Interview Prisons Human Rights Greece

Prison conditions in Greece: progress still to be made

Interview with Theodoros Papatheodorou, MP of the Democratic Coalition in the Hellenic Parliament27 November 2017 | Theodoros Papatheodorou
Korydallos prison in Athens (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by tsiros

Within the last few years, prison conditions in Greece have improved: alternative sentences were introduced in order to tackle the issue of overcrowding. And yet, some problems remain, such as a flawed reintegration process. According to Theodoros Papatheodorou, there is a need for more cooperation at the European level.

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
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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.

The French parliament demands concrete actions to increase social justice in Europe

As a reaction to the debate on the European social rights package there is a bundle of demands from France with concrete propositions to fight social injustice1 February 2017
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The European Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly passed a package of demands as a reaction to the debate of the European Commission which should specify the results and thus ensure the social protection of the Europeans through coordinated approach.

MPs' Conference

Third Conference – Towards a Progressive Europe

European MPs met on 15-16 September in the Portuguese Parliament15-16 September 2016 | Assembleia da República, Lisbon
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On invitation of the Parliamentary Group of the Portuguese Socialist Party, the #ProgressiveEurope Interparliamentary Conference gathering MPs specialised in fiscal and budgetary affairs took place in the Assembleia da República on 15-16 September 2016. The European parliamentarians were welcomed by César Carlos, Chairman of the Socialist Group at Assembleia da República and by Paulo Trigo Pereira, Vice-Chairman of the financial and budgetary affairs committee. (more…)

MP's Conference

Towards a Progressive Europe – Vol. 2

Second European parliamentary conference in Paris7-8 April 2016 | Assemblée nationale, Paris
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In April 2016, Socialist and Social Democrats members of European national parliaments and the European parliament working for the respective finance and budget commissions held a meeting in Paris.

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MPs' Conference Press Release

Joint resolution of the second interparliamentary conference

Agreement on a common declaration in Paris8 April 2016 | Assemblée nationale, Paris

After a first edition in Berlin in October 2015, the European progressive interparliamentary conference took place for the second time on 7-8 April 2016 in the Assemblée Nationale in Paris. This new meeting format is coming from the will of the socialist and social democratic MPs of the committees for finance and for budget of the national and European parliaments in order to exchange on economic policies to be implemented in Europe, to elaborate together convergence points.