A resolution paying tribute to the victims of communism, Nazism and other totalitarian and authoritarian regimes was adopted today by an overwhelming majority in the European Parliament, In the text adopted, Parliament stressed that it was the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols caused the outbreak of World War II. It was the basis for two totalitarian regimes to divide Europe and the territories of independent states into two zones for their own influence and interests.
20 September 2019
Five teenage girls from Kenya have founded an app that helps girls affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) On the initiative of MEP of Assita Kanko, the ECR Group has decided to nominate The Restorers for the 2019 Sakharov Prize. Two years ago, this group of five Kenyan students developed the i-Cut app: it should allow girls and young women who are at risk of genital mutilation to get help very quickly.
18 September 2019
Michel Barnier needs a "hurry up" call to agree a Brexit deal before the UK leaves on October 31. That was the message today from Geoffrey Van Orden in his speech to the European Parliament during a key debate on Britain’s departure.
18 September 2019
MEPs will be in Strasbourg next week where they will debate the latest Brexit developments, vote on the appointment of Christine Lagarde as the next President of the European Central Bank and continue their discussions on electoral interference and disinformation. There will also be a series of foreign affairs debates, including on the forest fires in the Amazon and the situation in both Hong Kong and Burkina Faso. Read on for more details.
16 September 2019
On Thursday 5th September ECR MEP Anna Fotyga will host an International Conference titled 'Financing Terrorism through trafficking of Cultural Goods – Closing the Gaps'. In recent years the black market in works of art has become as lucrative as those for drugs, weapons and counterfeit goods. This is due to the largely un-regulated and confidential nature of the market, permitting a major rise in trafficking of cultural goods by terrorist groups and organized crime. This has forced both legislators and law enforcement to tackle these challenges by working together to close the gaps currently being exploited across the EU. Tomorrow's conference will feature some of the leading personalities in the countering of cultural smuggling, including Col. (Ret.) Matthew Bogdanos, Assistant District Attorney of New York County and Mr. Gilles De Kerchove, the EU's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator.
Thursday 5th September, 14:00 – 17:30 - European Parliament, Brussels, Room ASP 1E2
As a number of Muslim majority states make the democratic transition, there is a need for increased political, economic and civic engagement with other nations around the world, including in Europe. Facing significant regional and global challenges, it is necessary for nations to work together, strengthening shared values, and building lasting relationships as a catalyst for future action. Now more than ever, it is necessary for democracies to come together and discuss their shared values and mutual interests in order to strengthen the democratic order and to promote democracy and stability in the face of the resurgence of authoritarianism and to overcome the tension and polarization between the Muslim World and Western nations.
Tuesday 19 February 2019 - European Parliament, PHS 7C050