Asylum and Rescue in the Mediterranean

Tineke Strik

Members of the European Parliament will this week debate the need for a European solution on asylum and migration including search and rescue in the Mediterranean sea.On Tuesday, the International Organisation for Migration’s project reported that nearly 6,000 people have died in the Med trying to reach Europe since the start of last year and…

Criticism of European Parliament

Ryszard Legutko

During a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the European Parliament, the European Conservatives and Reformists made cutting criticisms.  Speaking on behalf of the Group, Chairman Prof Ryszard Legutko pointed out that “in the strict sense it is only a quasi-parliament, alienating millions of voters.” Prof Legutko said, “Madam President, Prime Ministers. Two minutes of truth,…

Generators of Hope

“Generators of hope” – a campaign launched jointly by Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, and Dario Nardella, President of Eurocities – will bring practical aid to people in Ukraine, by delivering a massive supply of power generators at a time of urgent need. Following consecutive missile and drone attacks by Russia on critical civilian infrastructure of…

EPP Seeks Acceleration of Ukraine’s EU Accession

EU Ukraine

Brussels has been urged to “systematically align EU policies for the victory of Ukraine.”. The message, from centre right MEPs, comes with the war in Ukraine showing no signs of abating. In comments on Thursday, the EPP group also said the EU should start membership talks with Ukraine “as soon as possible.” The EPP statement…

Russia Branded Terrorist State

The European Parliament has today officially declared Russia to be a “state sponsor of terrorism” and a “state which uses means of terrorism”.  This came after a parliamentary vote on a resolution in Strasbourg earlier today. The move has been widely welcomed by MEPs from across the political spectrum. “Now it’s up to the EU…

Alarm Signals from Planet Earth

Alarm Signals from Planet Earth

At the UN’s climate change summit in Egypt, MEPs have called on global leaders to recognise the alarming signals the planet is sending us and to consequently adopt concrete measures to implement the Paris Agreement.  The economic and energy crises caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine should not be used as an excuse to postpone…

Cyberattack Threats on EU Banks

MEPs have called for action to protect banks in Europe against possible attacks from Russia, China or Iran. Senior MEP Frances Fitzgerald said, ““We are now all more conscious than ever of the threat posed by hackers to European citizens, including from regimes such as Russia, China, or Iran.  “Recent months have highlighted the need…

Climate Finance

Left MEPs are organising an international conference on the issue of climate finance. They are pushing for the issue of loss and damage to be inserted in the Parliament’s resolution on the climate summit COP27. The 27th UN Climate Change Summit is not only about emissions, it is about hope and justice – and about…

Access to COVID Vaccines

Covax

The European Parliament’s special Covid-19 committee exchanged views with ministers from the Global South and leading representatives of international health and trade organisations last week. The S&Ds used the meeting to call on international partners to recommit to the global initiative, COVAX, intended to guarantee equitable access to Covid vaccines.  As a next step, the scope…

Combatting Terrorism

Combatting terrorism

Combating terrorism has been part of the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation’s (Eurojust) mandate since its creation in 2002 and remains one of its core priorities.  The EU Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has amended the Eurojust Regulation in force and strengthened the agency’s tools for sharing data relating…