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    Status: 11/26/2021 00:00 The jailed cultural guard has come back for questioning. The Council of Europe is threatening to expel Turkey because of this process. But the way there is complicated and plagued by many interests. By Oliver Meyer-Ruth, ARD-Studio Istanbul Usman Kawala, a human rights and cultural promoter, has been sentenced to four years in prison without trial and is being re-tried in Istanbul today – in a case involving human rights activists, Turkish opposition and EU ambassadors and journalists: the Office of the Attorney General and, in particular, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In accused Gezi of financing the protests and plotting in 2016 – based on the allegations, which were unsubstantiated and structured, by the consensus of independent observers. BR logo Oliver Meyer-Ruth ARD-Studio Istanbul The day of the trial is very exciting because the Council of Europe threatened Turkey with violations in September due to the Kavala operation – the deadline is November 30. The next three-day meeting of the body responsible for such cases in the...
    VIDEO2:1702:17Russia's Novak: Surprised by EU's Arctic proposalsCapital Connection A new cold front could open up in the political tension between the European Union and Russia over energy. This time in the Arctic. On Wednesday, the EU put forward proposals that could see it pushing to ban the tapping of new oil, coal and gas deposits in the Arctic in an effort, it said, to protect the region from further disruptive climate change. Russia, a major holder of Arctic territory where an abundance of its hydrocarbon and fish stocks are found, is not too pleased with the proposals with Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak telling CNBC Thursday that they were politically-motivated and nonsensical. " I was a bit surprised when I heard about this yesterday. Why the Arctic, why not the Equator? One could come up with a number of places in the world where oil and gas production must be banned," he told CNBC's Hadley Gamble at the Russian Energy Week conference in Moscow, according to a translation. "This proposal has no other motivation than political," he added. "What do...
    08/16/2021 at 3:26 PM CEST . The Executive Council of the European Club Association (ECA) has approved the application of the nine teams that left the so-called ‘Super League’ to maintain their affiliation to this body, thus completing their reintegration. According to a statement issued this Monday by the ECA, after receiving the requests in which the Council was asked to understand the withdrawal of its previous requests for resignation of April 2021, it has been decided that the following clubs will maintain their ordinary membership to this group for the current cycle 2019-2023: Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea, Atlético de Madrid, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham. “In its decision, and after an exhaustive process of reengagement by clubs and reevaluation by the ECA over the past few months, the ECA Executive Council took into consideration the recognition by clubs of that the so-called European Super League project (“ESL Project”) was not of interest to the footballing community in general and its publicly communicated decisions to completely abandon said ESL Project, “he says. “The...
    Eight new judges are due to be appointed to the ECHR this year, including a French-speaking Belgian, a Polish and a Russian. The last word goes to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which decides by a vote in plenary session. Folder VSEach member state of the Council of Europe (there are 47) is represented at the European Court of Human Rights by a judge. This year, eight terms of office expire, including those of Belgium, Poland and the Czech Republic in September / October. Successors will be chosen in a vote of the 324 members of the Parliamentary Assembly on April 20. In principle, because it is not that simple …
    This document is intended, with a view to the summer season, to facilitate travel for Europeans who can thus certify that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, have passed a negative PCR test or are immunized after having been infected. Lhe European Parliament will be ready to ratify the European health passport during its plenary session from June 7 to 10, the chairman of the parliamentary committee responsible for the dossier said on Monday. The European Commission, which proposed the “digital green certificate” on March 17, said on Monday that it planned to enter into force “by June”, without giving further details. This document is intended, with a view to the summer season, to facilitate travel for Europeans who can thus certify that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, have passed a negative PCR test or are immunized after having been infected. MEPs agreed last Thursday to vote on this proposal for a regulation as part of an emergency procedure. A usual legislative procedure, involving the European Parliament and the Council (institution representing the Member States), can sometimes...
    The relationship between the European Union and the United States continues its reconstruction after the Trump era and the president Joe Biden will participate as a guest at this Thursday’s summit of the European Council after receiving the invitation of Charles Michel. The idea is that they address what transatlantic links should look like in the coming years. “It is time to rebuild the transatlantic alliance,” said Michel, who hopes to receive Biden’s views precisely on the relations between the blocks. The meeting will take place by videoconference given the restrictions in Belgium due to the pandemic. It should be remembered that Pedro Sánchez and Joe Biden have not yet spoken since the democrat arrived at the Oval Office last January. On the agenda of the summit is the vaccination passport, European funds, measures against the potential new wave of Covid, vaccines or relations with Turkey. The debate on Russia has been removed from the agenda, as Michel prefers to address it in person. The spokesman for the Belgian politician, Barend Leyts, added on that social network that the...
    Internet platforms that manage content and services -such as Facebook, Google, Twitter or Youtube– they must remove the content that encourages terrorism or incites to commit attacks within a maximum period of one hour since its publication. This has been agreed on Tuesday by the 27 member countries of the European Union, thus giving the green light to an agreement reached last December. The new rules will apply to all companies of this type that offer their services in the European Union, regardless of where the platform’s legal headquarters are located or its size. The Council adopted new rules to stop terrorists from using the internet to radicalise, recruit and incite to violence. Under the new regulation, internet platforms will have 1️⃣ hour to remove or disable terrorist content, following a removal order from national authorities ???? – EU Council (@EUCouncil) March 16, 2021 That is to say: this regulation will allow the authorities of a Member State order, for example, YouTube to remove specific content -or unless access to it is disabled from any of the countries of the...
    This is a consolation prize for the former Belgian Prime Minister, as the presidency of the conference has been awarded jointly to the Presidents of the Parliament David Sassoli, of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen and of the Council of the EU. , currently Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa. Parliament still had to appoint its representatives to the executive council. The first political family of the assembly, the EPP (Christian Democrats), delegated its group leader, the German Manfred Weber, as did the S&D (Socialists and Social Democrats) in the person of the Spanish Iraxte Garcia. RE did not choose its group leader, the Romanian Dacian Ciolos, but Guy Verhofstadt, whose name had long been cited to chair the event. The executive board must ultimately be made up of nine representatives, three per institution, each with a maximum of four observers each. The executive board is responsible for reporting to the joint presidency. It shall make decisions by consensus regarding the work of the conference, its processes and events, oversee the conference as it unfolds, and prepare for the...
    “For years, the countries of Europe have been engaged in a race towards the abyss, to keep outside our borders those in need of our protection, with disastrous consequences”, laments Dunja Mijatovic, Commissioner for Human Rights. man from the Council of Europe, in the introduction to the report. “Their response is one of the most egregious examples of how bad migration policies undermine human rights and claim the lives of thousands of human beings,” she continues. The document takes stock of the implementation of the recommendations published in 2019, in a previous report, by the Council of Europe. And the observation is clear: “the human rights situation in the Mediterranean region remains deplorable”, and has “deteriorated further”. Over the period observed, between June 2019 and the end of 2020, more than 2,600 deaths were recorded by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The report underlines that this figure is undoubtedly underestimated, drownings often occurring outside the radars. The Council of Europe lists several reasons for the deterioration of the situation, in particular “the gradual withdrawal of ships chartered by...
    The European Parliament pushed one of its own – Guy Verhofstadt – to the presidency of the Conference. In vain. Tired of war, the leaders of the political groups gave the green light to the “joint declaration” of the three European institutions which will launch the work. Official signature next Wednesday. Will Guy Verhofstadt nevertheless play a prominent role in the governance of the exercise, which he today qualifies as a “bureaucratic circus”? Fwhite smoke for a large pilot project that has become… smoky! The leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament and its president, the Italian David Sassoli, finally gave their blessing to the launch of a Conference on the future of Europe. Tired of war, the leaders of Parliament approved the “joint declaration” of the three European institutions (Commission, Council, Parliament), which will focus this high mass on the baptismal font and specify its outlines. The interinstitutional compromise will be officially signed next Wednesday, on the sidelines of the plenary session of Parliament, announced on Friday. In pen: David Sassoli,...
    The President of the European Council takes a dive into three countries of the EU’s “Eastern Partnership”. At the heart of geopolitical tensions between Russia and “the West”. Haro on Russia. The President of the European Council has left the semi-deserted EU HQ in Brussels (blame it on the covid!) For a dive into three countries destabilized, eaten away by pro-Russian separatism: Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova. On Tuesday, Charles Michel was alongside Ukrainian President Zelensky on the edge of the “contact line” – not to say “front” – in the Luhansk region, in the heart of the Ukrainian Donbass, partly occupied by secessionist forces . “Russia is part of the conflict! She is not a mediator, ”accused the former Belgian Prime Minister – the Kremlin persists in denying its capital military support for the separatists.
    The European Commission has validated the Procedure for Action against disinformation drawn up by the Government, which was approved on October 6 by the National Security Council and published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) on November 5. After a thorough analysis of the ministerial order, the Commission has concluded that the Procedure “updates the existing Spanish system to prevent, detect and respond to disinformation campaigns and to establish coordination structures “. This is stated in his response to the MEP for Citizens Maite Pagazaurtundúa, who asked the European Commission to rule on the fact that the proposed surveillance committee is controlled by the Secretary of State for Communication, which reports directly to the Ministry of the Presidency, as well as on the possibility that it could limit the freedom and pluralism of the media. In its response, the Commission understands that “the ministerial order does not constitute a legal basis to decide on the content of the information provided by the media. “ In the opinion of the community executive institution, “the permanent committee is in charge of monitor...
    The European Council agrees on a common position on privacy on WhatsApp and Skype
    Finance ministers are starting to discuss their national stimulus plans. To prevent the debates from dragging on, the Commission is already drawing its red lines. VDid you like the negotiation on the European recovery plan? You will like the one on the recovery plans of each state, to be returned to obtain a share of the 750 billion euros in the common pot. The Portuguese, who this semester hold the presidency of the Council of the EU (where the member states meet), have made the implementation of the 2020 agreements their priority. Hence the idea of ​​discussing it already between finance ministers in January, although we do not have much to eat at this stage. The legislation which materializes from paper to reality the European recovery plan must still be formally approved by all sides (Parliament and Council) before it can come into force and each state must authorize the European Commission to take on its slate a loan of 750 billion euros, of which 390 will be reimbursed by the European budget over...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is postponing a leaders’ summit because the EU Council president is going into a COVID-19 quarantine. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Security Council of the United Nations adopted on June 25 a resolution renewing for two years the Belgian magistrate Serge Brammertz as Prosecutor of the Mechanism called to exercise the residual functions of the international criminal courts, rejoices on Saturday the Minister of Foreign Affairs Philippe Goffin. The latter spoke on Saturday in a video message on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. “Reconciliation through justice and full recognition of the past: it was on these fundamental principles that the European Union was built after the war. It was by recognizing the Srebrenica genocide and bringing all its perpetrators to justice that ‘an authentic and lasting reconciliation can be established in the region “, believes Philippe Goffin. “The Srebrenica genocide shows what crimes nationalist ideologies lead to, and reminds us of the need to continue to fight, more than ever, against racism, anti-Semitism and all other forms of hatred, intolerance and discrimination” , he adds. “After a quarter of a century, Srebrenica remains an open wound in the European conscience,” said the president of...
    The president of the European Council Charles Michel proposed Friday to establish the budget 2021-2027 of the EU to 1.074 billion euros, slightly down compared to his proposal of last February (1.094 billion), but to preserve the fund post-coronavirus stimulus to 750 billion euros, in accordance with the allocation key between loans and subsidies proposed by the Commission. This decline in the multi-year budget aims to seduce the “four frugal” that are the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria and Denmark, more reluctant to a recovery plan which will mainly benefit the countries of the south like Spain or Italy, the most affected by the pandemic. The Commission had for its part proposed 1.100 billion euros. On the other hand, Mr. Michel confirms the amount proposed by the Commission for the stimulus fund (750 billion), as well as the latter’s proposal to distribute this fund to two-thirds via non-refundable subsidies, much to the chagrin of the quartet. But the latter countries could find satisfaction in the former Belgian Prime Minister’s desire to maintain the discounts they benefit from their national contribution to...
    Breaking News — Strasbourg (France), Jun 29 . .- The European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe found 34 violations of articles of the European Social Charter regarding equal pay for men and women in fourteen countries, according to the decisions made public this Monday. The decisions are the response to the collective claims filed by the international NGO University Women of Europe (UWE) against 15 countries that accept this mechanism of the revised European Social Charter. Spain is not among them, as Parliament has pending the approval of the claims process and the revision of the Charter, which includes, among others, rights related to equality, protection against social exclusion and against sexual harassment. This mechanism allows social agents and NGOs to denounce one or more States for possible breach of the Charter. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejcinovic said “the pay gap between men and women is unacceptable” and urged governments “to urgently redouble efforts to ensure equal career opportunities.” The most unfulfilled commitment is the promotion of equal opportunities between women and men...
    THIS is the bizarre moment a Brazilian politician sniffs a pair of women's underwear during an online council meeting. Ditinho do Asilo, who is a member of a Christian party, pulled out the knickers that were sent to him in the post during the call where he thought the camera was off. 4The Brazilian politician received the pair of red knickers in the postCredit: Central European News 4During the virtual meeting, the Christain politician sniffed the underwear unaware that his camera was still onCredit: Central European News The bizarre incident occurred during an online meeting of the Braganca Paulista Town Council, a town in the southeastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. The meeting was set up for the politicians to discuss chopping down trees in the area. In the video, the politicians can be seen discussing the issue when council member Ditinho do Asilo of the Social Christian Party pulls out a pair of small red knickers. He studies the knickers in depth before lifting the thong up to his nose and taking a sniff. The politician has tried...
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