Category: Politics

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On World Press Freedom Day, politicians get confronted with the consequences of their actions

A pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, inflation, an energy crisis, and heated elections in several European countries such as Hungary and France. It does not take an expert to see that these events that have taken place over the past year have severely influenced the overall state of press freedom in Europe. On May 3rd, World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published their yearly World Press Freedom Index.

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The strengthening of the Union’s democratic legitimacy: the Independent Ethics Body

A majority of the European Parliament supports the report led by the MEP of the Greens Group, Daniel Freund, on the creation of an Independent Ethics Body during September’s plenary session. The primary purpose of the body will be that of strengthening the democratic legitimacy of the EU by proposing and advising on ethics rules for members of the European Commission and the Parliament. In addition to this, it also intends to raise awareness, provide guidance on ethical matters, and have an advisory role with the ability to issue recommendations and initiate investigations on conflicts of interest. In addition to the members of the Commission and Parliament, this body will also be open to all EU institutions, agencies and bodies.