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Ombudsman calls on EU institutions to adopt whistleblowing rules

Ombudsman calls on EU institutions to adopt whistleblowing rules

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly (pictured), has found that seven out of the nine EU institutions questioned by her office have still to comply with a January 2014 obligation to introduce internal whistleblowing rules. While an inter-institutional committee is examining a common approach, she urges the committee to complete its work as quickly as possible. […]

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Are muslim areas in Germany dangerous for Jews?

Are muslim areas in Germany dangerous for Jews?

Rabbi Menachem Margolin (pictured), Director General of the European Jewish Association and of the Rabbinical Center of Europe, has denounced a statement made by the head of Germany’s Jewish community who advised Jews not to wear a kippah in areas were a large Muslim population lives, in the wake of increasing anti-Semitism in Europe. Josef […]

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Russia has lost a strong and courageous politician, a convinced democrat

Russia has lost a strong and courageous politician, a convinced democrat

European Liberals and Democrats are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of death of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent opposition politician in Russia and leader of ALDE Party member party RPR – PARNAS, who was shot dead  in Moscow. Reacting to the news ALDE Party President Sir Graham Watson said: “Tonight Russia has lost a strong […]

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Draghi to Parliament: Deeper monetary union needed to deal with important shocks

Draghi to Parliament: Deeper monetary union needed to deal with important shocks

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Debating the activities of the European Central Bank (ECB) with MEPs, ECB President Mario Draghi pledged to work towards a genuine economic union. “Economic convergence has not been as sustainable as it was hoped for at the outset. This still puts at risk the long-term success of the monetary union when faced with an important […]

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ETS reform: Everything you need to know in a nutshell

ETS reform: Everything you need to know in a nutshell

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was set up to reduce gas emissions and fight climate change, but it is not working as efficiently as it could. On 24 February MEPs approved draft legislation to tackle the imbalances of supply and demand of emission allowances, which is holding back investment in green technologies. Read on […]

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European Citizen’s Prize: Acknowledging people’s contributions to Europe

European Citizen’s Prize: Acknowledging people’s contributions to Europe

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

They are the ones who make Europe a better place: 47 people and organisations from all over the EU received the European Citizen’s Prize at a ceremony in Brussels on 25 February as an award for their contributions to European co-operation and the promotion of common values. This included anything from defending the rights of […]

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Changes to planned European Passenger Name Record (PNR) system discussed by MEPs

Changes to planned European Passenger Name Record (PNR) system discussed by MEPs

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

A new draft text on an EU system for the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, tabled by lead MEP Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK), was discussed in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning (26 February). An evaluation of the necessity and proportionality of the proposal in the face of current security threats, its […]

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