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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

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Member States still struggling with migration situation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 agosto 2017

migrantsThe migrant situation continues to challenge a number of EU Member States, according to the latest issue of FRA’s monthly report on migration-related issues. Some reception facilities are in a poor state, and the lack of resources is testing Member States responses, putting migrant children particularly at risk.Some of the main areas of fundamental rights-related concerns identified in the latest summary report include: A tightening of border policies is limiting access to asylum in some Member States. This includes shorter time frames for registering asylum applications. In addition, procedures are often lengthy with little access to counselling and information about rights and how to apply for asylum.
Some reception centres still face problems with overcrowding and conditions remain poor. The extreme summer heat in some regions also posed a problem due to a lack of protection from the heat. NGOs also reported alleged incidents of police violence and intimidation.
Child protection remains a worry. Guardianship systems continue to be under-resourced and over-burdened in many Member States with unaccompanied children in particular being kept in poor conditions and being made to wait over 15 months to be interviewed in some instances. The number of children reported missing from reception centres also continues to be a concern.
There were a number of notable legal and policy changes over the summer, several of them restricting asylum and migration rights. For example, Italy established six new migration hotspots. The EU’s Court of Justice also proposed dismissing attempts by Slovakia and Hungary to challenge the legality of the mandatory relocation of asylum seekers from Greece and Italy. The Court also ruled that Croatia was responsible for asylum applications of people who had passed through Croatia on the way to Slovenia and Austria. This reaffirmed the so-called Dublin principles which describe which Member States should process asylum applications. In addition, the European Commission and national interior ministries proposed a code of conduct for NGOs operating in the Mediterranean Sea around Libya that was criticised by NGOs. Anti-migrant incidents also continued to be reported in many Member States ranging from public demonstrations and campaigns against migrants, rising hate speech and hate crime including violent attacks. An international network of racist and far-right organisations also rented vessels trying to obstruct save-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea carried out by NGOs.
The European Commission asked the Agency to collect data about the fundamental rights situation of people arriving in Member States particularly affected by large migration movements. The reports cover 14 Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. Due to the summer holidays, there is no information from Finland in this August overview. (photo:  migrants)

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Migrants and refugees in Italy: MEPs assess the situation ahead of the summer

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 giugno 2017

European_Investment_Bank_-_LuxemburgEuropean Parliament (Brussels) Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 3C50, Thursday, 8 June at 10.30 (situation in Italy) and at 16.00 (children in migration) MEPs on the Civil Liberties Committee will assess the situation of migrants and refugees in Italy and the ways forward as summer approaches. Italy is the main arrival point to the EU for migrants and asylum-seekers since the closure of the Balkan route and the EU-Turkey deal. In the first five months of 2017, already more than 60 000 people have arrived on its shores, compared to 47 883 in the same period in 2016. This trend is likely to continue during the warmer months, when better conditions at sea lead to more people attempting to cross over.According to UNHCR data, 1 778 persons have died or gone missing trying to reach Italy since the beginning of the year.Under the two emergency relocation decisions adopted in 2015, 39 600 asylum-seekers likely to be granted refugee status should be transferred from Italy to other EU countries, but so far only 6 502 have been moved (as of 2 June).
In a separate debate, MEPs will discuss with the European Commission how to better protect children in migration. Around 30% of persons seeking asylum in the EU in 2015 and 2016 were children, many of them travelling alone. Unaccompanied minors face a higher risk of becoming victims of violence, trafficking and exploitation.

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MEPs discuss situation in Hungary with Prime Minister Orbán

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 aprile 2017

ungheria-budapest-2Political group leaders and MEPs gave their views on Hungary’s new education law, perceived as targeting the Central European University, the tightening of rules for NGOs and asylum seekers and a government survey entitled “National Consultation – Let’s stop Brussels!”.Many MEPs took the view that the new education law is an attack on academic freedom and NGOs are being targeted to suppress critical voices.
Some pointed out that the EU has been passively witnessing a systematic erosion of democracy in Hungary and called for tougher measures. Others defended the Hungarian government’s moves by arguing that civil society needs rules and member states have the right to regulate education. Hungary is attacked for not signing up for open borders and a multicultural ideology, they added.EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that its legal analysis of the new education law had confirmed its incompatibility with the EU law and announced the launch of an infringement procedure. He criticised the Hungarian government survey for making “false allegations” about the EU’s intentions.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that accusations that his government wanted to close the CEU were false and described the national consultation as a democratic tool. The law on NGOs follows a US example, he added. “We would like to reform the EU, but Hungary is unquestionably committed to Europe”, he said.

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Local involvement key to tackling EU’s migrant situation

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 luglio 2016

Local communities are facing a number of challenges resulting from the large influx of Female refugees and asylum seekers, as FRA’s latest summary report of migration-related fundamental rights concerns shows. It provides a snapshot of the impact the asylum crisis is having on some local communities, including the challenge of having to provide and finance housing and education. However, it also reveals good practices, strong goodwill and the potential boost to the local economy that are offsetting some of the problems.
Access the monthly data collection highlights and the impact on local communities >>The report points to a growing awareness of the important role that local involvement plays in the long-term integration of migrants. However, it also notes there is no general guidance or strategy for municipalities to deal with the challenges, which is giving rise to differing local responses. Drawing on data from two places in each of the seven Member States that are most affected by the migration flows, FRA has identified five issues that most local areas share. These include:Many local authorities do not actively inform the local population about the migrant situation. This is vitally important to counter negative reactions. Websites, public information events and campaigns have been used as information channels.In most places the local reaction has been positive, with large numbers of volunteers. Municipalities, civil society and local volunteers have mobilised to receive migrants and help them integrate. However, there have also been many protests and attacks against refugees.The unprecedented number of arrivals of asylum seekers requires immediate action and coordination from different bodies, especially when it comes to providing adequate housing. This also applies to unaccompanied children. There are differences when it comes to reception countries as opposed to destination countries; in the latter there is a need to avoid creating areas with large concentrations of asylum seekers and refugees.
Limited capacity when it comes to places and teachers for schooling, language training and integration classes is an additional challenge, particularly in destination countries. Enrolment can be low in transit countries where refugees are passing through.
Local economies are being affected in different ways and to varying degrees. While tourism has dropped by 80% in Lesvos compared to 2015, in other places the skills and additional labour migrants bring are being viewed as a potential boost to the local economy. However, some areas are undergoing economic hardship, even though the budgets of local authorities are often supplemented by the State.The information collected is not representative of the situation in all the Member States covered; it is meant to illustrate some of challenges that are being faced. It also identifies good practices that are being used: these could serve as models for other communities to help them better manage and integrate the large numbers of asylum seekers and refugees in their local area.
The European Commission asked FRA to collect data about the fundamental rights situation of people arriving in Member States, particularly affected by large migration movements. The countries covered are: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Sweden. FRA has published overviews since September 2015. Each overview covers different issues including:
initial registration and asylum applications;
criminal proceedings initiated for offences related to irregular border crossing;
child protection;
reception conditions for new arrivals;
access to healthcare;
public response such as rallies of support, humanitarian assistance or voluntary work;
racist incidents such as demonstrations, online hate speech or hate crime.
While this month has a section looking specifically at the impact on local communities, last month’s focus was on gender. Next month will be on disability.

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Safe and legal ways to Europe only solution to migrant situation in Calais

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 luglio 2016

calais campMore must be done to open “safe and legal ways for people who are desperate to come to Europe so that they do not need to put their lives in the hands on human traffickers”, says MEP Ana Gomes (S&D, PT) who Wednesday headed a visit from the Civil Liberties Committee to facilities for refugees and migrants in the vicinity of Calais in Northern France. Only by creating safe alternatives to the lethal businesses of human smugglers through political asylum, legal migration and family reunification can the flow of refugees and migrants be managed, avoiding situations like Calais is currently experiencing, she added.An 8 MEP strong delegation from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday 13 July visited the refugee camp La Linière in Grande-Synthe and the day centre Jules Ferry close to “the Jungle” near Calais and met with local authorities, NGOs and the French-British border authorities.
After the visit, Ana Gomes (S&D, PT), who headed the delegation, commented:“We came to Calais to find out directly what is happening, what are the measures taken by the authorities, at the different levels, to deal in a human way with the afflux of migrants and refugees wishing to cross the channel into the UK.The situation in terms of inflow of people has not improved, because nothing has significantly disrupted the networks of smugglers, which make big money and reach far beyond the EU territory.Actually, all the security driven apparatus at the border only makes the criminal networks increase their smuggling prices and make more profit. And people keep coming… We saw two very different camps: One, in Grande-Synthe, has seen a reduction of people living in the camp and is successfully run by the mayor cooperating with civil society organisations, with no need for policing in the site. The other camp, in Calais, known as “the jungle” or “La Lande” provides now basic health services, protection for some unaccompanied minors and for women and schooling for some children but the lodging conditions are dire and there is heavy security and often inter-ethnic tensions.An increased administrative and social effort to persuade people to apply for asylum in France is needed. But it is also necessary to speed up in the UK the family reunification process for many of the inhabitants of those camps. Anyway, that does not solve the continuing inflow of new asylum seekers and migrants. Smugglers use any pretext – like Brexit – to feed the illusion that people will be able to cross the Channel. The only way to disrupt smugglers business is to open safe and legal ways for people to ask for asylum or migration permits into the EU in their countries of origin or of transit”.

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National parliaments, surveillance mechanisms and ownership in the euro area

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 31 marzo 2016

euro areaCoordination and surveillance mechanisms play an increasingly important role in EU Economic Governance. Involving national parliaments has been widely acknowledged as a key to contribute to ensuring legitimacy, ownership and accountability in the Economic and Monetary Union. Despite the creation and the strengthening of the European Semester, acceptance of the common rules and compliance in member states are still too low.This study written by Valentin Kreilinger, research fellow in our office in Germany, the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, asks to what extent the role of national parliaments and national political ownership can help to explain the lack of compliance and how recent reforms have contributed to improving the situation. National parliaments of crisis-hit countries have been weaker in the annual budget process than the national parliaments of other EU member states. In the European Semester, most national parliaments scrutinise the Stability and Convergence Programmes and National Reform Programmes that their governments submit to the European Commission each year at the end of April. Hearings with European Commissioners also take place more often. But, in general, parliamentary scrutiny could be enhanced further: The adaptation of national parliaments to the stronger surveillance and coordination mechanisms in the Economic and Monetary Union has so far only happened in an asymmetric way.The public opinion of those countries that had a low implementation record for Country-Specific Recommendations and whose national parliaments did not obtain new prerogatives in the European Semester is particularly in favour of more economic policy coordination. Thus, as a contribution to the debate on strengthening and completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union, this study puts forward five options for better parliamentary control at the national level and the European level. (photo: euro area)

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Red Cross alarm over deteriorating situation as thousands are stranded in Greece

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 marzo 2016

red crossAthens Thousands of people are stranded in Greece without food, running water and basic supplies as the situation at the country’s northern border spirals into a struggle for survival for migrants desperate to find safety.Up to 8,000 people are stranded in Idomeni on Greece’s northern border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Almost all are Syrian or Iraqi, and 40 per cent are children. Two overflow camps have been set up to cope with the increasing numbers of people, but they are without running water, sufficient food, baby food, toilets or hygiene items. Violence has also flared at the border crossing as desperation among migrants mounts.“Greece cannot cope with this alone – food supplies have run out at the northern border and the situation is one of despair,” said Simon Missiri, director of Europe for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).At least 30,000 people have been stranded across Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Athens and Idomeni after Austria and countries along the Western Balkan route significantly reduced the number of people allowed to cross their borders last week. Afghans, who were previously able to move onward in search of asylum, are no longer permitted to travel beyond Greece.Mr Missiri said: “The rest of Europe should not pull down the shutters and pretend this isn’t happening. At least 40 per cent of those trapped in Greece are children. For families who have already experienced more trauma and distress than most of us could ever imagine to be put in this position is appalling.”The Greek authorities are working hard to meet basic needs but with no sign the situation will improve and numbers continuing to increase, the IFRC is gravely concerned about the welfare of those stranded. The Hellenic Red Cross is providing emergency supplies and medical care but more support is urgently needed as families travelling with elderly and disabled relatives, babies and young children are spending their tenth day without proper shelter. Missiri said: “Our teams are on the shores of Lesvos, the streets of Athens and the border camps of the north and support thousands of people every day but the erratic policies of countries along the route are making it almost impossible for people to get what they need most – safety, and to be treated with dignity.”The IFRC is running an emergency appeal for 13.1 million Swiss francs to support 200,000 people across Greece and is preparing to mobilize extra staff and stocks to support the Hellenic Red Cross as it responds across the country, as well as in the north. (photo: red cross)

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Justice and Home Affairs topics in committee and in plenary this week

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 ottobre 2015

On 26 October, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will discuss with the Commissioner for justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, the Commission’s views on the judgement in case C-362/14 Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner of the EU Court of Justice of 6 October (“Safe Harbour”), as well as what the Commission is planning to do next. (Monday, 19.30 – 21.00) The meeting will be webstreamed here.
On 27 October, the Civil Liberties Committee and the Budgets Committee will have a joint meeting to discuss the current state of play on the budgetary challenges and the current migration situation with the Commissioner responsible for Budget and Human Resources, Kristalina Georgieva, and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.The Commissioners will present additional measures in response to the refugee crisis not foreseen in the Commission’s initial draft budget proposal for 2016. These include increased emergency funding for the most affected Member States, additional funding for Frontex, EASO and Europol, as well as increased humanitarian funding. The proposal also covers support measures for the agricultural sector following the extension of the Russian embargo. (Tuesday, 14.15 – 15.45) The joint meeting will be webstreamed

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World Jewish Congress leaders to gather in Rome, meet with Pope Francis

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2015

vaticanoNEW YORK – Leaders of Jewish communities from around the world will gather in Rome next week for a meeting of the World Jewish Congress’ (WJC) Governing Board. On Tuesday, 27 October 2015, nearly 150 delegates and guests will discuss the situation of Jews around the world, as well as the current tensions in the Middle East, the refugee crisis in Europe and the Iranian threat. The following day, Pope Francis will receive the WJC leadership on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican’s landmark declaration Nostra Aetate, which will be followed by a press conference by WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.
Following the papal address, WJC President Lauder will give a press conference at 3 pm CET (15:00) on 28 October 2015 at the Stampa Estera Association, Via dell’Umiltà, 83/c, Rome, to brief reporters about the meetings.
The Governing Board meeting will be chaired by David de Rothschild and attended by 150 heads of Jewish communities, delegates and young Jewish diplomats from around the world. Discussions will focus on the implications facing Jewish communities in light of the various conflicts in the Middle sinagoga romaEast, including the threat of jihadist terrorism, the aftermath of the nuclear agreement with Iran, the growing attacks on Israel by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and the state of relations with other faith communities.Some of the Board’s deliberations will be open to the media, while others will be closed discussions. Please contact any of the contact persons below for further information.
The WJC will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Nostra Aetate declaration, drawn up by the Second Vatican Council and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 28 October 1965, condemning anti-Semitism and markedly improving relations between Jews and Catholics.On the anniversary of this important event, WJC delegates will take part in a public audience with Pope Francis on St. Peter’s Square, beginning at 10 am CET(10:00). Prior to that, the Catholic pontiff will receive WJC President Ronald S. Lauder in a private audience.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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MEPs debate the situation in Hungary, fundamental rights and EU values

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 Mag 2015

hungaryThe situation in Hungary, following Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s remarks on the possibility of reinstating the death penalty there and the government’s public “consultation” on immigration, were debated by MEPs, Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Latvian State Secretary for European Affairs Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica for the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers and Mr Orbán himself on Tuesday afternoon.European Parliament President Martin Schulz opened the debate and welcomed Mr Orbán before passing the floor to the Latvian Presidency of the Council.Speaking for the Council Presidency, Latvian State Secretary for European Affairs Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica reiterated that “the European Union is not just an economic and political union”, but also a “union of shared fundamental values”. She welcomed Parliament’s concern for the “preservation of democratic values”, but as the Council had not discussed the situation in Hungary, she was “not in a position to comment”, she said.Commission Vice-President for fundamental rights Frans Timmermans pointed out that reinstating the death penalty would be contrary to EU fundamental values and could trigger EU Treaty Article 7, which foresees the possibility of depriving a member state of its voting rights in the Council.However, Hungary does not have “concrete plans” to reinstate the death penalty, he said, adding that if it were to take steps to do so, then the Commission “would not hesitate to act”.As to the public consultation on migration, “framing it in the context of terrorism is malicious and wrong” and will feed prejudice, Mr Timmermans said.

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Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to address situation in Hungary

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 Mag 2015

The european parliamentConference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) this morning decided that Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee will address the situation in Hungary as a matter of urgency, further to the statement by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán about a possible restoration of the death penalty and the preparation of a questionnaire designed to encourage Hungarian citizens to state positions on immigration questions.Parliament’s President Martin Schulz will contact Civil Liberties Committee chair Claude Moraes to this end. Mr Schulz reiterated at the Conference of Presidents meeting that the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights prohibits the death penalty and that its reintroduction is not compatible with EU membership. A telephone conversation between Mr Schulz and Mr Orbán should hopefully take place very soon.

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Threat of EU split as Angela Merkel gives up on Russia

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 novembre 2014

merkel angelaGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has given up on Russian President Vladimir Putin after months of patient diplomacy has failed to defuse the situation in Ukraine.The Ukraine crisis could now precipitate a massive division within Europe itself, writes GIS Expert Professor Stefan Hedlund, Research Director at the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden.Communication between the Kremlin and the West has now broken down completely.
Western governments now have to face the fact that Mr Putin’s gloves may be coming off, adds Professor Hedlund.In preparation for a possible resumption of major combat operations in Ukraine, Russia is preparing the ground with a combination of heavy troop reinforcements. The Kremlin is also putting together a propaganda campaign to erode by stealth the resolve of the Europeans. Aimed at hearts and minds, it could divide not only the EU but Germany itself.
Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT launched a German language station in November 2014 to air Moscow’s view of the Ukraine crisis.A Moscow-based bank is loaning nine million euros to France’s National Front.
The first round of EU sanctions are due to expire in March 2015 and German officials are concerned that Italy, Hungary and Slovakia will be difficult to keep on side if the sanctions are to be renewed.Mr Putin is working hard at unravelling the fragile EU consensus.Over the past weeks, European leaders have gloated on how they had demonstrated to the Russians that they could reach consensus on a forceful policy of sanctions. It may now be time to stow that smugness and to start looking at reality, says Professor Hedlund.

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Situation in the Mediterranean, terrorism, equal treatment, UK opt out

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 novembre 2014

BruxellesBruxelles Wednesday 5 November and Thursday 6 November Room: Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 3C050Situation in the Mediterranean one year after Lampedusa tragic events – presentation by the Chair, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), and adoption of an oral question addressed to the European Commission and to the Council on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration (Wednesday, 9.15 – 9.50)- Terrorism, foreign fighters and EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) – debate with Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, Gilles De Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, Mara Marinaki, Director for Multilateral and Global Affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS), and Claudio Galzerano, Chairman of EU Council’s Terrorism Working Party (TWP) (Wednesday, 16.30 – 18.30)- Equal treatment of persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation – presentation of the state of negotiations in the presence of the Italian Presidency of the Council – rapporteur: Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA, AT) (Wednesday, 9.50 – 10.20)
– “UK opt out and opt back in” – The transitional provisions in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters and police cooperation (Lisbon Treaty – Protocol 36) – presentation by the Commission and the Council Presidency on the state of negotiations with the United Kingdom (Thursday, 9.00 – 10.00)

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New situation of the Ad Gentes mission

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 novembre 2010

St Gallen/Accra, Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). The Seminar forms part of the CCEE-SECAM five-year joint projects (2007-2011) which began following the First joint CCEE and SECAM Symposium that took place in Rome, Italy, in November 2004. The project focuses on collaboration between European and African bishops and aims to deepen their common responsibility for evangelisation and the human promotion of their respective continents in particular  and the world in general. The bishops of the two continents have in the past years held Seminars on a) Slavery and the new forms of slavery in November 2007 in Elmina, Ghana; and b) Migration as a new opportunity for evangelisation and solidarity in November 2008 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The forthcoming Seminar which is being organised by the CCEE and SECAM in collaboration with various Partner Agencies will be hosted by the His Grace Mgr Jean Pierre Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan. About 40 participants, representatives of European and African Episcopates, Vatican Dicasteries and Partner Agencies, will reflect in particular on the following themes: – Theological and Biblical introduction on the missionary dimension of the Church and the significance of cooperation among the particular Churches.; – The new situation of Ad Gentes mission; – Priests and religious vocations;  – Training of pastoral agents and of seminarians in Africa and Europe; – African priests in Europe; – Priests studying in Europe; – African priests in Europe for African communities – African priests in Europe as missionaries – European missionaries in Africa – Collaboration between the Churches of Africa and Europe.

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To take part in the QIS5 exercise

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 settembre 2010

In a letter to all 120 members of AMICE, the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe, the association’s President Asmo Kalpala emphasised the importance for all insurers to participate in the current Quantitative Impact Study (QIS5).  “The QIS5 exercise is a test to which all insurance undertakings are invited – and the test materials are free of charge. So, I encourage every insurer to take this opportunity to learn more about Solvency II, about the options that are still open and about its own financial situation according to the new prudential framework”, adds Kalpala. But taking the test for the purpose of learning and knowing one’s situation is not the only reason why AMICE encourages broad participation. Making QIS5 results available to supervisors and the Commission is the most potent tool for demonstrating where the current design of Solvency II provides inappropriate solutions or creates problems. In a letter to insurance associations that AMICE also distributed to its members, the European Commission underlines that it needs broad feedback from the sector, notably from smaller and/or specialised insurers to be able to make the right decisions about methods and calibrations in several areas.
The association held a full-day workshop on QIS5 at its headquarters in Brussels in early September and has installed a hotline where members can seek assistance with their questions about completing the QIS5 exercise. QIS5 is scheduled to run until mid-November with results due in April 2011.

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La situation des migrants Erythréens

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 luglio 2010

Aux dernières nouvelles, “il y a un ordre du ministère de l’intérieur pour libérer les personnes se trouvant en centre de rétention. Mais nous sommes préoccupés par le fait que d’autres personnes ont été transférées vers un autre centre vers le Sud, qui est connu pour être le point de départ des vols de retour” a déclaré Laurence Hart, chef de la mission de l’Organisation Internationale des Migrations (OIM) à Tripoli. “Il y a deux problèmes” a expliqué Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT), Président de la délégation pour les relations avec les pays du Maghreb: “quel est le sort de ces 400 personnes ? Ils ne seraient plus détenus mais affectés, selon à Libye, a des travaux “socialement utiles” ce qui est une sorte d’injure vu les conditions dans le pays”. En outre, “si ces personnes étaient renvoyées vers l’Erythrée, elles devraient se plier au service militaire jusqu’à l’âge de 40 ans” a-t-il déclaré. Le député a également rebondi sur l’affirmation, formulée par le représentant de la Commission européenne, que les accords bilatéraux mettraient à mal les initiatives parallèles au niveau européen. “Si l’on fait une initiative européenne, il faut s’y tenir et ne pas dévier. On ne peut pas demander l’intervention de l’Europe tout en s’en tenant à des politiques bilatérale” a-t-il estimé.
Pour Salvatore Iacolino (PPE, IT), ce sont les carences de l’Europe de l’asile qui amènent les Etats membres les plus exposés à recourir aux accords bilatéraux: “Le ministre de l’immigration belge est venu ce matin. Nous lui avons dit que ce devrait être à l’UE de se charger de ces accords bilatéraux. L’accord entre l’Italie et la Libye a toute les limites que l’on sait”. Ainsi, “L’UE doit intervenir sur le plan de la solidarité. La pression migratoire, ce n’est pas les collègues hollandais qui en sont victimes, je m’excuse. On parle ici de pays qui sont un point de destination plus facile que d’autres. Il faut tenir compte de cette situation spécifique”.
L’annonce de la remise en liberté des Erythréens “est une bonne chose” a estimé Rui Tavares (GUE/NGL, PT) car ainsi “ils ne seront pas condamnés à mort en étant renvoyés chez eux. Mais il faut faire attention: ils ont du remplir un formulaire qui leur donne un permis de séjour de trois mois. Ils devront ainsi aller à leur ambassade et seront à la merci de l’Erythrée” a-t-il prévenu. “Je suis surpris par ce que j’ai entendu : certains Etats-Membres auraient la manie d’en venir à des accords bilatéraux avec la Libye. Mais de tout

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Extremists in Pakistan

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 agosto 2009

London, It is with great sadness that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat confirms that another member of its community, Rana Ata-ul Karim (36) was killed on 6 August 2009 in Multan, Pakistan. He was murdered simply for being an Ahmadi. Mr Karim, a well educated agriculturist, left his home for a few minutes in the afternoon and returned to find that his wife had been locked in their bedroom by three young men who had entered his home. Mr Karim was shot 3 times and died on the spot. The assailants immediately fled the scene. Mr Karim is survived by his wife and two daughters. The killing came in a week where another minority group in Pakistan, members of the Christian community, have also faced persecution. Speaking about the current situation in Pakistan, the world Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat condemns in the strongest terms the persecution faced by the Christian minority in recent days. What has happened there and also the continued persecution of Ahmadis is completely alien to the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Holy Prophet Muhammad. The Holy Qur’an clearly states that ‘there should be no compulsion in religion’ but unfortunately this is an injunction that has been forgotten by parts of the Muslim world. This is the reason why Ahmadis such as Rana Ata-ul Karim are martyred on a regular basis in Pakistan and why the Government continues to uphold anti-Ahmadiyya legislation passed in 1974 and 1984. For Pakistan to emerge from this period of self-destruction it must be governed with honesty and integrity. Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “In Pakistan the politicians are fearful of the power of the extremist clerics. Because of this no example of justice can be seen in the country.”

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Nabruka Project

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 luglio 2009

Cervical cancer (the cancer of the neck of the uterus ) is the second most common cancer among women worldwide, with about 500.000 cases diagnosed annually. Unlike in countries with efficient national health-care, screening programs and methods of information and control, in developing countries of  Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean the access to public health-care is much more difficult . In these areas cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer among women. 80% of  the world- wide cases are diagnosed in these countries: 400.000 out of 500.000 new cases every year. However, recent studies show that cervical cancer has become a major problem in some Eastern European countries as well. The mortality rate follows the same trend. This situation depends on the higher presence of risk factors and most of all on  lack of prevention. In western countries the incidence of cervical cancer is extremely low because of  well established mass screening programs (Pap-test).  The Pap-test is still considered the irreplaceable and precious method of  screening and secondary prevention, by itself or together with another test for HPV. It consists in examining  a sample of cells taken through a swab  from the uterine cervix, the part of the uterus which opens into the vagina. This method makes it possible to see through a microscope if there are any cancerous cells at an early stage.  In Italy migrant women without a residence permit and therefore not belonging to  the National Health System (SSN) are excluded from any prevention program. The OIKOS association and the Istituto di Anatomia Patologica e Citologia (Institute of Pathological Anatomy and Cytology ) of the Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo offer  all “irregular” migrant women the opportunity of taking a Pap-test in a completely free  way. The project is supported by the Bergamo branch of the  Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori (Anti-cancer League)  Since Human Papilloma Virus may cause  the cancerous transformation of  cervical cells and its five most common types are responsible for approximately 90% of cervical cancers, all the “non- negative” Pap-tests will be tested again in order to see if any  of the above mentioned five viruses is present. All the women of twenty years of age and older can take part in the program. They will be asked to sign a consent form for the treatment of their data.   According to law, the medical staff is obliged  to keep personal information secret. The results will be ready in three weeks. Women necessitating  further clinical controls and therapies will be assisted for information and support by the OIKOS doctors.  In order to be tested all women have to make an appointment by calling the telephone number 035 390650 during Oikos opening hours.

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Caritas to assist the people of North Korea

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 giugno 2009

Caritas says alleviating the acute suffering of the poor in North Korea (DPRK) rather than military action must be key component to ending the current crisis. Caritas Internationalis members from Asia, North America and Europe met in China last week to discuss the situation on the Korea peninsula amid growing tensions there.  UN sanctions have been imposed on North Korea after the government in Pyongyang conducted nuclear weapon tests and vowed to strengthen its arms programme. Caritas is calling for denuclearisation of the region if peaceful development is to be sustained.  Caritas is urging for peace talks with practical solutions for vulnerable North Koreans as the best way to prevent any escalation into military action. Caritas says resorting to armed confrontation will have devastating consequences for the poor in North Korea and destabilise the region. The humanitarian crisis in North Korea is still present. At least 8.7 million people in North Korea need food assistance (out of a population of 23 million). The number actually receiving aid is much lower and aid is being cut further due to lack of funding. In many areas, health and education infrastructure is close to collapse.  Caritas Internationalis Secretary-General Lesley-Anne Knight was at the Beijing meeting. She said, “Armed intervention in response to North Korea’s belligerent actions will only cause further human tragedy and compound the suffering of the people there.  Caritas is giving priority through its programmes to children, women and older people who are the most affected. For several years, Caritas has been providing humanitarian assistance to the poorest in North Korea. It will continue to mobilise support and implement effective programmes in the areas of food distribution, health and education, together with local and regional partners. The global Caritas network works through its member, Caritas Korea, in coordinating all activities. Caritas sees humanitarian aid to the people of North Korea as a critical part of a long-term engagement with the country. Caritas has a vital role to play and invites other international organisations and Church initiatives to join efforts to assist the people of North Korea.

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