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. (Read more...)
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. (Read more...)
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. (Read more...)
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. (Read more...)
On Wednesday, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) held the annual conference on Tibet in the European Parliament in Brussels. These conferences have already become a tradition of the current EP term. The main topics of this year`s event "Tears of Tibet", organised by the Estonian ALDE member Kristiina Ojuland and Lithuanian MEP Leonidas Donskis, included the growing number of self-immolations, the consequences of the Chinese policies on human rights and environment in Tibet, and EU and EP role in addressing these problems more effectively. (Read more...)