Press Release

Weber to Julio Borges: support for free elections to overcome the serious crisis in Venezuela

Brussels
, 31.05.2017 - 15:00
Protesters in Venezuela

The EPP Group Chairman in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, expressed his support today to the Speaker of the Venezuelan Parliament, Julio Borges, to enable Venezuela to overcome the serious crisis it is experiencing in a peaceful and democratic manner, and to ensure that all political prisoners are released and human rights are respected.

During a meeting with Borges in Brussels, Weber argued that to achieve all these objectives it is necessary and urgent to convene free elections supported by international observers.

"It is also crucial that the separation of powers be respected and the harassment against the Parliament (Asamblea Nacional) by the Nicolás Maduro government be stopped", Weber said.

The Chairman called for the immediate release of all political prisoners imprisoned in Venezuela: "This is necessary to make reconciliation possible and to rebuild people's trust after years of human rights violations in Venezuela.”

“I lament that in recent years, the situation in the country has deteriorated seriously at all levels, even causing a humanitarian crisis that must be tackled urgently, allowing international aid."

Weber recalled the permanent support of the EPP Group for democracy and freedoms in Venezuela which, since the 2004 referendum, has been denouncing the Venezuelan government's policies that have caused the current serious situation in the country.

Photos of the meeting

Note to Editors
The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 216 Members from 27 Member States

MEP Contacts

-
Manfred WEBER
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845890 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849890
Email: manfred.weber@europarl.europa.eu

Press Contacts

Marion Jeanne
Chairman's press adviser
Phone: +32 479 840 293

Latest

Brexit, Sakharov Prize, EU investment, Kebab ban defeated
14.12.2017 - 12:15

Brexit, Sakharov Prize, EU investment, Kebab ban defeated

At its final plenary of 2017, the European Parliament approved a Resolution on the Brexit talks, backing the move to phase 2 but insisting on...
Child abuse
14.12.2017 - 12:09

EU states not doing enough to fight sexual abuse of children

The European Parliament adopted a Resolution today tabled by Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP calling on Member States to take concrete measures to stop...
Tax evasion
13.12.2017 - 14:09

Fight against tax evasion must be key task for EU

Left tried to hijack Panama report to harm honest taxpayers and EU economy "The fight against tax evasion, tax crime and tax avoidance must...
Kebab ban rejected, saving jobs, businesses
13.12.2017 - 14:00

Kebab ban rejected, saving jobs, businesses

The European Parliament has rejected a bid to outlaw phosphates in frozen kebab meat, pending a study in 2018 by the European Food Safety Agency....

Highlights of the week

11.12.2017 - 15.12.2017
Brexit Direction Sign

Brexit negotiations

The key debate on Wednesday will focus on the Brexit negotiations and preparations of the next Council meeting. "We will only accept a...
Protesters in Venezuela

2017 Sakharov Prize Award

The 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be awarded to the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela during the ceremony in Strasbourg on...
Picturesque patchwork quilt farmland aerial view over fields rural villages

Common Agricultural Policy: mid-term reform

A debate on rules to simplify EU farming policy, boost farmers’ bargaining power and better equip them to face risks will take place on Monday...
Christofer Fjellner MEP