EU Action Against Wildfires

Following a request for assistance from Greece on 13 August 2019, rescEU assets have been mobilised to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece.  As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilise 3 forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve from Italy and Spainto be dispatched swiftly to the affected regions….

25th Sarajevo Film Festival

The Western Balkans’ film scene has been thriving in recent years, reaching audiences across the world and winning awards at major festivals.  The EU seeks to support the film industry and film events in the region, and this week sees the opening of one of these; the 25th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Founded…

Promoting US-Balkan Student Exchanges

On the anniversary of two high water marks of multilateralism  NATO completes seventy (70) years and the Kosovo war completes twenty (20) years, the West faces an existential crisis., writes Gregory Melus. Presently, the populist political star burns bright, cultural and political trends reorient themselves inwards, societies differ and people drift apart.  In these quiet…

Ekrem Imamoglu elected Mayor of Istanbul: Democracy alive and well in Turkey!

The candidate for the main opposition party, Ekrem Imamoglu, has won 54% of the vote in the re-run of the Istanbul mayoral elections. Reacting to the win, the co-chair of Green Left Party Eylem Tuncaelli told this website, “The people have given a clear verdict on the AKP-MHP alliance’s refusal to step down in Istanbul despite their…

Cohesion Funds for Climate Action

EU ministers meeting at an Energy Council and a General Affairs Council this week will discuss respectively the priorities for the future energy infrastructure and for the future EU Cohesion Policy funding for climate action in the regions.  According to the current state of play of negotiations, EU Member States, as they plan to continue investments…

Alyn Smith MEP elected President of EFA

Alyn Smith, who continues to campaign fiercely against Brexit, has been elected President of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament. He succeeds Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras who stood down at the recent European election. An MEP for the Scottish National Party (SNP) since 2004, Smith was recently re-elected to the European Parliament, where he…

I have a story

Europe is a diverse continent, rich of different cultures, languages, religions, ideas. Under the flag of the Council  of Europe, all member states are  nonetheless united to follow the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the founding Treaties of the EU prohibit discrimination…

Improvements Needed in Tackling Fraud with Regional Funding

Despite improvements over recent years, EU Member States’ efforts to tackle fraud in cohesion spending remain too weak, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Member States’ assessments of the effectiveness of their anti-fraud measures are too optimistic, say the auditors. Detection, response and coordination still need substantial strengthening to prevent,…

Tenth Anniversary of the Eastern Partnership

On 14 May, the European Union, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine marked the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership with a High Level Conference in Brussels. The conference celebrated the achievements of the last ten years in the EU’s relationships with its six Eastern partners, and started discussions on the…