The latest tragedy in the Mediterranean took away 74 lives. Again. Until the EU dotes itself with a genuine legal migration system, these tragedies will never stop. The EU must not outsource its own obligation on asylum to neighbouring countries. We call for
safe and legal routes to the EU to prevent migrants and refugees from falling in the hands of smugglers.

More than 70 refugees drown in boat disaster while trying to reach Europe

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UPDATE: Good news in our fight to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU. This week, the parliament services accepted our request for a parliamentary debate to discuss this issue and the problems people are encountering, which is scheduled for the 1st March. Brexit means Brexit – but we must put people first.

Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns

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BREAKING - The European Parliament just approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada. CETA will create significant benefits for citizens and companies by eliminating tariffs and red tape and promoting high standards of consumer and environmental protection. In times of President Trump, it was more important than ever to forge a strong alliance with Canada. Let's now...
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"Why are Europeans angry? Because they see all these European institutions, all these summits, all these empty words. But they don't see enough results! European people want a Europe that delivers. Let's build a stronger, more efficient and more democratic Union NOW." - Replay Guy Verhofstadt's speech on the future of Europe.
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The recent #PanamaPapers revelations highlighted the incredible scale of fraud and tax evasion worldwide. Our Members, sitting on the European Parliament’s dedicated inquiry committee, are digging into the scandal. Watch them asking their questions to experts on this field during this week’s hearing on the role of bankers, lawyers and accountants in this scandal. Curious to know what answers...
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How to ensure financial stability and growth in Europe? That was the question discussed yesterday by Sylvie Goulard and her guests.

With the recent Brexit, and Donald Trump’s intention to repeal the different measures taken after the financial crisis, it’s now vital for us to wonder what type of financial sector we want. "The creation of European supervisory authorities for banks, markets...
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Did you know that highly successful American companies such as Google, Tesla, Apple, Uber, eBay and Microsoft in the US are run and often even founded by immigrants? Yet, with his travel ban and xenophobia, Trump is acting against them and against the interest of the American citizens. We should condemn his policies. But moreover, let's seize this opportunity: If these brilliant minds are no...
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Our Liberal BENELUX Prime Ministers Mark Rutte, Charles Michel and Xavier Bettel are determined to make the EU a success. This is the commitment we need to rebuild Europe. We are better together, let's make it work. #EUfightback

Benelux PMs determined to make a success of the EU

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Another proof that we can be stronger together: a new study shows that EU countries could slash their defence costs by pooling resources. In fact, Europe could save almost a third of what it spends on military equipment if investment was better coordinated. But let’s be even more ambitious. In times where the EU is surrounded by a ring of autocrats and can no longer rely on the US for our...
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EU could slash costs by pooling military spending: study

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Today is the 25th anniversary of the signature of the Maastricht treaty. The optimism that prevailed at the time has transformed, only a quarter century later, into an extensive discontent towards the EU and its institutions. And it’s a fact that the Union is far from perfect. A rise in nationalist and populist forces are pledging to get rid of the European project altogether. Do they really...
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FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION - AN UNACCEPTABLE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, A CRIME.

At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation, mostly carried out on young girls. An estimated 500,000 have been mutilated in the EU alone. We believe that FGM must be prevented, banned and prosecuted. The EU is spending millions of euros globally to drive...
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Parents with adopted children face problems when moving across the EU due to lack of a unified legal system. But this may be changing: the European Parliament backed a report proposing measures to increase legal certainty for adoptions with cross-border implications. “The freedom of movement European citizens enjoy demands a clear legal framework to end this ambiguous situation,“ said our MEP...
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Prevent corruption in sports organisations; support grass-root sports; have zero tolerance for match-fixing & doping. This is the proposal made by Hannu Takkula. And it was backed by the European Parliament. Let the (fair) games begin!
Erasmus+: more than 30 years, millions of students and staff, 28 countries. In short, one of the EU's success stories. The next major step? "To further increase mobility of young people, especially in vocational training, to provide better information on how to benefit, to simplify the application process and increase the budget. Let’s give our young the bright future they deserve," said our...
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"The American President usually wants to be the leader of the free world, but Trump wants to be the leader of the fight against the free world." says Guy Verhofstadt.
It's finally happening. No more roaming charges for EU citizens traveling across member states as of June 2017! We promised and now we have delivered. And our very own Jens Rohde is the man who helped make it possible
We promised to ensure that you can use your mobile phone when travelling in the whole of the EU without paying roaming fees and we will deliver. Tonight our spokesman Jens Rohde is negotiating with the Council (the national Ministers) and the Commission (EU's executive body) to get the best possible deal for you. Wish him luck!