Carles Puigdemont announces candidacy in European Parliament Elections

Carles Puigdemont announces candidacy in European Parliament

Still living in exile in Belgium, Carles Puigdemont the independent Catalan politician chose the Brussels Press Club as the venue to announce today his candidature for election to the European Parliament in the 23 May elections.  Flanked by four colleagues from the party “Junts per Catalunya” Gorka Knorr, Erika Casajoanna, Calara Ponsati and Toni Comin,…

Open Letter to the President of the European Parliament from Dan Radu Rușanu

Open Letter to the President of the European Parliament

We publish here in full the text of a letter to the President of the European Parliament, and to the Leaders of the Parliamentary Political Groups, from Dan Radu Rușanu. My name is Dan Radu Rușanu and I have been a PNL member (Romanian National Liberal Party) since January 1990. During the period 2000-2013, I was Vice-President…

Taiwan Safeguarding Regional Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom - Taiwan

An inaugural meeting of the Regional Religious Freedom Forum in Taiwan has heard that the country is flying the flag for safeguarding religious freedom, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. The meeting heard that Taiwan is committed to ending intolerance and persecution of religious minorities. Organized by Taipei City-based Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, the two-day event…

New Investment in Air Freight Services at Brussels Airport

New Investment in Air Freight Services

One of the world’s largest air services providers, dnata, has increased its global footprint by opening a new cargo centre at Brussels Airport. The company’s expansion into the Belgian capital represents an investment of €8 million and creates up to 100 local jobs with the company. Its new facility, which covers an area of 14,000…

Multilevel Collaboration For Intercultural Peace

Multilevel Collaboration For Intercultural Peace

Radical ideologies play a key role in brainwashing individuals and  encouraging them to commit violent acts. Correct tools are needed to address different radicalisation scenarios so that effective prevention can be realised, writes Hande Bozatli.  All stakeholders, including civil society, cultural networks,  national, local and regional governments,  have a crucial role to play in early detection and prevention of the root causes…

EP gives thumbs up to management of the EU’s 2017 budget

Gives thumbs up to management of the EU’s 2017 budget

At this week’s plenary session in Strasbourg MEPs welcomed the fact that the error rate for payments – as estimated by the ECA – had reached an all-time low of 2.4%. However, they raised some concerns about how testing samples were selected. MEPs are worried about the mounting payments backlog, which reached a new record of…

Cluj-Napoca Progressing with Strategic Challenges

Cluj-Napoca Progressing

The investment backed by EU cohesion policy 2014/2020 is improving the life of millions of citizens across Europe, focusing on those who are weaker. But more should be done to ensure that the European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds over the next decade are more flexible and effective to counter the worrying trend of regional…

Bitter Lemons

Bitter Lemons

Cyprus emerged as the number one issue on the international political arena recently, writes Leyla Tavsonoglu. The Greek Cypriot Government, enjoying the full benefits of being the sole EU member of the island, disregarding the Turkish Cypriot side, in partnership with Israel and Egypt, continues drilling for natural gas and oil on the Cypriot continental shelf. …

EIB approves €2.4 bn investment

EIB investment €2.4 bn

The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has this week approved a total of €2.4 billion of new financing to improve public services, upgrade infrastructure and strengthen private sector investment. ·     €905 million new financing for rail and road transport projects across Europe ·     €1 billion for business investment and corporate…

Cyprus: Is No Solution A Solution?

Cyprus: Is No Solution

Cyprus has long been a bone of contention between Turkey and Greece and the third guarantor power of the island, the UK, writes Leyla Tavsanoglu. I don’t want to delve into Cypriot history as it has been repeated time and time over. My aim is to understand whether the parties involved on the island’s problems…