Congress adopts resolutions on Brexit & transnational coalitions | ALDE Party

Congress adopts resolutions on Brexit & transnational coalitions

06/12/2017
Delegates voting at ALDE Party Congress

One of the main objectives of the ALDE Party Congress is the adoption of policy resolutions. This year, Congress delegates adopted resolutions on a range of important and topical matters, such as on Brexit, migration, transnational coalitions, European security & defence, false news from Russia, and green solutions.

On Brexit, the ALDE Party calls for “the protection of the rights of EU citizens in the UK, and of UK citizens in the EU, with a view to avoiding exploitation and discrimination, over which the Court of Justice of the EU is to have full jurisdiction” as well as for “other rights of European citizens, including streamlined family reunification procedures, the right to stand and vote in local elections, and the right of students to complete their studies in the UK/EU, to be maintained following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union”.  Particularly, the resolutions emphasize the importance of ensuring “that a positive and close partnership and ongoing cooperation that goes considerably beyond a mere cooperation on WTO terms, will be maintained between the EU and the United Kingdom if the United Kingdom ceases to be a member of the EU.”

Noting that “new political realities after Brexit may encourage new forms of cooperation and integration in Europe” and that “transnational coalitions have the potential to strengthen European democracy and can help to reconnect European citizens with European institutions, policies and issues”, the ALDE Party in its resolution on Transnational Coalitions and Cooperation calls for increasing cooperation between national liberal parties.

Considering the “historic challenge represented by migratory movements”, the ALDE Party affirms that “Europe must transform the public narrative on immigration, difficult though that may be, from one made up of lies, fear and demagoguery, to a different story which, without denying the problems, is able to convince citizens that from an “emergency” migrants can instead become a great opportunity, even in economic terms for the European continent”. Specifically, it calls on “all member parties of ALDE to encourage their Member State to cooperate through international organisations, such as the UN, to prevent conflicts and their escalation that give rise to the refugee influxes in the first place.”

On the topic of European Security and Defence cooperation, the ALDE Party calls for “EU Member States to further develop comprehensive, realistic and credible defence capabilities, developing further the interoperability of, and specialisations in, military equipment and defence capabilities, in cooperation with NATO” and for “the EU Member States to put into practice the Permanent Structured Cooperation on Security and Defence (PESCO), in which participation is voluntary and decision-making is controlled by participating Member States, since this mechanism will fundamentally strengthen and deepen EU defence cooperation.”

Given that “pro-Russian broadcasters and Russian-funded media has strongly supported xenophobic, anti-European and nationalistic parties around Europe in order to erode the European integration process, liberal and democratic values and territorial integrity in the Member States”, the ALDE Party adopted a resolution to Tackling Propaganda and False news from Russia calling for “increased efforts in helping and building communications with Russian liberal political parties, NGOs, independent journalists and civil society leaders that pursue the same political goals and ambitions as those of the EU to be reinforced”.

Congress delegates also took a strong stance on Green Solutions. In the resolution, the ALDE Party calls for “the EU and Member States to remain fully committed to the outcome of the Paris Agreement via an effective multilevel governance approach without which the targets cannot be met” as well as for “the EU to strive for increased transparency towards consumers regarding environmental aspects such as chemical content in products, biodiversity protection, recycling opportunities, life length of products, and environmental impacts during production, thereby allowing consumers to make informed choices; care should be taken to avoid this labelling being costly for consumers and leading to higher price”.

The resolutions can be found on https://www.aldeparty.eu/resolutions/all