Relaunching Europe? – A midterm review of the Italian EU Presidency

IMG_0391The European Union is currently confronted with numerous challenges that, at least to many of its citizens, seem insurmountable. The slow recovery from the economic crisis, high unemployment rates in large parts of Europe and also the conflict with Russia over Ukraine, to name just a few, render concerted action by the European Union’s member states absolutely necessary. In this context, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union plays a major role. Since July 1st 2014, Italy has held this position and has thus been in charge of brokering inter-institutional compromise between the Commission, Parliament and Council as well as among the member states. Most importantly, the presidency also gives Italy the chance to put issues on the agenda of the Council that it considers to be of primary importance.

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Upcoming Event: Liberal Breakfast “Launching the ALDE Gender Equality Network: Promoting gender equality in political life and beyond”

Wednesday, 6 March 2013img_8524

In 1999 the Finnish delegates to the ELDR Council launched the idea of establishing a network of European Liberal Women to promote equal opportunities. At the ALDE Party Congress in Dublin in November 2012, the network was renamed and launched as the “ALDE Gender Equality Network” to reflect the wider issue of gender equality.  “ALDE-GEN” campaigns for gender equality and the promotion of women´s rights to ensure full participation as equal partners in economic, social and political life. The speakers will elaborate how more women can be included in politics on all levels and how to strengthen the relationships and sharing of information between liberals across Europe. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session.

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Upcoming Event: Liberal Breakfast “Priorities of the Irish EU Presidency 2013: a liberal view”

Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Maison des Ailes, Rue Montoyer 1, 1000 Brussels

PIn the first half of 2013, Ireland holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Dublin has placed its agenda for the next six months under the motto “For Stability, Jobs and Growth” in order to highlight both the Irish emergence from the crisis and its determination to contribute to the stability of the Eurozone. It may already be a role model in austerity, selecting state-owned venues for the more than 180 EU meetings and advising dignitaries to take public transportation. Another objective for Ireland is to highlight the advantage Member States in the European Union draw from their interdependence and close cooperation. Will Dublin be able to discourage the UK from considering the “Brexit”? Can Ireland, burdened with a critical youth unemployment rate, achieve improvements in the financial and economic architecture of the EU?

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Upcoming event: Liberal Breakfast “Priorities of the Cypriot EU Presidency 2012: A liberal view”

Wednesday, 11 July 2012, 8.00-9.30h

In the second half of 2012, Cyprus holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For Cyprus, one of the smallest and newest members of the EU, presiding over the EU presents both a challenge and an opportunity. It will be a chance for Cyprus to make the image of the small island more pronounced and take appropriate steps towards a swift reunification. The challenge will be that on the one hand Cyprus will have to handle the critical economic situation in the EU. On the other pave the way for the next multi-annual financial framework and the EU’s long-term future. Praxoula Antoniadou Kyracou, former Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism will discuss the priorities Cyprus does and should hold during its presidency.

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Auftakt der Dänischen Ratspräsidentschaft

Zum Auftakt der dänischen Ratspräsidentschaft sprach der Europaabgeordnete Morten Løkkegaard in Brüssel. Über 100 Gäste waren der gemeinsamen Einladung des neu gewählten ELDR-Präsidenten Sir Graham Watson und des Dialogprogramm Brüssel der Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit gefolgt, um mehr über die Pläne und Prioritäten der Dänen zu erfahren. Continue reading