Tag Archives: EU

EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people

The European parliament is debating a draft biopiracy law requiring industry to compensate indigenous people if it makes commercial use of local knowledge such as plant-based medicines. Under the law – based on the international convention on access to biodiversity, the Nagoya protocol – the pharmaceuticals industry would need the written consent of local or indigenous people before exploring their […]

Serbian President Apologizes For Srebrenica Massacre

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has offered an apology for his country’s role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.  In a statement prepared for Bosnian state television, Nikolic said, “I kneel and ask for forgiveness for Serbia for the crime committed in Srebrenica.” But he added “genocide needs to be […]

Switzerland restricts EU immigration

Switzerland has announced that it will extend immigration limits to all European Union countries amid pressure from the political far-right. Switzerland, which is not an EU member, already has a quota in place for eight Eastern European members that joined the bloc in 2004, as well as special, stricter regulations for the newest members Bulgaria […]

Serbia and Kosovo reach EU-brokered landmark accord

Serbia and its former province of Kosovo have reached an EU-brokered accord aimed at normalising relations between the Balkan neighbours. “And the white smoke is out! Habemus pactum!” Kosovo’s Integration Minister Vlora Citaku tweeted after the talks. Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008. While many countries recognise it as an independent country, Serbia does not. Serbia must normalise […]

Summer School: Who is Sovereign? Citizenship in Europe and Beyond (Koszeg, Hungary)

18th International Summer University in Koszeg, Hungary: The 2013 summer university will include a series of diverse but interconnected themes such as: – The European Crisis: New Opportunities  for Central European Cooperation?; – Cities and City Assemblies: Can these ’New Players’ revitalize Europe within the context of the Danube Strategy?; – The Viability of EU Citizenship: Special […]

CFCCS Summer School Comparative Conflict Studies in Belgrade

The Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS) at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidunum University invites you to apply for the forth Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies. The 2013 Summer School will take place at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade, from July 1-8, 2013. Students who complete the course […]

Immigrants to EU countries less likely to live on benefits

Immigrants to the European Union are, for the most part, less likely to live on welfare than the native population, according to academic research due to be published which challenges the idea that benefits are a “pull factor” for migration. The study, Unemployment Benefits and Immigration: Evidence from the EU, says there is no correlation between levels of unemployment […]