Lousewies van der Laan’s interactive lecture about negotiations in the European Parliament

Lousewies van der Laan (desno) and Bojko Bučar. (Photo: Karolina Praček)

On Monday, the 3rd of March 2014, the United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) hosted Lousewies van der Laan’s interactive lecture about negotiations in the European Parliament, which was introduced by professor Dr. Bojko Bučar, president of UNAS.

Mrs. van der Laan is the vice-president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), while in her previous professional career she was, e.g., the Spokeswomen of European Commissioner Hans van den Broek, Member of European Parliament, Member of Netherlands Parliament and Chief of Staff to the President of the International Criminal Court.

The evening was very interesting, as the guest did not limit herself only to topics related to the European Parliament; moreover, she touched upon relevant issues for the International Criminal Court, the United Nations, Netherlands, Slovenia and recent events in Ukraine. Her strong standpoints and personal experience also came to the fore during the question and answer period.

Mrs. van der Laan, among others, stressed the need for more voters to participate in the elections and give their vote to the candidate of their choice, than the hypocrisy of some important international entities, and the need to fix the European Union’s economic problems in order to be able to help other actors of the international community to create a world where we can all live in prosperity. The audience, mainly students, gave her a long applause at the end, and Dr. Bučar thanked Mrs. van der Laan in the name of UNAS for her interesting remarks.

Prepared by: Karolina Praček