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Yearbook 1997

Luxembourg. According to Countryaah, Luxembourg was the EU Presidential country during the second half of 1997. Several EU assessors gave the country with praise for its efforts. During the L presidency, the EU decided, among other things, on how to continue the EU enlargement, on corporate taxation guidelines, on the Euro Council to be organized before the start of EMU in 1999 and on some minimum rules regarding the fight against unemployment.

1997 Luxembourg

In 2016, the European Court of Human Rights worked on two cases against Lithuania for participating in the CIA's torture program. In June, the court held a hearing on the case of Abu Zubaydah, who had been in Guantanamo, but in 2005-06 was subject to the CIA's torture center in Antaviliai, Lithuania. The Lithuanian authorities had refused to conduct an in-depth investigation into the matter. In another case the same month, the Vilnius regional court denied that the Saudi Mustafa al-Hawsawi would not be considered a victim of torture and interrogation at the same CIA center in 2004-06. In December, al-Hawsawi therefore brought the case before the European Court of Human Rights.

In March 2017, President Grybauskaitė criticized Poland for refusing to support the country's own reelection of Donald Tusk as President of the Council of Europe.

 

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