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Innovative Approaches in Mental Health in Post-Covid Era

Innovative Approaches in Mental Health in Post-Covid Era

Brussels, 30th November 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic is being followed by the mental health crisis. According to the MEP Alliance for Mental Health in the European Parliament and leading European experts, the EU needs a coordinated action in the field of mental health.

Delegation of the European Parliament finishes its visit to Pakistan

Delegation of the European Parliament finishes its visit to Pakistan

MEPs expressed their appreciation for Pakistan’s role in helping to channel humanitarian aid and in facilitating the relocation of vulnerable Afghans to numerous countries.

Let Frontex do its work

Let Frontex do its work

The EPP Group welcomes that the European Parliament has today granted the discharge for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) for the year 2019. The annual discharge for the agency had been postponed when reports about the potential involvement of Frontex in illegal pushbacks at the EU's external borders were published. Subsequently, the European Parliament set up the Frontex Scrutiny Working Group to investigate these allegations.

Attracting highly-skilled workers to the EU

Attracting highly-skilled workers to the EU

"The revision of the Blue Card rules aims above all to motivate highly-qualified people from third countries to fill vacancies in the Union's labour market, which is facing an ageing population and increasing skills requirements”, said Tomáš Zdechovský, EPP Group MEP responsible for the issue, ahead of tonight’s debate in the European Parliament on new rules for admitting skilled workers to the EU.

Zdechovský chairs new EP-Maldives Friendship Group

Zdechovský chairs new EP-Maldives Friendship Group

The EP-Maldives Friendship Group has held its first meeting in the European Parliament today on the occasion of the Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdul Gafoor Mohamed’s visit to Brussels. Tomáš Zdechovský MEP, a long-term supporter of the democratic transition of Maldives will head the new Parliamentary Group.

The outputs of the EESC are not worth absurd allowances

The outputs of the EESC are not worth absurd allowances

The Council decision to block a €200 daily allowance proposed by the European Economic for its Members who attend virtual meetings was a move in the right direction. The work performed by the Committee should not be rewarded by absurd allowances according to Tomáš Zdechovský, the EPP Group coordinator on the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament.

Trigger EU budget conditionality for Prime Minister Babiš

Trigger EU budget conditionality for Prime Minister Babiš

The EPP Group in the European Parliament has called to trigger the new EU budget protection conditionality for the first time for the Czech Government. Further disbursement of funds must be halted. The reason is the devastating verdict of the final audit of the conflicts of interest of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, which the European Commission published on Friday.

EPP Group calls for new mechanism to report fraud on agriculture subsidies

EPP Group calls for new mechanism to report fraud on agriculture subsidies

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) investigation into fraud in EU agricultural payments in Slovakia confirms the need for a direct EU oversight over land grabbing and the misconduct of national authorities. Tomáš Zdechovský MEP, the EPP Group's Spokesman in Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee, said: “If national authorities do not act, the EU must. The conclusion of the OLAF investigation initiated by the EPP Group shows how the system of allocating EU agricultural funds worked during the Slovak Socialist governments in the past. The state was complicit with fraudsters receiving direct payments on land other than agricultural land or even illegally-obtained land. There must be no more such cases of injustice for those who really have the right to EU help.”

The 'always on' culture has to have limits

The 'always on' culture has to have limits

"The COVID-19 health crisis has forced employees all over Europe into working from home. While it is positive that the new digital tools allow working from a distance, too often it goes hand-in-hand with the expectation to always be connected and reachable, far more than working time regulations ask for", stated Tomáš Zdechovský MEP, EPP Group lead negotiator on the Report entitled 'The right to disconnect', which will be debated by Members of the European Parliament this afternoon.

Campaigning for a European Year for Mental Health

Campaigning for a European Year for Mental Health

Brussels - In a meeting of the MEP Alliance for Mental Health, held today, representatives of mental health-related organisations and MEPs including Tomas Zdechovský underlined the need and voiced their support for a dedicated European Year for Mental Health, to be instigated in the short term.

 Employment and social affairs MEPs debate the right to disconnect

Employment and social affairs MEPs debate the right to disconnect

On Monday 7 September the Employment and Social Affairs meeting featured the presentation of the draft report by rapporteur Alex AGIUS SALIBA (S&D, MT) on the right to disconnect.

EU is still missing comprehensive EU strategy on Mental Health

EU is still missing comprehensive EU strategy on Mental Health

"While there are many current initiatives addressing mental health, we are still missing comprehensive EU strategy on Mental Health. As MEP Alliance for Mental Health, our long-term aim is to push Commission to propose such a strategy, taking into account the cross-sectoral impact of different policies on mental health. The approach of the Commission has been very hesitant but we clearly see the support of the member states and pressure from the Parliament so believe that soon we will also see development on the side of the Commission," says Tomas Zdechovský, co-chair of MEP Alliance for mental health.

Foreign Minister of Maldives thanked to MEP Tomáš Zdechovský

Foreign Minister of Maldives thanked to MEP Tomáš Zdechovský

On an official visit, Tomáš Zdechovský, MEP (EPP) met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid who appreciated Zdechovský’s help in democratic transition of Maldives and the decisive support from Zdechovský to the opposition’s fight with the previous authoritarian regime.