Tag Archives: eldr

#ELDR Congress – Flo Clucas runs for the Presidency of the European Liberal Women’s Network

In late breaking news, Flo Clucas, from Merseyside, for many years a key player at the EU Committee of the Regions, has announced her candidacy for the position of President of the European Liberal Women’s Network (ELWN). This is the message that she has sent to delegates here in Dublin…

This weekend at the ELDR Congress in Dublin, you will have an opportunity to vote for the President of the European Liberal Women’s Network. All delegates, men and women, will be able to vote, and I am writing to you because as a candidate for this important position, I wish to explain …

Posted in News | Also tagged | Leave a comment

#ELDRCongress – the rest of the resolutions

One of the curiosities of an ELDR Congress is that the debate on policy that really matters takes place in working groups which, at breakneck speed, consider resolutions and amendments to them.

So, in an hour this morning, delegates recommended for adoption policies on LGBTI rights – the ‘I’ stands for intersex – global digital freedom, a more effective European Union and freedom of movement for same-sex couples across the EU.

In addition, working parties were set up to agree competing policies on fundamental European rights and on fighting the 2014 European elections.

But the most lively debate was reserved for a proposal …

Posted in Europe / International and News | Leave a comment

ELDR Congress: I’m not about to craic up…

Welcome to the former lair of the Celtic Tiger, a city of stories, some of them true, and enough cliche to bury an elephant, Dublin, the host city for this year’s ELDR Congress, hosted by Fianna Fail.

The focus of this year’s event is on energy transition and, given that the EU remains worryingly dependent on imports of oil and gas from some rather unstable corners of the world, it is a subject that might not be obviously sexy, it is one that has a huge impact on European citizens.

Posted in Europe / International and News | Also tagged , , and | 3 Comments

Join the Party Congress of the European Liberal Democrats!

The Congress of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) is the number one event for Liberal Democrats who want to adopt policies, network and debate in the European context.
 
The 2012 Congress will take place in Dublin on 8-10 November. The main theme of this year will be a liberal roadmap for energy transition in Europe. In addition to debates on this issue, there will be a fringe programme to cater for a broad range of interests, as well as exclusive sessions for parliamentarians.
 
Join the 500 ministers, party leaders, European commissioners, national and European parliamentarians, local councillors and party …

Posted in Conference, Europe / International and News | Also tagged and | Leave a comment

A postcard from… Yerevan

The decision of the ELDR Bureau to hold the Spring Council meeting in Armenia sparked a good deal of debate as to how far the borders of Europe extend. No such ambivalence could be seen in the hundreds of predominantly young people we saw at an outdoor celebration of Europe Day.

This small country, a shadow of its historic past, manages to be on good terms with near neighbours Russia, Iran and Georgia. The relationship with Turkey to its east have been hostile since the deaths of more than a …

Posted in Europe / International | Also tagged and | 2 Comments

ELDR: a caucus in the Caucusus…

When I was elected to the Liberal Democrat delegation to the Council of the European Liberal Democrats (ELDR), adventure was not necessarily high amongst my expectations, and trips to Dresden and Palermo last year were, whilst very nice, not particularly off the beaten path. And so, when it was announced that the Spring Council meeting would take place in Yerevan, I have to admit to an awakening of my passion for obscure routes and means of transport. So, why Yerevan, and what will be happening at the end of next week?

Sunday sees Parliamentary elections in Armenia, and this, combined with …

Posted in Europe / International and News | Also tagged , and | Leave a comment

European Parliament’s 2050 low-carbon roadmap backs an interconnected European supergrid

The European Parliament will today debate and vote on its report on the Commission’s Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy by 2050. The report establishes a policy framework for the EU to achieve a 80-95% reduction in its CO2 emissions by 2050, and it is expected that MEPs will endorse it by a large majority.

Sir Graham Watson MEP, who is the Chairman of a global network of MPs and MEPs from all mainstream political parties campaigning to increase government investment in renewable energy and electricity supergrids called the Climate Parliament, as well as a Liberal Democrat MEP …

Posted in Europe / International and News | Also tagged , , and | 2 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarPhilip 13th Feb - 7:20pm
    With respect, would the Lib Dems be happy for the UK to lose all "unilateral" sovereignty as regards the EU, ie Cameron's "emergency handbrake" which...
  • User AvatarPhilip 13th Feb - 7:11pm
    "Talk of a EU “super-state” is nonsense." - if the EU controls our borders and has been increasingly overruling our Parliament, in what sense is...
  • User AvatarPeter Reynolds 13th Feb - 7:05pm
    @A Social Liberal: "– including skunk? You know, the type of cannabis which causes paranoia and at it’s worst psychotic episodes which can last years."...
  • User AvatarVictor Grayson 13th Feb - 6:57pm
    Hi Chris-sh, the economic costs and benefits of us being in the EU seem to be so difficult to weigh up without detailed accurate information....
  • User AvatarChris_sh 13th Feb - 6:26pm
    Hi Peter thanks for the reply, I think I get what you're saying, time will tell :-D Hi Victor thanks for the reply, I would...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 13th Feb - 4:54pm
    Mark Wright is right: "It’s no wonder that so many people appear to be forced to make a false-choice between the love of the EU...