European Parliament

European Parliament fails to pass phosphate kebab ban

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The European Parliament has marginally defeated plans to ban phosphates, an additive that is considered key in frozen meat for the popular döner kebab. Requiring an absolute majority +1, meaning a majority of at least...

New EU measures to fight money laundering

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The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on December 12 approved new measures to step up the fight against money laundering and to narrow the scope for organised crime. MEPs agreed to introduce EU-wide definitions of...

EU Parliament awards human rights prize to Venezuelan opposition

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Venezuela’s democratic opposition was handed today in the European Parliament the EU’s human rights award for a peaceful transition to democracy in the troubled country. The prize, named after Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov,...

Before the summit: Amnesty accuses EU of being “complicit” in migrant rights violations...

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European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya, said Amnesty International in a report...

After Dieselgate, EU to tighten rules for safer, cleaner cars

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Given that Dieselgate has revealed the weaknesses of our regulatory and market surveillance system, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on December 7 reached a political agreement to significantly raise the quality...

EPP backs new EMU package

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The European Commission’s proposals on the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) are in line with the proposals tabled by the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament. “Since the beginning, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of...

Jobbik MEP charged with spying for Russia

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A Hungarian European Parliament member who belongs to the far-right opposition Jobbik party has been charged with spying on European Union institutions for Russia. Prosecutors in Hungary confirmed on December 6 that a Hungarian MEP,...

MEPs discuss persons with disabilities

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President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, delivered the opening speech at the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities. The event, organised together with the European Disability Forum, was held in the plenary...

New rules for cross-border cash movements

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Cash entering or leaving the European Union will be subject to tougher checks, according to new rules backed by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties and Economic Affairs committees. The new rules repeal the First Cash...

France says European parliament should stay in Strasbourg

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France’s European affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau sounded clear on December 3. She said her country will not agree to let the official base of the European Union’s parliament move from Strasbourg to Brussels. “Strasbourg must...

MEPs set green targets for Europe

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The European Parliament’s Industry and Energy Committee (ITRE) voted on November 28 to reduce energy consumption by 40% by 2030 at EU level. MEPs wanted to be more ambitious than the EU Commission, which...

EU could approve next week start of trade talks with Britain

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The European Union warned Britain on Friday that it must outline by next week how it plans to keep an open Irish border after Brexit if it wants to start negotiating a new trade deal...

Tax must be at the heart of Brexit negotiations

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The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament wants a cleaning up in the UK’s overseas territories to be a condition of any trade deal with the European Union after Brexit. The call comes as...

MEPs back ECR’s disability strategy

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A report by ECR MEP Helga Stevens on the European Disability Strategy was overwhelmingly supported by MEPs on November 30. The report follows up on the European Commission's communication on the implementation of the...

New Dublin rules ‘very far from acceptable’

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A proposal for a new Dublin system was tabled by Estonia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, on November 29. Commenting on the draft plans, the European Parliament’s lead MEP...

Brexit: not enough progress

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Lead MEPs on the Brexit talks stress that more progress is needed on citizens’ rights and even more on the situation on the island of Ireland. Members of the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group are...

MEP chief opens fifth African Union-European Union Summit

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The European Union and Africa are tied by a common history, geography and shared values and languages, according to President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani. In his speech at the opening of the fifth...

EP is concerned about impact of Brexit on Irish border

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The brainstorming that took place between prominent academics and security experts regarding the implication of Brexit on the Irish border at the European Parliament on 28 November has posed some difficult questions concerning the...

Top MEP reacts after deputies ‘hung’ in Poland

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European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said he would call on Poland’s prime minister to ensure the safety of MEPs after nationalists hung portraits of six Polish MEPs on mock gallows. This happened during a recent...

S&D calls for traceability of tobacco in Europe

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An independent traceability system for tobacco products is urgently needed, according to the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament. But some members of the European Parliament’s health and environment committee raised objections...

MEPs order phosphate-free kebabs

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The European Parliament’s Health Committee MEPs on November 27 sounded the alarm about the use of phosphates in kebabs.  They objected to a Commission proposal to allow the use of phosphoric acid, di and...

MEPs head to Abidjan

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The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, spoke about the importance of democracy, human rights and job creation at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) – European Parliament Parliamentary Summit in Abidjan on November 27. In...

EU Parliament sets ambitious green energy targets for Europe

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The European Parliament’s Industry and Energy Committee (ITRE) voted on November 28 to reduce energy consumption by 40% by 2030 at EU level. MEPs wanted to be more ambitious than the EU Commission, which...

MEP delegation to visit Catalan political prisoners

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Catalan political prisoners being held in Madrid will receive a delegation of 17 MEPs from different political groups. The eight members of the legitimate Catalan government have been imprisoned, including two former MEPs, Oriol Junqueras...

MEPs urge Spain to solve all alleged cases of stolen babies

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The European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions approved on November 22 a series of recommendations following their fact-finding mission to Madrid last May to investigate several petitions of babies allegedly stolen at birth by hospital...

ECR: Private sector needed to end poverty

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Ahead of the EU-Africa Summit next week ECR MEPs have called for the private sector to take a leading role in the EU's development policy. The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group in the European...

MEPs approve new rules on prohibited fishing gear, more flexibility for EU fishermen

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The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee approved draft laws on November 21 to limit unwanted catches, especially of juvenile fish. Currently there are more than 30 different EU regulations laying down technical measures for fisheries. This...

New rules on funding European political parties

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To improve transparency and proper use of public funds, in a revamp of the rules for funding European political parties, the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed on November 21 to a reform of...

Lukashenka declines to come to EU – Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels

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Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka will not attend the European Union's Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels on November 24. Ahead of the previous four summits, the EU made it clear that Lukashenka, who has ruled Belarus for 23...

Spanish judicial system raises eyebrows in the European Parliament

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On November 15, at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, a roundtable meeting was held on human rights violations in the Canary Islands. The litmus test was the case of Vladimir Kokorev,...

May tries to reassure EU on UK commitments

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The United Kingdom will honour its commitments to the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said again on Friday, trying to reassure increasingly frustrated leaders who want London to spell out how much it...

ALDE welcomes adoption of social rights pillar

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The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Group in the European Parliament welcomed the signing of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which will be adopted at a gathering of EU leaders and civil...

European Parliament ready for Council talks on Dublin system

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The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) endorsed the mandate on a vote on Thursday by a board majority of 390 to 175 against with 44 abstentions, entitling the EU legislator body to start...

Parliament says Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova could be considered for EU membership

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Nine days prior to the start of Eastern Partnership Summit, the European Parliament called for deepening the European integration of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in the Eastern Partnership+ model, including the accession of these countries...

EU Parliament calls on Poland to respect fundamental rights, including women’s rights

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The European Parliament is calling on Poland to address the current restrictions to the independence of the judiciary, freedom of assembly, sexual and reproductive rights, and denial of asylum-seekers’ access to the Polish territory. The...

The French National Assembly strips Marine Le Pen of immunity, allowing her to be...

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The French National Assembly stripped Marine Le Pen of her immunity from prosecution over a series of images she posted on Twitter. The decision opens the way for a judge to summon the former presidential contender, including...

S&D warns refugees may die on Greek Islands

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The European Council and the European Commission must work urgently with Greece to prevent a humanitarian crisis this winter, according to the he Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group in the European...