Moroccan Parliament Dismayed by EU Failure to Engage in Dialogue

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The European Parliament has urged the Moroccan authorities to respect freedom of expression and media freedom and to provide a fair trial for the imprisoned journalist Omar Radi. MEPs have called for his immediate provisional release and demand an end to the harassment of all journalists in the country, as well as of their lawyers…

Coordination Platform to Support Ukraine

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Photo by jesse orrico on Unsplash The Multi-agency Donor Coordination Platform to support Ukraine’s repair, recovery and reconstruction process has been launched by the EU. It will allow for close coordination among international donors and international financial organisations and will ensure that support is provided in a coherent, transparent, and accountable manner. The first meeting this week of…

Eradicating Antisemitism in the EU

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Photo by Håkon Grimstad on Unsplash Israel’s President Isaac Herzog has called on MEPs to work to eradicate antisemitism in Europe and adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism. His comments coincide with International Day of Commemoration today Friday 27 January. Herzog opened his address to members in Brussels by saying: “I stand before you as the…

EU Sanctions Against Russia Extended

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Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash EU Member States have decided to prolong by six months, until 31 July the restrictive measures targeting specific sectors of the economy of the Russian Federation. The move was announced in a statement today Friday 27 January. The sanctions, first introduced in 2014 in response to Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in…

Call to Safeguard the Marine Environment

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Photo by Milos Prelevic on Unsplash The Brussels-based European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) backs a new and strengthened governance of the oceans. It calls for increased international cooperation, the safeguarding of the well-being of the marine environment and the protection of fish stocks from overfishing, given their vital importance for local communities. Increased international cooperation in order…

ECR to Host Conference on Russia

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Photo by Alina Grubnyak on Unsplash The ECR group in the EU Parliament says the international community should seek a re-federalisation of the Russian state. It states, “For many who have experienced Russian oppression in the past, the war in Ukraine can only end when the Russian Federation is completely repulsed and defeated.” It says “re-federalisation” is needed…

EU Condemns Iranian Brutality

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Photo by Thiago Rocha on Unsplash MEPs say that any counter-measures targeting the EU taken by what they call the “brutal regime of Iran” will not stop them from denouncing the “lack of democracy, freedom and respect of human rights in the country.” Deputies have again “strongly condemned” the Iranian authorities’ decision to impose sanctions against EU and…

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Photo by Erica Magugliani on Unsplash Israel’s President Isaac Herzog addressed Parliament during the plenary session in Brussels today, to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola opened the solemn sitting with an introductory speech. After President Isaac Herzog’s address, MEPs observed a minute of silence. The ceremony closed with a musical performance by Chen…

Ukrainian Railways Wins award

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Photo by Marissa Beletti on Unsplash This year’s European Rail Champion Award 2023 has been awarded to Ukrainian Railways. The award is made by the Association of the European Rail Supply Industry and the community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies It aims to celebrate the achievements of inspired individuals whose bright ideas, ingenious innovations and bold policy initiatives have contributed to enhance, grow…