Rule of Law in Bulgaria

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the rule of law and fundamental rights in Bulgaria. Renew Europe supports the resolution, which calls for the independence of the judicial system to be upheld, measures against corruption and money-laundering as well as the protection of media freedom, the right to peaceful protests and other fundamental…

Belarus Sanctions

EU Ministers are expected to consider new names to add to the list of sanctions on Belarus, and a new push to include disputed leader Alexander Lukashenko himself, who met with 11 jailed opposition activists on Saturday. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the exiled leader of the anti-regime protests, said the prison visit came as a “result of…

Supporting Roma in the EU

The European Commission has  adopted a new plan to support Roma in the EU. There are seven key areas of focus: equality, inclusion, participation, education, employment, health, and housing. For each area, the Commission has put forward new targets and recommendations for Member States on how to achieve them, both of which will serve as important tools to monitor progress and ensure that the…

Discrimination Against Serbs in Croatia: A child’s rights case raised at the UN Human Rights Council

At the last session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, a case of discrimination based on ethnicity in Croatia was submitted to their delegation, writes Willy Fautré. Twenty-five years after the end of Croatia’s war for independence from Serbia, many Serbs living in Croatia report ongoing discriminatory treatment in court by the judiciary. …

EU action on child poverty needs greater focus, say auditors

It is almost impossible to assess how the EU contributes to Member States’ efforts to reduce child poverty, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The relevance and strength of EU instruments examined are limited because they are not legally binding – and more powerful tools, such as the European…

Roma are Victims of Environmental Racism, New Report Shows

In light of increasing cases of COVID-19 across Europe and the European Green Deal being discussed this month activists and campaigners including the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the European Roma Grassroots Organizations Network (ERGO), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the Partners For Democratic Change Hungary, the PAD Foundation, the Slovak Academy of Science, the Association of Roma Women of Dendropotamos, the Desire…

New Migration and Asylum Pact

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) said it welcomes the long-awaited New Migration and Asylum Pact’s ambition towards a sustainable, effective and humane response to migration and asylum management through a more holistic and solidarity-based approach. It sees the decision to overhaul the much criticized Dublin regulation and introduce a broader and more flexible framework for…

EESC Condemns Belarus Brutality

The EESC says it “strongly condemns” the continuous violations of human rights and the rule of law that have been taking place in Belarus since the presidential elections, which were neither free nor fair. The sweeping brutality and torture perpetrated against peaceful protesters, especially women and young people, and the unabated, arbitrary and unexplained arrests…

Anti-Racism Action Plan

The Commission has presented today (Friday 18th September) a new EU anti-racism action plan that sets out a series of measures for the next 5 years. Inter alia, the Commission will ensure that Member States fully implement relevant EU law and further strengthen the legal framework, if needed. This could happen in particular in the areas…

EP Support for the Opposition Council of Belarus

Backing Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the EPP Group joined with other political forces in the European Parliament in a virtual event with her to show their support.  The EPP Group and other MEPs have now called for an end to the crackdown by the government of Aleksander Lukashenko, who sparked more than a month…