- Further three month extension to border controls.
The European Commission gave the green light on 25th January to a
further three month extension for controls on some borders within
Schengen, reintroduced in 2015 by five countries (Germany, Austria,
Denmark, Sweden, and Norway) which are facing a high migratory flow
On 25th January the European Commission proposed measures to impede
African migrant flows travelling to the EU via Libya and to counter
smugglers better, including greater support to Libyan coast guards
Financial Crisis :
2. Debt: the euro zone releases aid to Greece.
The European Stability Mechanism announced on 23rd January that it had
decided to release funds for the Greek debt grants then suspended under
pressure by Germany after the surprise announcement in December of
social measures by Athens
3. Chairs of the European Parliamentary Committees appointed.
The 22 committees have elected their chairs. 16 renewed the mandate of
the outgoing chair, including the Britons. Six committees have a new
chair (foreign affairs, women’s rights, environment, transport, culture
and human rights). There are as many women chairs as men. Two committees
of inquiry (EMIS and PANA) also appointed their chair…
Council of Europe:
4. Nicos Anastasiades determined to settle the Cypriot question.
The settlement of the Cypriot problem based on the values of the values of the
Council of Europe, the respect of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms
is one condition sine qua non to strengthen democratic security in
Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, declared Nicos Anastasiades, the
President of Cyprus on 24th January
5. The Freedom of the Press seriously threatened in several European
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said it was
concerned on 24th January about increasing violence that has been
directed towards journalists over the last two years in Europe, notably
in Turkey and Crimea