EU Needs Anti-Money Laundering Authority

The EU needs its own anti-money laundering authority. This is acknowledged by the six finance ministers from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Latvia in a joint position paper. Olaf Scholz and his five counterparts want a European money laundering supervisory authority to coordinate and supervise national authorities in the financial sector and, if…

OSCE hears concerns over subversion of religious institutions

Kazakhstan is known not only for its lead in the issue of multi-lateral nuclear disarmament, but also for its significant contribution to ensuring dialogue between religions existing on the Earth, having founded in 2003 the permanent international interfaith institute “Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions”. In June 2021, in the capital of Kazakhstan,…

Protecting our Fish Stocks

In the first major vote of the new European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries, its 28 members today (12 November) decided to reopen the floodgates of overfishing in Europe. By 20 votes against 6 (and 2 abstentions), they confirmed the catastrophic position adopted by the former Parliament in April 2019. Among other things, this position reintroduced…

EU Tyre labelling regulation

Currently the EU tyre labelling regulation is being negotiated. Tyres are one of the main sources of microplastics in the environment. More than 500.000 tonnes/year of microplastics are the direct result of tyre abrasion in the EU.  On Wednesday, the second and most likely final trilogue meeting will be held.  Parliament, Commission and Council agree…