People across Europe were shocked this week to learn that Austrian Green MEP Ulrike Lunacek, who is one of the most prominent and strongest voices in the fight for LGBTI rights, both in Europe and across the world, was victim of an acid attack during last weekend's Pride parade in Vienna.
The Greens oppose the terms of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agenda. To demonstrate the dangers of TTIP being used to lower standards across the EU, a public action was held this morning in the heart of Brussels during the EU-US Summit, with our Green leading candidate Ska Keller, and her fellow Green MEPs Ulrike Lunacek (AT), Bart Staes (BE), Philippe Lamberts (BE), Rebecca Harms (DE) and Sven Giegold (DE). The Greens had one message: TTIP must be on our terms. Standards that protect European citizens must not be put at risk.
The European Parliament has voted in favour of a report that calls for an EU roadmap against homophobia, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The report was drafted by Ulrike Lunacek MEP, who is the co-president of the Intergroup on LGBT Rights in the EP.
Why not country specific recommendations regarding the rule of law, justice, and fundamental rights? How do we expand on Commissioner Reding´s Justice Scoreboard? Should we have an Article 2 alarm agenda? Are sanctions the right way to go? Can you put a price to values? How can you cooperate if there is no mutual trust? Apart from the mechanism provided for in article 7 TEU, what parallel or alternative multileveled structure can we envision for monitoring and reporting on fundamental rights implementation in the EU?
As part of a series of events to mark International Women’s Day, on March 7 the Green Group in the European Parliament organised the Get Women On Board conference. It looked at a key piece of equality legislation that the European Parliament will vote on later this year, which will enforce a gender quota system for executive boards across the EU. The conference looked the impact that the proposed legislation, if successful, would have not only on corporate Europe, but European society overall.
Today, on Valentinesday, it's the 15th anniversary of V-Day, the day to end violence against women. So on this day, the organization wants to see one billion people rise up, and demand an end to this violence.
President Saakaschwili's recent announcement that those responsible will be punished and the penal system reformed is long overdue, and is hopefully not only due to next week's Parliamentary elections.
While these three women have captured international attention, it is important to recognize and support the many other individual acts of expression in Russia that have been curtailed by the state. Freedom of speech cannot be limited to those that gather media, artistic or political support.