(EP) Next week in the Committee on Petitions

Date of article: 13/05/2022

Daily News of: 13/05/2022

Country:  EUROPE

Author: Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament

Article language: en

Monday 16 May 2022, 13.45 – 15:45 and 16.45 – 18.45

Tuesday 17 May 2022, 9.00 – 12.00, 13.45 – 15.45 and 16.45 – 18.45

the Spaak building, room 1A2, and by remote connection

Votes


Election of the first Vice-Chair of the Petitions Committee. Monday

Oral Question on illegal logging in the EU. Rapporteur: Dolors Montserrat (Chair). Monday

Draft Motion for a Resolution on illegal logging in the EU, 2022/2523(RSP). Rapporteur: Dolors Montserrat (Chair). Amendments Monday, final vote Tuesday


Thematic discussion

The refugee situation and children’s rights in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

1. Refugees (Tue 9.00–10.00)

Interventions by Carlo Olmo (Lawyers without Borders) and a representative of the European Commission, followed by discussions on petitions:

·  Petition 0223/2022 by Olena Vedenina (Ukrainian) on the creation of a humanitarian corridor for European citizens in Ukraine

 

·  Petition 0239/2022 by Marisa Filipe (Portuguese) on the reintroduction of the Nansen passport, an EU-wide ID card for refugees in Europe

 

 

2. Children’s rights (Tue 10.00–11.00)

Interventions by Ewa KOPACZ, EP Vice-President and EP Coordinator on Children's Rights, and a representative of the European Commission, followed by discussions on petitions:

·  Petition 0303/2022 by J.L.S. (German) on behalf of the organisation ‘Children's Health Support e.V.’ on humanitarian aid in Ukraine

 

·  Petition 0309/2022 by J.L.S. (German) on behalf of the organisation ‘Children's Health Support e.V.’ on the creation of a humanitarian no-fly zone in Ukraine

 

·  Petition 0314/2022 by J.L.S. (German) on behalf of the organisation ‘Children's Health Support e.V.’ on hospital protection in Ukraine

 

Consideration of petitions

Monday

Petition 1077/2019 by M.S. (Polish), on behalf of Obserwatorium Wyborcze (the Election Observatory), bearing 154 signatures, on alleged breaches during EU elections in Poland, other irregularities and media propaganda.

Petition No 0432/2021 by Bożena Ferenc (Polish), Piotr Kozioł (Polish), Makary Wiskirki (Polish), Magda Klim (Polish), Małgorzata Klimowicz (Polish), S.G. (Polish), Sławomir Górak (Polish), Ewa Uminska (Polish), Adam Witas (Polish), bearing four signatures, on the Polish elections to the European Parliament in 2019.

Petition 0468/2019 by Gabriela Ionescu (Romanian) on restricted right to vote for European elections.

Petition 0473/2019 by Patrick Vanhoudt (Belgian) on an alleged breach of European election rules for non-citizens in Luxembourg.

Petition 1167/2017 by Noël Lucia (French) on access to environmental information.

Petition 0202/2021 by Alberto De Toma (Italian) on protection of the Ripalta, Pantano and Lama Santacroce natural landscape area in Apulia, Italy.

Petition 1096/2021 by Bartolomeo Lucarelli (Italian), on behalf of LiberiAmo Taranto, on the alleged infringement by Italy of Directives 2014/52/EU and 2010/75/EU.

Petition 1052/2017 by G. C. (Italian) on incorrect transposition into the Italian legal system of Directive 2014/52/EU on environmental impact assessment.

Tuesday

Petition 0343/2022 by Michał Wawrykiewicz, (Polish) on the rule of law in Poland during the war in Ukraine.

Petition 0636/2021 by Victorina Amores (Spanish) on the allegedly unnecessary remodelling of Lidon Avenue in Castelló de la Plana (Spain) and the failure to comply with the conditions for obtaining EU funding.

Petition 1123/2021 by J.S.A.G. (Spanish) on unfair bank practices.

Petition 0495/2021 by Christopher Stott (British) on the application of health and safety measures in the construction industry in Malta.

Petition No 0697/2020 by Elise Fleury (French), on behalf of Eurogroup for Animals, on zoonotic diseases, other risks and the regulation of trading and keeping of exotic pets in the EU.

Petition No 0744/2020 by Claus Nielsen Lyckhage (Danish), on behalf of Dyrenes Beskyttelse, on the need for EU regulation on the trade of wild and exotic animals to be kept as pets.

Petition No 0786/2020 by Marieke Vreeken (Dutch), on behalf of Animal Advocacy and Protection (Stichting AAP), on regulation of trade and keeping of exotic pets in the European Union through an EU positive list.

 
 
 
 
 
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Telemedicina per gli istituti penitenziari, un progetto pilota a Montacuto

Date of article: 12/05/2022

Daily News of: 13/05/2022

Country:  Italy - Marches

Author: Garante regionale dei diritti della persona (Regional Ombudsman of Marches)

Article language: it

Incontro del Garante Giancarlo Giulianelli con il direttore generale di Asur Marche, Nadia Storti, per fare il punto della situazione e individuare le tappe del percorso da mettere in atto. Si parte con la ricognizione tecnica per il cablaggio della rete telematica

Telemedicina per gli istituti penitenziari al centro dell’incontro tra il Garante dei diritti, Giancarlo Giulianelli, e il direttore generale di Asur Marche, Nadia Storti. Una possibilità d’intervento più volte evidenziata dallo stesso Garante e recentemente riproposta anche al tavolo dell’Osservatorio regionale sulla sanità penitenziaria.

“Nel confronto con il direttore di Asur Marche – fa presente Giulianelli – abbiamo vagliato la situazione complessiva, convenendo sul fatto che la telemedicina può sicuramente rappresentare una valida risposta alle problematiche sanitarie degli istituti sia sul versante dell’immediatezza, sia per sopperire alla carenza di personale medico, anche di tipo specialistico”.

Nei prossimi giorni sarà avviata una ricognizione tecnica, soprattutto per quanto riguarda il cablaggio della rete telematica, con l’obiettivo di attivare un primo progetto pilota presso la Casa circondariale di Montacuto.

“E’ un percorso – specifica il Garante – che comprensibilmente va messo in atto con gradualità ed attraverso tutte le verifiche del caso. In futuro potrà anche essere affiancato da altre progettualità su cui stiamo lavorando”.

Intanto prosegue la periodica azione di monitoraggio messa in atto dall’Autorità di garanzia negli istituti penitenziari marchigiani. Nuovi colloqui con i detenuti presso la Casa circondariale di Montacuto e visite anche nelle sezioni dell’alta sicurezza.

Tra i problemi affrontati, in primo piano ancora quelli che riguardano alcuni aspetti della sfera sanitaria. A Fermo, invece, il Garante ha avuto modo di affrontare la questione delle attività trattamentali e la possibilità di avviare alcuni corsi per i detenuti. Visita anche alla Casa di reclusione di Barcaglione.

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Maltrattamento sui minori, la Garante Molise tra le regioni con maggiore criticità

Date of article: 12/05/2022

Daily News of: 13/05/2022

Country:  Italy - Molise

Author: Garante regionale dei diritti della persona - Regione Molise

Article language: it

"Maltrattamento sui minori, purtroppo anche il Molise rientra tra le regioni in cui si registrano criticità legate a tale fenomeno". Lo comunica la Garante regionale dei Diritti della Persona, Leontina Lanciano, che aggiuinge: "È quanto emerge, purtroppo, dalla quinta edizione dell'Indice regionale sul maltrattamento all'infanzia in Italia realizzata dalla Fondazione Cesvi. Una situazione che, come evidenzia il Cesvi, è stata aggravata dalla pandemia. Il report evidenzia un aumento significativo del numero di giovanissimi che hanno avuto acceso al pronto soccorso per episodi di tentato suicidio, disturbi del comportamento alimentare e depressione. L’indagine mostra che le regioni a più elevato indici di criticità sul fronte del maltrattamento infantile sono otto: Campania, Sicilia, Calabria, Puglia, Molise, Basilicata, Abruzzo e Marche. In queste aree, come riassunto dall’Ansa, “a fronte di elevate problematiche ambientali, rappresentate da fattori di rischio elevati, non corrisponde una reazione del sistema dei servizi”. Nel bilanciamento tra fattori di rischio e qualità dei servizi erogati per contrastarli, la regione più virtuosa risulta essere l’Emilia Romagna, seguita da Veneto, Friuli - Venezia Giulia, Toscana en Liguria".

Accanto a queste, ci sono poi territori, come il Piemonte e la Sardegna, considerati “reattivi”. Ossia con un elevato grado di rischio, ma con servizi di qualità superiore alla media nazionale.

"Appare evidente - conclude la Garate - come in Molise sia necessario lavorare sui due fronti: da una parte abbassare l’indice di criticità sui fattori di rischio, dall’altra incrementare e migliorare la rete dei servizi per contrastarli".

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(CoE) Austria: improve reception and integration of migrants and protection of women’s rights

Date of article: 12/05/2022

Daily News of: 13/05/2022

Country:  EUROPE

Author: Commissioner for Human Rights - Council of Europe

Article language: en

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today the report following her visit to Austria carried out in December 2021, with recommendations on improving the reception and integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and on strengthening women’s rights and gender equality.

To address shortcomings in reception conditions, the authorities should “adopt harmonised standards regarding reception centres and cooperate with the provinces in order to ensure that reception conditions do not vary between facilities and to avoid overcrowding and lengthy stays in certain federal structures”, the Commissioner says. “Particular attention should be paid to the specific needs of vulnerable people, especially unaccompanied children; and to ensuring that asylum seekers have effective access to education and employment”, she adds while also emphasising the importance of strengthening independent and quality legal counselling by legally safeguarding the structural and functional independence of the competent federal agency.

In the field of integration, the Commissioner invites the authorities to speed up family reunification procedures for unaccompanied children, provide beneficiaries of subsidiary protection with the same favourable rules as refugees, and ease access to long-term residence and to citizenship. “In view of the worrying deterioration of the climate prevailing in Austria towards asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, I urge the authorities to raise awareness about existing measures to combat hate speech and hate crime and ensure their effective and prompt implementation.”

Concerned about credible allegations of pushbacks pointing to the existence of an established practice, the Commissioner urges the authorities to ensure that independent and effective investigations are carried out into allegations of pushbacks and of ill-treatment by members of security forces during these alleged pushbacks, and to put an end to these practices.

In the field of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, the Commissioner calls on the authorities to complement the sexuality education curricula and to subsidise counselling on contraception and contraceptives, and cover them under public health insurance or reimbursement schemes, or provide them free of charge. The Commissioner also notes that several factors render access to abortion services difficult in practice. “I urge the authorities to cover the costs of abortion care under public health insurance, and to ensure effective access to abortion services throughout the country.”

The Commissioner further calls on the authorities to step up policies to protect women and prevent and prosecute all forms of violence against them. “The high level of various forms of violence against women is concerning and requires resolute measures to improve the response of the justice system to acts of violence against women including by building trust between police and victims and improving the prosecution and conviction rates in such cases.” She also calls on the authorities to raise awareness about the means provided by the legislative package on online hate to victims of digital violence against women, and to safeguard the best interests of the child, including by ensuring that custody rules protect children from any violent parent. “The improvements needed in the fields of awareness-raising, prevention, training, repression, shelters, and legal and psychosocial support to victims, require a significant increase in the federal and provincial budgets related to the fight against all forms of violence against women”, she underscores.

As regards gender equality, the Commissioner urges the authorities to address the gender pay gap and gender pension gap as matters of priority and calls on the federal and provincial authorities to significantly improve the availability of high-quality childcare support to facilitate women’s re-entry into the labour market.

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