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Illicit trade funding terrorism and wars

Illicit trade funding terrorism and wars

We report on how criminal and organised crime groups are using illicit trade to fund their activities and how the EU is trying to stop them. In 2019, the United Nations Security Council expressed concern that terrorists and organised crime organisations are benefitting from illicit trade as a source of financing through the trafficking of arms, persons, drugs, artefacts, and cultural property. Although terrorists have been financed by illicit trade for decades, the scale and extent of this dynamic is reaching levels never seen before.

Czech EPP vice-president hopeful calls for leadership renewal

Czech EPP vice-president hopeful calls for leadership renewal

The European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament has lost its visibility and its leadership needs to be renewed, Czech EU lawmaker Tomáš Zdechovský – who wants to run for vice-president of the Parliament’s largest group – told EURACTIV.cz ahead of next week’s EPP congress in Rotterdam.

MEPs from the Employment and Social Affairs Committee conclude visit to Prague

MEPs from the Employment and Social Affairs Committee conclude visit to Prague

A delegation of MEPs concluded a three-day (23-25/05) visit to Prague, where they met ministers, politicians, social partners, researchers and bodies assisting refugees from Ukraine.

The European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe Development Bank launch pilot project to support affordable housing for Roma in the Slovak Republic

The European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe Development Bank launch pilot project to support affordable housing for Roma in the Slovak Republic

Spišská Nová Ves and Rudňany, Slovak Republic– European Parliament, European Commission, and Council of Europe Development Bank representatives met with local authorities, Roma communities, and private sector organisations to launch an innovative pilot project aimed at supporting affordable housing solutions for Roma.

Czech MEP slams Scholz, says Kyiv needs more weapons

Czech MEP slams Scholz, says Kyiv needs more weapons

Germany became a target of criticism due to its reluctance to act and provide Ukraine with more military support, as has been requested by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The not-so-fantastic 4: Central Europe’s divided Visegrad alliance

The not-so-fantastic 4: Central Europe’s divided Visegrad alliance

The Visegrad Group of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic is known as the V4, but it’s turning into more of a V 2+2. That’s because of the growing divergence between Poland and Hungary — dropping fast in most measures of what makes a liberal democracy — and Slovakia and the Czech Republic, both of which have seen recent government changes sending them back into the EU mainstream. The split was highlighted by Czech EU Affairs Minister Mikuláš Bek this week.

Innovative Approaches in Mental Health in Post-Covid Era

Innovative Approaches in Mental Health in Post-Covid Era

Brussels, 30th November 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic is being followed by the mental health crisis. According to the MEP Alliance for Mental Health in the European Parliament and leading European experts, the EU needs a coordinated action in the field of mental health.

Delegation of the European Parliament finishes its visit to Pakistan

Delegation of the European Parliament finishes its visit to Pakistan

MEPs expressed their appreciation for Pakistan’s role in helping to channel humanitarian aid and in facilitating the relocation of vulnerable Afghans to numerous countries.

Let Frontex do its work

Let Frontex do its work

The EPP Group welcomes that the European Parliament has today granted the discharge for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) for the year 2019. The annual discharge for the agency had been postponed when reports about the potential involvement of Frontex in illegal pushbacks at the EU's external borders were published. Subsequently, the European Parliament set up the Frontex Scrutiny Working Group to investigate these allegations.

EU ‘failing to stop meat industry exploiting agency workers’

EU ‘failing to stop meat industry exploiting agency workers’

MEPs call for EU ban on all outsourced labour after Guardian investigation finds unequal pay and terms. The EU is facing calls to ban outsourcing in the meat industry, after a Guardian investigation revealed how agency workers were exploited by companies that took no responsibility for pay and conditions.

Attracting highly-skilled workers to the EU

Attracting highly-skilled workers to the EU

"The revision of the Blue Card rules aims above all to motivate highly-qualified people from third countries to fill vacancies in the Union's labour market, which is facing an ageing population and increasing skills requirements”, said Tomáš Zdechovský, EPP Group MEP responsible for the issue, ahead of tonight’s debate in the European Parliament on new rules for admitting skilled workers to the EU.

Zdechovský chairs new EP-Maldives Friendship Group

Zdechovský chairs new EP-Maldives Friendship Group

The EP-Maldives Friendship Group has held its first meeting in the European Parliament today on the occasion of the Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdul Gafoor Mohamed’s visit to Brussels. Tomáš Zdechovský MEP, a long-term supporter of the democratic transition of Maldives will head the new Parliamentary Group.

MEP Tomáš Zdechovský: ‘Morocco Is One of EU’s Most Stable and Powerful Partners’

MEP Tomáš Zdechovský: ‘Morocco Is One of EU’s Most Stable and Powerful Partners’

European Union Bulletin has spoken with the Member of the European Parliament Tomáš Zdechovský about how the European Union could help solve the ongoing crisis between Spain and Morocco. As one of the MEPs who last Thursday (10 June) refused to join a resolution against Morocco during an European Parliament session in Strasbourg, the Czech politician said in a statement that he “found it difficult to support this resolution and I voted against it. … This resolution is counterproductive for the relationship between Morocco and Spain.”

Several MEPs reject controversial resolution on Morocco

Several MEPs reject controversial resolution on Morocco

MEPs from different political groups on Thursday stood up in Strasbourg against the initiative of some of their colleagues to pass a resolution hostile to Morocco. This controversial resolution, which has divided the European Parliament since it did not gain the expected support, was boycotted by more than half of the members of the Parliament who considered inopportune and reckless to antagonize Morocco, an important partner for the European Union. “I found it difficult to support this resolution and I voted against it. I’m not sure it should be taken seriously because it is based on fakenews,” said Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský in a statement.

Returning MEPs settle for Strasbourg lite

Returning MEPs settle for Strasbourg lite

STRASBOURG — After 15 months away due to the pandemic, MEPs finally returned to Strasbourg this week — only to discover the Alsatian city lacking its usual bite. With many MEPs and their assistants staying away and opportunities for debating, negotiating and socializing much diminished, everything felt rather pale and bland — a little like a plate of the city’s famous choucroute deprived of sausage and seasoning.

'You are very impolite': MEP Alex Agius Saliba gets a telling off

'You are very impolite': MEP Alex Agius Saliba gets a telling off

MEPs call for action in Czech PM conflict-of-interest case

MEPs call for action in Czech PM conflict-of-interest case

MEPs on Wednesday (19 May) called for the EU Commission and member states to take action over the conflict-of-interest case involving Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš. Last month, the commission published an audit into subsidies granted to the Agrofert business empire, founded by Babiš and still controlled by him - despite Babiš having put his assets into trust funds when he became PM.

Spain Embarrasses EU by Protecting Polisario Head Accused of Rape

Spain Embarrasses EU by Protecting Polisario Head Accused of Rape

On 23 April, Brahim Ghali the head of the separatist movement Polisario, was welcomed by Spain to receive treatment in a hospital in Logroño, under a false Algerian identity and with forged papers. He hoped through this subterfuge to escape Spanish justice since he has pending an arrest warrant issued against him in Spain for rape, genocide, terrorism, war crimes and other charges.