Council delegates adopt resolutions on Hungary, Venezuela & European foreign policy | ALDE Party

Council delegates adopt resolutions on Hungary, Venezuela & European foreign policy

ALDE Party Council 2017

During the meeting of the ALDE Party Council in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 3 June, the Council adopted five urgency resolutions on a range of issues and relating to a number of pertinent and recent developments.

These resolutions, as well as all policy resolutions adopted by the ALDE Party since its foundation in 1976, can be found on our new Policy Centre.

Here is a summary of the five urgency resolutions adopted in Ljubljana:

Support Civil Society and Genuine Democracy in Hungary

During the last seven years under the government of Viktor Orbán there has been a continuing process on destruction and restriction of democracy and rule of law in Hungary. Responding to the recent events of a comprehensive amendment on the Law on Higher Education rushed-through Parliament seeking to curtail academic freedom and seeking to expel the Central European University from Hungary and PM Orbán launching a so-called ‘national consultation’ which is in reality an anti-EU propaganda campaign filled with leading questions and false claims, delegates affirmed that ALDE should uphold pressure on the Hungarian government and condemn the deconstruction of democracy and rule of law in Hungary and maintain strong vocal support for the civil society and the liberal opposition in Hungary. The resolution also calls on ALDE to continue pushing for the activation of Article 7 until achieving the goal of the European Parliament resolution of 17 May 2017.

The participation of extreme nationalists in the government of Bulgaria:

Responding to GERB, a member party of the EPP, forming a coalition government after the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria of March 2017 with ‘the United Patriots’ comprising Ataka, NFSB and VMRO who have been described by European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) as ultra-nationalist/fascist political parties, delegates calls on Bulgaria’s authorities to demonstrate zero tolerance towards extremist and nationalist attitudes and to investigate all allegations of racism, xenophobia, hate speech and discrimination by members of the Government. They also call on European People’s Party to come up with a clear position on the participation of extreme nationalists in the Bulgarian government and for the the United Patriots to be removed from the government of the country to ensure the successful conduct of the upcoming Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council from 1 January 2018.

Standing Up for the Democratic Rights of the Venezuelan People:

In response to the severe mismanagement of the economy of Venezuela and the increasing concentration of power in the Executive and the extraordinary assumption of competences by the Supreme Court, together with the unconstitutional hollowing out of the democratically-elected National Assembly bringing about what amounts to a dictatorial regime, delegates call on EU Member States to recall their ambassadors for consultations should President Maduro continue with his intention to convene a constituent assembly disrupting the current constitutional order in Venezuela. They also call on the European Commission and all EU Member States to apply the maximum pressure to the Venezuelan government until it respects the legal competences of the National Assembly in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution.

On a European call to action in light of recent geopolitical developments:

Noting the recent NATO and G7 summits, which put a spotlight on the increasingly diverging views between the EU and the USA on issues such as defence, foreign policy and climate change and the desire of the Trump administration to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement, delegates called on EU to confidently and ambitiously move forward towards a far-reaching cooperation on foreign policy and defence, and to lead the global fight against climate change. It is now clear that on many issues, such as the defence of human rights and the fight against climate change, the EU must rely on and enhance its own strength and the EU should take on a bigger role as the defender of liberal values, including human rights and fundamental freedoms, in international politics.

Responsibility to safeguard universal access to sexual reproductive health and rights:

For many years non-profit organisations have been able to work for women’s sexual and reproductive rights with strong financial support from many countries including the U.S. administration. In light of the US aid budget now being reduced following the Global Gag Rule re-introduced in 23 January 2017, banning any overseas organisations to work with abortion rights, and Agenda 2030 emphasising gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as crucial to achieving all goals and targets, delegates have called on all ALDE member parties to take initiatives in integrating issues related to SRHR in the national aid budget plans to prevent downsizing of aid earmarked for sexual reproductive health and rights.