What does EU citizenship mean? On July 8th in Zagreb, 150 European citizens, gathered together by the European Year of Citizens’ Alliance (EYCA), will exchange views and experiences in a European conference entitled: “EU citizenship: Crossing perspectives”.
Launched in December 2012, the Alliance held its first meeting in Brussels in January 2013. To date, the Alliance brings together more than sixty organizations and networks of the European civil society and national alliances from the 27 countries of the European Union and Croatia. The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) is a member of the steering committee and is represented by its Honorary Chairman Pierre Barge – who also co-chairs, with Carlotta Besozzi from the European Disability Forum, the Working Group on inclusive citizenship.
In a letter sent to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán today, President Barroso confirms that the Commission has serious concerns over the compatibility of the Fourth Amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law with EU legislation and with the principle of the rule of law.
On October 17th 2012, the Honorary Chairman of AEDH delivered a speech entitled “Freedom of association and freedom of expression, principles, findings and proposals”.
On October 20th, 2012, the Honorary Chairman of AEDH, Mr. Pierre Barge, participated to a conference in Sofia on the “European standards and good practices for conducting a democratic and fair electoral process – Is Bulgaria falling behind?”
Two years after the attack on the 2010 Rainbow Festival:
Justice delayed for victims of racist violence and for KISA’s Executive Director
EU has decided to put citizens at the core of the European Year 2013, to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union citizenship under the Maastricht treaty in 1993. AEDH takes this opportunity to push forward its approach of the European citizenship: an active and participative citizenship, a social citizenship, a residence-based citizenship.
Pierre Barge, honorary president of AEDH, delivered the closing speech of the conference “Democracy, future of the world?” held in Brussels on the 20th of June 2012.
On 5 June 2012, Doros Polycarpou, the Executive Director of Cypriot anti-racist NGO KISA, was acquitted of the charge of rioting during the 2010 Rainbow Festival in Larnaca. This decision is final and is not open for appeal. The judge found the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses to be not credible.
AEDH and the Czech Helsinki Committee (CHC) deplore that the European Parliament rejected the guidelines laid out in the first report submitted by Andrew Duff, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE – UK) on the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in the Czech Republic.