The hearing of the case One of Us vs. the European Commission was held on Tuesday 16 May 2017 before a Chamber of five judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg.
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “One of Us”, which had gathered nearly two million signatures in Europe in 2012/2013, calls for a ban on European funding for activities involving the destruction of human embryos, in particular in research and development aid cooperation. However, in a poorly argued Communication issued in May 2014, the European Commission refused to transmit the citizens’ initiative to the European Parliament for debate, thus effectively assuming for itself a right to block the process.
The hearing on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, allowed Paul Diamond, the British lawyer speaking for the initiative, to set the focus the debate on the question of how the ECI can contribute to strengthening democracy if it can be arbitrarily turned down like this (see his plea: Oral argument). Continue reading
The hearing, which was originally scheduled to take place on 14 March, has now been re-scheduled: it will take place on Tuesday 16 May, 9.30 at the Blue Courtroom of the Tribunal of the EU in Luxembourg.
The collection of signatures for the European Citizen’s Initiative “Mum Dad & Kids” will end today at midnight, one year after its inception. While the latest report, which dates back to the beginning of February, indicated that by then “more than 600.000” had been collected, it is entirely possible, if not likely, that, thanks to a strong mobilisation in the last weeks, the threshold of overall 1. million signatures will have been surpassed, once all on-line and paper signatures are counted together. Continue reading
Speaking at the “She Decides” conference in Brussels on 2 March, convened to raise funds for abortion-providers such as IPPF and Marie Stopes International, Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, stated that the EU Commission will keep using “our funds” for family planning services around the world, which he explained includes so-called “safe abortion”. Continue reading
The Daily Mail today has a well-researched report on how Marie Stopes, one of Europe’s biggest abortion providers, circumvents and disrespects all legal provisions that supposedly ensure that abortions take place only under closely defined circumstances.
This is once more proof of the abortion industry’s shameless and cynical disrespect for legal norms that, though already far too permissive, pretend to give a minimum f protection both to unborn children and their mothers.
Needless to recall that Marie Stopes has been shown to have received funding from the European Commission for carrying out abortions, including illegal ones, in developing countries…
In order to get the EU back on track following the Brexit vote and against the backdrop of a growing frustration among citizens, Jean-Claude Juncker has presented a new “White Paper” to initiate a new debate on the Union’s future. In it, the Commission President sketches out five possible scenarios. Very remarkably, for the first time such a paper offers for consideration the possibility of a “leaner” version of the EU in which certain competences would be returned to Member States, and the EU institutions by consequence would stop interfering in areas where they are not able to provide real added value. Continue reading
The EU’s Commissioner for for Fundamental Rights, Gender etc, Vera Jourová has issued a call to “action in defence of fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law”. Speaking at the 10th anniversary ‘celebrations’ of the deviant EU Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna, Ms Jourová outlined an agenda which really amounts to the Commission attacking freedom of expression and traditional values. Continue reading