“Opening accession talks with North Macedonia a much-needed signal” -Schieder

After the Council’s decision to open accession negotiations, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee Andreas Schieder MEP (S&D, AT) said: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate North Macedonia and all its citizens on this much-awaited decision. This is excellent news for the region and for…

“Integration Needs Integrity to Succeed” – Vladimir Krulj

The current public health crisis is causing EU member states to close their borders and distance contact with neighbouring countries. But Counter-intuitively, Dr Vladimir Krulj argues that we must not forget the long term objective of greater integration between the EU and its neighbours. The European Union is the “most successful experiment in international cooperation…

More Delegation of Financial Authority to Cities – Greens

The European Green Party is supporting the call of Visegrad’s capital cities mayors to directly channel European cohesion funding to the municipal level. The “Pact of Free Cities” Alliance, composed of the leaders of Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw, is spearheading a progressive future for their countries, but such a future requires European support. The…

International Donors’ Support for Albania

About 100 delegations from the European Union, its Member States and partners, including international organisations and civil society gathered in Brussels at the International Donors’ Conference to mobilise support for Albania after the devastating earthquake of 26 November 2019. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen hosting the event said: “Today the international community stood…

Vision of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Located in Ben Guerir in Morocco’s central Rehamna Province, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University’s modern campus houses some 1400 students, of whom 200 are studying for a Master’s Degree. About 120 undergraduates and postgraduates come from neighbouring African countries, with a particular interest in agricultural studies. Although it is only 3 years old, the University…

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…

Greens Score Their Best Election Result Yet in Eire

On February 8th Irish citizens were called to the voting booths to elect a new parliament through general elections.  While final results are still to be announced, the Irish Green Party – An Comhaontas Glas is already ensured to score its best result ever, more than doubling its 2016 result.  The Green Party is set to become…

EU position on the labelling of Moroccan products stays unchanged

The position of the European Union (EU) on the labelling of Moroccan products has not changed, Peter Stano the spokesman for Vice-President Josep Borrell said yesterday (6 February) in Brussels during the daily midday press briefing. The EU position remains as it has always been and applies to all imports into the European market from…

Morocco Signs MOUs with The College of Europe

HE Ahmed Rahhou who has been Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the EU since July 2019, signed on 31 January with Dr. Jörg Monar the Rector of the College of Europe two agreements to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Morocco and the EU. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Moroccan…