Between Scylla and Charybdis

Following the second round of negotiations on a new EU-UK partnership David McAllister MEP, Chair of the European Parliament UK Coordination Group, issued the following statement. “Today, the European Commission and the UK government concluded the second round of negotiations on a new EU-UK partnership via videoconference. I am concerned to hear Michel Barnier expressing…

International Court of Justice 75th Anniversary

One year ahead of the 75th anniversary of the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague, Dutch harpist Lavinia Meijer has initiated a musical Instagram journey entitled #unitedmusic75. The project is supported by the United Nations Regional Information Centre and the International Court of Justice.  The one-year challenge is a call for action to show solidarity and highlight the convening power of music for a common cause, peace through justice. During the #unitedmusic75 challenge an…

UK Fire Services Volunteer For Fight Against COVID-19

UK Fire and Rescue Services

More than 4,000 fire and rescue service staff from across the UK are volunteering to support the NHS and other key services in the fight against Covid-19, including driving ambulances and delivering food to vulnerable people.  A further 10,000 FRS staff are on standby to assist as and when required. These figures – collated by the National Fire…

Aid for Media and Culture Sectors Needed

Europe's Cultural Sector Needs Support

Additional EU action is needed to make sure EU help reaches the ravaged media and culture sectors, say EP Culture committee members. The culture and creative sector in the EU – especially individual creators and SMEs – and the media sector are being decimated by the crisis. The European Union must therefore do more to…

Recovery Strategy for SMEs

The business environment for SMEs has dramatically changed for the worse in the past weeks.  This has a huge negative impact on hundreds of thousands of Crafts and SMEs, and also threatens fundamentally the core role which SMEs play in European citizen’s everyday life. To support the survival and quick recovery of SMEs across Europe,…

NATO Planes Intercept Russian Fighters in Baltic

Belgian jets assigned to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission intercepted Russian fighters as they conducted low passes over a US Navy destroyer on 17 April. The Belgian F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters launched from Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania, where the air policing mission is headquartered. They then intercepted the Russian aircraft – two Su-24…

Aid for EU Neighbourhood

The Commission has adopted a proposal for a €3 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) package to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them to limit the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.  The proposal comes on top of the Team Europe strategy, the EU’s robust and targeted response to support partner countries’ efforts in tackling…