The Economy of Well-Being Report - Remarks by Angel Gurrià, OECD Secretary General

I am honoured to present the OECD Report on the “Economy of Well-Being” at the European Council. On this first Council Meeting of the new Presidency, I would like to take the opportunity to wish Finland a productive and successful semester.

Young Jews face harassment in Europe, but nevertheless express their Jewish identity

Many young Jewish Europeans face antisemitic harassment in Europe, but are also very resilient as they clearly express their Jewish identity, finds a report published by the European Commission and FRA. 

EU Fundamental Rights Agency consults with civil society organisations on eve of 10th anniversary of the Charter

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (the Charter) entered into force on 1 December 2009. Shortly before the 10th anniversary of this key human rights document, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) wants to collect the views, perceptions, experiences but also concrete proposals of civil society organisations regarding its implementation.

New report reveals huge disparity in quality of refugee programmes between member states

A new EU-funded study shows huge differences in the quality of refugee integration policies in Europe, despite standards set by EU and international law. Europe is far from providing a level playing field for refugees to achieve a better life. 

David Sassoli MEP elected President of the European Parliament

MEPs elected David Sassoli as President of the European Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, having won 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round.

MPs call for Electoral Commission inquiry into vote denied scandal in UK

A cross-party group of 84 MPs has called on the UK Electoral Commission to conduct an inquiry into the scale of the vote denied scandal in the UK.A cross-party group of 84 MPs has called on the UK Electoral Commission to conduct an inquiry into the scale of the vote denied scandal in the UK.

Constitution of the 9th legislature of the European Parliament

The 9th legislature of the European Parliament was officially constituted today in Strasbourg at 10.00 by outgoing President Antonio Tajani. 61% of the MEPs have been elected for the first time.

Feeling vulnerable and unwelcome: the impact of Brexit on EU nationals

Brexit has left EU nationals feeling vulnerable and sometimes unwelcome in the UK.  Sara Benedi Lahuerta and Ingi Iusmen (University of Southampton) carried out research among Polish nationals in Southampton, who explained how an increasingly hostile climate has affected them.

Campaign groups warn EU council not to abandon idea of a social Europe

Civil society actors have moved quickly to publish a critical assessment of the EU Council's new strategic agenda, fuelling further controversy about the scale and ambition of the plan

Opening statement to the UN Human Rights Council by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet

"I encourage all States to stand for countries that are strong, not because they attack the vulnerable, but because they protect the vulnerable. I urge them to stand for Governments that are powerful because they serve the people, not themselves. For justice systems that have the people's support because they support the people's rights.' Michelle Bachelet

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