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MEPs to modernise EU’s electricity market

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European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) voted Wednesday to modernise the EU’s electricity market, striving to give consumers more choice and greater energy security. The ITRE amended four legislative proposals on the...

EU takes a step closer to energy efficient buildings

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The European Union on Wednesday took a step closer to a final approval of energy-efficient buildings. The European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) called for long-term renovation strategies for investment certainty and...

Italy appeals transfer of European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam

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Italy and the city of Milan have appealed the European Council’s decision to transfer the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam. The European Council picked Amsterdam as the agency’s new base during the second round...

EU Parliament delegation goes to Myanmar, as evidence of genocide spreads

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The Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament will visit Myanmar next week and go to the border with Bangladesh to gain a first-hand impression of current developments in the region. This comes after a Reuters report...

Schulz drops bid for foreign minister job, quits as SPD leader

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Former European Parliament speaker and leader of the German Social Democrat party (SPD) Martin Schulz announced today he will abandon his plan to serve as German foreign minister, seeking to end a party row over...

MEPs ask EU Commission to consider ending daylight-saving time 

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Europe should consider ending daylight-savings time because of the potential health benefits the change would have for residents, the European Parliament said in a prepared statement after MEPs approved a resolution on February 8...

European Parliament slams Turkey for crackdown on fundamental rights

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The European Parliament adopted Thursday calling out Turkey for its systemic crackdown on fundamental rights. MEPs slammed the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for eroding the independence of Turkey's judicial system in Turkey since an alleged coup...

Is the EPP Group still pro-European?

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A curious repositioning seems to be happening on the European political stage. The EPP, once the bastion of pro-Europeanism and even federalism in the European Union is now more Eurosceptic than some of its members...

MEPs vote to remove VP Czarnecki

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Weeks after European Parliament Vice President Ryszard Czarnecki called a fellow lawmaker a derogatory term for Poles who blackmailed Jews during World War II, MEPs voted overwhelmingly on February 7 to remove Czarnecki from his post. Lawmakers...

EU Parliament validates “Spitzenkandidaten” system, rejects transnational lists

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MEPs in Strasbourg on Wednesday decided on reducing the number of 46 seats for the 2019-2024 euro-parliamentary period following Brexit, with the redeployment of another 27 seats, which belonged to the U.K. A large majority...

MEPs reject pan-European electoral list proposal

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A proposal by the Constitutional Affairs Committee, calling for a number of Members of European Parliament to be elected from an EU-wide electoral constituency, was rejected by the full House in Strasbourg on Wednesday. The...

EU Parliament wants to end “free trade” rhetoric to tackle poverty

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Almost one person in four experiences poverty or social exclusion, and one young person in three; more than 118.7 million Europeans, are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, including 26.9 percent of children and...

MEPs pass law to strengthen EU curbs on CO2 emissions

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Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg passed a law Tuesday to strengthen EU curbs on CO2 emissions from industrial sites, in order to comply with Paris climate accord commitments. The text was approved by 535...

MEPs scrap geoblocking and adopt new rules for online retailers

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The European Parliament has approved geoblocking legislation that prevents traders within the EU from discriminating between online customers depending on where they live. EU citizens buying goods and services online will not be blocked or...

HRW says Turkish border guards shoot at fleeing Syrians

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Turkish guards at the border with Syria are indiscriminately shooting at refugees fleeing the fighting in northern Syria, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. A senior Turkish government official denied the report, repeating the Erdogan regime's...

EPP tables priorities for post-Brexit Multiannual Financial Framework

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The members of the largest and most influential parliament group - the European People’s Party (EPP) Political Assembly - have adopted their vision of the post-Brexit Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). An EPP Expert Group working on...

‘Europe’s Trump’ reelected as Czech president

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Czech voters in the country's hardscrabble heartland voted on Saturday to give the populist pro-Russian incumbent Milos Zeman a second five-year term in the East European country's largely ceremonial role as president. The 73-year-old Zeman doubled down...

S&D leader Pittella formally announces candidacy in Italy’s upcoming election

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With only five weeks to go before Italians head to the polls, Gianni Pittella, leader of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament, has accepted his Democratic Party’s nomination to run...

The UK heads towards a Norway-type transition deal

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The UK has in principle agreed to a Norway type transitional deal, The Independent reported on Tuesday. The UK becomes a rule taker In Brussels, it is clear that a transitional period means retaining the status...

The European Parliament’s pension fund faces deficit crisis

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The pension fund of the Members of the European Parliament is on the verge of collapse, according to the German Conservative Tabloid Bild. The crisis will be acute by 2026 according to a leaked report...

European Parliament agrees on redistribution of UK seats

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The European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee voted on Tuesday on a plan for the redistribution of the UK’s current seats. Britain’s quota in the 751-seat legislature is 73 Members of the European Parliament. The plan envisions...

European Parliament to set up pesticides committee after ‘glyphosate wars’

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The EU’s legislative body political leaders have decided to set up a special committee to look into the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides, while the decision awaits vote on the mandate during the 5-8 February plenary...

MEPs call for boosting EU resilience to Russian propaganda

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At a plenary debate in Strasbourg on January 17, Members of the European Parliament warned about Russia’s propaganda influence on EU countries, calling for measures to tackle the Kremlin-orchestrated leaks, fake news, disinformation campaigns...

Ireland’s Varadkar says the EU is at a decisive point

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Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned MEPs meeting for a plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday that "the EU is at a decisive point” in its history and must be ready to...

MEPs adopt tighter targets for energy efficiency, renewables by 2030

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On 17 January, MEPs adopted the European Parliament’s position on three legislative proposals under the Clean Energy Package, namely the revisions of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive, and the new...

Bulgaria’s Borissov warns of instability risk in Balkans without EU support

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Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said Thursday that Brussels needed to offer a clear message on future EU membership to the countries of the Western Balkans in order to preserve stability in the region. “The...

Juncker hopes for UK return after Brexit

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Speaking to the Strasbourg plenary on Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker noted that the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union suggests that a member can rejoin the bloc after completing the...

EU leaders say Brexit will happen unless UK has a change of heart

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For his first Strasbourg address of the new year, European Council President Donald Tusk left a window open for the UK to have a change of heart over Brexit and said the other 27...

MEPs call for more research, innovation, mindset change to boost clean energy

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On January 11, Members of the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) debated and voted a non-legislative draft report on how to boost clean energy innovation and make the energy system more...

Agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco is invalid because it applies to the...

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According to the Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice  Melchior Wathelet, the Fisheries Agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco is invalid because it applies to the Western Sahara and its adjacent waters By...

Russia could leave WTO over EU pork dispute

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The deputy president of Russia’s Economic Council, Sergei Kalashnikov, said Moscow could leave the World Trade Organization (WTO) amid a dispute on limiting pork imports from the European Union. Russia said on Monday it would contest...

Bulgaria president vetoes anti-corruption law

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Bulgarian President Rumen Radev vetoed anti-corruption legislation approved by parliament last month, saying it doesn’t do enough to counteract graft as the Balkan country assumes the European Union’s rotating presidency. The law, passed in an effort to improve...

GUE/NGL MEPs visit Melilla, warn of child rights’ violations

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Migrant children in Melilla are at risk, according to MEPs who visited both sides of the border of the Spanish North African enclave. They said the situation requires urgent action from authorities. GUE/NGL MEPs Malin...

MEPs call for more cooperation to fight child abuse

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To fight sexual abuse and exploitation of children, European Union member states must work more closely with each other and with Europol and the IT industry, according to the European Parliament. MEPs on December 14...

EPP Summit: UK must deliver on its commitments

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Following the meeting of European Union EPP leaders in Brussels on December 14, Joseph Daul, president of the European People’s Party (EPP), noted the progress made in Brexit negotiations. “The joint report presented last week...

Next phase of Brexit talks backed by EU parliament

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The European Parliament on December 13 called on Brussels to proceed with the next phase of Brexit negotiations. The MEPs backed a motion that recognised the talks had advanced sufficiently. As reported by the Reuters...

New EU parliament resolution on human rights

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The European Union must do more to counter persecution based on religion, according to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on December 13. The European Union should step up its efforts to safeguard freedom...