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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.

Polish man pretends to be Czech politician, uses fake passport to hit on Japanese women

Polish man pretends to be Czech politician, uses fake passport to hit on Japanese women

Tomáš Zdechovský, a member of the European parliament, has become a victim of an unusual scam. An unknown individual used his photo as well as his altered name to get intimate with Japanese women online

European Parliament members rebuke Spain for letting in Polisario leader facing rape charges

European Parliament members rebuke Spain for letting in Polisario leader facing rape charges

Members of the European parliament have denounced the Spanish decision to let in Polisario leader Ibrahim Ghali who faces charges of for war crimes, human rights abuses and rape. “‘I am wondering how is it possible that the authorities of #Spain allow the illegal entry with a false identity of a person Brahim Ghali accused of having committed acts of rape, especially against women? This is against our value and principle,” Czech MEP Tomas Zdechovsky said in a twit.

Backlash as EU 'zombie committee' demands £174 for attending online meetings - 'Cronyism!'

Backlash as EU 'zombie committee' demands £174 for attending online meetings - 'Cronyism!'

The outputs of the EESC are not worth absurd allowances

The outputs of the EESC are not worth absurd allowances

The Council decision to block a €200 daily allowance proposed by the European Economic for its Members who attend virtual meetings was a move in the right direction. The work performed by the Committee should not be rewarded by absurd allowances according to Tomáš Zdechovský, the EPP Group coordinator on the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament.

No need for Babiš to repay EU money over conflict of interest, Commission says

No need for Babiš to repay EU money over conflict of interest, Commission says

The European Commission said Monday it won't claim any money back from Andrej Babiš' business empire even though the Czech prime minister breached conflict of interest rules.

Stopping Fake Vaccines Offers via EU Cooperation

Stopping Fake Vaccines Offers via EU Cooperation

The Covid-19 crisis has caused Europe unimaginable losses on human lives, cut or even halted the income of millions and paralysed the economy. However, this worldwide crisis seems to be considered rather an opportunity by some. The bigger the despair of medical staff and governments to prevent people from dying and losing jobs, the more fraud, scams and counterfeit promising to ease this fight has appeared in the European Union. Luckily, the European Union has created two dedicated agencies whose task is to investigate and prevent fraud.

Trigger EU budget conditionality for Prime Minister Babiš

Trigger EU budget conditionality for Prime Minister Babiš

The EPP Group in the European Parliament has called to trigger the new EU budget protection conditionality for the first time for the Czech Government. Further disbursement of funds must be halted. The reason is the devastating verdict of the final audit of the conflicts of interest of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, which the European Commission published on Friday.

Mental health is everybody’s business

Mental health is everybody’s business

Increased mental ill health is an inevitable consequence of lockdown; however, dealing with this will require realistic resources. A European Day for mental health will help bring the required focus, write the co-chairs of the MEP Alliance for Mental Health.

Clubhouse Leads Politicians on to Straight Talking

Clubhouse Leads Politicians on to Straight Talking

Ever fantasise about cosying up with your pets on the sofa and telling your favourite (or most hated) politician exactly what you think of their work? Perhaps it is still too soon to imagine yourself grilling Orbán through an app on your phone just yet, but maybe Clubhouse can soon make that dream a reality by revolutionising the way politicians and citizens communicate with one another.

‘We are not seeking an outright ban’ Šefčovič

‘We are not seeking an outright ban’ Šefčovič

The European Commission has today (24 March) adopted a revision of its export, transparency and authorization mechanism for vaccines. The new mechanism will add an assessment of reciprocity and proportionality to its existing mechanism.