17.03.2017 Syrian Peace Process Support Group press conference (VIDEO)
02.06.2016 Hearing: Ruslan Kotsaba – Ukrainian prisoner of conscience (January 2016)
A hearing to consider the case of imprisoned Ukrainian journalist and blogger Ruslan Kotsaba took place in the European Parliament on Tuesday 26 January 2016, from 14:00 to 15:30 in room ASP 5E1, organised by Latvian MEP Tatjana Ždanoka. The Ukrainian journalist, blogger and Maidan activist Ruslan Kotsaba is being prosecuted for "Betrayal of the Motherland" because of his reports on the conflict in the Donbass area.
08.11.2012 Parliamentary question: Financial support to Frisian-language theatre (27 June 2011)
The Dutch government has announced its decision to stop its financial support to the only professional theatre company working in the Frisian language in that Member State. Answer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the Commission
07.11.2012 Parliamentary question: Commission evaluation of readmission agreements (13 July 2011)
In February 2011 the Commission released its first evaluation of the readmission agreements which have been concluded by the European Union or on which negotiations are underway. In this context, a number of questions still need to be answered.
07.11.2012 Parliamentary question: Voting rights for Latvia's 'non-citizens' in local elections (12 October 2011)
Does the Commission agree that the democratic deficit in Latvia may reveal a clear risk of a serious breach of the principles of democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms?
07.11.2012 Parliamentary question: Detention conditions in the EU (27 October 2011)
What will the Commission do at EU level to ensure that the fundamental rights of persons detained in prisons are respected and that detention conditions are improved in Member States?
07.11.2012 Parliamentary question: EU accession to the ECHR and ECtHR reform (8 February 2012)
What steps will the Commission take to strengthen national implementation and reduce the high number of repetitive applications coming before the ECtHR as a necessary precursor to any further concrete steps towards agreement on reform of the Court?
30.10.2012 Parliamentary questionSubject: Biometric passports (6 March 2012)
Is the Commission considering re-evaluating the rules given the problems that appear to exist in several Member States? (For example, it is alleged that 500 000 to 1 000 000 of the 6.5 million biometric passports in circulation in France are false
30.10.2012 Parliamentary question Subject: Report by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly 'Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible? (12 April 2012)
- Does the Commission concur with the report’s conclusion that (taking into account the known facts) the two navy vessels that were in the vicinity of the boat should have taken action to save the lives of the people on board? What is the Commission’s view of the fact that Spain and Italy, the two Member States with navy vessels in the vicinity of the boat concerned, did not take action to save the lives of the people on board? Is the Commission willing to ask why both Member States refrained from taking action? If not, why not?
30.10.2012 Tatjana Ždanoka question: Implementation of the citizens' initiative (10 May 2012)
Could the Commission confirm that all Member States have already adopted and notified the specific provisions intended to implement Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 as provided for in Article 21 and, in particular, the provisions concerning the online collection systems?
30.10.2012 Parliamentary questionsSubject: European Public Prosecutor, European Arrest Warrant and pre-trial detention (12 September 2012)
Parliament has made it clear, in a number of recent resolutions supported by the Verts/ALE Group, that it favours the strengthening of judicial cooperation within the European Union for purposes of combating fraud involving EU funds and organised crime, notably by creating a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) under Article 86 TFEU.
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy - Eastern Dimension - Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy - Southern Dimension (6 April 2011 - Strasbourg)
I do support the European Neighbourhood Policy as a meaningful political framework for strengthening democracy in both the Eastern and Southern Dimensions, but I have now asked for the floor in order to pose the following question to all of us: whether the European Union’s moral right to show third countries the way towards real democracy is well justified.
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on the withdrawal of democratic rights to vote in elections and stand for election in Spain (9 May 2011 - Strasbourg)
As a member of the Basque Friendship Group ‘Toward a peace process in the Basque Country’, I was among those signing the declaration aimed at requesting the Spanish Government to reconsider its position and take all necessary measures to ensure that the elections held on 22 May respect basic democratic principles.
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on External dimension of social policy (6 June 2011 - Strasbourg)
I would like our position on this report to be quite clear. First of all, while we appreciate that the final text may be improved by the votes tomorrow, it is strong enough, and we would simply underline that the role of the International Labour Organisation should be strengthened. On this we agree with the rapporteur.
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Guaranteeing independent impact assessments (6 June 2011 - Strasbourg)
I would emphasise once again that the International Labour Organisation’s role should be strengthened. Voluntary corporate social responsibility is a good thing but the primary role in promoting and protecting human rights belongs to states and international organisations.
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Application of Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania (7 June 2011 - Strasbourg)
The issue at stake is whether we grant assess to the Schengen area for Bulgaria and Romania.
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Changes to Schengen (6 July 2011 - Strasbourg)
We also believe that free movement of people within the Schengen area has been one of the biggest achievements of European integration.
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Accession of Bulgaria and Romania to Schengen (12 October 2011 - Brussels)
We all know there were some shortcomings on Bulgaria and Romania’s road to Schengen, but now the problems are resolved and Bulgaria and Romania are fully prepared to join the free travel area in 2011
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on matters of political importance (24 October 2011 - Strasbourg)
Precisely 20 years have passed since the Supreme Council of Latvia adopted the resolution under which only those residents who had been Latvian citizens in 1940 and their descendents were recognised as having citizenship of Latvia. One third of the population was thus deprived of all political rights. This was a unique case in parliamentary history: a parliament depriving an essential part of its own electorate of citizenship and thus, of voting rights.
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Ombudsman's annual report 2010 (27 October 2011 - Strasbourg)
First, in 2010 most of the complaints to the Ombudsman referred to the lack of transparency in the EU administration.
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Detention conditions in the EU (14 December 2011 - Strasbourg)
I know the situation very well, due to my experience as a human rights defender who has, for many years, worked on concrete applications coming from places of detention.
30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on European dimension in sport (1 February 2012 - Brussels)
Our political group welcomes the EU-level action in the field of sport being mentioned in the Commission’s communication. We also support the proposals included in Parliament’s motion for a resolution.
29.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on EU citizenship report 2010 (29 March 2012)
Tatjana Zdanoka, rapporteur for the opinion of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.
29.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Biometric passports (19 April 2012)
Mr President, we are extremely satisfied that the studies, as the Commissioner has said, are in progress. Regulation (EC) No 2252/2004 is to be amended and we are happy that Ms Malmström has just expressed the very same opinion. I will allow myself to return to history and self-citation.
29.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech :" Swiss quotas on the number of residence permits granted to nationals of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary" (debate Thursday, 24 May 2012 )
Mr President, this is the second time during this Strasbourg session that we have asked why EU Member States are facing unequal treatment by third countries. The first question, related to visa requirements, was addressed to Canada
01.02.2011 MEP Zdanoka's written question on social crisis in Latvia (24.07.2009.)
Why has the European Commission welcomed measures aimed at reducing the income of a large part of the population whose income is already below the poverty line?
01.02.2011 Draft declaration on the protection of social rights when fighting against the economic crisis proposed by 4 MEPs (19.10.2009)
To maintain adequate protection for social rights when fighting against the economic crisis; to ensure that social conditionality becomes an integral part of any financial assistance and other stabilisation instruments; to evaluate the social impact of all anti-crisis measures on a regular basis and report back to Parliament;
01.02.2011 MEP Zdanoka's speech on data protection in the context of migration (18.05.2010)
my group – from the very beginning – was quite cautious in accepting SIS II, due to many implications concerning data protection. Now it seems that the long SIS II saga is far from being finished. We see time delays and cost overruns; we do not have any positive results. We do not even have a consensus about the evaluation of test results. We have to be honest and admit that the current project might fail, and we have to discuss the alternatives
01.02.2011 MEP Zdanoka's speech on rights to interpretation and translation to minority languages during criminal proceedings (14.06.2010)
I stress that the directive also applies to non-official languages of the European Union. It means that the translation and interpretation referred to in the document should be guaranteed in regional and minority languages. For example, in those judicial districts in which the number of residents using regional or minority languages justifies it, the possibility of using such languages must be afforded
01.02.2011 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Schengen acquis implementation in Bulgaria and Romania (15.06.2010)
My Group fully shares the position of the rapporteur that there should be a follow-up. In other words, Parliament must be informed of how problems have been solved, taking our concerns about data protection into account. I would also hope that the unavailability of slots will not be a barrier to joining the SISOne4ALL
01.02.2011 MEP Zdanoka's speech on reforms and development in Moldova (21.10.2010)
Moldovan society is multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic; moreover, essential differences exist in relation to the assessment of historical events. It is therefore quite dangerous to create additional dividing lines within Moldovan society. In my opinion, a recent decree establishing 28 June as Soviet Occupation Day, which triggered a negative reaction on the part of a large number of Moldovan residents, did not consolidate society but had just the opposite effect
01.02.2011 MEP Zdanoka's speech on visa facilitation and readmission (13.12.2010)
Three years ago a report was adopted on visa facilitation with Russia, which passed my own amendment saying that the requirement of the mandatory registration procedure is a serious obstacle to travel within Russia and the EU. Unfortunately nothing has changed since that time and this is crucially important for my electorate who travel to Russia for private visits
15.06.2006 Broad backing for non-discrimination measures
The European Parliament has strongly backed proposals put forward by Latvian MEP Tatjana Zdanoka to tackle discrimination. These include developing new EU legislation to deal specifically with discrimination and making the European Charter on Fundamental Rights legally binding.
09.02.2006 EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTSGRAND CHAMBER HEARINGŽDANOKA v. Latvia
European Court of Human Rights upheld the course of T. Zdanoka against authorities of Latvia.
18.01.2006 The Greens-EFA group is supporting the principal ideas of Mr Catania report.
17.05.2005 Petitions Committee - Parliament to look into Latvia discrimination
The Green/EFA Group in the European Parliament has welcomed the Parliament's Petitions Committee decision that the situation of the Russian speaking minority in Latvia warrants further investigation
17.05.2005 Latvian MEP urges calm, tolerance and understanding after EP vote
Latvian Euro-MP Tatjana Zdanoka, whose party represents the country's significant Russian speaking minority, has called for calm, tolerance and understanding after the EP passed a resolution this week marking sixty years since the end of World War Two. Ms Zdanoka stressed that she supported much of the resolution but was unable to vote in favour since she feared the resolution could be exploited by right wing Baltic politicians to attack the Russian minority
06.05.2005 Euro Parliament to hear of Latvian discrimination
Euro-MPs will hear the case of Jurijs Petropavlovskis, a Latvian born ethnic Russian. Mr Petropavlovskis - an activist in favour of the rights of the Russian minority - has been denied Latvian citizenship even though he was born in Latvia and has passed the naturalization exams. The Latvian authorities refused him citizenship on the basis of his lack of loyalty to the government
25.04.2005 Latvian history in the European Parliament
Dear MEPs and Assistants, <br> Recently you will have received two documents concerning Latvia. Firstly the appeal of the Latvian Association of Former Warriors of the Anti-Hitler Coalition to MEPs which I forwarded for your attention on 31 March, and secondly the response to this appeal from Latvia's other eight MEPs, sent to you on 5 April
25.04.2005 'When did the war end?' - Latvian President's controversial comments
Latvian MEP Tatjana Zdanoka has expressed regret that Latvian President Vike-Freiberga chose to try to draw the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, into the President's attempts to re-write history. <br> Now in a written answer to a Parliamentary question by Ms Zdanoka, the European Commission has cast doubt on the Latvian President's claim that Sr Barroso supported her point of view
25.04.2005 MEP outrage at Riga protest violence - Police clash with anti-Nazi protestors
The protestors tried to prevent Waffen SS veterans marching along the streets of Riga. Today - March 16 - is the day when traditionally former Latvian soldiers who fought during the World War II on the side of Nazi Germany commemorate the deaths of Latvian SS members killed fighting the Red Army. <br> Some two hundred SS veterans marched to Riga's Freedom memorial to lay flowers. Protestors dressed in striped prison clothes bearing yellow stars to remind people of atrocities carried out in Latvia by the SS. They formed a human chain to try to block the march by SS veterans
10.01.2005 Opinion of the Greens-EFA group about the Turkey`s accession to EU
As it has been mentioned, the majority of human rights activists in Turkey (Leila Zana among them) are of the opinion that a positive decision on the Republic of Turkey's application to join the European Union will contribute to the improvement of Turkey's policy on ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.
10.01.2005 Position of EFA group with respect to the Commission is negative.
We do not appreciate the rules when 25 nominates of the national governments have to be accepted in one vote together. This nominates representing the national elites are not concerned of the interests of regions as well of national and linguistic minorities.
10.01.2005 Opinion of the Greens-EFA group about the proposal of the Commission to introduce two biometric identifiers
The Greens-EFA group is of opinion that the proposal of the Commission to introduce two biometric identifiers lacks crucial information on important points such as costs, proportionality, added value in security.