Contents tagged with European Parliament

  • European Parliament decides to not send observers to elections in Russia

    The European Parliament will not send observers to the presidential elections in Russia on March 18, nor will they send them to Azerbaijan on April 11.

    This was announced on Wednesday by the co-chairs of the European Parliament’s group on democracy support and election coordination David McAllister and Linda McAvan, Ukrinform reports.

    “The European Parliament will not observe these electoral processes and, consequently, will also not comment on these processes and the results which will be …

  • Members of European Parliament call on EU to reduce dependence on Russian gas

    In a joint statement published on Tuesday, March 6, three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) expressed the opinion that recent actions by Gazprom should push the European Union (EU) to reduce dependence on gas and oil from Russia. Deutsche Welle has reported on this. These individuals are David McAllister, Chair of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee; Dariusz Rosati, Co-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee; and Michael Gahler, …

  • European Parliament takes Ukraine’s side in Kyiv’s dispute with Russian Gazprom over gas transit

    The European Parliament believes that Russia's refusal to deliver gas to Ukraine is an element of political pressure that can have negative consequences for the European Union, as said in the statement released by the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Chair David McAllister, Ukrinform reports.

    The statement condemned the actions of Gazprom concerning the cessation of gas supplies to Ukraine and further attempts to terminate the contract. "This is yet another proof of the use of gas …

  • European Parliament votes in favor of imposing sanctions against Poland

    The European Parliament (EP) will support the European Commission (EC) in its actions against Poland, Polskie Radio reports.

    The European deputies have adopted a resolution to support the first stage of the procedures provided for in Article 7 of the EU Treaty. In December 2017, the EC issued a statement regarding the measures criticizing judicial reform in Poland. The Polish reforms, in the opinion of the European commissioners, threaten the independence of the courts.

    The resolution says …

  • European Parliament calls for new sanctions against Russia over interference in elections

    The European Parliament is urging the imposition of sanctions against the Russian Federation due to the interference of Russian hackers in elections, as discussed during debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg (France) on the impact of Russian propaganda on the European Union.

    The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, German MP David McAllister, stressed that the Russian disinformation campaign is aimed at undermining the foundations of objective journalism …

  • European Parliament to discuss issues of Russian propaganda next week

    The plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg will discuss the issue of Russian propaganda next week, stated European Parliament spokesman Marjory van den Broeke at a briefing in Brussels, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    "Every month, one of the political factions has the opportunity to choose a relevant debate topic. This time, it will be done by the faction of the European People’s Party that chose the topic "Russia and the influence of Russian propaganda in the EU countries,” van …

  • European Parliament calls on Russia to stop repression in Crimea

    At a plenary session in Strasbourg on Thursday, the EU parliament adopted a resolution which accuses Russia of violating human rights in annexed Crimea, especially the rights of Crimean Tatars, Voice of America reports.

    European parliamentarians have demanded the release of political prisoners and have called for representatives of the UN, OSCE and the European Council to be granted unobstructed access to Crimea.

    The resolution states that the EU Parliament “condemns the sentences given to …

  • Poroshenko denounces European Parliament deputies’ trips to the Crimea

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani after the signing ceremony of the decision to implement an EU visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens, the presidential press service reports.

    During the meeting, Poroshenko sharply condemned the cases of illegal visits by certain members of the European Parliament to the annexed territories of the Crimea and the Donbas, and asked Tajani not to allow such visits in the future.

    It was noted …

  • European Parliament urges Russia to free Ukrainian political prisoners detained in the Crimea

    The European Parliament adopted a resolution regarding Ukrainian political prisoners that are being illegally detained by Russia in the annexed Crimea.

    The MEPs urged Russia to immediately release these Ukrainians and appealed to the EU with a call for new sanctions against those responsible for this harassment of Ukrainian citizens.

    451 Eurodeputies voted for the resolution and 73 opposed it. 86 European parliamentarians abstained from the vote.

    In a resolution called "Ukrainian prisoners …

  • European Parliament was urged to increase pressure on Moscow to end repression in Crimea

    On March 13, human rights activists and relatives of Ukrainian prisoners in Russia urged the European Parliament to increase international pressure on Moscow.

    “In authoritarian Russia, getting justice is impossible. The only chance for our relatives to return home and put a stop to the increasing political repression in the annexed Crimea is to increase international pressure on Moscow, which deliberately disregards the principles of international law,” the statement said.

    Human rights …