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Parliament Honours Writer

  • January 18th, 2008
  • Posted by 7thmin

anna-politkovskaya1.jpgMembers of the European Parliament began a new session this week (14.l.08) distributing honours in recognition of democratic leadership and human rights – and preparing for new initiatives on the environment.

The Parliament announced that two wings of a new building at its Brussels complex would be named after Willy Brandt the former German Chancellor and Jozset Antall, the Hungarian Prime Minister who oversaw his country’s moves to enter the European Union. Another part of the new structure, a bridge connecting it to an existing building will bear the name of Konrad Adenauer, founding Chancellor of the Federal German Republic.

A new media conference room is to be named after Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist assassinated in 2006; a gesture described by the Parliament’s President, Hans-Gert Pöttering , as a strong symbol of commitment to a free and independent press.

“Anna Politkovskaya was a courageous woman who fought for freedom of the press and of expression in her country,” he said.

The Parliament is expected to receive new proposals from the executive European Commission, next week, on energy and climate change – priority undertakings for the EU since its decision last year to drive for strictly targeted reductions in carbon dioxide pollution.

It is also expecting a visit from Pervez Musharraf the President of Pakistan.

Reference:

European Parliament, “Parliament honours significant Europeans with naming of its buildings”, 15.1.08.

Picture: Anna Politkovskaya

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