Anna van Densky OPINION Next week the European Parliament starts the series of hearings to endorse the team of Ursula von der Leyen Commissioners-designate. In one of paradoxes of protracted Brexit the British Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will participate and vote for the candidates, influencing the EU politics in spite of the fact that they did not propose a Commissioner themselves for apparent reasons.
Curiously #UK#MEPs wil participate in process of Commissioner-designate hearings, influencing #EU future although they are leaving and because of #Brexit they didn’t designate candidate, @jduch confirmed UK MEPs full rights. pic.twitter.com/XDRbToKNpU
However it is not the end of the road. In case there will be one more extension of Brexit beyond October 31, British government has to appoint a Commissioner to Brussels. Will Lord Hill come back? (Joke). Will Sir Julian King stay? If ‘yes’, it will be to the greatest joy of the Remainers, assessing his marriage to the top EU civil servant Dane Lotte Knudsen (Germany, EEAS) as an ultimate sign of this loyalty to Brussels. Conflict of interests? One can hardly blame it to any UK national amid total confusion the protracted Brexit is causing. (Continuation follows),
Commissioners-designate hearings are starting on Monday! Maroš Šefčovič 🇸🇰, Phil Hogan 🇮🇪 and Mariya Gabriel 🇧🇬 will be the first to appear before parliamentary committees.
Nothing is so permanent as temporary. From now onward this wisdom can be fully applied to Brexit process. The United Kingdom’s Supreme Courtruled on September 24 that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision for Parliament prorogation while approaching Brexit was unlawful.
The Court decision will certainly influence the departure process, blocking the way to leave without the Withdrawal Agreement, widely known as “the deal”. The prediction of Theresa May is coming true: it may be that referendum result will be never honoured, and Brexit will not be delivered at all.
From today the EU has two special candidats: one, Turkey, is “eternally” attempting to enter, while the other is permanently at the threshold, intending to leave. As Pisa Tower – forever falling, and still there. Brexit Forever!
#UK Parliament is back in action! I presume there will be no #Brexit until end of century if John Bercow is leading:) #EU has now eternal candidate to enter – #Turkey, and permanent candidate to leave – #UK. Ha-ha! https://t.co/uo3igNQbUY
In the framework of the September Strasbourg Plenary the Animal welfare Intergroup of the European Parliament has elected Anja Hazecamp, Dutch MEP as president of the biggest cross party congregation.
Anja Hazekamp(51) is a prominent Dutch politician, a member of the Party for Animals (PvdD), and a member of the group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left (@GUENGL).
The PvdD is the first political party across the world to gain parliamentary seats, including three seats for Senate, with an agenda focused primarily on animal rights, and animal welfare. At her election Hazekamp said she expects from Ursula von der Leyen ‘real change” in animal welfare issues.
The Intergroup is providing a forum for debate, and initiating actions for animal welfare-related issues in the European Parliament. An entire spectrum of activities as issuing reports, resolutions or amendments, formally asking parliamentary questions and sending letters to authorities, organising public awareness events, – all of them resulted in graduate improvements in the animal welfare situation in the EU.
Modern IT technologies will help to give a second life to a destroyed by NaziGrandSynagogue, this time in a form of a bronze monument, established at the original place atQuai Kléber. The Jewish community, IT scientists, historians, and lovers of history have collected a significant amount of information, allowing to restore the exact model of the demolished building.
On 18th of September, during the European Parliament Plenary week the Jewish Consistory of Bas-Rhin invited to the Synagogue of Peace Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and Strasbourg politicians to celebrate in a cultural event the upcoming Rosh Hashana (New Year) festivities. The excursion in the building of New Synagogue preceded the assembly.
The collection of the artefacts and historic objects exposed as precious pieces of mosaic restore the picture of the spiritual past of the JewishCommunity in Alsace – one of the most ancient in Europe, traced to the Middle Ages.
After the World War II the Jews who survived the Holocaust, reformed the Jewishcommunity of Strasbourg, meeting in the Holiday Palace until 1948, because the Grand Synagogue, situated at Place Klèberwas destroyed.
Following the talks with the city of Strasbourg in 1948, the Jewishcommunity agreed to exchange the grounds of the old Synagogue against the site of Contadesarea, where the new monumental building was erected, by the architect Claude Meyer-Lévy. The synagogue, called “Peace” replicating its location Rue de la Paix,, and was inaugurated in March 1958.
The new synagogue also includes the Judaica radio headquarters, a youth center, and the headquarters of several movements, in addition to the four oratories.