European Parliament

EU strives for highly energy efficient buildings, electro-mobility by 2050

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The European Parliament’s Industry and Energy Committee on October 11 agreed new measures to ensure that all new buildings in the EU are as energy-efficient as possible by 2050. Rules to channel the focus towards...

Italy opposes regulation prohibiting non-performing loans

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Italy’s Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan warned on Wednesday that changing the rules for the management of non-performing loans (NPLs) may hinder growth and undermine the stability of the banking system, Reuters reports. As the...

EU Parliament Sakharov Prize 2017: finalists revealed

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Following a vote by Foreign Affairs and Development Committees MEPs, the finalists for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought are: ·         Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, a human rights defender from...

Let the Stars Shine: untold stories

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During the past years, many stones were thrown at Europe. The success stories however remain untold. Especially in the light of Brexit we have heard many accounts of fake news and exaggerations, while Europe’s...

MEPs want special trust fund for Eastern European partners

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The November 2017 Eastern Partnership Summit should pave the way to set up a trust fund for Eastern partners and reward reforms by offering them customs union, MEPs said today. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament passed...

MEPs take stand against anti-albino attacks in Malawi

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The European Parliament has condemned a new wave of killings and attacks targeting people with albinism since the beginning of 2017 in Malawi, as well as all forms of discrimination and persecution directed at...

European Parliament calls for the release of Tatar leaders

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The prison sentences against Crimean Tatar Leader Ilmi Umerov and Deputy Chair of Mejlis, Akhtem Chyigoz, Deputy Chair of the Mejlis and journalist Mykola Semena have been denounced by the European Parliament. According to the...

MEPs vote to reduce overcrowding in prisons

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The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee has called on national authorities to address the issue of overcrowding in prisons – which may fuel radicalisation – by opting for alternatives to imprisonment whenever possible. In a...

MEPs vote to set up EU prosecutor to fight fraud

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The European Parliament voted in favour of creating the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) which will have the right to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of offences against the European Union’s budget. Currently, only national authorities...

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...