Étude "Les...par PDE-EDP  Work began with the presentation of a survey on the relationship of the French toward the European Union. This Ifop survey realized for the EDP emphasizes the "fading European dream" among the French. Abstract  Work began with the… Rebuilding Europe: "We must get rid of the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/bayrou-lopinion-200613 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 and courage" and proposed to rebuild the European Union to… EU-US trade talks: "The Commission cannot act… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/eu-us-trade-talks-the-commission-cannot-act-alone 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 at the European Parliament, considers that "the exclusion… Youth unemployment: "we need great European… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/youth-unemployment-we-need-great-european-projects 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 Bennahmias argued with two other MEPs about the youth issues. MoDem… Mario Pirillo on the Ries report: food for… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/interventions/mario-pirillo-on-the-ries-report-food-for-infants-children-and-food-for-special-medical-purposes  Today speech by Mario Pirillo at the European Parliament on the Frédérique Ries report: food for infants, children and food for special medical purposes.    "Gluten is widely distributed and present in many foods. The case of intolerance and allergy to this substance lipoproteins are… Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived: the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/interventions/fund-for-european-aid-to-the-most-deprived-the-trust-in-europe-cannot-be-restored-by-giving-in-before-the-selfishness-of-the-member-states Speaking today in the plenary session of the European Parliament during the debate on the creation of a Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived, Marielle de Sarnez declared: "I just want to say one thing: it is appalling and shocking that some Member States dare question the very principle of a… G8 nutrition meeting offers chance to save… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/g8-nutrition-meeting-offers-chance-to-save-millions-of-children 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 nutrition. For less than the cost of a typical family’s weekly… European Renewal Forum – Paris http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/events/EuropeanRenewal   For our political movement, as with all those who share the European ideal, the situation in Europe is a huge challenge. The greatest opportunity of our continent has become unpopular. Yet, without a worthy European strategy, it would be impossible to rekindle the energy and vitality of Europe… Tax on the Chinese solar industry: "A good news… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/-tax-on-the-chinese-solar-industry-a-good-news-for-the-european-industry 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 solar is a good news for the European industry. This sector of… "Let us stop the lying debates on Europe but let… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/let-us-stop-the-lying-debates-on-europe-but-let-us-make-new-proposals- 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 refuse."« C’est la faute de Bruxelles ». « C’est la faute… Changing Europe to save it http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/changing-europe-to-save-it 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 for the next term, the delegates unanimously agreed on the… Europe Day, a day for a better Europe http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/europe-day-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 the masters their future.According to Marielle de Sarnez, the… It is up to the Europeans to bring the changes… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/it-is-up-to-the-europeans-to-bring-the-changes-that-europe-needs 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 - C'est aujourd'hui la Journée de l'Europe et on a… In April at the European Parliament http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/april13 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 Izaskun Bilbao Barandica on the Mauritius fisheries… Cyprus: the vital European solidarity must be… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/cyprus-solidarity 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 an aid plan to the Cypriot banks. In this context, EDP… Multiannual financial framework: "the Council… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/multiannual-financial-framework-the-council-must-commit-itself-to-four-points 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 upon four key points."   "The Council shall proceed without… Conference: Europe and Solidarity 8-9 March http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/events/conference-europe-and-solidarity-8-9-march MEP Marian Harkin and the Institute of European Democrats – the polical foundation of the EDP – are holding a conference Friday 8 and Saturday 9 of March in Sligo (Ireland) on "Europe and Solidarity" as strengthening solidarity within the EU is one of the challenges for the Irish Presidency… Sandro Gozi: "No to a referendum on euro” http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/Gozi-referendum 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 credible able to push for a reversal of the decisions of the… The Green Economy, for better and new jobs http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-green-economy-for-better-and-new-jobs 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 friendly economy. This mutation is one of the few sectors… European budget: "A missed opportunity to boost… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/european-budget-a-missed-opportunity  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 the budget, the compromise adopted in Brussels seems like a… Sarnez to Hollande: "Europe must regain the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/interventions/sarnez-to-hollande As a response to the French President François Hollande, who just intervened this morning in the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the EDP Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez said:"We are aware of the problems Europe faces and the doubts sometimes over the very idea of… Sarnez: "Europe won't be made without the… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/sarnez-europe-wont-be-made-without-the-citizens  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 history, the future of the European project deserves a thorough… 72% of Italians consider Green Economy as an… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/green-economy-ipr 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 policies and institutions in the perception of opportunities it… Sarnez: "The banking supervision deal is a step… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/sarnez-banking-supervision-eurozone  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 in particulary Commissionner Michel Barnier for his sustained… "The Nobel sounds like a call, a requirement to… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/the-nobel-sounds-like-a-call-a-requirement-to-move-forward 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 of Europeans who have made ​​the choice, precursor and… EU Budget, another missed opportunity http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/eu-budget-another-missed-opportunity 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 signal for Europe. The conduct of the discussions was far… EDP should not be afraid of being an avant-garde http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/edp-should-not-be-afraid-of-being-an-avant-garde  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 force and will take a decisive responsability in the Basque… "Women and Economic crisis" conference in Cyprus http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/women-and-economic-crisis-conference-in-cyprus 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 (Cyprus) and will address the issue of "Women in Economic… EUROPEE: A ROMA CONSIGLIO DEL PARTITO… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/europee-a-roma-consiglio-del-partito-democratico-europeo 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 elezioni di maggio, preparazione delle alleanze, nuove adesioni… Europee 2014: proposta pro-Europea forta sarà… http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/communiques/europee-2014-proposta-pro-europea-forta-sara-base-delle-alleanze 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 dell'Assessore Guido Improta del Comune di Roma (" il PDE ci stimola… EDP Council: Brussels, May 16 http://www.pde-edp.eu/en/news/events/edp-council-brussels-may-16 The European Democratic Party will have his next Council meeting in Brussels, on May 16…