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The EU Commission has to cut funding to Hungary: the legal case

Today, we are calling for the European Commission to trigger the new Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2092 with respect to Hungary. Specifically, we are calling on the Commission to issue a written notification to the government of Hungary pursuant to Article 6 (1) of the Regulation, the first step in a process tha…
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European Parliament calls for Political Boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

The European Parliament will vote on a resolution regarding the closure of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily in Hong Kong. The results of the vote are expected to be announced from 16:30. A large cross-party majority in favour of the resolution is expected. In the resolution, MEPs call for the first time for a political boycott of t…
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Commission and Council must use all available tools to safeguard rule of law & fundamental rights in Hungary & Poland

MEPs debate the recent Hungarian law against the LGBTIQ community, as well as the June General Affairs Council meeting of EU ministers on the Article 7 procedures for failings on the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.
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Plenary Flash 05-09 July 2021

During the plenary session, the European Parliament will debate the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights in Hungary and Poland, the programme of the Slovenian Presidency, the General Union Environment Action Programme to 2030, asylum and migration, The 70th anniversary of the Geneva Convention, the repression of the opposition in Turkey, .…
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Rule of Law: Article 7 discussions shows urgent need for action

EU Ministers discussed the Article 7 procedures for failings on the rule of law against the governments of Hungary and Poland in the General Affairs Council. The Greens/EFA Group are calling for the Council to come out with recommendations for both Hungary and Poland on how to improve the situation around the rule of law. Last week the Hu…
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Pre-trial detention in the EU

Pre-trial detention (depriving suspects and accused people of their liberty before the conclusion of a criminal case) is intended to be an exceptional measure, only to be used as necessary and proportionate and in compliance with the presumption of innocence and the right to liberty. We will discuss what the EU can and should do about…
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Are prisons obsolete? From prison reform to prison abolition

“On the whole, people tend to take prisons for granted. It is difficult to imagine life without them. At the same time, there is reluctance to face the realities hidden within them, a fear of thinking about what happens inside them. Thus, the prison is present in our lives and, at the same tim...
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Commission refers Poland to ECJ - quotes from Terry Reintke & Dr Sylwia Spurek

Today (31.03.2021), the European Commission has announced that it is referring Poland to the Court of Justice for the Polish law on the judiciary that undermines the independence of judges. The Greens/EFA Group have long demanded that the Commission take action against the Polish government for its numerous attempts to undermine the rule …
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Greens/EFA debriefing of the plenary session

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, Corporate due diligence, the Equal Treatment in Employment report, the LGBTI Freedom Zone, the Polish, Hungarian and Slovenian governments’ attempts to silence free media and the new Fisheries Control Regulation.
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Government attempts to silence free media in Poland, Hungary & Slovenia

The European Parliament will debate Government attempts to silence free media in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia. In Hungary, almost all press outlets are controlled by groups or individuals close to the ruling Fidesz party; in Poland, the government has replaced key figures in the public broadcaster and is making it harder for independent o…