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European values must prevail, even in a state of public emergency, MEPs say

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 novembre 2020

On Friday, Parliament adopted a resolution that takes stock of the state of European democratic values in the context of national measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, with 496 votes to 138 and 49 abstentions.In Thursday’s debate with Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, almost all speakers expressed concerns regarding the rights of citizens and vulnerable groups in a number of EU countries where state of emergency measures have been taken.In the resolution, Parliament points out that emergency measures pose a “risk of abuse of power” and stresses that they must be necessary, proportional and of a temporary nature when they affect democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights. National governments should “not abuse emergency powers to pass legislation unrelated to the COVID-19 health emergency”. • end their “state of emergency”, or at least clearly define the delegation of powers to their executives, and ensure appropriate parliamentary and judicial checks and balances; • refrain from unduly restricting the freedom of assembly or banning demonstrations to adopt controversial measures; • refrain from adopting measures that profoundly impact on fundamental rights, e.g. sexual and reproductive health and rights (such as the de facto ban on abortion in some member states), while public health concerns do not allow for due democratic debate and safe protest; • uphold the right to free and fair elections, especially in relation to changes to electoral legislation; • ensure equal rights for those standing for election and campaigning, and consider alternative forms of voting; • exercise utmost restraint in restricting the freedom of movement, especially in relation to the right to family life; • guarantee the right to education by ensuring students have access to learning; • guarantee access to asylum procedures despite the pandemic, and immediately evacuate the camps on the Greek islands and relocate asylum seekers to other EU countries; and • find solutions to safeguard the rights of defendants through technology or judicial cooperation, and protect the rights of prisoners. The rapporteur Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES), stated: “This pandemic is turning out to be the worst crisis in the history of the European Union. Nevertheless, the European Parliament is fulfilling its duty towards citizens by fighting for their rights and freedoms, especially where governments are using the pandemic as an excuse to attack EU values. The Commission and the member states must step up their efforts to uphold fundamental rights, democracy and rule of law during this crisis and ensure that governments uphold democratic principles in their measures”.

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Hungary’s emergency measures

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 Maggio 2020

In a debate with EC Vice-President Vera Jourová and the Croatian Presidency of the EU, a majority of speakers underlined that the emergency measures taken by the Hungarian Government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including the declaration of an unlimited state of emergency, are not in line with EU rules and warned of the increasing risk to democracy.Several MEPs called on the European Commission to finish scrutinising the legal changes and open infringement procedures. They specifically asked for payments to Hungary to be stopped, in the framework of the new financial perspectives and the recovery plan, unless rule of law is respected. They also criticised the passive attitude of the Council and insisted it moves on the Article 7 procedure initiated by the Parliament.Some MEPs defended the decisions taken by a democratically elected Parliament in Hungary and compared the exceptional measures adopted in the country with those taken by other EU member states, such as France or Spain.In its resolution of 17 April, Parliament already stated that the decisions in Hungary to prolong the state of emergency indefinitely, to authorise the government to rule by decree, and to weaken the Parliament’s oversight, are “totally incompatible with European values”.
MEPs highlighted that all COVID-related measures “must be in line with the rule of law, strictly proportionate […], clearly related to the ongoing health crisis, limited in time and subjected to regular scrutiny.”

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EU adopts emergency aid for fisheries and aquaculture

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 Maggio 2020

The European Commission welcomes the quick adoption by the European Parliament, with the Council following very soon, of its initiative to modify the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius said: “In these extraordinary times, our citizens count on our help, now more than ever. The market disruption caused by this crisis has hit European fisheries and aquaculture sectors particularly hard. Jobs, communities and food security are at stake. This is why it was important for us to act together, swiftly and effectively, and help our fisheries sector.”Part of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus, these exceptional measures include support for the temporary cessation of fishing activities due to coronavirus, financial compensations to aquaculture farmers and to processing enterprises, specific measures for the outermost regions and support to producer organisations for the storage of fishery and aquaculture products. Additional amendments to the EMFF Regulation allow for more flexible reallocation of financial resources within the operational programmes of each Member State and a simplified procedure for amending operational programmes with respect to the introduction of the new measures. Operations supported under the temporary coronavirus-related measures will be retroactively eligible as of 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020. Therefore, Member States can already start selecting and supporting these operations.

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Cantanti e musicisti di tutta Italia in concerto per EMERGENCY

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 aprile 2020

Dal 28 al 30 aprile saranno tantissimi gli appuntamenti sparsi in tutta Italia con C’è musica in casa per EMERGENCY che mette insieme l’amore per la musica e quello per le giuste cause. L’iniziativa solidale vedrà coinvolti numerosi artisti che canteranno e suoneranno in diretta streaming sulle pagine Facebook, Instagram e Youtube dei tanti gruppi territoriali di volontari EMERGENCY sparsi in tutta Italia.Tre giornate di Musica in casa, tutte dedicate a EMERGENCY, che diventano un’occasione non solo per ascoltare dal vivo i propri cantanti preferiti ma anche per stare insieme in favore di una giusta causa. L’iniziativa sarà assolutamente gratuita ma sarà un modo per sostenere il lavoro di EMERGENCY sul COVID-19.In risposta all’epidemia, EMERGENCY ha attivato numerosi progetti, mettendo a disposizione delle autorità sanitarie le proprie competenze maturate anche durante l’epidemia di ebola in Sierra Leone nel 2014 e 2015. Attualmente EMERGENCY è presente a Bergamo dove ha supportato la progettazione dell’ospedale da campo in Fiera nella corretta predisposizione dei flussi ospedalieri e, oggi, gestisce la terapia intensiva con uno staff di 34 operatori tra medici, infermieri, fisioterapisti, oss, logisti e tecnici di laboratorio.
EMERGENCY sta offrendo anche un servizio di monitoraggio e gestione anti-contagio nei centri per senza fissa dimora, per minori stranieri non accompagnati (MSNA) ed ex SPRAR.A Milano, Venezia, Piacenza e Catania, invece, grazie ai gruppi volontari territoriali, EMERGENCY ha attivato un servizio per le richieste di consegna di beni alimentari, farmaci o altri beni di prima necessità per gli Over 65, coloro a cui è stata ordinata la quarantena e le persone fragili a rischio movimento. Per maggiori informazioni:

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Health Net Assisting Members in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties During State of Emergency

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 ottobre 2019

In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s declared states of emergency in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, Health Net, LLC is providing special assistance to ensure Health Net members affected by ongoing wildfires have access to essential prescription medications, critical Health Net information, and other healthcare services to help them cope with grief, loss, stress, or trauma.
At Health Net, we believe every person deserves a safety net for their health, regardless of age, income, employment status or current state of health. Founded 40 years ago, we remain dedicated to transforming the health of our community, one person at a time. Today, Health Net’s 3,000 employees and 85,000 network providers serve more than three million Californians. That’s one in 13 residents throughout every county in the State. We provide health plans for individuals, families, employers, people with Medicare and people with Medi-Cal — coverage for every stage of life. We also offer access to behavioral health services, substance abuse prevention programs, managed healthcare services for prescription drugs and employee assistance programs. We offer these health plans and services through Health Net, LLC and its subsidiaries: Health Net of California, Inc., Health Net Life Insurance Company and Health Net Community Solutions, Inc. These entities are wholly owned subsidiaries of Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC). For more information, visit

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GEICO’s CAT Team Is Ready for Hurricane Dorian as Florida Governor Declares a State of Emergency

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 settembre 2019

GEICO’s catastrophe team is ready to assist Floridians as Hurricane Dorian approaches. Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Wednesday, August 28, stating, “Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water, and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster.” reating a disaster plan and preparing for something as unpredictable as a hurricane is a smart way to manage your risk, and GEICO wants to remind you of a few preparation tips: Create an evacuation plan –Identify a safe place for shelter. Know the location of evacuation shelters in your area. If you are using your car for an evacuation, carefully plan your route and designate a family meeting spot.
Fill your gas tank … now – If you need to evacuate, you want enough gas to get out of town.
Create a communication plan – Determine how you get in touch with your family if you become separated from them and contact relatives out of the storm area. Make sure everyone knows the evacuation plan. Create a home inventory – Inventory and photograph your possessions. This will help to substantiate any losses and speed up the claims process if needed. Save essential documents on your smartphone so they’ll be handy if needed.
Avoid any low-lying areas – Park your vehicle on higher ground.
Protect your vehicle in a garage or parking shelter.
Follow official instructions – Check the local and national weather forecasts for advisories, updates and official instructions. Be prepared to put your preparedness plan in place immediately after an alert goes out.

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Commission approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 luglio 2019

The Commission has announced emergency measures to save the ailing eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse. Emergency measures will ban, with immediate effect, commercial fishing for cod in most of the Baltic Sea until 31 December 2019.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “The impact of this cod stock collapsing would be catastrophic for the livelihoods of many fishermen and coastal communities all around the Baltic Sea. We must urgently act to rebuild the stock – in the interest of fish and fishermen alike. That means responding rapidly to an immediate threat now, through the emergency measures the Commission is taking. But it also means managing the stock – and the habitat it lives in – properly in the long term.”The ban will come into force immediately and last until 31 December 2019. It will cover all fishing vessels and apply in all those areas of the Baltic Sea where the largest part of the stock is present (i.e. subdivisions 24-26), except for some specific targeted derogations. It follows measures that have already been taken by some Member States. Given that these measures do not ensure a uniform approach in all areas where the eastern Baltic cod stock is found, and that not all Member States intend to adopt national measures, the Commission has decided that further emergency action is warranted.
While this fishing ban is an essential immediate step to help protect this vulnerable stock, the Commission and Member States will revisit the need for longer-term action later in the year, when Ministers meet to decide on next year’s fishing opportunities. Scientists also warn of many factors besides fishing that threaten the stock and that need to be addressed separately, including a lack of salinity, too high water temperatures and too little oxygen, as well as parasite infestation.

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Teacher Training Must Change to Keep Up with the Emerging Ecosystem of Education

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 febbraio 2019

The world is in a constant state of evolution and change, and this is having a big impact on learning and professional development for teachers. According to Professor Larry V. Hedges, Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018, teacher training must evolve as well. In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, founder of CMRubinWorld, Hedges explains that in the past, teaching practice was determined “by initial training in universities and teacher training colleges, apprenticeship, and experience,” but moving forward, teaching professionals will need to function like the medical professionals do today. He notes “doctors have wide autonomy, but their practice is informed by a constantly advancing medical science.” He says that teachers must learn to function as professionals “who believe that research can improve practice and that sometimes large scale research is the only way to know what works.” Education research has become a critical part of ensuring nations have an educated workforce to meet economic progress. Hedges believes better research will dramatically improve education outcomes over the next half century similar to the advances made in healthcare in the 20th century. He predicts that in 50 years, we will live in a world where “every student will perform as well as the very best students do today.”
Professor Larry V. Hedges is the Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018. He is the Chairman of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University. Hedges is one of the most influential applied statisticians in the world. His work in educational policy allows policymakers, educators and the general public to see the evidence for “what works” in the field of education.CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century learning, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers. (Font: CMRubinWorld)

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Congo Ebola Outbreak: A Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 febbraio 2019

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) echoes calls by authors of a recent article in The Lancet for World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus to reconvene the Emergency Committee to consider declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), opening the doors for increased international cooperation to stamp out the current Ebola outbreak that is ravaging the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“Traditional methods for containing Ebola in the Congo simply will not work,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “Not only are we seeing an over 50% mortality rate, ongoing political instability and armed conflict are disrupting response efforts and making the populace increasingly distrustful. To further complicate the situation, migration from affected areas threatens the entire region. AHF calls on the WHO to reconvene the Emergency Committee and declare a PHEIC. Ebola is a world problem – not an Africa problem – and the WHO should have every asset at its disposal that the international community can provide. That cannot happen if the status quo is maintained.” It is clear that this outbreak meets the criteria for declaring a PHEIC—it must be put into place. The WHO’s response cannot falter under the pressures of violence and instability, and it must leverage everything in its power to stop the current outbreak. AHF believes it is time to run towards the danger and respond to the call.

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Refugees: MEPs demand emergency winter aid and transfers to other EU countries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 gennaio 2017

Female refugeesEU and national authorities should provide emergency aid to help migrants and refugees to cope with freezing temperatures and snow in several parts of Europe, MEPs urged on Wednesday. They also called on EU governments to keep their promises to transfer thousands of asylum-seekers, particularly from Greece, to other countries. Several speakers called the plight of refugees in the Greek islands, but also in other countries like Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, “unacceptable” and some asked how many people have to die of cold before the EU reacts. Many MEPs underlined that only 6% of the 160,000 asylum-seekers who should have been relocated from Greece and Italy have so far been moved. “We are not proud of this very painful situation”, said humanitarian aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides, who explained that the EU had allocated enough money to help Greece cope with this unprecedented conditions, but that “some weaknesses on the ground did not allow this money to be utilised in the best way”.

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Reimposing visas: MEPs back emergency brake measures

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

europa-261011-cVisa requirements for non-EU nationals will be reintroduced faster when EU countries face irregular migration surges or security risks, under new rules passed by Parliament on Thursday.
Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), said “We have succeeded in creating a more flexible and operational tool, while ensuring respect for human rights and a key role for the European Parliament. I am confident that following the approval of the suspension mechanism, the Council will cooperate fully to ensure that the proposals to grant visa waivers to Georgia and Ukraine are processed smoothly, given that both countries fulfilled the requested criteria some time ago.”
His report was approved by 485 votes to 132 with 21 abstentions.
Under the new rules, third countries’ visa waiver deals with the EU may be suspended, in which case their citizens would again need a visa to enter the EU, in one or more of the following cases:
a substantial increase in the number of nationals of that country are refused entry to or stay irregularly in EU territory,
a substantial increase in unfounded asylum applications,
a decrease in cooperation on readmissions (returns of migrants), or
an increase in risks or imminent threats to public policy or internal security related to nationals of the third country concerned.
Both EU member states and the European Commission will be able to trigger the visa waiver suspension mechanism. However, the text underlines that a decision to temporarily suspend a visa waiver must be based on “relevant and objective data”.
Following a notification by a member state (or a request by a simple majority of member states), or based on its own report, the Commission will have one month in which to decide to suspend a visa waiver for nine months. This decision will take effect automatically.
During the suspension period, the Commission should try, together with the country concerned, to find solutions to the circumstances that led to the suspension. The Commission will also be in charge of monitoring the situation in visa-exempt countries and reporting, at least once a year, to Parliament and the Council on whether they still fulfil visa waiver conditions such as respect for human rights.
If the situation persists, the Commission will have to present, at the latest two months before the end of the nine-month period, a proposal to prolong the temporary restoration of visa requirements for an additional 18 months. Both MEPs and member states may object to this decision.
The Commission may also decide at any point to present a legislative proposal to move a non-EU country from the list of countries exempted from visa requirements to the list of those that are subject to them. This transfer would need to be approved by both Parliament and the Council. This revision of the visa suspension mechanism, enshrined in EU legislation since 2013, is linked to the proposals to grant visa-free access to the EU to Georgia, already agreed by MEPs and the Council, as well as to Ukraine and Kosovo.
Next steps The draft regulation still has to be formally approved by the Council. It will enter into force twenty days after its publication in the EU Official Journal.The visa suspension mechanism will not apply to the UK or Ireland. Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, 1st reading agreement

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20% of emergency department visits preventable of which half are cardiovascular disease

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 ottobre 2016

cardiologiaLisbon, Portugal Twenty percent of emergency department (ED) visits are preventable, of which half are for cardiovascular disease, reveals research presented today at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2016.1 “We face an increasing phenomenon of crowding in emergency departments,” said last author Professor Martin Möckel, medical director of Emergency Medical Services at Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Germany. “Acute care of patients with preventable conditions is competing with real emergencies like stroke and myocardial infarction.”The term “Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions” (ACSCs) describes chronic conditions in which ED visits and hospital admissions could be prevented with better primary care. The main cardiovascular ACSCs are heart failure, hypertension and angina pectoris (chest pain).This study investigated the prevalence of cardiovascular ACSCs in 34 444 patients attending two EDs in Berlin during one year. Patients received one of 19 diagnoses using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 coding. In-hospital mortality and use of intensive care beds was examined in patients with cardiovascular ACSCs. The results were stratified for inpatients (admitted to hospital for further care) and outpatients (directly discharged after treatment or diagnosis in the ED).The researchers found that 21.9% of all patients admitted to hospital from the ED had an ACSC. Of those, 52% had angina pectoris, congestive heart failure or hypertension. In patients directly discharged from the ED, 20.5% had ACSCs, of which 35% were cardiovascular.Professor Möckel said: “Half of the ACSCs were cardiovascular in those who were admitted for further inpatient care. In those who were treated as outpatients, the relative share of cardiovascular ACSCs was lower. This suggests that cardiovascular symptoms and diseases are taken seriously and patients are easily admitted to the hospital from the emergency department.”In-hospital mortality for patients with any type of ASCS was 4.7%, but this dropped to 2.3% for those with cardiovascular ACSCs. Looking specifically at cardiovascular ACSCs, in-hospital mortality was 8.6% for congestive heart failure, 0.3% for angina pectoris and 0% for hypertension.“Patients with chest pain are easily admitted but have a low risk of death due to the intensive structured treatment they receive in chest pain units, with swift access to monitoring units and intensive care,” said Professor Möckel. “On the other hand, acute congestive heart failure is often a terminal condition with a high mortality and patients have little access to specialised care in the community.” “Our results suggest that 20% of ED visits are preventable and half of those are from cardiovascular disease,” said Professor Möckel. “EDs are bursting at the seams and we could reduce crowding with more specialised and accessible outpatient care.” Patients treated in the ED who have no access to specialised chronic care in the community often return to the ED within a month with the same condition. This could be avoided by discharging patients from the ED with a treatment plan, which includes an appointment to see a specialist. “Many patients are very ill and find it difficult to organise appointments – they might call once but the line is busy and they are not able to try again,” said Professor Möckel. “Emergency care doctors should be able to give them a concrete plan when they leave the hospital outlining what to do in the next five days or so.” To prevent worsening symptoms and rehospitalisation for heart failure, specialised centres are needed in the community that are also open in the evening and at weekends. Telemedicine can be used to monitor patients at home and intervene early when symptoms deteriorate. Patients with advanced heart failure can be taught to adjust their diuretic dose if their ankles swell and they gain weight. Professor Möckel concluded: “There is clearly a need to take some of the pressure off overstretched emergency departments. The next step in our research is to identify specific interventions that could improve care for patients with ACSCs and keep them out of hospital.”

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State of emergency in France debated in Civil Liberties Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 giugno 2016

Paris-antenne-vue-eiffel-tourWhilst France is indeed grappling with a difficult security situation, it needs to find adequate long-term solutions, because the terrorist threat is likely to last, argued most MEPs in a Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee debate on Thursday with Ambassador and France’s Permanent representative to the EU Pierre Sellal. ”The state of emergency is not a political expedient, but a legal situation in which the law confers upon the administrative authority additional prerogatives and possibilities to act. It is inspired by the logic of prevention”, said Mr Sellal, underlining that the state of emergency is subject to a triple check, ”legislative, judicial and parliamentary”, against excesses.”The President of the Republic has said clearly that the state of emergency is not meant to be permanent. It is hard to dispute that sadly, France continues to be a priority target for terrorists, particularly jihadists”, he added. MEPs hoped that the French experience would stimulate reflection allowing sustainable measures, other than exceptions to the state of law which cannot be an end in themselves, and warned against the impact that they have on society.

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MEPs approve first emergency rules for distributing asylum seekers in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 settembre 2015

european parliamentParliament backed temporary emergency rules to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states over two years in a vote on Wednesday. In the migration debate, most MEPs welcomed the Commission’s new proposals outlined by Juncker in his state of the Union speech, stressing that more contributions to solidarity will be needed.”We have a humanitarian crisis and we need to act on it now. Relocating 40,000 refugees is just the start. Let this measure be the start of a rights-based, a fair and a common asylum policy, in solidarity with all member states and in solidarity with the refugees,” said Parliament’s rapporteur, Ska Keller (Greens/EFA, DE), in the debate on Tuesday.Ms Keller also stressed the need for a “permanent distribution key in case there is an emergency. We must be able to decide and move forward if we have that emergency, and we should not be blocked by several member states.” The future proposal for a permanent scheme should provide for a mandatory and automatically triggered relocation system.The legislative resolution on the emergency relocation of the initial 40.000 asylum seekers was approved by 498 votes to 158, with 37 abstentions.
To relieve the significant asylum pressure from Italy and Greece, “but also to act as an important test case with a view to the upcoming legislative proposal on a permanent emergency relocation scheme”, Parliament agrees that “an initial total of 40,000 applicants shall be relocated from Italy and Greece” over two years (24,000 from Italy and 16,000 from Greece). To adapt to rapidly changing refugee flows and trends, “a further increase shall be considered” in the course of the application of these emergency measures (i.e. during the two-year period), MEPs add.A separate proposal for a permanent emergency relocation scheme must also be based “on a more substantial contribution to solidarity and responsibility-sharing among member states, including a significant increase in the number of available relocation places”, MEPs stress. It should be built on clearly defined criteria, allowing it to be triggered “on the basis of transparent and objective indicators”.
The EP proposes that asylum seekers should be given the possibility, before they are relocated from Italy and Greece, to rank member states by order of preference, according to criteria such as family ties, social ties and cultural ties, for example language skills, previous stays, studies and work experience.”While applicants do not have a right to choose the member state of their relocation, their needs, preferences and specific qualifications should be taken into account to the extent possible,” says Parliament, since this could facilitate their integration into a particular EU country. Parliament also stresses that special attention should be given to unaccompanied minors.
Parliament has stated its position today, under the consultation procedure (based on Article 78(3) of the Treaty), on the temporary emergency rules for the relocation of the 40,000 asylum seekers initially proposed by the Commission on 27 May. It will be consulted in the coming months on the additional figure of 120,000 to be relocated under the second emergency proposal announced today.
On 20 July, EU interior ministers agreed, as a first step, to the relocation of 32,256 persons and to update the figures by December with a view to reaching the overall number of 40,000

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Migration: MEPs call for more EU solidarity on visit to reception centres in Sicily

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 agosto 2015

migrantsmigrants05Countries such as Italy and Greece dealing with an influx of asylum seekers should receive more support from other member states, MEPs said on a delegation visit to the Italian island of Sicily from 22 to 24 July. “Italy spends over €1 billion every year just to take care of those who make it across the Mediterranean. Italy’s borders are the EU’s borders and a better management of the migratory flows is our common responsibility,” said French ALDE member Jean Arthuis, co-chair of the delegation.The other co-chair of the delegation, Bulgarian S&D member Iliana Iotova, expressed her disappointment with the results of the meeting of EU home affairs ministers on 20 July, when member states agreed to take about 32,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece over two years, rather than 40,000 as proposed by the European Commission. “What we see is an endemic lack of solidarity among EU member states,” she said. “Countries such as Italy, Greece, Malta and Bulgaria are left alone dealing with a global problem.”
On 16 July Parliament’s civil liberties committee had approved the Commission plans for a binding emergency redistribution of at least 40,000 asylum seekers across the EU. MEPs have been pushing for a stronger common asylum policy and binding quotas for EU member states to take in asylum seekers.
Members from the budgets and civil liberties committees visited the reception centres for asylum seekers in Pozzallo and Mineo and met Italian government and local officials as well as representatives from NGOs, EU border agency Frontex and the European Asylum Support Office. (migrants eu)

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EU Agenda on Migration / Emergency relocation mechanism / Holistic approach to migration

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 luglio 2015

Strasbourg -Monday 6 July 2015, 19.00 – 21.00 Room Louise Weiss (LOW) N1.4 The European Agenda on Migration will be discussed in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on 6 July, in Strasbourg. Particular attention will be given to, amongst others, the provisional international protection measures for Italy and Greece, a European resettlement scheme, the action plan against migrant smuggling and the guidelines on fingerprints. The committee will also continue discussing the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic approach to migration. European Agenda on Migration – presentation of the first measures by Matthias Ruete, Director General, DG HOME, European Commission:
– proposal for a Council decision on provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece;
– Commission recommendation on a European resettlement scheme;
– EU action plan against migrant smuggling 2015-2020;
– guidelines on the implementation of the Eurodac regulation as regards the obligation to take fingerprints;
– revised operational plan of joint operation Triton.

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Energy experts open New Energy Husum

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 marzo 2014

energiaHusum. Exhibition boss Peter Becker and experts from the fields of politics, science and industry associations opened the leading renewables trade fair, New Energy Husum, today with a critical keynote speech about the impact of the planned amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Exhibitors will be showing the complete range of products and services for renewable energy generation and storage in three halls and an open-air exhibition space until 23 March. The tenth New Energy Husum is also focusing on alternative transport in the shape of electric vehicles, and on green building and renovation.In his keynote speech, Professor Volker Quaschning from the HTW University of Applied Sciences in Berlin has criticised the plans of the federal government to further restrict the increase in renewable energy sources: “Capping the rise in electricity prices is meant to justify the emergency stop in energy transition. And in return we are sacrificing climate protection and Germany’s position as the leading pioneer of future technology”, said Quaschning.“New Energy Husum clearly shows that the ordinary citizens have already taken the reins of energy transition into their own hands”, said Peter Becker at the opening press conference. “When the parliament in Berlin votes on the amendment to the EEG, we expect to see a clear commitment to energy transition!“
At the press conference, Dr Harald Binder, managing director of the German Energy Storage Association, spoke out for a fundamental reorganisation of the energy supply system: “In future we will generate and use our energy locally. And for this we need intelligent storage solutions and the corresponding framework

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Migrants: MEPs endorse search and rescue rules to prevent further deaths at sea

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 febbraio 2014

african_migrants.jpg.crop_displayBinding rules on search and rescue to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants and where they should disembark them were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. The rules were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on 11 February.The text defines “emergency phases” for search and rescue operations and places a clear duty upon units participating in Frontex operations to engage and to save lives. The rules on search and rescue operations and the disembarkation of migrants will only cover operations that are coordinated by Frontex. This should help to dispel confusion created by EU member states’ differing interpretations of international law and practices.The “operational plan” governing Frontex-coordinated border surveillance operations must henceforth include procedures to ensure that persons needing international protection, victims of trafficking in human beings, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable persons are identified and given appropriate help. Only after migrants are identified may possible coercive measures be taken (the identification rules are mandatory, whereas the enforcement ones are optional).
MEPs tightened up the text to ensure compliance with the “non-refoulement” principle, which says that individuals must not be returned to their country of origin or any other country where there is a risk of persecution, torture or other serious harm.Border guards who consider landing intercepted or rescued people in a third country will have to follow certain procedures (e.g. identification, personal assessment, information on the place of disembarkation, etc). Their actions will be subject to inspection.”Even though no migrant has so far been disembarked in a third country as part of a Frontex-coordinated operation, it is still very important to lay down tough rules to ensure that if this happens, it is done in full compliance with the ‘non-refoulement’ principle and respect for the fundamental rights of the migrants concerned”, said the rapporteur.

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The IWMF seeks Nominations for its 25th Courage in Journalism Awards

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2014

washingtonWashington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations for its 25th Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2014. Awardees will be honored at ceremonies in New York on October 22nd and Los Angeles on October 29th.The Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress.We also recognize the pioneers who kicked down barriers to make it possible for women all over the world to find their voices and make them heard. Lifetime Achievement Award winners persevered, opening doors for future generations to make a difference.The IWMF has established an emergency fund for women journalists to support the urgent needs of our awardees and others with everything from medical assistance to emergency relocation for journalists or her loved ones. We have organized pro-bono legal assistance for asylum requests as well as temporary housing and financial aid. For a full history of the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards, visit review nomination requirements and criteria, and to submit a nomination, go to for the 2014 Awards must be submitted by February 14, 2014.

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Missioni di “pace”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 Maggio 2011

Roma 27 maggio 2011 Orario: 16.30-20Conferenze di Palazzo Marini – Camera dei deputati Via del Pozzetto 158 Programma Dieci anni di guerra in Afghanistan: un bilancio disastroso. Interventi:
Mir Ahmad Joyenda, ex parlamentare della Camera bassa Afghana
Giulio Cristoffanini, co-fondatore di Emergency
Emanuele Giordana, giornalista esperto di Afghanistan e direttore di Ecoradio
Gen. Fabio Mini, ex Capo di Stato Maggiore della NATO in Sud Europa
Modera: Luca Muzi, Fondazione Basso – Sezione internazionale

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