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…

EP Delegation to COP25

A delegation from the European Parliament arrived in Madrid this week to participate in the COP25, where they will meet with key stakeholders in the negotiations. An official delegation from the European Parliament will take part in the UN conference on climate change, the COP25, in Madrid in Spain this week until 14 December.  It…

New Plant Health Rules Come Into Effect

New rules on plant health, designed to stop diseases spreading or jumping borders, will become effective on Saturday. The EU Regulation 2016/2031 on protective measures against plant pests was steered through the European Parliament by UK member Anthea McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands. It became law in December 2016 and is directly applicable…

Jimmy De Bock Exhibition

photograph copyright ©Jimmy De Bock  The way we see the world is often best captured by a photograph. Iconic images of mankind’s plight and triumphs have over and over again been seared into our collective memory.   In this spirit, yesterday Jimmy De Bock Exhibitionon Tuesday, 3 December, BOLDT – in cooperation with Fondation Franz Weber…

Parliament Debates Discrimination

Members of the European Parliament debated on Public discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people, including LGBTI free zones. This debate was requested upon the initiative of the LGBTI Intergroup.  Since the beginning of 2019, 87 localities (regions, counties and municipalities) have passed bills or have declared themselves “LGBTI-free” or “free of LGBT ideology” in Poland. These…

Intergroup in EP to be established for Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs

The body that represents the spirits industry at EU level – spiritsEUROPE – says it “strongly supports” the re-establishment of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs.  This intergroup allows for the enhanced understanding of the cultural, traditional and economic importance of spirits among key decision-makers in the European Parliament, and should be re-constituted. “We encourage MEPs from all political groupings, sitting on…