Reducing Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe

Dombrovskis

The Commission has called on Member States to modernise their minimum income schemes as part of the ongoing pledge to reduce poverty and social exclusion in Europe.  A planned recommendation sets out how Member States can modernise their minimum income schemes to make them more effective, lifting people out of poverty, while promoting the labour…

EPP Condemns Russian Occupiers’ Referenda

Sham Referendum

The EPP Group in the EU Parliament says it “strongly condemns the illegal referenda” organised by the Russian occupiers in Ukraine, in the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. The group said “they constitute a blatant violation of international law, are not legitimate and thus their so-called results have no legal power.” “The shameful…

Ukraine’s Humanitarian Needs

As the Russia’s war against Ukraine rages on, humanitarian needs in the country continue to rise rapidly.  In view of an effective and timely humanitarian response, the EU organised a Humanitarian Senior Officials Meeting in Brussels. Opened by Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, and Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Olha Stefanishyna, the high-level meeting discussed the…

Mobilisation Provokes Violence in Russian Society

Russian Mobilisation

On 21 September, the president of Russia announced the beginning of partial mobilisation, against which a huge number of those who oppose the war and mobilisation, as well as those who support the war in Ukraine appeared. All this has generated a surge of violence and brutality in Russian society. On September 26, there was…

26 September is the European Day of Languages

To mark the occasion, the Commission organised a conference on language learning.  The online event focussed on language awareness in schools and how multilingual classrooms can support inclusion and solidarity.  In light of the large number of displaced pupils from Ukraine, participants will discuss the support currently provided to these children and their families to learn…

Russia’s Sham Referenda

Russia’s referenda in parts of occupied Ukraine has been condemned by the North Atlantic Council. On Friday, it issued a statement on the planned poll. It reads, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the plan to hold so-called “referenda” on joining the Russian Federation in the Ukrainian regions partly controlled by the Russian military. …

More Russian Propaganda, Again?

Will Russia deliberately shell and fire on residents of the occupied territories during their pseudo-referenda? The Ukrainian authorities have suggested that the Russian Federation could be planning to carry out a number of terrorist acts against civilians by shelling the civilian infrastructure during the illegal referenda in the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Donetsk…

Truss and von der Leyen Underline Support for Ukraine at UN

Liz Truss

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, met at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. They strongly condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine and agreed that Putin’s recent calls to mobilise parts of the population were a sign that Russia’s invasion is failing. It…

Fighting Organised Crime

Fighting Organised Crime

The EPP  Group has come up with “50 proposals” to fight organised crime in Europe. It was outlined by Jeroen Lenaers MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on Justice and Home Affairs, and Tomas Tobé MEP. In a statement, they said, “More than ever before, organised crime in the EU is a threat to the security of…

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

Prevention is always better than cure, say MEPs as they welcomed the new European approach to cancer screening presented this week by the European Commission. The recommendation is an important step forward to implement Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.  In 2020 alone, 2.7 million people were diagnosed with cancer and 1.3 million lost their lives. The…