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April 03, 2014
European Parliament finally adopted "Magnitsky list"

Finalising their 2009 - 2014 EP term, this week parliamentarians returned to the Brussels plenary hall. After two years reconstruction works to repair roof constructions, the hall opened to host a short EP plenary session. Usually, every year twelve regular plenary sessions are held in Strasbourg and additional six two-day sessions in Brussels, but in the last two years all short sessions had to be cancelled. (Read more...)

March 26, 2014
EU attention to Central Asia only sporadic

Last week, European Parliament`s Subcommittee on Human Rights discussed EU human rights policies in Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. A group of experts from Germany and Spain presented a study on this topic conducted for the Subcommittee on Human Rights. (Read more...)

March 14, 2014
Crimea conflict discussed in Strasbourg

Not surprisingly, the conflict in Ukraine was once again the central question in the European Parliament`s plenary session agenda in Strasbourg this week. Illegal Russia`s aspirations to annex the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula and the reluctance of president Putin to respect the international law dominates the agendas not only in EU institutions, but in all important geopolitical organisations and in the most powerful countries around the world. (Read more...)

March 13, 2014
Leonidas Donskis receives Commission`s feedback report

More than one year passed since in the last Strasbourg plenary session of 2012 the European Parliament adopted the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2011 and the European Union`s policy on the matter by 482 votes in favour, 48 against and 83 abstentions. This report was prepared by the Lithuanian MEP, human rights coordinator of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), Leonidas Donskis. (Read more...)

February 27, 2014
Ukraine: central issue in the second February EP plenary session

The second EP plenary session this February included a number of important decisions in the areas of transport, justice, and social policies. The EP took the final decision on the regulation on tobacco sale and productions and decided to grant a visa-free regime for Moldovan citizens. However, the main focus was the situation in Ukraine and bloodshed in Maidan which was followed by the political upheaval. (Read more...)

February 20, 2014
Sergei Magnitsky: a big small man

Yesterday, the book by the French-Russian journalist Elena Servettaz "Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law: Should the EU follow the US?“ was presented in two separate events in the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius. The first presentation took place in the Europe information office in the Lithuanian Parliament Seimas and the second one was dedicated to students, NGO representatives and Russian opposition figures living in Lithuania. (Read more...)

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