Press Crisis In Europe
Organised by the ALDE Group and the MEDIA Intergroup
With the European written press currently facing new difficulties and challenges, the ALDE group and MEDIA Intergroup of the European Parliament have co-organised a seminar «Press Crisis in Europe» to encourage debate and reflection on these issues.
The seminar will be organised around two roundtables. In the first one,Patrick Eveno, Ann Cahill, Patrick de Saint Exupery and Renate Weber MEP will discuss the topic «The decline of the traditional press». They will analyse the current situation of the written press in Europe and examine potential suitable solutions that can be developed.
In the second roundtable, Edwy Plenel, Ivar Rusdal and Arnaud de Puyfontaine will exchange views on «The online press’ quest for an economic model». They will present an overview of the new digital press industries and online news websites in order to define the opportunities these new information tools are creating.
Then, Jean-Marie Cavada, President of the MEDIA Intergroup, and Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe at the European Parliament, will give a talk on “The guilty indifference of the European Union”.
Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, will honour us by concluding.
The decline of the traditional press
The online press’ quest for an economic model
The guilty indifference of the European Union
About the Organiser
In 1972, he became President of the Liberal Flemish Students' Union in Ghent and, four years later, was elected as a City Councillor there. Keen to follow his interest in national politics, Guy went on to take a number of high profile posts including Political Secretary to Willy De Clercq, National President of the Party for Freedom and Progress (PVV), an MP in the House of Representatives, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Budget, a Senator, and National President of the PVV and National President of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD).
In July 1999 he became Prime Minister of Belgium, heading three separate governments over the course of nearly ten years.
In June 2009 Guy Verhofstadt was elected to the European Parliament where he will pursue his interests in European politics after winning the unanimous support of the ALDE Group in their leadership contest.
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About the Organiser
Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest (1979); Visiting scholar, Columbia University, New York (1994); Lawyer at the Bucharest Bar (1979-present); Lecturer, National School of Political and Administrative Studies (1997-2003); Lector, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest.
Adviser to the Romanian President on constitutional and legislative affairs (December 2004-December 2005).
Member of the European Parliament (2007-present); Head of the PNL (National Liberal Party) delegation (2008-2009).
Head, EU election observation mission to Bolivia, 2009; Head, EP election observation delegation to Ecuador, 2008; Head, EP election observation delegation to Ecuador, 2009.
Member, Management Board, European Agency for Fundamental Rights (2007).
President, Soros Foundation (1998-2007); Executive President, Centre for Legal Resources; Member of numerous national and international human rights organisations.
Author of over 50 publications.