- UCITS: reform to improve efficiency
- Public Access to Documents
- Public Procurement in the Defence Sector
- Czech Presidency
- Gaza Conflict
- Gas supplies from Russia
- Commemorating 11 July as a day of remembrance for the victims of Srebrenica
- Press Conferences
| Plenary Session 12-15 January 2009Monday 12 January Pesticides The ALDE group broadly supports the compromise agreement (2nd reading) with Council on updating current legislation regarding the authorisation of certain pesticides in order to reinforce higher levels of human health and the environment. Substances which are harmful to public health and not necessary in preventing toxicity from plants should be prohibited and safer substitutes found, similar to the REACH legislation, and a more sustainable approach to crop spraying adopted in general. |
Anne Laperrouze: +33 3 88 17 5450
Tuesday 13 January UCITS: reform to improve efficiency Wolf Klinz has drafted a report reforming the UCITS (Undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities) directives. A first reading agreement has been reached which improves efficiency of investment funds sold across the EU and elsewhere under a common set of EU rules for investor protection. The introduction of a "management company passport" will allow funds in one EU country to be managed from another, allowing a true common market.
tel: +33 3 88 17 56 41
Public Access to Documents ALDE continues to push for greater transparency with a report by Marco Cappato on public access to documents of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission. Cappato is asking for more openness in the run up to this year's European elections. The report calls for easily accessible information on MEPs activities, participation in and attendance at Parliamentary work, documents from committee and delegation work but also MEPs allowances and declarations of financial interests.
tel+33 3 88 17 52 88
Public Procurement in the Defence Sector Alexander Graf Lambsdorff has drafted a report concerning the defence sector which aims to coordinate procedure for the awarding of contracts in the fields of defence and security including certain public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts. First reading agreement has been reached which opens up this market worth over 90 billion euro to all European suppliers, therefore creating a more efficient use of tax payers money by improving market competition, more cooperation between Member States and eventually better equipment for the military.
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
tel: +33 3 88 17 51 18
Wednesday 14 January Czech Presidency The Czech EU presidency will present their programme for the Presidency of the EU today. Prime Minister Topolanek will outline their priorities to MEPs and the Commission at a time when the EU is facing an energy crisis, economic downturn, the forthcoming EU elections and preparing for the institutional reforms pending the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.
tel: +33 3 88 17 56 26
Gaza Conflict ALDE welcomes the opportunity for an exchange of views with Council and Commission in Strasbourg on ways to bring an urgent end to the fighting in the Gaza strip. Regardless of who is responsible for initiating hostilities, many civilians are suffering at present and, in the absence of a strong US administration, it falls to the EU to take the lead in finding a peaceful resolution.
Annemie Neyts+33 3 88 17 5661
Gas supplies from Russia Under pressure from the European Union, Russia and Ukraine have agreed to restore the gas supply providing 25% of EU's energy needs in the middle of a particularly cold spell when heating is most required. ALDE deplores the politicisation of gas supplies and failure of commercial operators to guarantee the provision of gas as contracted. Such actions only reinforce arguments for diversifying energy sources from dependency on volatile regions and researching alternative sources as well as examining EU-wide gas storage facilities in case of future short supply.
Istvan Szent - Ivanyi: +33 3 88 17 5578
Commemorating 11 July as a day of remembrance for the victims of Srebrenica The European Parliament will debate the question of commemorating 11 July as a day of remembrance for the victims of Srebrenica after hearing statements from the Council and Commission.
In 1995, Serbian forces, according to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), massacred around 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.
Jelko Kacin: + 33 3 88 17 57 48
Press Conferences Tuesday 13 January
10h40: Graham Watson will brief journalists on the week ahead for ALDE
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