Libya: EU imposes additional sanctions for human rights abuses and arms embargo violations

The Council decided to impose targeted restrictive measures on two persons responsible for human rights abuses in Libya and three entities involved in violating the UN arms embargo in place for Libya. They will be added to the EU’s list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures related to the Libyan conflict. The sanctions imposed comprise a travel ban and an asset freeze for […]

France racism: Paris to commemorate slave rebellion figure

Paris is to put up a statue of a black woman involved in a 1802 rebellion against slavery on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. The woman, named only Solitude, was captured and possibly executed. Opening a public garden in her honour on Saturday, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called Solitude a “heroine” and a “strong […]

Azerbaijan and Armenia clash over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

Clashes have broken out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, with at least one Azerbaijani helicopter shot down. Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan said Azerbaijan had launched an air and artillery attack. Azerbaijan said it was responding to shelling along the whole front, and that civilians were killed and wounded. The long-running […]

Europe has ‘a lot of work to do’ to prevent COVID-19 transmission, WHO expert warns

Europe has “a lot of work to do right now” to bring down increasing COVID-19 cases, a World Health Organization expert said, stating that deaths in older people would likely increase in the region soon. “We’re starting to see a small uptick in deaths in older people and that will inevitably become more,” said Dr […]

‘Stop using so much English’, French journalists tell EU Commission

French journalists covering the European Union have complained to the bloc’s chiefs about the increasing use of English in their communication which they say gives un “competitive advantage” to the anglophone press. The French section of the Association of European Journalists reminded Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel in a letter […]

‘Tragedy’: Ukraine confirms 22 dead after military plane crash

Ukraine’s interior ministry has confirmed that 22 people have died in a military plane crash. Two other people are severely injured and four more are still unaccounted for, the ministry said in a statement. The crash occurred at around 20:50 local time (19:50 CET) near the eastern city of Chuhuyiv, in the Kharkiv region, some two […]

Eurosurveillance for World Rabies Day – 28 September

Rabies is a deadly disease and endemic in over 100 countries. It causes around 59,000 human deaths annually, the vast majority in Asia and Africa. There are safe and effective human vaccines for pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis. With a prompt and proper post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), exposed people have a survival rate close to 100%. On […]

Michael O’Flaherty to be FRA Director for 3 more years

On 24 September 2020, FRA’s Management Board formally decided to extend the contract of Michael O’Flaherty as Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) for another three years. “FRA’s Management Board is pleased to continue to work alongside Director Michael O’Flaherty as his mandate is extended for three years,” said FRA Chairperson Elise […]

Judgment in Joined Cases C-422/19 Hessischer Rundfunk and C-423/19 Hessischer Rundfunk

The owner of a residential property (applicant) located in the region of Hessischer Rundfunk (defendant), a federal Land broadcasting organisation governed by public law and is for that reason obliged to pay to the defendant a radio and television licence fee.   The applicant offered to pay the radio and television licence fee in cash, […]