Deal signed to help protect thousands of indigenuous peoples

Russia’s metals and mining giant Nornickel has signed a cooperation agreement with the associations representing the indigenous peoples of the Taimyr Peninsula, a remote Arctic land dubbed “the last frontier of Russia” offering a five-year support programme worth 2 billion roubles (over €22 million at the current exchange rate), writes Martin Banks. This big move […]

#LUXAward – Audiences and MEPs to choose the winning film

LUX Award, the European Parliament’s film prize, is undergoing major changes to bring even more European films to an even larger European audience. The film award, created 13 years ago by the European Parliament to support the distribution of European films, is being made over. From now on, audiences will be directly involved in choosing […]

#Sunak says he will look at quirk of potential pensions leap

British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak (pictured) said on Wednesday (15 July) he would consider “the anomaly” of potentially huge increases in pensions because of calculation distortions caused by the coronavirus crisis, writes William Schomberg. Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised not to break the so-called “triple lock” for pensions before he won a national election last […]

European Union starts to open its borders publishing a 14 country list

The Council today (30 June) adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. Travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation, with this list being reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks. Based on the criteria and conditions set […]

Geert Bourgeois (ECR): Pragmatism must prevail in the negotiations with the United Kingdom

The ECR Group in the European Parliament has been consistent in its calls for pragmatism to prevail. Therefore, level-headed discussions must triumph over hysteria and the desire for political retribution. ECR trade spokesperson Geert Bourgeois MEP firmly believes that any distortion of the markets in terms of competition policy, state aid and social dumping should […]

#BalticSeaFishStocks remain in crisis – NGOs call for closures of #Herring and #Cod stocks

Responding to today’s (29 May) publication of annual scientific advice for EU fishing limits for 2021 in the Baltic Sea by ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea), which finds important Baltic fish populations remain in a state of crisis, and the entire Baltic Sea ecosystem in very poor health [1], a group […]

#Russia once again caught in attempts to poison foreign citizens

Prior to this, information was leaked to Czech media 3 that on 14 March a Russian spy had arrived in Prague via airplane and was able to freely transport ricin in his suitcase because of his diplomatic status. Later, this person, now identified as Konchakov, was escorted in a diplomatic vehicle to the Russian embassy […]

“When we are united, we are invincible”, former President tells #Kazakh people.

The first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Leader of the Nation, Nursultan Nazarbayev has addressed the people of Kazakhstan, telling them “When we are united, we are invincible” He said: “During the years of independence, in the most difficult and critical moments of our country’s life, I always openly discussed any problems with […]

#Coronavirus crisis: ‘Commission will use all the tools at its disposal to make sure the European economy weathers the storm’

After the videoconference, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Let me be very clear: The Commission is working flat out on both fronts. The European Commission will, in a daily phone conference with the health ministers and the ministers of internal affairs, coordinate the necessary measures. Secondly, the Commission will assemble a team of epidemiologists […]

The EU’s long-term #EUBudget explained

The EU’s long-term budget helps millions of students, thousands of researchers, cities, businesses, regions and NGOs. It contributes to healthier and safer food, new and better roads, railways and airports, a cleaner environment and better security at the EU’s external borders. The idea behind it is that pulling resources together makes Europe stronger and is […]