Wanted Man – The story of Mukhtar Ablyazov

The story of Mukhtar Ablyazov

Mukhtar Ablyazov, has been described by the British press as “the world’s richest fraudster” . His story begins in 1963 in a modest village in the southern region of Kazakhstan, and it takes us across continents, through bedrooms and boardrooms, courtrooms and prison cells, to the lofty heights of the U.S. Presidency. This book, subtitled…

Copyright Directive will make Internet Ready for the Future

Copyright Directive will make Internet Ready for the Future

Developers of creative content and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression. MEPs adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. This marks the end of the legislative process for the European…

Could an #EUGreenCard ring fence citizens rights post Brexit?

Green Card ring fence citizens rights post Brexit?

MEPs from the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament have held a hearing to discuss a proposal to ring fence the status and the rights of EU27citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe post Brexit. The proposal to introduce an #EUGreen Card was drawn up by Roger Casale, former Labour MP and founder of the…

Root Causes of Radicalisation “Still Need to be Tackled” to Prevent More Terrorist Attacks

Root Causes of Radicalisation - Christchurch Terrorist Attack

The military threat posed by Islamic State may have receded but the threat posed by terrorist groups of all colours has not gone away.    That was one of the key messages to emerge from a high-level conference in Brussels which focused on the fight against terrorism.   Last week’s terrorist atrocity in Christchurch which…

Strengthening EU Cybersecurity

EU Strengthening Cybersecurity

Multiple challenges in strengthening EU cybersecurity remain despite the progress made, according to a new Briefing Paper from the European Court of Auditors. As the risk of falling victim to cybercrime or a cyberattack increases, it is essential to build resilience through strengthening governance, raising skills and awareness, and improving coordination, say the auditors. They…

Council of Europe anti-torture committee raises concerns over Romania’s prison abuse

Anti-torture committee raises concerns over Romania’s prison abuse

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published its report on its visit to Romania carried out from 7 to 19 February 2018.  The report highlighted abuse of Romanian prisoners by staff, inter-prisoner violence and allegations of police ill-treatment.   The report states…

MEPs vote to establish new Internal Security Fund

Vote to establish new Internal Security Fund

A new fund that will support Member States’ efforts to boost security within and between their countries has been endorsed during a vote at this week’s plenary meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. As currently proposed, the Internal Security Fund will have a budget of just under €5 billion to support objectives such as…

Russia’s role in tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering

Russia's role in tax avoidance

“Abolish Golden Visa schemes, step up the fight against money laundering, collaborate more closely to fight tax avoidance and tax fraud and update tax regimes to the age of digitalisation. These are the main conclusions the EPP Group draws from the work of the Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance”, according…

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Tackles Domestic Violence in Pacific

Domestic Violence

The European Union and the United Nations are announcing today a €50 million investment to tackle domestic violence in the Pacific region, as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative. The €50 million contribution will fund new programmes to support concrete measures to end domestic and gender-based violence. It will do so by supporting preventive measures,…

Is Georgia Backsliding On Corruption?

Corruption Perception

Georgia is ranked number 41 alongside Spain and Latvia, writes James Wilson.   This is according to the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 published last month, – a slight improvement in the country’s ranking compared with 2017. The biggest improvements in tackling corruption were made by former President Mikhail Saakashvili, whose reforms helped…