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Holocaust remembrance: beware ‘siren songs of hate’ – UN chief

Holocaust remembrance - In his speech, delivered at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Guterres recalled that, within months, the Nazis had dismantled fundamental constitutional rights and paved the way for totalitarian rule: members...

Systemic racism within UK criminal justice system a serious concern: UN human rights experts

27 January 2023 Human Rights Racism in the United Kingdom is “structural, institutional and systemic”, independent UN human rights experts said on Friday, warning that people of African descent in the country continue to encounter...

Labour mobility – EU Commission calls on ITALY to put an end to discrimination of foreign lecturers

The European Commission decided to send a reasoned opinion to  Italy (INFR(2021)4055) for failing to comply with EU rules on free movement of workers (Regulation (EU) No 492/2011). Under EU law, EU citizens who exercise their...

Closure of Moscow Helsinki Group, ‘yet another blow to human rights’ in Russia: OHCHR

26 January 2023 Human Rights The court order closing down Russia’s oldest human rights organization, the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG), is “yet another blow to human rights and civic space in the country”, said a Spokesperson for...

Home, belonging, and the Holocaust

In 1933, Hitler began putting the party’s core racist and nationalist ideology into practice, identifying who could claim Germany as home and who in their view, really belonged in the country. This process went way...

End Animal Testing European Citizens’ Initiative Validated With Over 1.2 Million Signatures

Brussels – Signed, sealed, and delivered! The “Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics – Commit to a Europe Without Animal Testing” European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has smashed the requirement of gathering 1 million validated signatures – reaching over 1.2...

Semiconductors: MEPs adopt legislation to boost EU chips industry

On Tuesday, MEPs backed plans to secure the EU supply of chips by boosting production and innovation, and setting up emergency measures against shortages.

Odesa added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List amid threats of destruction

25 January 2023 Peace and Security The historic centre of the port city of Odesa, in Ukraine, has been inscribed on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List, 11 months since...

Provocative Best-Selling Fragrances From Europe Are Now Also Available in the USA & Canada

The German discovered his passion for fragrances at the age of 22. Now his collection is one of the most sought-after fragrance collections in Europe. HATE ME LOVE ME® was Europe's best-selling vegan fragrance collection...

EPPO carries out searches at Latvian university in probe into suspected fraud

The EPPO in Riga is carrying out searches today in the city of Daugavpils (Latvia), including at the Daugavpils  University, in a probe into suspected fraud concerning European Union’s Social Fund, with estimated damages of €600...

MEPs toughen rules on political advertising

MEPs adopted numerous changes to political advertising rules to make EU elections more transparent and resistant to interference.

EU investigation into cross-border VAT fraud of circa 32 million euros in 10 countries

Operation Display took place today in 10 EU Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Slovenia), within the framework of an investigation into cross-border VAT fraud by the European Public Prosecutor’s...

Parliament condemns human rights violations in Iran

Iran-EU relations have proved rocky in recent years due to the continuing human rights violations in Iran. Parliament has repeatedly called for more action.

Five ways the European Parliament wants to protect online gamers

The European Parliament wants better consumer protection for online video games while boosting the sector’s potential.

Ukraine war disrupts education for more than five million children: UNICEF

Eleven months of war in Ukraine have disrupted education for more than five million boys and girls, the UN agency for children, UNICEF, said on Tuesday, calling for increased support to ensure they can...

Europe bans neonicotinoid derogations granted by Member States

The 27 EU Member States are not entitled to derogate from the EU ban on neonicotinoid seeds, the European Court of Justice ruled on 19 January. This applies even in exceptional circumstances.

UN refugee chief praises Moldova for opening the country to Ukrainians fleeing war

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees congratulated Moldova on Saturday, for its decision to initiate temporary protection for refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Swedish Prime Minister outlines priorities to make EU greener, safer and freer

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson discussed the priorities of the Swedish Council Presidency with MEPs in Strasbourg.

Waste shipments: MEPs push for tighter EU rules

On Tuesday, Parliament adopted its negotiating position for talks with EU governments on a new law to revise EU procedures and control measures for waste shipments.

Europeans concerned by cost of living crisis and expect additional EU measures

The cost of living crisis is the most pressing worry for 93% of Europeans, finds the latest European Parliament Eurobarometer survey, released today in full.

Music Moves Europe Awards: Jerry Heil from Ukraine wins Public Choice Award

A singer from Ukraine, Jerry Heil, has won the Public Choice Award of the EU-funded Music Moves Europe Awards. She will receive €5,000. The Grand Jury Music Moves Europe (MME) Award 2023 went to ‘Sans...

What is the European Council in the European Union?

The European Council is a decision-making body within the European Union (EU). Is the highest-level institution of the EU, consisting of the Heads of State or Governments of the member countries, along with the...

Dutch support for ad hoc tribunal on the crime of aggression

The President pf the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox, has warmly welcomed the strong support of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for the creation of an ad hoc tribunal to investigate the...

Ukraine: UN aid reaches Soledar area as IAEA boosts safety measures at nuclear sites

20 January 2023 Peace and Security The first UN aid convoy to reach the vicinity of the battered eastern Ukrainian city of Soledar, since the Russian invasion began nearly a year ago, arrived on Friday...

Resilient Syunik Team Europe Initiative launched in Armenia

On 18 January, the Resilient Syunik Team Europe Initiative was launched in Yerevan. This is a joint undertaking of the European Union, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Member States Austria, France, Germany, Poland...
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