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08 May 2014

Guy Verhofstadt endorses European Women’s Lobby’s European elections manifesto and 50/50 campaign

Two weeks before the European elections, Guy Verhofstadt, candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission for the Liberal ALDE-party and the European Democratic Party , officially backs the demands of the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union.

Achieving substantive equality between women and men, promoting women’s rights and empowering women and girls is an important priority in my campaign to become the President of the European Commission. The EWL Manifesto "Act now for her future, commit to gender equality!" comprises the main concrete actions and calls for meaningful change towards equality for all.

I call on all top candidates to endorse it and make a joint effort to promote gender equality in the European Union.

I also endorse the demands of EWL 50/50 campaign, it seeks to tackle the underrepresentation of women in EU decision-making, which is a serious democratic deficit for the EU as a whole. The 50/50 campaign aims to promote therefore the equal representation of women and men in all European institutions and to put women’s rights and gender equality high on the EU political agenda.

The EWL urges the future European Commission President to present a gender-balanced College and the European Parliament to elect a gender-balanced Commission and guarantee parity in all the decision-making positions within its house.

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10 June 2014

Verhofstadt message to European leaders: Europe needs reform, not rejection
Guy Verhofstadt calls on EU leaders, especially Angela Merkel, David Cameron, Fredrik Reinfeldt and Mark Rutte meeting yesterday and today in Harpsund (Sweden), to focus on a clear vision of how the EU, through its economies of scale, can be a catalyst for growth in the years ahead.

27 May 2014

Guy Verhofstadt attended the liberal prime ministers' meeting today ahead of the informal European Council

Conclusion of the meeting was that the political groups of the EPP and the PES parties lost 70 seats in the May 22-25 election.This means that ALDE will be key to the formation of a stable parliamentary majority in the European parliament.

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