Sweden and the Baltic countries may receive multi-billion compensation for Russian nuclear waste burial in the Baltic Sea

We publish here in full, with the permission of the authors, the text of a report first published on 23 December) by the Institute for Global Threats and Democracy Studies (www.igtds.org). The bottom of the Baltic Sea may contain nuclear waste burial sites made by the Russian military in the early 1990s. This complements the…

New MFA Programme for Jordan

The European Commission has welcomed the endorsement by the Council of the agreement reached with the European Parliament to provide up to €500 million in Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) to Jordan. This new financial assistance programme is designed to support the country’s ambitious reform agenda, promoting jobs, growth and investment for the benefit of the people of Jordan….

New Challenges for EU Products and Services

The coming years will see new prospects and challenges for European products and services, according to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).  Providing innovative, highly specialised products and services with well-recognised and certified key characteristics can boost European competitiveness, says the EESC. Unanimously adopted at its plenary session on 11 December, the EESC’s own-initiative…

€10m Aid Approved for Rohingya

The European Commission has released a further €10 million in humanitarian aid to address the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar.  This comes on top of the €33 million funding already announced earlier this year and aims to ensure life-saving assistance to refugees, displaced people and host communities across Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State and the border district…

EP and Human Rights

At the final plenary of 2019 in Strasbourg last week, the European Parliament has adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Russia, Afghanistan and Burkina Faso. MEPs call on the Russian authorities to immediately repeal the country’s law on ‘foreign agents’ and to bring existing legislation into line with Russia’s constitution…

Booking.com Agrees Changes with Commission

Following dialogue with the European Commission and national consumer authorities, Booking.com has committed to make changes in the way it presents offers, discounts and prices to consumers. Once these new changes are fully applied by the company, consumers should be better able to make informed comparisons in line with the requirements of EU consumer law. Didier Reynders, Commissioner for…

Additional €8m EU Aid for Eastern Ukraine

The European Commission has announced an additional €8 million for the vulnerable people in Ukraine affected by the ongoing conflict in the east of the country.  This funding brings EU humanitarian allocation to Ukraine in 2019 to €23 million. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “More than five years of ongoing conflict have exhausted people’s ability to…

Discover the world of Plantin in 2020

The Antwerp Museums are looking forward to 2020.  The Plantin-Moretus Museum will celebrate the 500th birthday of Christophe Plantin and Panamarenko will be commemorated with a tribute.  In 2020, Panamarenko would have celebrated his 80th birthday. His wife and some close friends are preparing a tribute in two parts. The first part, a unique pop-up exhibition…

EU Long Term Budget Under Negotiation

The leaders of the political groups in European Parliament have agreed to freeze large parts of the negotiations with the Council on the new long-term EU budget. Following the failure of the Council to make progress on its proposal for the multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2021-2027, leaders of political groups in the European Parliament agreed…

European Parliament Condemns Iran Government

In a resolution put to the vote last Thursday, MEPs denounced the disproportionate use of force by Iranian security forces against non-violent protesters. At least 304 people have been killed, with many more wounded and thousands arrested after “tens of thousands of people from all over Iran and representing all segments of society have exercised…