The past days have been busy for Ministers from ALDE member parties. Liberal Transport Ministers met on Thursday 7 June, Telecoms Ministers on Friday 8 June and Energy Ministers on Monday 11 June to discuss on on-going policies in the different fields and coordinate the liberal approach ahead of the respective Council meetings. The three meetings took place in Luxembourg.
On Thursday 7 June, liberal Transport Ministers and European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc met in Luxembourg ahead of the Transport Council meeting.
The meeting was chaired by ALDE Vice President Timmy Dooley TD and co-hosted by the Netherland’s Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen.
The meeting focused largely on the Counci’s agenda points, especially on proposals under the First Mobility Package. Much progress has been achieved on the Package since its launch in 2017, under the leadership of liberal Commissioner Violeta Bulc. The Ministers agreed on the need to move forward with the few outstanding issues of the First Mobility Package in order to successfully bring legislation up to date and find solutions beneficial to both Member States and to the EU as a whole.
The Ministers were also updated on the ALDE coordination work on the Eurovignette.
Transport Council starts with @ALDEParty breakfast of 🇸🇮, 🇪🇪, 🇨🇿 , 🇫🇮, 🇧🇪, 🇳🇱 and European Commission. Liberals united in their resolve to make Mobility Package a success. Next three months will be crucial! pic.twitter.com/fIwIm8mlNw— Violeta Bulc (@Bulc_EU) June 7, 2018
On Friday 8 June, liberal Telecommunications Ministers and the Commissioner for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip met in Luxembourg ahead of the Telecommunications Council.
The meeting was chaired by ALDE Vice President Fredrick Federley MEP and co-hosted by the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel.
The meeting focused on the Council’s agenda points, especially proposals on the regulation of ePrivacy, cybersecurity and re-use of public sector data. Commissioner Andrus Ansip emphasized that the EU needs to make more progress on advancing its digital development and increasing competitiveness in the global market.
Liberal ministers agreed on continuing working together to find solutions that would both benefit the Member States and the European Union as a whole.
The future is digital 💻 ALDE Telecoms Ministers discussing the digital European agenda & #eprivacy with Commissioner @Ansip_EU and Prime Minister @Xavier_Bettel today in #Luxembourg 🇱🇺 #liberalsunited pic.twitter.com/78d7KLQyAJ— ALDE Party (@ALDEParty) June 8, 2018
On Monday 11 June liberal Energy Ministers met in Luxembourg ahead of the Energy Council. The meeting was chaired by ALDE Vice President Fredrick Federley MEP.
The meeting focused on the Council agenda points with the strong emphasis on the regulation on the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the Clean Energy package. Ministers discussed progress than has been made on the Energy Union, renewable energy as well as on energy sufficiency, and agreed to continue working together to find solutions that would benefit both the Member States and the EU as a whole.