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ALDE Group: New Year's seminar


The State of Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights in the EU

Safeguarding a Community of Values

The 2018 edition of the New Year’s Seminar of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament will be the occasion to have a detailed look at the situation of the rule of law and the state of fundamental rights in several Member States as well as the instruments available to uphold them. European values are given the highest importance in the Treaties, but do they get the highest importance in practice and do we have the sufficient tools to ensure compliance and enforcement?  The event will allow key stakeholders, representatives from EU institutions, experts in the field of fundamental rights, civil society organisations and journalists to further discuss the latest developments in Member States most in danger of deviating from our shared European values.

Registrations are open at

Venue: ALDE New Year's Seminar

Tuesday 9 Jan 2018, 15.00 - 18.00
Brussels, European Parliament, JAN 4Q1


15.00 Welcome and opening remarks

Guy Verhofstadt, MEP, ALDE President

15.15 Keynote address

Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman

MEPs intervention - Q&A with audience

15.45 - 16.45 State of play of the Union Pact for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights (EU pact for DRF)

Opening and moderation: Sophie in 't Veld, MEP, ALDE First-Vice President


·      Gabriel Toggenburg, Senior Legal Adviser, EU Fundamental Rights Agency

·      Prof. Pier Luigi Parcu, Director, Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom

·      Petra De Sutter, Senator, Member of the Belgian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

·      Alison Coleman, Policy Officer - Anti-Corruption in Development, Transparency International EU Office

MEPs intervention - Q&A with audience

16.45 - 17.45 Upholding the rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU

Opening and moderation: Nathalie Griesbeck, MEP, ALDE Coordinator for LIBE Committee


·      Matthew Caruana Galizia, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

·      Andrew Stroehlein, European Media Director, Human Rights Watch

·      Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director, ILGA Europe

·      Hans de Zwart, Director, Bits of Freedom

MEPs intervention - Q&A with audience

17.45 - 18.00 Conclusion and next steps

Sophie in 't Veld, MEP, ALDE First-Vice President