FAST-CARE

Dombrovskis

The Commission has taken what it  calls “another important step” to help Member States, regional and local authorities and partners to address the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine by adopting the ‘Flexible Assistance to Territories (FAST-CARE)’. This is a new comprehensive package that extends the support already provided under CARE by offering further support and…

Legal guarantees for NGO activities: Uzbekistan takes steps towards recognised standards

In recent years, civil society institutions in Uzbekistan, including non-governmental non-profit organizations (NGO), are involved in various spheres of public life, as well as actively participating in the new stage of reforms in the country, writes Muzraf Ikramov. In particular, the third sector is exercising effective public control and social partnership between public and non-governmental organizations….

The Legacy of Boris Johnson

Philip Bushill-Matthews

Recent by-elections have inflicted massive defeats on the UK Government. Although the people have spoken, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not listened: he maintains the fiction that he is the solution not the problem, writes Philp Bushill-Matthews.  The country is facing a massive cost of living crisis, amplified by a weakening   pound and contracting…

Uzbekistan Announces Logistics Hub for Humanitarian Assistance

We publish here in full the official announcement of establishment of an International Multifunctional Transport and Logistics Hub for Humanitarian Assistance on the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev Today, the threat of a humanitarian crisis is growing in many regions of the world, associated with the severe economic consequences…

EU Accession Perspective for Ukraine

Ryszard Legutko

The Co-Chairmen of the ECR Group in the European Parliament, Prof Ryszard Legutko (Poland) and Raffaele Fitto (Italy) say they strongly support the accession of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia to the EU.  “The granting of candidate status is an elementary stop signal to Russia that the times of post-Soviet imperialism are finally…

EU Candidate Status for Ukraine Agreed

von der Leyen

The European Commission has presented its Opinions on the application for EU membership submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova as invited by the Council.  Last Friday’s opinions are based on the Commission’s assessment in light of the three sets of criteria to join the EU agreed by the European Council: political criteria, economic criteria and…

Global Baku Forum

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan opened the 9th Global Baku Forum last week. We publish here in full the text of his address:- I welcome you all and wish to express gratitude for being with us today. The 9th Global Baku Forum opens today and I am sure that the discussions as always will be…

First Round of French Elections

Melanie Vogel

The first round of the 2022 French legislative elections took place on Sunday, June 12.  The New Ecologic and Social People’s Union (NUPES), of which Europe Ecologie Les Verts – the French Green party is a part of, achieved “great” results  with 380 candidates qualified for the second round.  Over 50 French Greens candidates within the…

MEPs Criticise UK Position on Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Protocol

Leading EPP Group MEPs have strongly criticised the British Government’s intention to launch unilateral action against the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Brexit Treaty as reckless and disappointing.  The move was attacked by MEPs Seán Kelly and Christophe Hansen. They issued a statement which said “The anticipated announcement is reckless and disappointing, but sadly what…