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European Parliament adopts resolution critical of Greece, other EU member states

The European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution on “Liberties, equality and dignity threatened in Greece.”The EP expressed concern over media freedom, corruption and individual liberties.

“Freedoms, equality and dignity are threatened,” the European Parliament emphasizes on Thursday, January 18, 2024. In its resolution on fundamental rights, put at the center of its report, “the worrying situation prevailing in Greece”  media reported.

Concerns about media freedom, corruption and individual liberties

The European Parliament’s report raised concerns about media freedom, corruption and individual liberties. among others, it was highlighted that the EU is to ensure the rights of women, children, LGBTI+ and vulnerable people.

At the same time, the report made special recommendations for Hungary, Poland, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

The EP examined the state of citizens’ rights in the EU in 2022 and 2023, identifying a number of worrying developments in member states.

The report on the state of fundamental rights in the EU was adopted by 391 votes to 130 with 20 abstentions.

Freedoms, equality and dignity are threatened

The European Parliament calls for justice for the killing of journalists and welcomes the agreement on the media freedom legislation.

It reiterates its concern about the use of spyware, stressing the need to strictly regulate the market and calling on EU countries, notably Greece, Hungary, Poland, Spain and Cyprus, to follow Parliament’s recommendations on this  matter.

Backslide in the rights of women and LGBTI+

In the text, the MEPs recall that gender-based violence is particularly widespread in all EU countries and categorically condemn the rapid regression of women’s and LGBTI+ rights in several member states, including the denial of access to safe and legal abortion in Poland.

In the case of Hungary, Parliament calls on the European Council to determine whether serious and lasting violations of EU values have been committed in accordance with Article 7(2) TEU, and deeply regrets the targeting of the LGBTI+ community by authorities.

Parliament calls again for the swift conclusion of negotiations on the directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence and for the inclusion of gender-based violence in the list of EU crimes.

Increase in the level of corruption

The Parliament expresses deep concern at the rising levels of corruption in several EU countries and reiterates its condemnation of the reported incidents involving high-ranking officials and politicians, including current and former MEPs.

The EU’s anti-corruption framework and the public interest witness protection directive must be fully implemented in member states, while an independent EU ethics body needs to be established, MEPs point out.

The Parliament also opposes attempts by governments to influence the independence of the judiciary and calls for effective democratic and constitutional control.

Other areas of concern include:

· threats to freedoms of association, speech and assembly, including police brutality and mass arrests

· misinformation in relation to the need to safeguard artistic freedom

· religiously and racially motivated attacks, and that not all Member States have fully incorporated the Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia

· police violence against Roma people

· widespread violations of fundamental rights against migrants and refugees and codification of refoulements in national law

· the right of children to equal recognition of parentage across the EU

· the risk of biases embedded in new technologies, including artificial intelligence

· social, economic and environmental rights (e.g. poverty and social exclusion, digital poverty)

· the improvement of institutional safeguards (including the reconstitution of  the Organization of Fundamental Rights as an independent authority for human rights).

“Rights are not optional”

“Fundamental rights violations are widespread in the EU member states. In this light, any crises are a test, since the respect of fundamental rights cannot depend on favorable economic and social conditions. Rights are not optional, they are the essence of our societies and a key fundamental value of the EU,” commented  rapporteur, Katarina Barley (Socialists, Germany).


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One comment

  1. This resolution is good but how will it be of any importance in todays society?? The EU-countries are sliding backwards into conservatism, “everything was better before”. The struggle our parents did for equal rights for every human are beeing forgotten. A profe is the backslide in the rights of women and LGBTI+. A resolution from Strasbourgh is so easily overlooked and neglected. And there will always be people, who first and foremost look to their own good. How do you get them to understand the rights of others when they only want to gain themselves??? Sadly enough they dont care about society either (only in the situation when they need it, for example the health care). Just look at the mafia fights, they burden the health care with unnessesary costs and work. The mafia does not contribute with money to the health care(as taxpayers do) but they want to get help anyway!!