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EU, disinformation and the Western Balkans

On Thursday, 7 May 2020, Member of the European Parliament (S&D) and President of the EP’s Working Group for Western Balkans, Tonino Picula and Spokesperson and Director-General for Communications of the European Parliament, Jaume Duch Guillot will discus the topic of European Union, disinformation and Western Balkans. Webinar will start…

The Western Balkans in Times of the Global Pandemic

Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) has published a new policy brief titled: The Western Balkans in Times of the Global Pandemic “The global COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken by governments around the world constitute a major rupture to the “business as usual”, and this includes the Western…

European (un)solidarity in the time of coronavirus

We asked prof. dr. sc. Goran Bandov, Lawyer and Political Scientist, Associate Professor and Head of International Relations and Sustainable Development University Centre at University of Zagreb, to comment for crosol.hr on the Covid-19 pandemic and how it affects interstate relations within the European Union. This expert in international political…

It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning: With COVID-19, now is the time to boost aid

Press release by CONCORD Europe: Brussels, 17 April 2020 – Early figures released yesterday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show an increase of 1,4% in global development aid spending in 2019 compared to 2018. This change in donor countries’ official development assistance (ODA) levels can be attributed…

CROSOL and CONCORD call the EU Foreign Affairs Council for global solidarity

CROSOL has sent a letter to the Croatian Minister of Foreign and European affairs, Gordan Grlić Radman ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting regarding the EU’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The letters contains a list of recommendations drafted by CONCORD Europe and civil society organizations from…

Policy paper by Forum 2020: The EU as a forgotten peace project? Towards a comprehensive EU peacebuilding policy

As a country presiding over the Council of the EU in 2020, Croatia has a unique opportunity to open the discussion on whether we have forgotten that building and keeping stable, positive and sustainable peace is one of EU’s fundamental roles, and reminding us that “ever closer union” also means…

Statement by Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden

“In this unprecedented situation, it is legitimate that Member States adopt extraordinary measures to protect their citizens and overcome the crisis. We are however deeply concerned about the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights arising from the adoption of certain emergency measures. …

Reaction of Croatian Forum 2020 towards the European Union’s actions aimed at combating the COVID-19 pandemic

In the circumstances of growing pandemic of COVID-19 coronavirus in Europe, and especially among the EU member states – we express our concerns by the reactions of member states which have, albeit somewhat understandably but not justifiably, irrationally focused on protecting their national interests, ignoring the fact that we are…

We call for humane, sustainable solutions and clear distribution of responsibilities within the EU member states

Ahead of the informal meeting of European Foreign Affairs Ministers, Centre for Peace Studies, Are You Syrious, Welcome Initiative and Forum 2020 warned that the EU has to urgently adopt sustainable and humane solutions for the humanitarian crisis at the Greece-Turkey land border, as well as on Greek islands and other external borders of…

Croatia’s love affair with dirty energy

“Council presidency sponsorship, high-profile events, new fossil fuel investments…. Corporate Europe Observatory turns a quizzical eye on the Croatian Government’s love affair with the fossil fuel industry (inspired by The Guardian’s Pass notes column). Name: INA, d.d. Never heard of them. Who are they? INA is a Croatian oil company which plays a…

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