Interview Prisons Human Rights Belgium

Prison conditions in Belgium: an alarming situation

Interview with Özlem Özen, MP of the Socialist Party in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives1 September 2017 | Özlem Özen
"Prison"(CC BY-NC 2.0) by Matthias Müller

Özlem Özen, MP of the Socialist Party in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, answers to the questions of #ProgressiveEurope. She comments on prison conditions and on the lack of financial and human resources in the Belgian penal system. Besides, she calls for a better assistance of prisoners in the process of rehabilitation.

Opinions Trade

Free trade: EU Member States have a say in the bilateral deals

Cooperation as a tool for the regulation of free trade - An opinion piece by Frédéric Daerden2 May 2017 | Frédéric Daerden
"International Flags" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by pennstatenews

The European Union’s trade strategy is shifting: the focus is no longer on multilateral trade agreements, but rather on the creation of bilateral deals such as CETA. How can the EU Member States cooperate in this context, when international protectionist tendencies are rising?

Conferences of the Presidents

Third Conference of the Chairpersons – “Towards a Progressive Europe”

The chairpersons met in Berlin for the 3rd #ProgressiveEurope conference hosted by the SPD parliamentary group22-23 February 2017 | Berlin
#ProgressiveEurope | @JacobUndAlex

The conference provided a platform for interesting debates on a wide range of topics as well as an opportunity for social democrats and socialists in the national parliaments of the EU to strengthen their ties.

Conference of the Presidents Press release

European progressive Parliamentarians together in Paris

Social democratic and socialist Presidents of parliamentary groups met for the second time12-13 September 2016 | Assemblée nationale, Paris
Social democratic and socialist Presidents in Paris © Frédéric Pitchal

On Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 September 2016, the parliamentary group of the French Socialists in the Assemblée nationale organised in Paris the second Conference of the Presidents of socialist and social-democratic parliamentary groups from the European national parliaments. During this two-day conference, parliamentarians debated and submitted proposals on the future of the Eurozone and of the European Union.