March - April Update


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    EUROPEAN UNION
    REGION | FORUM | COMMISSION | COURT | COUNCIL | MAP

    ~March - April 2014 Update~


    Nations: 117
    World Assembly Delegate:
    Occoron


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    Premier: Chasca Nayra, Nouvelle Picardie (Ind.)
    Forgein Affairs: Bernice Winters, Halsberg (UEC)
    Defence and Peacekeeping: Sir Augustus Barrington, Inimicus (UEC)
    Economics: Xristos Kalabouris, Perseus Island (ECL)
    Internal Affairs: Eric Pickles, Davishire, (Ind.)


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    Chief Justice: Steven Doberman, Gun-Toting Animals
    Justice: Judith Conde, Northern Caesarea
    Justice: David Lee, Angleter
    Justice: Samuel Norman Seabourne, Os Corelia
    Justice: Ozik Mahdrizhe, Marrakechia


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    Speaker of the European Council: Acwellan Lir Devoy am Harrison, Duxburian Union (ECL)

    Socialist Workers Party (SWP): Communist, Socialist, Anti-Capitalist
    Party of European Socialists and Democrats (S&D): Social Democrat, Integrationist
    Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for a Green Europe (ALDGE): Social Liberal, Environmentalist
    European Classical Liberals (ECL): Classical Liberal, Pragmatic
    Union of European Conservatives (UEC): Conservative, Christian Democrat
    European National Party (ENP): Fascist, National Socialist



    Commission News

    • The election season for Commission XVI began in earnest in late March. The seven candidates represented an increase from last time, where only five were nominated and as such all were guaranteed a seat. Turnout was somewhat low, at only 11.4%, with 14 out of 123 member states casting their vote. In the vote to determine Premier, Nouvelle Picardie?s Chasca Nayra won 53.8% of the vote and was therefore elected as the EU?s senior commissioner.

    • A new enquiry into the attitudes of member states towards matters of justice is planned by the Internal Affairs Commissioner.

    • The Internal Affairs Commissioner has also led a discussion on the future of the European Commission itself. There was general consensus that the executive branch of the European Government is important, but several ideas for reform were offered.

    • Commissioner for Defence and Peacekeeping, Sir Augustus Barrington of Inimicus has been touring Europe. His first stop, to Groot Belgie, is ongoing.European Court of Justice News

    • Elections were held for the ECoJ. Only five candidates put themselves forward to be elected justices, and as such all were guaranteed seats in the Court, regardless of the votes.

    • The position of Chief Justice, however, was still up for grabs. Two candidates, Steven Doberman and David Lee, were fighting for the position. In the end, Doberman claimed victory, securing just over three quarters of the vote.Council News

    • Davishire?s Councillor, Nicola Heaven MP, presented a bill to the Council which would place several restrictions on the use of capital punishment in member states. The bill would have seen restrictions on what could constitute a capital crime and mandated that prisoners on death row be allowed numerous rights, such as legal advice and religious support. The bill was defeated, with only one vote in favour and two against, not forgetting two abstentions.

    • Cllr. Heaven again brought the issue to the Council chamber, with her more direct Capital Punishment Abolition Bill, which sought to ban the use of the death penalty outright throughout the Union. The bill roused many councillors, who defended their views admirably. Indeed, the subject of the death penalty saw one of the most heated exchanges since the days of Marshall and Zapatero, with the councillor from Groot Belgie going so far as to say his government would refuse to implement the bill should it pass. Tension was created throughout the region thanks to this sentiment, with many member states growing increasing anxious over Groot Belgie?s bellicose opposition to the legislation. The Groot Belgie Times reported that the government would not pass the bill under any circumstances while also reporting an increase in military recruitment as a result. The Commissioner for Internal Affairs felt it right to intervene, asking the Groot Belgie councillor to reconsider his vehement opposition in the interests of maintaining regional peace and stability. Fortunately for Groot Belgie, the bill did not pass, with three in favour and four against, with one abstention.

    • A bill to introduce a European Central Bank was also proposed. Sir George Barringer, the Duke of Weselton, wished to see a central bank independent of both council and commission. However, many councillors expressed concerns that such an institution would be unaccountable and would exercise too much control over non-eurozone member states. The bill was totally defeated, with not even one vote in favour.

    • The Ocean Protection Act, last seen almost a year ago when it was defeated in the Council, has made a return. Os Corelia?s Count Jelesniak has reintroduced the bill which aims to control the amount of pollution reaching the region?s oceans. If passed, the OPA would be the first environmental legislation the region has ever seen. The debate remains ongoing.

    • Councillor John Walters has demanded a reshuffle of the committee dedicated to rewriting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He claims that the lack of active members on the committee has caused work on the document to stall, and has similar sentiments over the committee tasked with redrafting the constitution. In response, Count Jelesniak, the leader of the UDoHR committee, has announced that the group will be reformed completely with councillors welcome to apply to join.

    • Councillor Anatoly Keith stepped down from his post as Angleter?s European Councillor. He had been in the role for five years, making him one of the longest serving councillors of all time. Regarded as one of the EU?s most senior statesmen, Anatoly?s achievements include serving as the first Speaker of the European Council and presenting the long-awaited Committee Reform Act. He is replaced by Peter Montfort, former Commissioner of two and a half terms.

    • Also stepping down is long-time Union of European Conservatives leader Christopher Brown of Halsberg. The inaugural party president said: ?I feel it is time for the party to benefit from a new vision, to take a new direction.? Leader for two and a half years, Brown has handed the party presidency to Inimican Wilfred Cocx. The former Prime Minister of Inimicus was elected unopposed and now heads the European Union?s largest party.

    • The ALDGE have also lost their party leader. Party President Arcturus relinquished command, and a leadership election was called. Corelian Karolinasz Jaedala is the sole candidate, and looks set to take over from Arcturus. According to eminent stateswoman Maleeka Liszckoszi, Jaedala has been ?a strong European commissioner for defence and peacekeeping with a strong record in the role in line with our vision.?Other News

    • Rimroth?s governing party, the National Rimrothian Front, have kept control of parliament. PM Richard Watson remains in power.

    • Marrakechia?s rather eclectic music festival Mawazine got underway, with headliner Indila being joined by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Inimicus and the Orchestre des Forces Royales Air du Marrakechia.

    • Northern Caesarea has elected a new government. Prime Minister Izan Roch has signed a pact with the Social Democrats, Greens and Gavachois Nationalists where they will support cabinet policies. The country?s European councillor has been replaced with Gabriela Espinosa, who sits with the ECL.

    • The Corelian controversy over the island of Westfallon continued throughout March and April. During the election campaign, many Corelians demanded that candidates pledge to recognise the existence of Westfallon and as such rectify the cartographical error which caused so much offence to the islanders.

    • World Youth Day 2014 is underway in New Birmingham, Angleter. The new Pope Aloysius was present during the festivities, which saw bishops giving talks to young people on the importance of today?s youth in society.

    • Rumours that Cardinal Daneels of Groot Belgie is guilty of murder came back to haunt him, as the Pope ordered an enquiry into the incident. A crack investigation team consisting of Angleter?s Cardinal Unctious and Sister Agnes Gerardi are on the ground in Groot Belgie. Their enquiries are ongoing.

    • Rumours that the next EuroVoice contest is imminent have been circulating throughout Europe. Not seen since January, the EuroVoice contest has delighted the region no less than 20 times, with the 21st eagerly anticipated. Despite claims that the contest could begin as early as next week, neither the EUBC nor the host broadcaster would comment.

    See you next month!



    Have I missed anything? Anything councillors would like to add or perhaps change?


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    [SIZE=12]~March - April 2014 Update~[/SIZE]

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    [b]Nations: 117
    World Assembly Delegate:[/b] Occoron

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    [b]Premier:[/b] Chasca Nayra, Nouvelle Picardie (Ind.)
    [b]Forgein Affairs:[/b] Bernice Winters, Halsberg (UEC)
    [b]Defence and Peacekeeping:[/b] Sir Augustus Barrington, Inimicus (UEC)
    [b]Economics:[/b] Xristos Kalabouris, Perseus Island (ECL)
    [b]Internal Affairs:[/b] Eric Pickles, Davishire, (Ind.)

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    [b]Chief Justice[/b]: Steven Doberman, Gun-Toting Animals
    [b]Justice[/b]: Judith Conde, Northern Caesarea
    [b]Justice[/b]: David Lee, Angleter
    [b]Justice[/b]: Samuel Norman Seabourne, Os Corelia
    [b]Justice[/b]: Ozik Mahdrizhe, Marrakechia

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    [b]Speaker of the European Council[/b]: Acwellan Lir Devoy am Harrison, Duxburian Union (ECL)

    [b]Socialist Workers Party (SWP)[/b]: Communist, Socialist, Anti-Capitalist
    [b]Party of European Socialists and Democrats (S&D)[/b]: Social Democrat, Integrationist
    [b]Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for a Green Europe (ALDGE)[/b]: Social Liberal, Environmentalist
    [b]European Classical Liberals (ECL)[/b]: Classical Liberal, Pragmatic
    [b]Union of European Conservatives (UEC)[/b]: Conservative, Christian Democrat
    [b]European National Party (ENP)[/b]: Fascist, National Socialist

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    [SIZE=9]Commission News[/SIZE][LIST]
    [*]The election season for Commission XVI began in earnest in late March. The seven candidates represented an increase from last time, where only five were nominated and as such all were guaranteed a seat. Turnout was somewhat low, at only 11.4%, with 14 out of 123 member states casting their vote. In the vote to determine Premier, Nouvelle Picardie?s Chasca Nayra won 53.8% of the vote and was therefore elected as the EU?s senior commissioner.

    [*]A new enquiry into the attitudes of member states towards matters of justice is planned by the Internal Affairs Commissioner.

    [*]The Internal Affairs Commissioner has also led a discussion on the future of the European Commission itself. There was general consensus that the executive branch of the European Government is important, but several ideas for reform were offered.

    [*]Commissioner for Defence and Peacekeeping, Sir Augustus Barrington of Inimicus has been touring Europe. His first stop, to Groot Belgie, is ongoing.
    [/LIST][SIZE=9]European Court of Justice News[/SIZE][LIST]
    [*]Elections were held for the ECoJ. Only five candidates put themselves forward to be elected justices, and as such all were guaranteed seats in the Court, regardless of the votes.

    [*]The position of Chief Justice, however, was still up for grabs. Two candidates, Steven Doberman and David Lee, were fighting for the position. In the end, Doberman claimed victory, securing just over three quarters of the vote.
    [/LIST][SIZE=9]Council News[/SIZE][LIST]
    [*]Davishire?s Councillor, Nicola Heaven MP, presented a bill to the Council which would place several restrictions on the use of capital punishment in member states. The bill would have seen restrictions on what could constitute a capital crime and mandated that prisoners on death row be allowed numerous rights, such as legal advice and religious support. The bill was defeated, with only one vote in favour and two against, not forgetting two abstentions.

    [*]Cllr. Heaven again brought the issue to the Council chamber, with her more direct Capital Punishment Abolition Bill, which sought to ban the use of the death penalty outright throughout the Union. The bill roused many councillors, who defended their views admirably. Indeed, the subject of the death penalty saw one of the most heated exchanges since the days of Marshall and Zapatero, with the councillor from Groot Belgie going so far as to say his government would refuse to implement the bill should it pass. Tension was created throughout the region thanks to this sentiment, with many member states growing increasing anxious over Groot Belgie?s bellicose opposition to the legislation. The Groot Belgie Times reported that the government would not pass the bill under any circumstances while also reporting an increase in military recruitment as a result. The Commissioner for Internal Affairs felt it right to intervene, asking the Groot Belgie councillor to reconsider his vehement opposition in the interests of maintaining regional peace and stability. Fortunately for Groot Belgie, the bill did not pass, with three in favour and four against, with one abstention.

    [*]A bill to introduce a European Central Bank was also proposed. Sir George Barringer, the Duke of Weselton, wished to see a central bank independent of both council and commission. However, many councillors expressed concerns that such an institution would be unaccountable and would exercise too much control over non-eurozone member states. The bill was totally defeated, with not even one vote in favour.

    [*]The Ocean Protection Act, last seen almost a year ago when it was defeated in the Council, has made a return. Os Corelia?s Count Jelesniak has reintroduced the bill which aims to control the amount of pollution reaching the region?s oceans. If passed, the OPA would be the first environmental legislation the region has ever seen. The debate remains ongoing.

    [*]Councillor John Walters has demanded a reshuffle of the committee dedicated to rewriting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He claims that the lack of active members on the committee has caused work on the document to stall, and has similar sentiments over the committee tasked with redrafting the constitution. In response, Count Jelesniak, the leader of the UDoHR committee, has announced that the group will be reformed completely with councillors welcome to apply to join.

    [*]Councillor Anatoly Keith stepped down from his post as Angleter?s European Councillor. He had been in the role for five years, making him one of the longest serving councillors of all time. Regarded as one of the EU?s most senior statesmen, Anatoly?s achievements include serving as the first Speaker of the European Council and presenting the long-awaited Committee Reform Act. He is replaced by Peter Montfort, former Commissioner of two and a half terms.

    [*]Also stepping down is long-time Union of European Conservatives leader Christopher Brown of Halsberg. The inaugural party president said: ?I feel it is time for the party to benefit from a new vision, to take a new direction.? Leader for two and a half years, Brown has handed the party presidency to Inimican Wilfred Cocx. The former Prime Minister of Inimicus was elected unopposed and now heads the European Union?s largest party.

    [*]The ALDGE have also lost their party leader. Party President Arcturus relinquished command, and a leadership election was called. Corelian Karolinasz Jaedala is the sole candidate, and looks set to take over from Arcturus. According to eminent stateswoman Maleeka Liszckoszi, Jaedala has been ?a strong European commissioner for defence and peacekeeping with a strong record in the role in line with our vision.?
    [/LIST][SIZE=9]Other News[/SIZE][LIST]
    [*]Rimroth?s governing party, the National Rimrothian Front, have kept control of parliament. PM Richard Watson remains in power.

    [*]Marrakechia?s rather eclectic music festival Mawazine got underway, with headliner Indila being joined by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Inimicus and the Orchestre des Forces Royales Air du Marrakechia.

    [*]Northern Caesarea has elected a new government. Prime Minister Izan Roch has signed a pact with the Social Democrats, Greens and Gavachois Nationalists where they will support cabinet policies. The country?s European councillor has been replaced with Gabriela Espinosa, who sits with the ECL.

    [*]The Corelian controversy over the island of Westfallon continued throughout March and April. During the election campaign, many Corelians demanded that candidates pledge to recognise the existence of Westfallon and as such rectify the cartographical error which caused so much offence to the islanders.

    [*]World Youth Day 2014 is underway in New Birmingham, Angleter. The new Pope Aloysius was present during the festivities, which saw bishops giving talks to young people on the importance of today?s youth in society.

    [*]Rumours that Cardinal Daneels of Groot Belgie is guilty of murder came back to haunt him, as the Pope ordered an enquiry into the incident. A crack investigation team consisting of Angleter?s Cardinal Unctious and Sister Agnes Gerardi are on the ground in Groot Belgie. Their enquiries are ongoing.

    [*]Rumours that the next EuroVoice contest is imminent have been circulating throughout Europe. Not seen since January, the EuroVoice contest has delighted the region no less than 20 times, with the 21st eagerly anticipated. Despite claims that the contest could begin as early as next week, neither the EUBC nor the host broadcaster would comment.
    [/LIST][align=center][SIZE=5][color=purple]See you next month! [/SIZE][/color][/align]


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