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Thank you, Dominic! Excellent comment and great point! Indeed, we also believe that Socialists & Democrats have now a chance to spread a message of hope throughout Europe. And we believe initiatives such as Europe Together are a great tool to do that – we intermediate the meeting with the young generations and we convey their essages to policy makers. Did you know that at each of our events we adopt a Statement? That statement is continuously amended with comments we receive from people as yourself. And these statements, on various points of interest in Europe, will actually stand at the basis of the campaign next year. It’s an exciting experiment and we are glad you’re a part of it! So, stick around, because soon we’ll be posting a new Statement, for our Together event in Paris, on June 29.
Following the meeting of representatives of the European Parliament with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg S&D Group leader Udo Bullmann said: “This was only the start of what needs to be a thorough and transparent investigation of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Scandal. The format of the meeting was a farce, not allowing for any back and forth between Zuckerberg and the Members of Parliament. What this meeting made clear is that 75 minutes in a small and exclusive circle is not enough to shed light on the biggest data scandal in recent history. That’s why we demand a further exchange with Zuckerberg and his high-level management with all relevant experts of the European Parliament for a more in-depth analysis. The S&Ds have been pushing for that from the beginning. Unfortunately, the centre-right majority voted for the format we saw today.” “Zuckerberg did not answer many of the direct questions put to him, and the few answers that we heard were disappointing. It is unbelievable that, of all companies, Facebook is apparently not ready to be open on that matter. How can Zuckerberg claim to connect people if he himself is not ready to fully contribute to this? How can he continue earning billions and billions of dollars with users’ information and then refuse to be fully transparent? We will not allow for this kind of double standards.” “Facebook and other social media networks have a powerful position in the process of opinion making. In order to protect our democracies, we must make sure that this position is not abused. The Trump campaign and the alleged influence of Russian forces in political campaigns show how important that is. This is why we have to stop the extensive, secretive and indiscriminate data gathering and processing for algorithmic targeting.” “We fight for data protection and, with that, also for the sovereignty of democracy. One important step is the new General Data Protection Regulation that was adopted, thanks to pressure from our Group, and which will enter into force on 25 May. Moreover, we are pushing for the new ePrivacy Regulation to be adopted. The new rules will give people the right and the tools to control their own privacy, giving them back some of the power that companies like Facebook have taken. Now it’s up to European governments to work with us to ensure that happens. They have to decide what is more important: People’s rights and data protection or big companies’ interests? We stand firmly on the side of the people.” http://socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/udo-bullmann-presses-thumbs-down-button-zuckerberg-meeting-european-parliament
Excellent point! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Just so you know, we’ll be hosting a new Together event soon and we will be putting online a statement on which everyone can comment. Based on the comments we receive, we will be selecting two new Together ambassadors. Don’t miss out on the chance to become one of them!
Hi, Dominic! And thank you for your message. Indeed, the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament have been working for several years so that a true partnership with Africa could be achieved. You are welcome to check out more details on their work and initiatives here – http://socialistsanddemocrats.eu/withafrica And if you would be interested in getting in contact with the Group, just drop us a message in the contact form.
By empowering women and girls we empower entire generations. By turning a blind eye to people who fail to see the value in women and who only perceive them as tools for making money from advertisement, we just endorse this wrong behaviour even more. This is why we are happy that yesterday the S&D Group in the European Parliament has launched this new platform of Progressive Cities Against Sexist Advertising and we want to spread the message as far as we can. Ask your local leaders to join this platform now! http://socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/let-s-ban-sexism-no-woman-deserves-be-product-marketing-say-sds
Thank you for your message, Hanine! Indeed, your idea sounds very interesting and we would have loved to hear more about it, but, unfortunately, the YouTube link you’ve posted doesn’t work. Do you think you can edit your comment with the good link? Or add another comment explaining your initiative? Thank you! 🙂
That’s what these closely-knitted EU institutions try to do – be closer to the people so that the policies they support and the legislation they adopt are actually the ones that the people need. But, on the other hand, we also believe that it is the people themselves who should also act up. This is why we’re organising this debate on democratic participation – to see how everyone can get involved in the democratic process of elections. We’re glad you’ve decided to read and comment on our statement and we’re looking forward to all your input.
Dear Maxim, We are happy to announce that you have been selected as Together Ambassador! You have just received an email with more details. Thank you for having contributed with your ideas to the draft statement on cohesion policy on the Together platform. And see you in Valencia!
Thank you for your comment and valuable input Nick! Continue debating with us your ideas on the Future of Europe. You will be informed at the end of August if you have been chosen to fly to Valencia to present your idea during the Together event.
Thank you for your comment and valuable input Maxim! Continue debating with us your ideas on the Future of Europe. You will be informed at the end of August if you have been chosen to fly to Valencia to present your idea during the Together event.
Dear Samuel, we agree, the voting system in the EU, for non-nationals living in other countries is far from being perfect. Nevertheless, people who have made a home abroad do have the possibility to vote in Parliament elections when the time comes. It is true, local elections are not accessible to people living abroad, but then, again, if you don’t live in your original community anymore, is it right to have a say on who should run it? Just a thought…
Thank you for your comment and valuable input, Cristina! Continue debating with us your ideas on the Future of Europe. You will be informed at the end of August if you have been chosen to fly to Valencia to present your idea during the Together event.
Africa and its role as a global player will be under discussion in the following days at the G20 Summit in Hamburg. It’s high time all policy makers realised the continent’s true potential and did their best to support it.
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Thank you for your input, Felipe! This is exactly what we want – engaged people that will send forward their ideas on how to improve Europe.
We need more energy such as yours for #EuropeTogether!
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Thank you for your comment, Liviu! Well emphasized! We wish you luck in the competition and we hope you get many votes!
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Thank you Johan, your amendment has been integrated. Follow live the debate on this page as we finalise the statement in Tallinn!
We share a lot of your frustrations about the direction the EU has taken and agree things need to change to strengthen the social aspect of Europe. However, we have to disagree with what you see as the causes for this. Europe is not subordinating democratic institutions – MEPs in the European Parliament are directly elected by European citizens, the European Council is made up of national governments and the European Commission is accountable to both these bodies. The fact is that the EU has contributed to the longest period of peace and prosperity in modern European history. We live in an ever more globalised world and if we want to tackle the major issues we face – from tax evasion to climate change -then we need to work effectively together. If we split into 28 separate national countries, we would see a race to the bottom on workers’ rights, tax, and environmental standards. For all the faults of the EU, it remains the best model we have to face common challenges and create the more progressives societies that we want to see.