News from the Capitals #16
Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.
On Wednesday, the European Commission announced ease on migration and asylum rules for Poland, Latvia and Lithuania for a period of 6 months. The extraordinary migration and asylum management procedure extends the registration period for asylum applications and simplifies the return procedure. The temporary exceptional measures are a response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. The Commission’s decision has been criticised by Members of the European Parliament from the S&D and Greens/EFA group who reminded about Poland violating the right to request asylum at the EU’s borders.
The US is discussing a case that could overturn Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision that confirms the right to an abortion. It currently appears likely that the Court will vote in favour of the challenge, which allows a ban on abortions after 15 weeks. They remain divided on whether or not to ban abortions entirely or maintain the 15 week mark. The new ruling is also unlikely to include exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
The press officers of PSOE, Unidas Podemos, PNV, Junts, EH Bildu, BNG, CUP, Más País-Equo, Compromís, Nueva Canarias and PDeCAT have drafted a joint press release addressed to the general secretariat of the Congress of Deputies. They call for the adoption of "measures" against journalists who, in their opinion, "generate a climate of tension". The signatories are asking that some media, ideologically contrary to them, should not be present at congressional press conferences. The controversial press release puts these parties on a collision course with press freedom and has been criticised both by opposition parties and by the media and press.