Editorial Corrections

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Recent corrections

  • 25.08.2014

    The story "Libya violence puts EU border mission in doubt" said Islamist militants who captured Tripoli airport at the weekend were allied with fighters from the town of Zintan. In fact, they are allied with paramilitaries from Misrata.

  • 31.07.2014

    The story "EU institutions to be probed on whistleblower rules" stated that the council has no internal whistleblower rules. In fact the Council's rules on whistleblowing have been in place since 2006.

  • 9.07.2014

    The story "European court strikes down transgender marriage case" incorrectly listed Denmark as having sterlisation laws on gender recognition. In fact, Denmark removed the law in June 2014 and now has rules which allow for legal gender recognition without any medical intervention.

  • 9.07.2014

    The story "EU states adopt new counter-terrorism plan" said the Milan meeting took place on Tuesday (8 July). It took place on Monday, but De Kerchove gave news of it on Tuesday. The story also said, based on an AFP report, that Sweden was one of the signatories. But Swedish authorities told EUobserver they did not adopt the action plan. Sorry.

  • 8.07.2014

    The story "Several EU states impose arms ban on Russia" said Rolls Royce supplied engines to the German airforce after the outbreak of WWII. This was the author's mistake and the incorrect paragraph has been deleted. The story also referred to microchips made by Pentium. In fact, Pentium is a brand of microchip made by US firm Intel. This has been corrected. Apologies.

  • 26.06.2014

    The story "British eurosceptic cobbles together EP group" said the Sweden Democrats vice president had equated rape and assault on women with Muslim culture. In fact, it was a local representative. Meanwhile the article also said that the current leader was recorded singing nazi songs - this was not the case.

  • 19.06.2014

    The story "Lesbian MEP victim of acid attack" incorrectly labelled Ulrike Lunacek as co-chair of the Greens party. In fact Lunacek is a former vice-president of the Greens/EFA group since the new bureau was elected on 11 June 2014.

  • 23.04.2014

    The story "EU elections may strengthen Putin in Europe" implied that the OSCE had been blocked from monitoring the Crimea referendum. However, the OSCE had itself ruled out monitoring the 16 March poll.

  • 09.04.2014

    The story "Two more Ukrainians try to get off EU blacklist" was corrected to say the EU sanctions on 18 Ukrainians from 5 March do not include a visa ban, but only an asset freeze.

  • 19.03.2014

    The original story "EU justice scoreboard upsets some member states" said the UK does not provide any data on its justice system to the Council of Europe, while it should have said to the European Commission's scoreboard.

  • 14.03.2014

    The story "EU officials seek new powers to protect rule of law" incorrectly stated that Article 7 had been used against Austria in 2000. This was not the case. Member states imposed sanctions on Austria but did not invoke Article 7.

  • 14.01.2014

    The story "EU commissioner defends work of bailout troika" was corrected to say that commissioner Olli Rehn had spoken to the Portuguese finance minister in 2010 about the necessity of reforms, not to convince him to apply for a bailout, as it originally stated.

  • 02.12.2013

    The article "What next after the EU's Vilnius summit?" incorrectly stated that the writer is a visiting fellow at Ceps. This is not correct. Salome Samadashvili is a visiting fellow at the Centre for European Studies (CES), a Brussels-based think tank.

  • 09.10.2013

    The article "Security industry is shaping EU legislation" said Monique Pariat, director of the commission’s “Maritime Affairs and Fisheries” directorate-general, chaired an EOS workshop in Gothenburg last May on co-operation between civilian and military entities in maritime surveillance. The workshop was not organised by EOS.

  • 04.10.2013

    The article "Tobacco giant spent up €1.25mn on EU lobbying in 2012" was corrected on Friday (4 October). The original article said PMI spent €1.5 million on food and drinks on MEPs, which turned out to be false after MEP Rebecca Harms retracted her statement.

  • 03.10.2013

    The article "Security industry is shaping EU legislation" quoted Greek conservative MEP Maritta Giannakou as saying she supported the European Organisation for Security. Giannakous has informed us that she intended to say the European Defence Agency but had mistakenly said European Security Agency, which was then incorrectly translated into English by the Greek interpreter as ‘European Organisation of Security’. We updated the article to reflect the new changes on Thursday 3 October at 8.30.

  • 02.10.2013

    The article "Up to €2.2bn of public funds stolen in eight EU states" was corrected to say the study looked at both national budgets and the EU budget.

  • 30.09.2013

    The story "Austria coalition re-elected, but anti-EU parties gain" was corrected to say the Freedom Party (FPO) scored its best result since 1999, not its best result ever.