Good Food Good Farming

Responding to the conclusions of Monday’s meeting of Europe’s Agriculture Ministers Stanka Becheva, food and agriculture campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, commented:   “Europe needs a strategy to urgently combat the ecological, climate and farming crises – that is not what Ministers have served up today. They have backed away from the already moderate goals proposed…

EP Resolution on Education

Voicing concerns over the damage inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic on Europe’s education systems, the S&D has publicly called on the European Council and Commission to develop and implement concrete solutions to bridge the educational gaps created between different member states. Members of the European Parliament will cast their votes on a resolution on the…

Belarus Sanctions

The European Council has today (Friday 2nd October) imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. At present the former pPresident Alexander Lukashenko is not included in the…

UN 75th Anniversary

The following is the text of a speech by Chales Michel, President of the European Council. Seventy-five years of the Charter of the United Nations. But rather than looking back, I want to look forward 75 years, to 2095. My youngest daughter, Lucie, will be 76 years old. And like any parent in the world,…

Libyan sanctions

The Council today (21 September) decided to impose targeted restrictive measures on two persons responsible for human rights abuses in Libya and three entities involved in violating the UN arms embargo in place for Libya.  They will be added to the EU’s list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures related to the Libyan conflict.  The sanctions imposed comprise a travel ban and…

Council Statement on EU-China Relations

The Council issued a statement after this week’s EU/China video conference. Council President Charles Michel stated, “I’m pleased that we could speak by video conference with President Xi, with Ursula von der Leyen and Chancellor Angela Merkel. Unfortunately, our physical meeting in Leipzig wasn’t possible. Europe needs to be a player, not a playing field….

State of the Union

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, MEPs will take stock of the von der Leyen Commission’s achievements to date on Wednesday 16th September in Plenary.. Ursula Von der Leyen is expected to outline the impact of the Commission’s work in mitigating the COVID-19 sanitary and economic crisis, and to outline her…

Sanctions Against Russia Extended

EU member states have decided to extend the sanctions targeting persons and entities that continue to undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, for a further 6 months until 15 March 2021. The existing restrictive measures provide for both travel restrictions and the freezing of assets, and will continue to apply to…

EU Terrorist List

EU member states have renewed the so-called EU terrorist list, which sets out the persons, groups and entities subject to restrictive measures aimed at combating terrorism.  The list was updated on Friday. Persons, groups and entities on the list are subject to the freezing of funds and other financial assets in the EU. It is…