European Parliament

Spanish Constitutional Court suspends Catalan Parliament to preempt secession vote

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The Spanish Constitutional Court suspended a session of the Catalan Parliament set for Monday in order to pre-empt the region’s declaration of independence. The Court’s decision on Thursday came following the challenge of the Catalan...

Ombudsman launches public consultation on Council transparency

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The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has as part of an ongoing inquiry invited feedback from the public, civil society, national parliaments, and others on how the Council of the EU can make its law-making work...

MEPs vote against exempting some pesticides

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The European Parliament on October 4 blocked a European Commission proposal that would have exempted some chemicals in pesticides from being identified as endocrine disruptors. MEPs said the Commission exceeded its mandate by proposing to...

GUE/NGL calls for dialogue to resolve Catalonia crisis

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The European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament has called on the European Commission to mediate between the governments in Madrid and Barcelona and to use dialogue to...

MEPs debate Catalonia

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No one took lightly the events that took place in Catalonia on October 1, but unilateral decisions, including declarations of independence from a sovereign state, are contrary to the European legal order and bound...

MEPs call for higher EU climate goals

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Members of the European Parliament have called on the European Union to set out a mid-century zero emissions strategy by 2018. In a resolution put to the vote on October 4, MEPs agreed on recommendations...

MEPs, ministers agree on EU anti-dumping measures to protect jobs

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The European Parliament and European Union ministers in Strasbourg on October 3 agreed on a draft law aimed at better protecting European Union jobs and industry against dumping and subsidised imports. The EU is currently...

MEPs back Brexit resolution in Strasbourg plenary

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The European Parliament deputies have passed their advisory motion on the Brexit talks which they debated this morning, after the speeches of the EU executive chief Jean-Claude Juncker and the Brexit negotiations chief Michel...

Barnier: ’The future of the Union is more important than Brexit’

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Informing MEPs on the fourth round of Brexit talks, chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in Strasbourg plenary that the EU will remain “resolutely constructive" during the fifth round of negotiations round that are due...

Juncker on Brexit: ‘Speeches are not negotiating positions’

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker joined MEPs along with the EU’s Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Strasbourg plenary to debate the current state of talks between the EU-27 and the UK, four rounds...

A UKIP take of professional anti-Europeanism

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The UK Independence Party (UKIP), a Eurosceptic and right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom, is an interesting example of a political party aimed at beating records. Based exclusively on anti-EU rhetoric, the party...

European Parliament: New working hours for European Parliament interpreters

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Critics of new rules affecting the European Parliament’s freelance interpreters – who represent the majority of interpreters – warn these will negatively impact the quality of delegates’ work. More specifically, the Secretary General of the...

Members of European Parliament condemn Las Palmas high court, judge, for mishandling of ‘Kokorev...

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On September 28, the European Parliament’s EPP Group held a roundtable to discuss the arrest and detention of Spanish citizen Vladimir Kokorev, who has been imprisoned in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands (Spain)...

MEPs want all endocrine disrupters banned from pesticides

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The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has called for a veto of the European Commission’s proposal to exempt some chemicals from the scope of criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in pesticides. In a resolution voted on...

MEPs call for EU-wide minimum income

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Minimum income schemes can lift people out of poverty, according to a consensus reached by the European Parliament’s Employment Committee. While most EU countries already have minimum income schemes, few provide adequate support for those...

EU Public Prosecutor to fight financial fraud

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A proposal for the creation of a European Public Prosecutor to fight fraud against EU funds and protect taxpayers’ money was given the green light by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties MEPs on September...

Monsanto excluded from lobbying access to EU Parliament

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Today, the leaders of the European Parliament's political groups have decided to withdraw the access cards to Parliament of Monsanto group's lobbyists and other representatives from the US seed company Monsanto. The Greens/EFA Group had requested this...

ECR on budgeting the EU

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The European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) in the European Parliament has criticised MEPs for ignoring the financial reality and missing the opportunity to make savings in the European Union budget. Speaking after the Budgets...

MEPs reject cuts in draft EU budget, add funds for migration, jobs, youth

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The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets has voted through a draft budget totalling €161.8bn in commitments – €2.3bn more than the European Commission’s original proposal. As for the payments, the Budgets MEPs set them at...

Hungary, Romania threaten to block Ukraine’s EU integration over new language law

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Hungary and Romania said they would block their neighbour Ukraine from integrating further with the European Union in retaliation for Kiev’s decision to end teaching in minority languages including Hungarian an Romanian. Ukraine passed a...

ECR critical of Macron’s EU speech

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The European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) in the European Parliament has criticised French President Emmanuel Macron’s “grand” vision for the European Union reform – as he outlined during a speech at the Sorbonne...

For sale: Portugal’s golden visas

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Portugal’s golden visa policy has secretly “sold” access to Europe for business executives implicated in a Brazilian corruption scandal and the relatives of an Angolan politician accused of bribery, according to documents leaked to...

Cyprus sells citizenship to super-rich

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At least 400 individuals, including the super-rich from Russia and Ukraine, have allegedly received Cypriot citizenship in exchange for investing in the country. Prominent businesspeople from Russia and Ukraine are reportedly amongst those who have...

Why Ireland should not pay the price for Brexit

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The European Parliament coordinator for Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt, warned that Ireland should not pay the price for Brexit. On a fact-finding mission to Belfast, the border area and Dublin, on September 21, Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE)...

Catalan independence bid undermined by Spanish crackdown

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The arrest of senior Catalan officials and the seizure of campaign material by the police have undermined plans to hold a referendum for independence from Spain on October 1, according to regional officials. With the...

European Parliament censors exhibition of political cartoons 

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The European United Left-Nordic Green Left (Gauche unitaire européenne, GUE-NGL), a left-wing political group in the European Parliament wrote an open letter to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani protesting against the fact that the EU Parliament's quaestors have attempted to censor an...

MEPs condemn the persecution of the Rohingya people

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The European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) secured the European Parliament's support for a cross-party resolution condemning the attacks against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. The resolution calls for the Myanmar military and security forces...

GUE/NGL on vote to curb lobbyists’ influence

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The European Parliament on September 14 adopted a comprehensive and innovative set of proposals to boost the transparency, accountability and integrity of the EU institutions. Central to the report were ways to curb the influence...

MEPs vote for more transparency and integrity

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The European Parliament showed their belief in the importance of stricter and clearer transparency standards. With 368 votes for, 161 against and 60 abstentions, the MEPs approved a report by Sven Giegold (Greens, DE),...

Special counter-terrorism committee elects chair, vice-chairs

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The European Parliament’s new 30-member Special Committee on Counter Terrorism chose its chair, vice-chairs and co-rapporteurs in Strasbourg on September 14. Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR) was appointed chair, along with four vice-chairs: Elena Valenciano (S&D,...

MEPs vote to exempt intercontinental flights from paying for CO2 emissions until 2020

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The European Parliament on September 13 backed plans to exempt airlines from paying for CO2 emissions from intercontinental flights until 2020. MEPs voted to prolong the intercontinental exemption from EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) rules...

On Venezuela, MEPs call for EU sanctions

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The European Parliament on September 13 approved a resolution calling on Brussels to freeze EU assets of all those involved in the serious violations of human rights in Venezuela and restrict their access to...

Greens praise EU Commission president’s speech

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union speech on September 13 was an encouragement to all those who support the great project of European unification. So said Reinhard Bütikofer, co-chair of the...

ECR critical of Juncker’s speech on EU

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The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament called on the European Union to urgently change its current direction. Speaking during the September 13 State of the Union debate in the European...

Pittella: Wind of change for a reformed Europe is blowing’

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Europe’s socialists have called on European Commission to deliver real results on a youth guarantee and a new child guarantee, as well as on fair and equal pay for equal work. Following the debate on...

EPP welcomes Juncker’s State of the Union speech

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The President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Joseph Daul, applauded European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for his State of the Union address on September 13. “Jean-Claude Juncker has placed the European people at the...

Plan to reduce size of European Parliament

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The European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee debated plans to shrink the parliament after the UK has left the European Union to make room for new member states and pan-European electoral lists. MEPs discussed a new...