European Parliament

EU external assistance fund supports military’s civilian actions

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A whopping €100m will pour into the European Union fund for stability and peace, which covers projects in 70 countries worldwide. The aim is to support the military’s civilian tasks in third countries. Training, mentoring...

TOP 09 Prague branch nominates Pospisil

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Czech MEP Jiri Pospisil, a former justice minister, has been nominated by the Prague branch of the new TOP 09 to lead the party In a secret vote, 77% of the TOP 09 Prague delegates...

European Parliament beefs up border controls

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An improved Schengen Information System should help to step up the EU fight against terrorism, cross-border crime and illegal immigration. This is according to the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, which adopted three regulations...

#MeToo:Tackling sexual harassment, abuse in EU institutions

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The European Parliament has strongly condemned any form of sexual violence and deplores the fact that these acts are too easily tolerated. Perpetrators must be punished, said the MEPs. MEPs reiterated the parliament’s 2014 call...

Belgium will set up an English-language commercial court to deal with Brexit issues

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Belgium will set up an English-language commercial court to deal with disputes between international companies to make the most of Britain’s plan to leave the European Union. Continental European companies are desperate for their leaders...

Sakharov Prize awarded to Democratic Opposition in Venezuela

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The European Parliament’s 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be awarded to Democratic Opposition in Venezuela in Strasbourg on December 13. Following a decision by the Parliament President Antonio Tajani and the leaders...

MEPs adopt new e-Privacy rules

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A decision adopted by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to revise the European Union’s e-privacy rules was backed by the plenary. It was approved by 318 votes to 280, with 20 abstentions. Parliament will...

European Parliament: Zero tolerance to sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the EU #MeToo

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After the #metoo testimonies of sexual harassment flooded the social media, the European Parliament has stepped up for action, in an attempt to “clear its own house”. As one in three women have experienced physical...

MEPs increase spending for growth, jobs, security

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The European Parliament on October 25 approved a resolution on the European Union’s budget for 2018. With 414 votes to 163, with 90 abstentions, the resolution reaffirmed their commitment to “financing Union policies that...

MEPs back report to tackle anti-gypsyism

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The European Parliament adopted a report on protecting fundamental rights of Roma people in the European Union. The report, which recognises anti-gypsyism as a horizontal issue, demands a range of policies from desegregation measures...

MEPs vote to boost security at Europe’s borders

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The European Parliament on October 25 approved the amendments needed to integrate the new European Union’s entry-exit system (EES) into the Schengen Border Code. With a majority vote (496 votes to 137, with 32 abstentions),...

European Parliament votes for a ban on glyphosate by 2022

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The European Parliament approved a resolution to fully ban glyphosates by 2022 on Tuesday. Glyphosate is the active agent of Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. On Wednesday, the European Commission postponed taking a binding agreement on...

MEPs propose upgraded, nationally binding targets for renewables

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The share of energy from renewable sources, such as solar or wind, should be at least 35% of the Union’s gross final consumption of energy by 2030, Members of the European Parliament from the...

MiFID II: All too human

The whole of the financial industry presently has one date on its mind: January 3rd 2018. That is when MiFID II (a revamped version of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive of 2004) officially...

ALDE schools Hungary’s Orban on academic freedom

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The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) Group in the European Parliament called on European Union leaders to pressure Hungary’s prime minister to allow the Central European University in Budapest to provide...

MEPs vote to strengthen online privacy rules

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The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on October 19 approved draft proposals to ensure high standards of privacy, confidentiality and security in electronic communications across the European Union. The proposed rules apply to SMS and...

MEPs approve Dublin regulation overhaul

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Proposals for a new Dublin regulation, the cornerstone of the European Union’s asylum system, were approved by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on October 19. The draft includes remedies to current weaknesses and...

Media freedom in Malta under the microscope

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The protection of journalists and media freedom in Malta will be debated in the European Parliament next week. The talks are amid concerns raised by several EU lawmakers over the situation in the European...

‘Panama Papers investigation shows maladministration and breach of EU law’

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Some European Union member states have bent – and in some cases outright broken – the rules, laws and treaties that make up the foundations of our European Union, according to the Progressive Alliance...

MEPs urge EU countries to fight money laundering, tax evasion

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The European Parliament’s committee of inquiry into the “Panama Papers” leaks has concluded that some European Union member states are obstructing the fight against money laundering, tax avoidance and evasion. The Committee of Inquiry into...

ALDE slam David Davis’ letter

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The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Group in the European Parliament expressed its deep concern at the emergence of a letter from the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Exiting the...

Little progress expected on Brexit at EU summit

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EU leaders expect no movement in negotiating positions on Brexit from either side as they gather today for a two day summit in Brussels, Thursday and Friday. British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to promise...

‘Social Democracy wins if we show clear alternative to the right’

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The Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament are set to continue shaping their identity by focusing on a clear left-right cleavage, especially following the parliamentary elections in Austria and the regional...

Confidence in EU and European Parliament grows

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A clear majority of European Union citizens believe that their country has benefitted from EU membership. According to the European Parliament’s latest Parlemeter poll, 64%, an increase of four percentage points compared to 2016,...

GUE/NGL warns Austrian election must be final ‘wake-up’ for EU elite

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The European United Left-Nordic Green Left (CUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament has sounded the alarm over the election results in Austria. The group’s president, Gabi Zimmer, said the results ought to strike fear...

ECR approval for new anti-dumping rules

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The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee’s vote to update the anti-dumping duties was welcomed by the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group. Based on the new rules, anti-dumping import duties are placed when the price...

MEPs back refugee resettlement plans

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The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on October 12 backed plans to provide a safe and legal passage to the European Union for people in need of international protection. Approved by 37 votes to 20,...

S&D presidents meet to discuss Catalonia

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Gianni Pittella, the president of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament met with Enrique Barón Crespo, former president of the S&D Group and the European Parliament, to discuss the events...

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...