European Parliament

O’Reilly re-elected as European Ombudsman

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Emily O'Reilly, the incumbent EU Ombudsman since 2013 has been re-elected on Wednesday by the European Parliament with 320 votes in favour out of 600 MEPs voting, for another five-year mandate. The Ombudsman designates had...

Daughter of jailed Uyghur activist accepts 2019 Sakharov Prize

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Ilham Tohti, an advocate for China's Uyghur minority, who is serving a life sentence in China since 2014 on separatism-related charges, won the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. His daughter Jewher Ilham accepted...

EU Parliament slams Poland’s LGBTI-free zones, asks for an EU LGBTI Strategy

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MEPs adopted on Wednesday during Strasbourg’s plenary session a resolution condemning public discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people, including the creation of LGBTI - free zones in Poland. The resolution was approved with 463...

Crețu pushes EU Commission for solutions to asylum procedures deadlock

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Former Commissioner for Regional Policy and member of the European Parliament, Corina Crețu, has pushed both the EU Commission and the European Court of Auditors to present their solutions to overpass the deadlock of the...

EU negotiators ready to agree on taxonomy for sustainable finance

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After long negotiations in the European Parliament, EU officials expect on Thursday the finalisation of the "EU taxonomy for sustainable finance" regulation that will provide a common set of standards determining whether an economic activity is...

EU Parliament declares climate emergency

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In a wake-up call ahead of the COP25 climate conference that will be held in Madrid from 2 to 13 December, the EU Parliament approved, during Strasbourg's plenary session on Thursday, a resolution declaring...

MEPs express concern over climate change

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The European Parliament in Brussels voted on 10 October for an increase of climate action spending in the next EU budget, calling for a quantum leap in financial efforts in order to achieve the...

Vestager is ready to reign in Big Tech

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The question of Europe's digital transformation has been a key topic for many of last the Commission confirmation hearings. By the end of the process, it was Margrethe Vestager, with the portfolio “A Europe...

Sassoli: UK’s Brexit proposals are not immediately operable, long way from something European Parliament...

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The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, met today with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and discussed the facets of a possible deal between the EU and the UK on...

Kyriakides with a clear path to take over the Commission’s health portfolio

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The Cypriot Commissioner-designate charged with managing the EU’s Health Portfolio, Stella Kyriakides, a trained clinical psychologist and cancer survivor, spent three hours on 1 October laying out why her strategy for a new research...

Wojciechowski flops during confirmation hearing, puts von der Leyen’s Eastern European vision in doubt

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The Polish candidate to take over the European Commission’s Agriculture portfolio, Janusz Wojciechowski, failed to live up to his potential future boss’ expectations by turning in a lacklustre performance while facing straightforward questions from...

Hungary and Romania need to send other Commissioner candidates after new European Parliament vote

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In a morning vote on 30 September 2019, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee voted that Commissioners-designate from Hungary and Romania cannot stay on. The two separate votes pertained to whether the Commissioners-designate are...

Von der Leyen faces dilemma as OLAF concludes Polish Commissioner-designate Wojciechowski must return €11,243

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The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has concluded its investigation of Polish Commissioner-designate Janusz Wojciechowski and recommended the European Parliament recover €11,243 that had been unduly paid to him while he was a Member of...

Kövesi to be the first EU Public Prosecutor

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Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on appointing Laura Codruţa Kövesi, MEPs’ preferred choice to be the first head of the new EU Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday. The negotiations between the European Parliament and the...

The mother of all hearings

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As soon as the new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, revealed on 10 September that Hungary’s former Minister of Justice Laszlo Trocsanyi was her proposed Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy, alarm...

EP president urges Italian government to let all migrant ship passengers disembark

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The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has urged the Italian government to allow the Open Arms migrant ship to dock on the island of Lampedusa and allow the more than 100 illegal...

Bosnia’s authorities draw cautious praise from Brussels after agreeing to form Council of Ministers

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Nearly 10 months after Bosnia and Herzegovina's last round of elections, the leaders of country's three main ethnoreligious groups finally reached an agreement to form a central government on 4 August, news that the...

Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation and a threat to Europe

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If Europe is serious about combating antisemitism, the Lebanon-based global terror group Hezbollah must be stopped in its tracks. As we marked on 18 July the seventh anniversary of the suicide bombing in Burgas,...

Ursula von der Leyen is the new president-elect of the European Commission

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Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's current defence minister, has won the backing of enough Members of the European Parliament to be named the president-elect of the European Commission. The 60-year old, Brussels-born German, a close ally...

EU could be in for a difficult summer if von der Leyen is not...

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Ahead of Tuesday’s crucial vote in Strasbourg, the EU may be left in the lurch as it will be caught in the mid-summer season without a solid path forward if Ursula von der Leyen, the nominee...

Green deal emerges as a core policy for von der Leyen during latest hearing

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Germany's defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, the top candidate to become the next president of the European Commission promised on Tuesday a so-called "green deal” to be launched during the 100 first days of her...

Von der Leyen’s future as European Commission president hangs in the balance

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A day before the European Parliament votes on Ursula von der Leyen's candidacy for the European Commission presidency, the German defence minister is preparing a keynote speech to be delivered on Tuesday. Von der Leyen is hoping to...

Socialists and Liberals set conditions to support Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission candidacy

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The leader of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, Iratxe Garcia, called for institutional reform to strengthen the power of voters and the role of the European Parliament in the forthcoming...

Left in the EU parliament won’t support von der Leyen’s Commission bid

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European Parliament MEP's from the Left have said they will not support Ursula von der Leyen's candidacy for the European Commission presidency. European United Left/Nordic Green Left's acting president Martin Schirdewan said the MEPs have “grilled” von...

Final list of Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs of European Parliament

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The European Parliament Committees met today to elect their Chairs and Vice-Chairs after intense horse-trading between the political Groups this week. New Europe brought you provisional lists prior to the votes, but here we...

Renew Europe MPs do not guarantee support for von der Leyen

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The president of the liberal group Renew Europe, Dacian Ciolos, confirmed on 11 July that his group's MEPs vote is not to be taken for granted in support of Ursula von der Leyen after the...

Update: All the Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the European Parliament revealed

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New Europe is now able to bring you a near-complete partial list of those you can expect to find chairing committees in the new European Parliament based on internal party and institution documents. The...

Renew Europe to block Fidesz and PiS nominees in parliamentary committees

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The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament is set to block Fidesz and PiS nominees in parliamentary committees. At today's group meeting members of Renew Europe unanimously adopted a proposal to vote against candidates of...

Revealed: Who is going to chair the European Parliament’s Committees

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*Edit: A newer and more complete version of this list is available here. New Europe brings you a partial list of those you can expect to find chairing committees in the new European Parliament. As...

Tusk blasted at Strasbourg on EU top jobs decisions

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The outgoing president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, head of the EU-28 table that proposed the German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen for Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission president job, joined MEPs during their...

Europe can help restore Ukraine’s trust after PACE decision

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The recent decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe – PACE – to return the Russian delegation to full parliamentary assembly activities sparked an extremely negative reaction from the majority of...

Italian Socialist David Sassoli is the new President of the European Parliament

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Italian Socialist David Sassoli was elected Wednesday to the presidency of the European Parliament for a term of two and a half years. His election, after two rounds of voting, could facilitate the approval...

Sassoli is 7 MEPs short of a majority; will face Zahradil in second EU...

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The newly-elected European Parliament is set to decide on who will lead the Chamber during the next legislature. During the first round, David-Maria Sassoli, an Italian member of the Socialists & Democrats bloc at the...

EU Parliament Socialists nominate Sassoli in crisis meeting

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The EU press corps that travelled to Strasbourg to witness the first chamber meeting of the new parliament were caught by surprise as the European Council’s top jobs package caused a meltdown. "We know this is...

Weber drops EU top job bid as Europe’s leaders abandon Spitzenkandidat process

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The group president of the European People’s Party, Manfred Weber, has ended his bid to become president of the European Commission after the leaders of the EU moved to abandon the lead candidate, or Spitzenkandidaten, system. During the EPP Group...

S&D’s Bullmann drops group bid, paves way for García

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The outgoing leader of the second largest group in the European Parliament, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Udo Bullmann, announced on 17 June that he has dropped out of the group presidency race.In...

EU considers freezing Customs Union negotiations with Turkey

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Amid growing concerns about the aggressive offshore drilling activities that are currently being carried out near the Cypriot coast by the Turkish government, the European Union is mulling putting Ankara's accession chapters under discussion ahead of the European Council...