EU to Ban Products Made with Forced Labour

Forced Labour

The EU Commission has proposed to prohibit products made with forced labour on the EU market.  The proposal covers all products, namely those made in the EU for domestic consumption and exports, and imported goods, without targeting specific companies or industries.  This comprehensive approach is important because an estimated 27.6 million people are in forced…

Samarkand Spirit: A New Format of International Cooperation

Samarkand SCO Summit

On September 15-16, a Summit of the Heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states was held in Samarkand, which became a platform for discussing the state and prospects for the development of cooperation in the SCO’s sought-after areas and areas of activity. The summit was the first face-to-face meeting of the SCO leaders since…

The impact of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine on World Food Security

The international community has been warned it should not rely on the unconditional support of poorer nations in the war against Russia. The stark warning came at a conference in Brussels on the Russian theft of Ukrainian grain produce and the impact this is having on international food prices. The event, organised to highlight the…

Russia’s Great Grain Grab

Russian Theft of Grain

Russia has plundered an estimated 650,000 tonnes of Ukraine wheat since the start of the current war, it has been claimed.  The claim was made by a leading Ukrainian activist, Dmytro Zolotukhin, at a conference in Brussels. Zolotukhin, Director of the Institute for Postinformation Society in Ukraine, appealed to the West to “do more” to…

Germany and Morocco Adopt Joint Declaration

Bourita and Baerbock

Germany has welcomed the reforms carried out by Morocco under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI for a more open and dynamic society and economy. Germany and Morocco have adopted a joint declaration after talks in Rabat between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the German…

Turkey’s Co-operation with Russia May Trigger Secondary Sanctions

Turkey may be subject to secondary sanctions by the countries of the West through close cooperation with Russia After the meeting between Kremlin chief Putin and Turkish President Erdogan, Western leaders are increasingly concerned about the deepening of economic ties between Turkey and Russia. Politicians warn that the risk of secondary sanctions against Turkey is…

EU Takes the UK to Court for Breach of International Law

Northern Ireland Protocol

The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against the United Kingdom for not complying with significant parts of the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland.  Despite repeated calls on the UK government to implement the Protocol, it has failed to do so.  This is a clear breach of international law, says the EU. The aim…

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…

EESC Supports EU’s Global Gateway

EU Global Gateway

The EU’s Global Gateway initiative is the right step forward in improving connectivity with non-EU partners and like-minded developing countries.  In its relevant opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) underlines that civil society representatives must be included on the board that will be set up to coordinate Global Gateway investments. It also stresses…