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Welcome to LDEG

The Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG) is the association for UK Liberal Democrats interested in European politics.
Membership of LDEG is open to all members of the Liberal Democrat Party and of allied European political parties.

  • Students
    Article: Jul 10, 2014

    The number of UK students receiving EU grants to study abroad in 2012/2013 has increased to a record high of 14,572, up 7% from the previous year.

    However, despite the increase the UK still remains behind other major EU countries. Spain sent out the most students for studies (39,545) followed by Germany, France, Italy and Poland, with the UK in 6th place. Spain also remained the most popular destination for studies abroad (31,592) followed by France, Germany and the UK - which hosted 27,182 Erasmus students.

  • End Roaming Charges
    Article: Jul 1, 2014

    The cost of data roaming in the EU is being cut by more than half, from 36p to 16p, following new EU caps coming into force on 1st July.

    Making a phone call when travelling in the EU will now cost up to 15p a minute and text messages a maximum of 5p.

    However, under proposals being pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, roaming charges are due to be abolished in the EU altogether by December 2015.

  • Article: May 2, 2014

    The European Union has approved funding for 11 environmental projects across the UK under the LIFE+ programme, the EU's environment fund. The projects cover actions in nature conservation, climate change, environmental policy, and information and communication on environmental issues.

    EU funding for these projects shows that being IN Europe is essential if we are to tackle climate change and protect our environment. The projects will make a vital contribution to preservation and conservation, and will help in achieving sustainable growth in a low carbon and resource efficient economy.

  • Jo and Dr David Bunton at Biopta’s laboratory in Bearsden
    Article: May 1, 2014

    A new EU education programme is set to give nearly a quarter of a million young people in the UK European grants to study or work abroad over the next seven years.

    The new Erasmus+ scheme, which was launched this week in the UK, will see its total funding increased by 40% to £12.1 billion, with the UK expected to receive over £100 million from the fund this year.