MH17 crash: full investigation is needed
21.07.2014 "On behalf of the ALDE group, I would like to renew our deep condolences to families, friends and compatriots of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight crash in Eastern Ukraine.
I am shocked to see that no visible progress has been achieved so far regarding the repatriation of the bodies or the access to the crash site. I fully support the statement of the President of the Assembly Anne Brasseur, as well as her call for a transparent international investigation. I also call on the delegations of Ukraine and Russia to PACE to use all their influence to facilitate the conduct of a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this hideous and deadly act," declared Jordi Xuclà, President of ALDE.
See also "Plane crash in Ukraine: PACE President offers her condolences": statement by Anne Brasseur, President of PACE and honorary President of ALDE
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Meeting with Georgian Ombudsman
26.06.2014 Today, ALDE president Jordi Xuclà met with Georgian Ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili to discuss the human rights situation in Georgia. "Although there cannot be a fast-track in democracy building in Georgia, I believe it is now time to push - in a very constructive manner - for reforms, including in such areas as administrative detention and operative investigation activities," underlined Jordi Xuclà.
We are all a minority or a majority at the same time!
Mr Igor Kolman, Croatia
25.06.2014 Speaking on behalf of the ALDE group in a debate on "Integration of migrants in Europe: the need for a proactive, long-term and global policy (Doc. 13530)" and "Identities and diversity within intercultural societies (Doc. 13522)" Igor Kolman, ALDE Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, noted that "It is sad and worrying that we are discussing such issues under the dark clouds of rising xenophobic and intolerant political movements across large parts of Europe. Yet it makes us all even more aware of the need to change our practices further and faster, so that our children will not have to go through the tragic experiences that our forefathers had to go through, such as people being thrown into furnaces just because they were different." Full speech...
World War I: lessons for future
Mr Jordi Xuclà, Spain
25.06.2014 "Never again do we want to see war between brothers - only freedom and democracy" - said Jordi Xuclà in a debate commemorating the beginning of the World War I. Read more...