3 May World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day

On 3 May, the World Press Freedom Day, the European Parliament officially launched the call for submissions for entries to the Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism. The Prize rewards on a yearly basis outstanding journalism that promotes or defends the core principles and values of the European Union such as human dignity, freedom, democracy,…

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Margot Friedlander

Today, Holocaust survivor Margot Friedländer will address MEPs at a special plenary meeting for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 77 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp on 27 January 1945, MEPs will honour the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The ceremony will be opened at…

Greens to Support Newly Elected EP President Metsola

Roberta Metsola

The Greens/EFA Group have congratulated Roberta Metsola on her election as President of the European Parliament and offer “critical and constructive” cooperation. The Greens/EFA Group called on all political groups in the European Parliament to ensure proportional representation of the democratic groups of the European Parliament when electing the European Parliament Vice-Presidents. The Greens/EFA Group…

S&D MEPs Seek to Question Metsola

Roberta Metsola

The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament will organise a hearing in the second week of January to question Roberta Metsola MEP, a candidate to chair the European Parliament during the second half of the legislature, before deciding on their vote. S&D leader Iratxe García MEP said: “I have already started negotiating with EPP…

EP Calls for EU Rules Against Vexatious Legal Actions

SLAPPs

The EU needs rules against SLAPPs (vexatious legal actions) intended to silence critical voices, according to the Parliament’s Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs committees. In a draft report endorsed on Thursday with 63 votes for, 9 against, and 10 abstentions, MEPs propose measures to counteract the threat that Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) pose…

Roberta Metsola elected as First Vice-President of the European Parliament

Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola has been elected as the First Vice-President of the European Parliament, replacing Mairead McGuinness who was recently appointed European Commissioner. Roberta Metsola has been a MEP since 2013. She was re-elected in 2014 and 2019. Originally a lawyer by profession, specialising in European law and politics, between 2004 and 2012, Ms…

Poland Undermining EU

MEPs are urging the European Commission to take immediate action over the deteriorating rule of law in Poland, especially with regard to the independence of the Polish judiciary, as the PiS-led government continues to undermine and attack judges. “For many years, we have witnessed the ruling coalition undermining the whole structure of the state, including…

EU Tells Poland to Stop Intimidating Its Judges

The EPP says the “Polish Government’s repression, penalisation and intimidation of judges, who defend the rule of law in Poland, must stop immediately.” The actions of the current Polish Government have damaged its credibility within the EU, it says. “The signing of the so-called ‘Muzzle law’ by Poland’s President is another step towards further eroding…