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November 15, 2013
In the European Parliament a day for Sergei Magnitsky

This Wednesday is a long-awaited day for the former colleagues and family members, journalists and politicians around the world fighting for the comprehensive legal inquiry into the death of Sergei Magnitsky, and the rule of law in Russia. Right before the fourth anniversary of Magnitsky`s death, the first meeting of the inter-parliamentary group Justice for Sergei Magnitsky took place in the European Parliament in Brussels. Earlier that day a book Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law: Should the EU follow the US? by the French-Russian journalist Elenos Servettaz was presented in the EP. (Read more...)

November 14, 2013
Tibetan youth profits from the experience of Leonidas Donskis` team

This week Leonidas Donskis and his team were actively engaged in the EU-Tibetan Youth Leadership training in the European Parliament in Brussels. The training is aimed at the Tibetan youth from all over Europe who aspires to use this knowledge and competence for the peaceful fight for the preservation of the Tibetan culture and identity. Young people were learning how to effectively raise this issue within the EU institutions and in different EU states. (Read more...)

October 25, 2013
Second plenary session in October calmer than expected

October is a special month on the agenda of the European Parliament. In order to fulfil the requirements of the EU Treaties to convene in Strasbourg 12 times, this month the Members of the EP travel to the capital of Alsace twice. The EP trick of the last year to organise two two-days EP sessions in one week instead of one four-day session and to avoid the double journey to Strasbourg prompted France to bring the case before the European Court of Justice. France has won the case and therefore this year the EP returned to the old order provoking repeated discussions about the single EU seat. (Read more...)

October 11, 2013
A range of questions important for Lithuania on the EP plenary agenda

It is hard to remember an EP plenary session which included so many questions important for Lithuania. The first of the two plenary sessions in Strasbourg in October featured the issues of the shale gas extraction, fisheries policies, and the controversial tobacco directive. In addition to that, Lithuania`s progress to investigate the alleged existence of the CIA prisons in the country was assessed. (Read more...)

October 10, 2013
The efforts of Leonidas Donskis bring caste-based discrimination to the highest EU level

Today in Strasbourg, the members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution on caste-based discrimination. This is the first strategic document in the EU history dedicated to this particular problem which affects more than 250 million people in the world. A resolution prepared in the EP Development committee is a result of long and consistent efforts by the Lithuanian MEP and human rights coordinator of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), Leonidas Donskis. (Read more...)

October 07, 2013
Books of Leonidas Donskis presented at Waterstones bookshop

Last Thursday, Leonidas Donskis represented Lithuania in Brussels not as a member of the European Parliament, but as a book author. An evening of books of Leonidas Donskis was held at “Waterstones Brussels” in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union on the occasion of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council. The works by Donskis attracted a multicultural and diverse audience of both university students in Brussels and the staff of EU institutions and various other organizations based in Brussels.    (Read more...)

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