European Day for Victims of Crime

Today 22 February marks European Day for Victims of Crime. Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Reynders issued the following statement: “This year marks the 30th anniversary of the European Day for Victims of Crime. Still, every year 75 million people across Europe continue to fall victims of crime. Only yesterday, we mourned the victims of yet another heinous act, this time…

Spanish Authorities Harass Kokorev Despite His Worsening Health

Respected businessman Vladimir Kokorev has been kept in “abusively” long pretrial detention and, though finally released, is still summoned to court every week despite repeated emergency hospitalization. Since his release in 2018 from nearly 2.5 years of pretrial detention in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), the health of the retired 65-year old Spanish…

Green Award for Journalists

GUE/NGL has announced its third annual Award for ‘Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information’. First established in 2018 in honour of the assassinated Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, the award has become an annual celebration and commemoration of the women and men who risked their lives by disseminating information that are in the…

OLAF Busts Smugglers

One of the biggest seizures in the EU involving fake spirits took place just two days before Christmas, it has emerged. A well-coordinated action in the Netherlands between OLAF and the Dutch customs authorities led to the seizure of more than 147,000 bottles of counterfeit rum, an equivalent of 10 containers.  The final destination of…

Calls for ECB to Combat Financial Crimes

MEPs on Wednesday asked the European Central Bank to step up its green credentials and address growing financial technology challenges. The resolution, setting out Parliament’s priorities on the European Central Bank‘s (ECB) future policies, spearheaded by Kostas Mavrides (S&D, CY), was approved on Wednesday by 452 votes in favour, 142 against and 33 abstentions following…

Georgia: The case of Gigi Ugulava

David McAllister Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Gigi Ugulava, an opposition politician and one of the leaders of the “European Georgia” party, was sentenced to thirty-eight months in prison by the Supreme Court of Georgia on 10 February. In Strasbourg the Chair of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister (EPP, DE) issued…

EU Tells Poland to Stop Intimidating Its Judges

The EPP says the “Polish Government’s repression, penalisation and intimidation of judges, who defend the rule of law in Poland, must stop immediately.” The actions of the current Polish Government have damaged its credibility within the EU, it says. “The signing of the so-called ‘Muzzle law’ by Poland’s President is another step towards further eroding…

Frontex’s performance probed by EU Auditors

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has launched an audit to examine whether the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has so far provided effective support to Member States in the implementation of European Integrated Border Management. Today, the auditors have published an audit preview on Frontex. Audit previews provide information on an ongoing…

Spain condemned over its human rights record

Concern has been voiced over Spain’s human rights record, in particular “unfair” detention conditions and extensive pre-trial detention of suspects, during the Universal Periodic Review of Spain at the UN in Geneva on 22 January.  The EU member state has been accused of “failing to abide” by international standards concerning fair trials.  During the plenary…

Inside Romania’s prisons: Masked intervention groups, overcrowding and violence

Romania’s prison conditions are of great concern to the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), as detailed by their report.  The conditions discovered by the CPT team fall far below expected European standards for the treatment of prisoners and include attacks by masked intervention…