A group of EU officials covered the exposed photos of all the former male presidents of the European Parliament. A way to show discontent for a male-dominated Union, on a feminine strike day by equal representation and equal pay.
Parliamentary official Laura Krenske says: "In the European Parliament, we can see that politics is still made for and by men, especially with the rise of right-wing and strong men. It is very important that we stand firm. there are many men in suits in all posts and in statues in all buildings. All the buildings are named by men and here on the wall there is also much male representation and a small female representation.
And it's not just a feeling, it's the reality that this young woman, Iverna Mc Gowan, wants to change. To do so, she left the Amnesty International board in Brussels to try to become a deputy for Ireland. But not as easy as I thought. "It is very difficult for women, in particular, to be selected to be candidates and elected, and this is something I have discovered for myself. The obstacles women face, be it culture, access to money and other social big ones that are never good enough to be the best candidate or the one that works the hardest. It's naïf, we need quotas, structural support, to achieve greater gender equality. "
UK Prime Minister Theresa May travels across Europe on Tuesday to find some of the top European Union (EU) leaders and discuss ways to save the agreement on Brexit, which has been closed with the bloc two weeks. May has appointments in the Netherlands, Germany and Brussels. His first meeting was with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He will then hold a meeting with Angela Merkel. At 5 pm local time (1400 GMT), he will meet with the President of the European Council, the Polish Donald Tusk, in Belgium.
After his meeting with Rutte, the Dutchman said on Twitter that discussions with the British about Brexit were very "useful" without giving more details about what was discussed.
The European Union Parliament decided in a vote on Wednesday to take punitive measures against Hungary on the grounds that the country is persistently ignoring democratic rules. With 448 votes in favor, 197 against and 48 abstentions, the motion was adopted at the plenary session in Strasbourg, France. It is the first time that the European legislature has called on the so-called Article 7 against an EU member country.
US President Donald Trump has advised UK Prime Minister Theresa May to sue the European Union rather than negotiate the terms of the "Brexit," the British premier revealed in an interview for the public network "BBC". Mr Trump said at the end of his meeting with the Premier in Checkers, England, that he had given "advice" on the Britain's exit from the EU and that May had found it "brutal" too. Questioned by the journalist Andrew Marr about what Trump had told her, May revealed that he had instructed her to sue the EU. However, she revealed that at the meeting Trump changed her mind and advised her not to abandon negotiations. Otherwise, she would be "stuck".
British Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement on Friday in which she reiterated that will not change course in the negotiations of Brexit, the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), which faces a deadlock between the British government and the leaders of the bloc.
May said that the UK "treated the EU with nothing but respect" and "the UK expects the same," adding that "it is not acceptable to reject proposals without presenting detailed counter-proposals."
The withdrawal of the European Union was approved in a plebiscite in June 2016 and scheduled for March 29, 2019. May has entered into an agreement to conduct this withdrawal which foresees to maintain a close commercial relationship between UK and EU after Brexit. The initiative finds criticism among Europeans and facees opposition within the government.
One of the main obstacles in the negotiations is the dividing line between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, an EU Member State. London and Brussels oppose re-establishing border controls in this area because they fear threatening the fragile peace agreement in Northern Ireland, but they differ on how to avoid it.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked EU leaders on Sunday to stop asylum seekers moving freely around the bloc during emergency talks on migration, an issue that is threatening her ruling coalition.
Heads of government meeting in Brussels are trying to bridge their deep divisions over migration, which has been undermining the European Union for years and is now putting a strain on Merkel’s coalition.
“One large part of today’s discussions will be protecting the outside borders and how we reduce illegal migration to Europe,” Merkel said on arriving for the talks bringing together 16 of 28 EU national leaders. “There will also be a discussion about secondary migration, how do we treat each other fairly inside (the free-travel zone of) Schengen, how can we find a reasonable balance,” she added.
Although arrivals across the Mediterranean are only a fraction of what they were in 2015, when more than a million people reached Europe, a recent opinion poll showed migration was the top concern for the EU’s 500 million citizens.
Italy has long struggled to cope with arrivals and its new populist government has said it would reject any ideas that would see it handle even more people.
“We want to tackle the problem in a structural way. Our public opinion is asking for this,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said when arriving for the talks, adding he would propose his new ideas on migration. Under heavy pressure from voters at home, EU leaders have been fighting bitter battles over how to share out asylum seekers in the bloc.
"The new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will continue to support the European fisheries sector towards more sustainable fishing practices, with a particular focus on supporting small-scale fishermen. It will also help unleash the growth potential of a sustainable blue economy towards a more prosperous future for coastal communities. For the first time, it will contribute to strengthening international ocean governance for safer, cleaner, more secure, and sustainably managed seas and oceans. Finally, the Commission is reinforcing the environmental impact of the Fund with a focus on protecting marine ecosystems and an expected contribution of 30% of its budget to climate change mitigation and adaptation, in line with the commitments agreed under the Paris Agreement.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: "Healthy, well-managed oceans are a pre-condition for long-term investments and job creation in fisheries and the broader blue economy. As a global ocean actor and the world's fifth largest producer of seafood, the European Union has a strong responsibility to protect, conserve and sustainably use the oceans and their resources. The Fund will allow Member States and the Commission to live up to that responsibility and invest into sustainable fisheries, food security, a thriving maritime economy, and healthy and productive seas and oceans."
Fisheries are vital to the livelihood and cultural heritage of many coastal communities in the EU. Together with aquaculture, they also contribute to food security and nutrition. A particular focus of the Fund will be to support small-scale coastal fishermen, with vessels below 12 metres, which represent half of European employment in the fishing sector. Since the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in 2014, progress has been made in bringing fish stocks back to healthy levels, in increasing the profitability of the EU's fishing industry, and in conserving marine ecosystems. The new Fund will continue to support these socio-economic and environmental objectives.
As regards the maritime economy, the Commission proposes to strengthen its support compared to the 2014-2020 period. This is a high-potential economic sector whose worldwide output is estimated at €1.3 trillion today and could more than double by 2030. The maritime fund will enable investment in new maritime markets, technologies and services such as ocean energy and marine biotechnology. Coastal communities will receive more and broader support to set up local partnerships and technology transfers in all blue economy sectors, including aquaculture and coastal tourism.
In the context of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Union has also committed at international level to make seas and oceans safer, more secure, cleaner and more sustainably managed. The new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will support these commitments for better international ocean governance. It will, among others, also provide the necessary funding to improve maritime surveillance, security and coastguard cooperation.
To ensure that the fund is both efficient and effective, it comprises several new features, such as:
- Simplification and a wider choice for Member States, who will now be ableto target support to their strategic priorities, instead of having to choose from a ‘menu' of eligible actions.
- Better alignment with other European Union funds. Rules applying to all structural and investment funds are set out in a Common Provisions Regulation.
- A better targeting of support to the achievement of the Common Fisheries Policy."