EP Votes Resolution on Hungary and Poland

Parliament has debated the situation in Hungary and Poland as both countries continue to push the boundaries when it comes to undermining the rule of law, democracy, and fundamental rights. In the resolution that will be voted on this week, the S&D Group is sending a reminder that member states must respect the primacy of EU law…

EU Renews its Terrorist Lists

The Council yesterday renewed the so-called EU terrorist list, which sets out persons, groups and entities subject to restrictive measures with a view to combating terrorism. Persons, groups and entities on the list are subject to the freezing of their funds and other financial assets in the EU. It is also prohibited for EU operators to make funds and economic resources available to them. The Council is…

European judges’ silent march in Warsaw resonates internationally

From the columns of the New York Times to news articles in Tokyo, the stand taken by European judges in defence of the rule of law in Poland has made headlines across the world. Judges, lawyers and civil society activists from across Europe joined their Polish peers in a silent march in Warsaw to protest against systematic attacks…

EP Urges End to Oppression in Nicaragua

MEPs have urged the Nicaraguan government to end the ongoing crackdown on opposition voices and call for dialogue between the country’s political forces to resume. They have urged the Nicaraguan government to end the persistent repression of dissent, torture and sexual violence against the political opposition. They also call on the Nicaraguan authorities to immediately release all…

Booking.com Agrees Changes with Commission

Following dialogue with the European Commission and national consumer authorities, Booking.com has committed to make changes in the way it presents offers, discounts and prices to consumers. Once these new changes are fully applied by the company, consumers should be better able to make informed comparisons in line with the requirements of EU consumer law. Didier Reynders, Commissioner for…

O’Reilly Re-Elected as Ombudsman

Emily O’Reilly has been re-elected by Parliament as European Ombudsman with 320 votes in favour out of 600 votes cast.  Her second mandate will last for five years. “I am delighted to have been re-elected for a second term. I wish to sincerely thank my fantastic campaign team for the huge effort over the past four…

EU to enshrine 2050 Climate Neutrality Target in law

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) said it welcomes the proposal of the European Commission to enshrine the 2050 climate neutrality objective into law by March 2020.  To achieve the goal of becoming the first climate neutral continent, Europe’s climate objectives must be supported with a stronger ambition represented by higher reduction emission targets, while…

Free Osman Kavala!

Yesterday during International Human Rights Day, the European Court of Human Rights called for the immediate release of Osman Kavala. The court ruled that the actions of the Turkish government and judiciary against Osman Kavala violated his fundamental rights as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. Sergey Lagodinsky, Chairman of the Turkey delegation…

People Vs the EU on Climate Targets

The European Parliament and the Council have submitted their responses on the appeal of the legal action challenging the EU’s 2030 climate target. Despite the political momentum in the EU to increase the 2030 climate target, both institutions argue that the families and the Sami youth who are affected by the climate crisis shouldn’t be heard in…