European Parliament

Italian ruling parties will not join forces to create new EP group

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Italy’s Lega party is not considering forming a common group in the European Parliament with the 5-Star Movement, its ruling coalition partner in the Italian government. “I’m not thinking about a single group,” Lega leader Matteo Salvini said...

Commission modifies calculation method for financial sanctions

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The EU Commission has presented a modification to its calculation methodology for financial sanctions proposed to Europe's Court of Justice regarding infringement proceedings. According to the EU Treaty, the Commission is entitled to send any of the...

Partial political agreement reached for European Defence Fund

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Since 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has been committed to re-enforcing the security of EU citizens. His proclamation five years ago was followed in 2016 by the creation of the Commission's European...

Four Green MEPs arrested after breaking into Belgian military base to stage protest

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Four Green MEPs were arrested on February 20 after breaking into a Belgian military airbase to protest against the presence of US nuclear weapons on European soil. Three of the MEPs, Molly Scott Cato, Michèle...

OLAF confirms MEP Kefalogiannis still under investigation as New Democracy confirms him as European...

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The EPP member in Greece, New Democracy, announced the first half of candidates for the European elections. So far, the party has announced 22 of the 42 names, among which the 4 sitting MEPs...

EU Parliament’s website criticised for poor accessibility

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The European Parliament's website has a lower accessibility rate than those of the EU's national parliament websites, according to the report "Democracy, Digital Accessibility and the European Union,” launched by the European Disability Forum. Despite its...

Latest polls point to major gains for right-wing Eurosceptics in next European Parliament

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The European Parliament has released its first projections for what the composition of the next European Parliament may look like following the upcoming elections in May. The results are nothing less than a major a...

With an eye on Nord Stream-2, EU Parliament, Council agree on new pipeline rules

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STRASBOURG - Trialogue negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council with the participation of European Energy and Climate Change Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete concluded on February 12 with an agreement on new rules...

German MEPs Brok and Keller reiterate opposition to Nord Stream-2

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STRASBOURG – Two members of the European Parliament on February 12 renewed their opposition to the Nord Stream-2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, reiterating earlier concerns that it would boost the European...

EU slashes fees on cross-border payments outside of Eurozone

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Deputies from the European Parliament gave their final backing to reforms that will help 150 million Europeans who live outside the Eurozone avoid excessive bank charges when they make cross-border payments. According to the new...

European parliament agrees to keep eye on China’s takeovers and investments

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The European Parliament gave the green light to new measures that will allow for more intense screening of foreign takeovers in Europe’s strategic sectors, a move that comes amid heightened concerns about investments by...

EU parliamentarians alarmed by Russia, US abandonment of INF nuclear treaty

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STRASBOURG – Members of the European Parliament are concerned by US President Donald J. Trump’s decision to pull out of the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) treaty with Russia and called for...

Kovesi: The Romanian EU chief prosecutor favourite caught between a rock and a hard...

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The latest phase of Romania justice’s drama is being played out in the European public sphere: Laura Codruta Kovesi, the frontrunner for the position of chief prosecutor of the newly-established European Public Prosecutor’s Office,...

EU countries and MEPs finalise draft rules on copyright law 

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The European Union has finally reached an agreement on how to rewrite its two-decade-old copyright laws after intense two-year negotiations. Aiming to ensure a level playing field between its creatives and tech giants, European Parliament...

Commission lists ‘third countries’ vulnerable to money laundering

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STRASBOURG - The European Union is open for business but cannot be naïve and needs to protect the EU financial system, Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner Věra Jourová said in Strasbourg on February...

Hungary blocks joint EU-Arab League statement over migration issue

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The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini had hoped to secure a leadership role for the 28 members of the European Union in their relations with the members of the...

MEPs want to prohibit trade with countries that still have death penalty

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Speaking at the opening of seventh World Congress Against the Death Penalty on February 5, a number of European Parliamentarians took the opportunity to demand that the EU prohibit trade with countries who still...

Trans-European Transport Networks to breathe new life into Balkans

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Europe’s Transport future for a more inclusive union, under the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 was debated in the European Parliament between the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu, and Greek Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis. Crețu came...

EU Parliament officially recognises Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president

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More than a week after declaring himself as Venezuela's interim president amid an ongoing constitutional crisis, the European Parliament voted on January 31 to recognise Juan Guaidó as the legitimate head of the Venezuelan government. Brussels'...

EU says it will not renegotiate Brexit deal

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was unequivocal in his message to UK Prime Minister Theresa May on January 30, telling the embattled British leader that bloc's divorce deal with the United Kingdom will not be...

Welcome North Macedonia!

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As most readers will know, the contentious Greek ratification procedure for the Prespes Agreement ended with its passage in a vote January 25, with a margin of just three votes (153/300).  That deal, signed...

EU reiterates support but offers little else to Georgia’s new president

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In an effort to reinforce Georgian government’s claim that it wants to continue with plans to integrate further with the West, the small South Caucasus nation’s president, Salome Zurabishvili, made her first official visit...

EU institutions to introduce stricter rules on political party funding 

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Just over four months before EU voters go to the polls, the European Parliament and European Council reached provisional agreement to tighten the rules on political party funding, according to the European Commission’s proposal. The...

Dăncilă criticises delay of Romania’s Schengen accession as Juncker returns to Brussels

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s noticeable absence from a key plenary session in Strasbourg that saw Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă present the priorities of her country's turn heading the Presidency to the Council of the European...

If UK changes negotiating position, Brussels ready to discuss far reaching agreement

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The EU expressed profound regret over Tuesday’s result in the House of Commons which saw British MPs overwhelmingly rejected the EU-UK Brexit agreement by a margin of 432 to 202. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator...

IMF’s role in Eurozone crisis criticised by Juncker

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With the EU celebrating the 20th birthday of the euro, the unbridled success story that is often presented to the public by the European Union's institutions is not entirely accurate, according to European Commission President...

Juncker criticises Austria for its refusal to endorse UN migration pact

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fter European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker offered his views on Austria's turn on the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, saying he was pleased with the legislative agreements reached during Austria's presidency, as...

EU electricity market rules deal wraps up Clean Energy package

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After marathon negotiations, new rules for making the EU’s electricity market work better have been provisionally agreed by negotiators from the European Council, the Parliament and the Commission in the early hours of December...

Overestimating the EU economy

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The European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the OECD predict that, on average, the European Union’s economy will grow by 1.9% next year, a rate that is broadly consistent with the average of...

Tech companies warn of turbulence ahead as EU-US work on trade deal

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The internet as we know it may still end. That is the stark warning delivered by a consortium of major technology companies - Facebook, Google, Amazon, and others - to the US Trade Representative...

Cypriot president calls for EU unity

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Speaking in front of the European Parliament on December 12, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades stressed the need for EU unity to serve as a bulwark against growing uncertainty and the strong re-emergence of nationalist...

Kerch Strait closure calls Russian projects in Europe into question

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Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait - the narrow passage the separates the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea and strategically separates Ukraine's occupied Crimea region from the Russian mainland...

NGOs coalition calls on EU politicians to pledge for freedom of religion or belief

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The Faith and Freedom Summit, a coalition of faith-based and non-faith-based NGOs, has launched a call to all MEPs and Spitzenkandidats to sign a pledge that reads as follows: "I pledge that I will uphold and...

EP ratifies EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement

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The European Parliament on December 13 approved the bloc’s largest-ever trade deal with Japan that will come into force on February 1 aimed at removing €1 billion in duties for European exporters and creating...

Tajani in live broadcast from European Parliament says two to four dead, terrorism

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Speaking to Parliamentarians stuck in the European Parliament on a live broadcast on Twitter at approximately 1:40am, President Antonio Tajani spoke of "two or probably four" deaths, and referred to the gunman as a terrorist...

Environment and climate action need more EU funds, MEPs say

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Following European Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s long-term 2021-2027 budget, MEPs voted in favour on December 11 of doubling funding for the LIFE programme, the EU’s only funding instrument for climate...

Have you tried a European Parliament electric scooter yet?

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When our editorial team learned that the European Parliament was giving out electric scooters to its staff, it felt like the story would write itself. Kassandra indeed got very excited. What was going on?...