This week, the plenary session in Strasbourg featured the decision on the date of the forthcoming European Parliament elections and included the questions related to the fight on tax evasion, media freedom, pensions, security of crime victims, bank supervision and other matters. Additionally, foreign policy was in focus. The MEPs discussed the situation in the Arab spring countries, Syria, Bangladesh, Burma and the development of EU political and economic relations with these countries. (Suite...)
The 15th of May can be called the Ukraine day. On this day Leonidas Donskis together with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) held a conference in which a number of Ukrainian intellectuals, human rights activists, and members from the Ukrainian opposition parties discussed the prospects of European integration for Ukraine. (Suite...)
On May 11-13, MEP Leonidas Donskis, together with a group of MEPs and MPs from various national parliaments, visited territories inhabited by Arab minorities in Israel. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize with the living conditions of the Palestinians who live in Israel. (Suite...)
In the beginning of this week, Leonidas Donskis` political group the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) visited Lithuania. The purpose of this visit was to see Lithuania`s preparations for its forthcoming EU Presidency and to discuss the priorities of the European liberals with the Lithuanian government and the Lithuanian parties which belong to the European liberal parties` group. (Suite...)
Last week, the European Parliament Development Committee adopted the report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 framework prepared by the Polish conservative MEP Filip Kaczmarek. Cooperating with the Lithuanian based NGOs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Leonidas Donskis submitted a number of amendments highlighting the importance of the transition experience of EU member states for the developing countries.
Last week, the members of the European Parliament met in the blooming Strasbourg. During this EP plenary session they discussed the constitutional reform in Hungary, EU financial support to the crisis-struck Cyprus, agreed on the discharge of the 2011 budget of all EU institutions, with the exception of the Council, easing of the visa requirements to the citizens of Ukraine and Moldova and lastly refused to restrict the emissions trading policy. The MEPs also heard speeches of the Prime Minister of Finland Jyrky Katainen and the President of Ireland, the state currently holding the Presidency of the Council, Michael D. Higgins. (Suite...)