EUROPEAN UNION: PARLIAMENT SESSION ON MICROCREDIT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PROMOTION OF SPORTS

Promoting micro-credit to fight poverty; increasing efforts to protect human rights in the world; protecting sports from "commercial drifts". These are some of the items on the agenda of the plenary session of the EU Parliament, which will be held in Brussels on May 7th and 8th. As to the first point, the EU Parliament should take a position in favour of giving more European support to micro-credit by allocating funds to small-size business plans, especially for women and young people. In addition, the floor will discuss a controversial report about the promotion of human rights, which also asks to "upgrade the fight against any form of discrimination based on race, religion, gender (genital mutilation) and sex orientation". The report criticises several states of the world, including China and Russia, for not adequately protecting such rights. Another report supports instead the key role of sports in European societies, but it must be protected from the "threats that undermine the sector: commercial pressure, doping, rigged matches, betting frauds, exploitation of children, hooliganism".

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