The Conference on the Future of Europe platform gains significant traction within 3 months of launch
The Conference on the Future of Europe platform gains significant traction within 3 months of launch

The Future of Europe platform

The European digital portal, developed in partnership with Tremend, empowers European citizens to “make their voices heard”

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA, July 9, 2021 – In just 3 months since its official release, the “Conference on the Future of Europe” platform reached almost 20,000 users, who are actively debating topics with a great impact on EU policies. Over 5,300 ideas on important issues such as the environment, justice or security, have been shared through the platform, gathering more than 10,000 comments from its registered users, and almost 30,000 endorsements.

The launch of the “Conference on the Future of Europe” platform in April marked an important step made by the European Parliament and the European Commission towards reinforcing democracy through technology. The platform promotes digitally-enabled civic engagement, empowering European citizens to “make their voices heard”, to interact with each other, and work together in order to shape the future of Europe.

The Conference promotes equality and aims to find solutions to arising issues that might appear in the European space through an electronic democratic and transparent process. Users can create and attend events, and share their ideas in a secure environment on topics such as health, climate change, European policies, economy, social justice, rule of law, migration, or youth and sport.

Tremend is honored to have contributed to the release of this new multilingual digital platform, based on Decidim, an award-winning innovative open-source software. From graphics to development, devops, security and anti-spam solutions, Tremend’s software engineering team carefully implemented the business requirements, infusing its advanced technical expertise during all the delivery stages.

In recent years, Tremend solidified its status as an important software development partner of the European Commission, and reconfirmed its commitment to supporting the public sector in its digital transformation and innovation journey. The company has a strong portfolio of framework contracts signed with European Union institutions, and delivers complex projects for major public sector and international organizations, including DG Connect, EACEA, DG Education and Culture, DG Employment, the Publications Office, DG DIGIT, JRC, EFSA and others.

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France and Germany want an EU summit with Putin
France and Germany want an EU summit with Putin

It is unclear whether all 27 EU leaders will participate, or only Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel.

France and Germany proposed a European Union summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin today in a bid to improve relations, two diplomats said. This potentially paves the way for the first such meeting in 2014, Reuters reported.

Such an event will follow another of US President Joe Biden’s summit with Putin in Geneva earlier this month, and reflects concerns in Paris and Berlin that the EU’s approach to Russia in recent years has focused mainly on sanctions against Moscow. BTA.

We need a discussion on how to break away from this negative spiral, but we need to move forward unitedly, said a senior EU diplomat, adding that some Baltic states, which are cautious about Russia, may not agree to such a high level meeting.

Such summits were suspended after Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014.

Tomorrow, EU leaders will discuss a new strategy for managing deteriorating relations with Russia at their two-day meeting in Brussels. Germany and France gave some ideas for the debate on Russia at the summit. Merkel mentioned earlier that it is not only the United States that needs to talk to Russia (and China) at the highest level.

“Russia is a neighbor. Such a format was already used in 2007 in Finland,” said a staff member preparing for the meeting.

Earlier this month, a strategic document from the European Commission and the EU’s diplomatic service said that despite years of tension, the EU and Russia have a fundamental shared responsibility for peace and security on the European continent.

Despite Western accusations that Russia is behind cyberattacks, misinformation and other insidious actions, which the Kremlin denies, the country is the community’s fifth largest trading partner and the EU is Russia’s largest foreign investor.

Kim Jong Un: Threat of mass famine in North Korea
Kim Jong Un: Threat of mass famine in North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a speech at a plenary session of the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party announced a possible food shortage in the country.

This was reported by the Japanese television NHK.

“Due to the damage caused by last year’s typhoon, the grain growing plan has not been implemented and therefore there is a tense situation with the provision of food to the population,” the North Korean leader warned.

According to Kim Jong-un, quoted by South Korean television, the extension of quarantine measures imposed in the DPRK due to the coronavirus “has led to a continuation of the struggle to provide the population with clothing, food and housing.”

Kim Jong-un also called on the party and the people of North Korea to be ready for a new “difficult march”. This term in the history of the DPRK refers to the period of the 90s of the last XX century, when the country was experiencing a severe economic crisis, aggravated by mass starvation.

Earlier, South Korean media commented that Kim Jong-un has noticeably lost weight.

Just a month ago, the official publication of the Communist Party in North Korea for the first time acknowledged that vaccination against COVID-19 was not a panacea and that citizens should therefore prepare for long-term intensified anti-epidemic measures. In February, the country requested coronavirus vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO) -based Covax program. The DPRK has requested vaccines, although it has not officially provided any information.

Kim Jong Un has acknowledged that the food situation in North Korea is “tense”, state media reported, amid anxious recalls of the country’s devastating famine in the 1990s, which killed hundreds of thousands.

The poor country, which has come under numerous international sanctions for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, has long struggled to feed itself by suffering from chronic food shortages, AFP reported.

Last year, the coronavirus pandemic and a series of summer storms and floods added even more pressure to the suffocating economy.

At a plenary session of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, Kim said the economy had improved this year, with industrial production up 25 percent from a year earlier, the official KCTA news agency reported.

But there have been a number of deviations due to a number of challenges, the North Korean leader added.

“The human food situation is now escalating as the agricultural sector failed to meet its grain production plan due to typhoon damage last year,” Kim said.

A series of typhoons last summer caused floods that destroyed thousands of homes and flooded farmland. Kim called for steps to minimize the impact of such natural disasters, saying ensuring a good harvest is a “top priority”.

The “long-term nature” of the coronavirus pandemic was also discussed at the meeting, KCTA reported. Pyongyang has a poor medical infrastructure and a chronic shortage of drugs, and analysts say a riot of coronavirus would wreak havoc in the isolated country.

North Korea imposed a strict lock when it sealed its border in January last year to stem the spread of the virus from neighboring China. Pyongyang has long claimed that there have been no cases of the virus – a statement that analysts doubt. But the country has paid a huge economic price for the blockade.

Trade with China, Pyongyang’s viable economy, has become a thin thread, while all international aid faces severe restrictions. The impact of the pandemic “is likely to have worsened” the humanitarian situation in the north, with about 10.6 million people in need, “said a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Putin will meet with Kurz at SPIEF and launch the Aurus plant
Putin will meet with Kurz at SPIEF and launch the Aurus plant

During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with representatives of the world’s media. This was announced by the TV channel “Russia 24”. The Forum this year will be held on June 2-5.

The President is also expected to meet with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who will also take part in the forum.

During the SPIEF, the President will talk to business representatives and investors.

Putin to take part in the SPIEF 2021 plenary session in person

In addition, next week Putin will take part in the launch of the Aurus automobile plant and will meet with families awarded with the Orders of Parental Glory. The event is timed to coincide with the Children’s Day.

Last year, SPIEF was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In March, Roscongress announced that the decision to hold the forum this year was made taking into account the conclusions of experts that Russia and the world are “at a post-pandemic turning point”, and universal vaccination and the formation of herd immunity make it possible “to stabilize the epidemiological situation.”

This year, among businessmen, the forum will be attended by the chairman of the French oil company Total, Patrick Pouyanne, and the president and chief executive officer of the German conglomerate Siemens Energy AG, Christian Bruch. In addition, Chief Executive Officer of German oil and gas company Wintershall Dea Mario Mehren and President of Huawei Eurasia Zhou Daniel will come to the forum.

At the same time, the Foreign Ministry promised to help Minsk in case of new European sanctions. The Russian Foreign Ministry assured that in the event of the introduction of sanctions that affect the transit of gas through Belarus, they will first find out how this will affect the economy.

Russia will help Belarus in the event of the introduction of European sanctions against this country, but will not take impulsive measures. Dmitry Birichevsky, Director of the Department for Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, told RIA Novosti agency about this.

“I think that we will protect our partner Belarus, we will help our allies. And what the Westerners come up with against Belarus evokes absolutely negative emotions. Because first of all it is necessary to investigate what happened, and then think about how to react to it, and not make hasty statements, ”said the official of the Foreign Ministry.

Birichevsky noted that it is not worth saying that Moscow, for example, will respond in a mirror-like manner if sanctions are imposed against Belarus, affecting the transit of Russian gas to Europe. “We need to calculate how this will affect the economy and existing contracts. We cannot react to the measures that have been introduced in relation to another country, we need to discuss this with partners and see what we can do, ”he added.

Peskov forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus the question of “provocations of oligarchs”

Last week, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell admitted that new sanctions against Belarus could affect the export of potassium carbonate and the transit of Russian gas. “We believe that gas that enters Europe through Belarus will still go to Europe, but via a different pipeline. Importantly, Belarus will lose the right to transit, ”Borrell said.

The EU is discussing sanctions against Belarus after the incident on 23 May. Then the plane of the Ryanair airline made an emergency landing in Minsk, allegedly due to the threat of a terrorist attack. The Belarusian special services detained two passengers – the founder of the opposition Telegram-channel Nexta Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend, a citizen of Russia Sofya Sapega.

MEPs strongly condemn continuing violence in Yemen and military coup in Myanmar
MEPs strongly condemn continuing violence in Yemen and military coup in Myanmar
  • 80 per cent of the population in Yemen needs humanitarian support
  • Myanmar military has to hand the power back over to elected civil authorities

Humanitarian aid for Yemen must be increased, MEPs say, and urge the military in Myanmar to immediately reinstate the civilian government.

Parliament condemned in the strongest terms the ongoing violence in Yemen that has, since 2015, “degenerated into the worst humanitarian crisis in the world”. There can be no military solution to the conflict and the crisis can only be resolved sustainably through an inclusive Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned negotiation process, stress MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday by 638 votes for, 12 against and 44 abstentions.

Calling on all parties to facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief and other necessary goods to the population, MEPs point out that nearly 80 per cent of Yemenites— more than 24 million people — need humanitarian support, while 50 000 people are living in famine-like conditions. This figure is expected to triple by mid-2021.

All parties must urgently refrain from starving civilians as a method of warfare, MEPs stress, whilst pushing for targeted measures to be imposed against those taking part in acts that violate international humanitarian law.

Welcoming the EU’s pledge to triple humanitarian help for Yemen in 2021, MEPs urge the European Commission and EU member states to lead international efforts to urgently scale up humanitarian aid.

Myanmar: All those illegally arrested need to be unconditionally released

In a resolution on the situation in Myanmar, MEPs strongly condemn the military coup of 1 February and call on the military (Tatmadaw) to immediately reinstate the civilian government, end the state of emergency, and unconditionally release all those illegally arrested. The result of the general elections of 8 November must be respected and power handed back to the elected civil authorities.

MEPs note in this regard that “despite her failure to adequately condemn the human rights violations against Burmese minorities, Aung San Suu Kyi continues to be the symbol of the Burmese people when it comes to democratic aspirations and ambitions for a more just and democratic future”.

To guarantee the recognition and representation of all ethnic groups in Myanmar including the Rohingya, the new constitution must be drafted and implemented through a free and fair process, MEPs stress.

They welcome the extension of the 2018 EU sanctions against Tatmadaw military and officials responsible for human rights violations against the Rohingya population. and urge the Council to extend targeted sanctions to the entire leadership of Myanmar’s military, including all those involved in the coup.

Finally, Parliament calls upon the EU and its member states to foster international coordination to prevent any unauthorised goods from being illegally exported from Myanmar, specifically benefitting the military economically.

The resolution was adopted by 667 votes for, one against and 27 abstentions.