Use Frozen Russian Assets to Purchase Air Defence for Ukraine

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Photo by Rostislav Artov on Unsplash A petition has been delivered to Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo calling on the Belgian Government to take a leading role in providing air defence systems to Ukraine. In delivering the open letter, a campaign spokesperson said, “The Russian central bank holds approximately €210 billion in assets within the European Union,…

Ethical Standards in the EU

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Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash The European Parliament has approved the creation of a new EU body to help strengthen integrity, transparency, and accountability in European decision-making. The agreement was reached between Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the European Central Bank, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the…

EU Summit Unwavering in Support for Ukraine

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Photo by Robert Anasch on Unsplash EU leaders  have given their “full unwavering support to Ukraine.” This came on the first day of a two days summit in Brussels. On Thursday, a statement was issued which also sought to underline EU “determination to closely monitor and contain any risks stemming from disinformation, including through artificial intelligence, as well…

Encouraging Ethical Conduct

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Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash  The  EU has moved a step closer creating an ethics body for all the EU institutions. This comes after the European Commission officially approved the agreement resulting from the negotiations among the EU institutions and bodies for the creation of the first ever interinstitutional ethics body.  On Wednesday, it said this was an…

Environmentally Friendly Skies for EU?

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Photo by Géraud Gordias on Unsplash The EU Council presidency and European Parliament’s negotiators have reached a provisional agreement on the reform of the Single European Sky.  The aim of the reform is to try to reduce aviation’s impact on environment and climate. It also hopes to improve the performance, organisation and management of European airspace. The legislative package consists of an amended proposal for the recast of the Single European Sky regulation and a proposal for a regulation amending the EU Aviation Safety Agency basic…

Taiwan Earthquake: EU Response

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Photo by Bernd 📷 Dittrich on Unsplash The EU has offered to provide aid to Taiwan after the island suffered a major earthquake. The powerful 7.4 magnitude tremor shook the island’s east coast, hitting on Wednesday morning, some 18 kilometers south of Hualien city and at a depth of 34.8 kilometers. This is the strongest quake to hit…

Anti-Money Laundering Authority

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Photo by Hans Martin on Unsplash The German city of Frankfurt has been chosen by Parliament and Council as the seat of AMLA, the EU’s new enforcer in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing.  MEPs and EU ambassadors chose Frankfurt to host the EU’s central enforcer in the fight against dirty money, the Authority for Anti-Money…

EU-27 Approve 50 Billion Euros for Ukraine

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Photo by Robert Anasch on Unsplash A leading think tank has welcomed news that leaders of the EU-27 have agreed an extra 50 billion euros support package for Ukraine within the EU budget. The decision was made at a summit of EU leaders in Brussels on 1 February. The move was greeted by Zsuzsanna Vegh, associate researcher at the…

EU Extends Sanctions Against Russia

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Photo by FlyD on Unsplash EU member states have renewed for a further 6 months its restrictive measures against Russia “in view of the Russian Federation’s continuing actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine.” They will last until 31 July. The sanctions, first introduced in 2014 in response to Russia’s actions “destabilising” the situation in Ukraine, were significantly expanded…

EESC Recommendations to Belgian Presidency

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Photo by Christian Lue on Unsplash Competitiveness, SMEs and social inclusion are at the heart of the Belgian EU council presidency programme.  The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has subsequently made policy recommendations on the relationship between economic governance, long-term inclusive growth and sustainable security. In the first half of 2024, Belgium holds its thirteenth Presidency of…