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“Consequences must be borne, justice must be served.”

“All those responsible for Navalny’s detention, ill-treatment, and death must be held to account.” Pedro Marques, S&D Vice President As widespread concern among MEPs grows regarding the threat Russia poses to European security, Alexei Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, descibed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg  as the leader of a...
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Maltese MEPs unanimously vote for anti-SLAPP rules

“SLAPP are a form of legal harassment and an abuse of the justice system, increasingly used by powerful individuals and organisations to avoid public scrutiny.” MEP Tiemo Wölken (S&D) All Maltese MEPs gave their green light to new rules to protect journalists, activists, and academics and their organisations against abusive lawsuits aimed at silencing them. During the European Parliament’s plenary session, which is currently convening in...
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Taking responsibility for our waste challenges

“Waste traffickers exploit vulnerable populations in countries with lax waste regulations with devastating consequences, including child labour and escalating environmental and health problems.” MEP Cyrus Engerer (S&D) Europeans generated an average of 35 kg of waste per person in 2020, 23% higher than in 2010. Of this, 32.7 million tonnes were exported outside the EU, representing 16% of global waste trade. In addition, around 67 million tonnes of waste are shipped between EU...
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Dealing with that “unfinished business”

The European Parliament plenary session that kicks off on Monday will be one of the last opportunities for MEPs to make progress on critical legislation before the electoral campaign for the June European elections fully engulfs their agendas. Marking a crucial moment in European democracy, around 370 million citizens across the 27 EU member states will be called to cast their ballots between 6th and 9th June. This vote will decide the composition of the European Parliament’s 10th term, which will...
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“No abortion? No equality, no democracy.”

Hopeful of change, Maltese pro-choice activists cast their eyes toward the European Parliament in their bid to end Malta's isolation as the sole EU member state with a near-total abortion ban. Access to abortion is critical for full equality and democracy in society, claimed three MEPs, urging Malta to change its legislation and cease being the only EU Member State with an almost total ban on abortion. “You can’t say you have gender equality before people...
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A safer, fairer, and more transparent online world

The EU's Digital Services Act, a major piece of European legislation that is expected to have a significant impact on how online platforms operate in the Union, takes effect today. Here’s what you need to know. The European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA) comes into full force across the Union as of today. The is a landmark regulatory framework aimed at addressing the challenges posed by digital platforms, especially large online platforms and social media companies. The...
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“Heroes, not criminals – free them now!”

Activists from Malta gathered in Brussels, calling on MEPs to put pressure for the release of three young migrants who are at risk of facing life sentences in prison. Around 80 people – mostly human rights activists – from Malta have staged a protest in front of the European Parliament in Brussels to demand MEPs to put pressure on their home country to release the ‘El Hiblu 3’, in so doing bringing to an end what they described as...
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Q&A with Claudette Abela Baldacchino

Former MEP Claudette Abela Baldacchino is making a comeback bid on behalf of the Partit Laburista in the 8th June European Parliament elections. She shares her thoughts and beliefs in an 5-question interview with The Journal. 1. What drives your decision to run for the European Parliament in the upcoming elections? Making a difference in people’s lives. Whether it’s in local, national, or European fora, politicians with the right priorities can deliver change for the better of society. My...
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Malta eager to implement EU disability card directive

The Council of the EU and the European Parliament paved the way for a European disability card and a European parking card for persons with disabilities after reaching a political agreement earlier today. One in four adults across the EU had some form of disability in 2022. Malta aims to be one of the first European Union member states to transpose an EU Directive that will allow people with disabilities to enjoy the same benefits and facilities in public and private services throughout Europe, Julia Farrugia, Minister for Inclusion and...

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