European Parliament

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...

Finnish logging lobby celebrates victory in the European Parliament

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Finnish parliamentary lobbying to amend a climate change directive and allow more logging was successful on Wednesday in Strasbourg, the public broadcaster yle reports. The Land Use Change and forestry regulation directive initially envisaged a...

Following Dieselgate, MEPs to debate German, Austrian measures to fix cars

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On September 13, Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg will discuss the latest developments in the Dieselgate scandal. In the debate later today, MEPs will examine in particular recent measures taken by EU...

Juncker insists on Romania and Bulgaria entering Schengen in EU State of Union address

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“There cannot be second-class workers in Europe”, said today EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his annual keynote State of the European Union address to the European Parliament. “People working in the same place doing the same...

New WiFi4EU scheme for free internet

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A new European Union scheme to finance free wireless connections will be used in a “geographically balanced manner” in more than 6,000 communities across member states on a “first come, first served” basis. “The WIFI4EU...

MEPs urge Norway to stop whaling

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In a resolution approved on September 12, members of the European Parliament called on Norway to immediately end its whale hunting. The MEPs also called on Brussels to ensure that no whale meat transits...

MEPs vote for workers’ rights

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To help prevent workers from being exploited in the world’s poorest countries, members of the European Parliament agreed on September 12 that trade must be made fairer. The MEPs proposed measures to protect workers...

European Parliament creates special terrorism committee

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The European Parliament on September 12 approved a list of 30 full members of its new special committee on counter-terrorism. Its main tasks will be to assess the extent of the terrorist threat in...

MEPs vote to strengthen EU security of gas supply

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The European Parliament in Strasbourg on September 12 approved new cooperation rules to safeguard the security of gas supply. A EU country facing an urgent gas shortage can trigger cross-border assistance from its neighbours,...

MEPs, global energy players highlight efficiency potential

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Italian energy major ENEL and the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) and members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg highlighted on September 12 common views on the energy efficiency potential in buildings and...

GUE/NGL calls on Commission to implement ECJ ruling on refugee relocations

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The European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Parliamentary Group has called on the European Commission to implement the European Court of Justice’s ruling on refugee relocations. The court discussed the actions brought...

European Parliament leaders debate Brexit

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The European Parliament's Conference of Presidents (COP) invited the parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt for a presentation in Brussels on September 7. The group leaders debated the current state of play of Brexit talks...

MEPs call on EU to ratchet up its climate goals

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The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has agreed on a series of recommendations to EU institutions and countries ahead of November’s COP23 meeting in Bonn. The committee, which will send a delegation to the conference,...

EU Commissioner King, MEPs on EU security policy

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The terrorist attacks during the summer have demonstrated yet again the need to significantly reinforce security within the EU, Claude Moraes, chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, told...

MEPs suggest higher EU energy efficiency targets

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BRUSSELS - On September 7, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on its formal opinion on the revision of Energy Efficiency Directive for the period 2021–2030, including a 40% binding energy efficiency target for...

S&D calls on Commission to fight back on fake news

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Members of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament called on the European Commission to tackle the spread of fake news on the internet. Ahead of a high-level discussion...

EU Court says Eastern states cannot refuse refugees

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The European Union’s highest court dismissed complaints on Wednesday by Slovakia and Hungary about EU migration policy, upholding Brussels’ right to force member states to take in asylum seekers. In the latest twist to a...

EPP talks migration, the future of agriculture

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Immigration and the future of agriculture was discussed by the European People’s Party (EPP) Political Assembly in Copenhagen. A two-day event was organised by the local EPP member party Det Konservative Folkeparti and its...

The European Parliament wants the UK to pay €60bn for EU agencies relocation costs

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The European Parliament’s committee on financial affairs argued on Tuesday that the UK should “fully cover” the cost of transferring EU agencies from London. There are two significant agencies in London, namely the European Banking...

Italy receives highest ever mobilisation of EU solidarity fund

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The European Parliament’s Budgets Committee approved the biggest-ever mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to provide financial assistance to mitigate damages from earthquakes that hit Italy between August 2016 and January 2017. “This...

GUE/NGL hails new proposal to tackle unemployment

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The European United Left-Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament welcomed an initiative presented by the labour ministers of Greece and Luxembourg to boost employment in the European Union. GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer...

Verhofstadt sees three years status quo transitional agreement with the UK

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The European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said on Wednesday that he had no confidence the agenda could move to trade talks by October. The UK has been trying to reframe the negotiation schedule...

European Parliament on EMA move

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The relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London after Brexit was discussed by the agency’s director, Professor Guido Rasi, and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani in Brussels on August 30. “Choosing the new...

EU leftists attack Macron’s refugee plans

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The European United Left-Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament has criticised French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for asylum applications to be processed in Libya, Chad and Niger. The lawmakers warned this...

Top EU lawmaker calls for Brexit progress

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The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, met with the European Commission’s Brexit chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, on August 29. The two men discussed the ongoing negotiations between Brussels and the United Kingdom. “With...

EU, civil society focus on Energy Union, low carbon system

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Representatives from the European Union, civil society as well as experts plan to discuss about the Energy Union strategy and Europe’s path to a low-carbon system in Brussels on September 7. Europe's energy markets and...

GUE/NGL statement on Estonia’s ‘disputable’ conference

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The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament issued a statement noting with “satisfaction” that the representatives of only eight European Union member states signed the concluding declaration of a...

GUE/NGL slams Erdogan for abusing Interpol, interfering in German elections

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Members of the European United Left-Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament have criticised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for trying to silence critics and for attempting to influence the upcoming German...

A closer look at Slovakia’s Plavčan scandal

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Police in Slovakia are investigating a high-profile scandal involving Education Minister Peter Plavčan who has been accused by the opposition of misallocating millions of euros in European Union funds for research and development. The office...