This week, the members of the European Parliament have for the first time gathered to the plenary session in Strasbourg. This year they will have to return to the capital of the French region Alsace for eleven times following the decision of the European Court of Justice according to which the EP working calendar has to include twelve four-day plenary sessions in Strasbourg. (Suite...)
During the second half of 2012, Member of the European Parliament Leonidas Donskis has signed various written declarations submitted by other EP members on the topics like culture, education, social security and citizen liberties. Among the declarations approved by L. Donskis are calls to join international conventions and to free the world from nuclear weapons, a suggestion to support people with extraordinary talents, to declare 2014 a European year on reconciling work and family life, concerns about threats for freedom of speech. (Suite...)
Yesterday, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) closed the last plenary session of 2012 in Strasbourg. The capital of Alsace beautifully decorated for Christmas presented a "gift" for the MEPs - yesterday, the European Court of Justice upheld the case brought in by France against the European Parliament which decided once in a year to organise two plenary sessions in one October week in Strasbourg and this way to reduce the cost of 180 million Euros yearly for holding 12 sessions in Strasbourg. (Suite...)
Today, in the last this year`s plenary session in Strasbourg with 482 votes in favour, 48 against and 83 abstentions, the European Parliament has adopted the Annual report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2011 and the European Union`s policy on the matter prepared by Leonidas Donskis, the Lithuanian MEP, member of the political group the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and human rights coordinator of this group. (Suite...)
What is the current situation of human rights in the world? Will the crisis-shaken European Union manage to keep human rights on the international political agenda? Does the economic downturn threaten human rights as fundamental principles of democracy? What is the future of human rights in Lithuania? (Suite...)
Yesterday, Leonidas Donskis welcomed a high-level EU official in his office - EU Special Representative for Human Rights S. Lambrinidis. During the meeting, L. Donskis and S. Lambrinidis discussed the EP Annual Report and Democracy in the World 2011 and the European Union’s policy on the matter prepared by L. Donkis and exchanged views on the most pressing current problems on human rights and democracy and possible ways for the EU to contribute to their solution.