Humanitarian aid: EU steps up support in Nigeria for conflict victims

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As millions of people continue to be affected by the conflict in Nigeria’s Lake Chad region, European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič has announced a first emergency aid package of €26.5 million for 2020 whilst visiting north-east Nigeria today. Speaking in north-east Nigeria, […]

Trade: EU and 16 WTO members agree to work together on an interim appeal arbitration arrangement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, in Davos Switzerland, the EU and Ministers from 16 Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have agreed to develop a multi-party interim appeal arrangement that will allow the participating WTO members to preserve a functioning and two-step dispute settlement system at the WTO […]

Croatian Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers are outlining the priorities of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Croatia holds the Presidency of the Council until July 2020. The first series of hearings took place on 20, 21 and […]

Brexit: the Withdrawal Agreement passes the first European Parliament test

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed on Thursday to recommend that the EP plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms. After parliamentary ratification in the UK was concluded earlier today, with Royal Assent granted for the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs […]

Artificial intelligence: EU must ensure a fair and safe use for consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want a strong set of rights to protect consumers in the context of artificial intelligence and automated decision-making. Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee approved on Thursday a resolution addressing several challenges arising from the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) and […]

Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission set out its ideas for shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe, which should be launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2020 and run for two years. The Communication adopted is the Commission’s contribution to the already lively debate […]

Africa-Europe Alliance: Four new financial guarantees worth €216 million signed under the EU External Investment Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission signed today four guarantee agreements worth €216 million that will help unlock €2 billion to invest in renewables, urban infrastructure and start-ups in Africa and the Neighbourhood. The guarantees were signed with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the […]

No more lead in PVC to protect public health, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To protect human health and the environment, the Environment Committee objected on Tuesday to a Commission proposal allowing lead in recycled PVC. On Tuesday, the Environment Committee adopted a resolution objecting to the Commission’s proposal to amend the rules concerning lead concentration, and particularly […]

Mobility package: Transport Committee backs deal with EU Ministers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A deal between Parliament and Finnish Presidency negotiators on reforming the road transport sector was approved by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods […]

Stop illegal trade in cats and dogs, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Better enforcement and tougher sanctions  Mandatory EU system of identification of cats and dogs  Pet trafficking has negative impact on health, animal welfare and consumer protection   To protect animal welfare, consumers and public health, the Environment and Public Health Committee called for EU […]

EU-Vietnam free trade deal gets green light in trade committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Committee on International Trade backed the free trade and investment protection agreements between the EU and Vietnam on Tuesday. The committee gave its consent to the free trade agreement by 29 votes, six votes against and five abstentions and recommends that EP Plenary […]

EU humanitarian budget for 2020 to help people in over 80 countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget for 2020 worth €900 million. The EU is the leading global humanitarian aid donor and helps people in over 80 countries. From protracted conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, to severe food crises, […]

Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback […]

Drought in southern Africa: EU releases over €22 million in humanitarian aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is mobilising a humanitarian aid package of €22.8 million to help address emergency food needs and support vulnerable people in Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The funding comes as large parts of southern Africa are currently in the grip of […]

Von der Leyen in Ireland: Our mutual solidarity is here to stay

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar in Dublin on 15 January. They discussed among others Brexit, the European Green Deal and the negotiations on the EU’s future budget. President von der Leyen thanked the Prime Minister […]

Human rights breaches in Nigeria and Burundi

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions taking stock of the human rights and rule of law situation in Nigeria and Burundi. Nigeria Following the recent terrorist attacks in the country, the European Parliament strongly condemns the repeated violations of human rights and […]

Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU’s discussions with Poland and Hungary have not yet led these countries to realign with the EU’s founding values, Parliament warned on Thursday. In a resolution adopted with 446 votes to 178 and 41 abstentions, MEPs note that reports and statements by the […]

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in […]

EU Ombudsman must continue push for more transparency in Council and Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Thursday, MEPs approved the annual report on the European Ombudsman’s investigations in 2018. The text (approved with 563 in favour, 3 against and 63 abstentions) commends the Ombudsman’s role in making the EU legislative process more transparent to the public in order to […]

Mergers: Commission approves Synthomer’s acquisition of Omnova, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Omnova by Synthomer, both manufacturers of specialty chemicals. The approval is conditional on the divestment of a remedy package. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Specialty […]

Number of members in Parliament’s committees to change after Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs voted on the post-Brexit size of Parliament’s 20 committees and two subcommittees. Following the vote in Parliament’s plenary meeting on Wednesday, the European Parliament redefined the number of members sitting in its committees and subcommittees as shown below, to become effective […]

Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted on Wednesday its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary […]

Citizens to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Citizen and Youth meetings should set the tone for EU reform, according to the resolution adopted on Wednesday. Following a debate with Dubravka Šuica, Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography and Nikolina Brnjac, representing the Croatian Presidency of the Council, Parliament adopted a resolution […]

Brexit: MEPs concerned about citizens’ rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens’ rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs take stock of citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the […]

DiscoverEU: 20,000 more young people will explore Europe in 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Around 20,000 18-year-olds are set to receive a travel pass under the fourth and latest round of DiscoverEU, which attracted some75,000applications from across Europe. These young Europeans, selected on the basis of established award criteria and specific Member State quotas, can travel between 1 […]

Croatian Presidency priorities discussed in the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković presented the priorities of the Croatian presidency to the European Parliament and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Under the motto “A Strong Europe in a World of Challenges”, the Croatian presidency intends to provide pertinent answers to European citizens’ […]

Protecting the Treaties in the interest of all Europeans: the College takes solemn oath to serve the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “The words we have just said set the bar very high for each and every one of us. We are determined to meet this challenge. This Commission will comply with a code of conduct more demanding than ever”, the European Commission President Ursula von […]

Less than half of EU travellers are aware of EU Passenger Rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today released the results of a Eurobarometer survey on passenger rights in the European Union (EU). According to the survey, 43% of EU citizens who have travelled by air, long-distance rail, coach, ship or ferry in the previous 12 months (‘travellers’) […]

EU to host international donors’ conference for Albania to help with reconstruction after earthquake

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “The EU is happy to announce that the donors’ conference for Albania will be on the 17 February. It’s a donors’ conference following the horrible earthquake in Albania. We want to help Albania in its reconstruction”, President von der Leyen said during the press […]

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission published today the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to […]

Negotiations on new EU collective redress rules to begin

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Legal Affairs Committee confirmed on Thursday Parliament’s negotiating position on a new bill introducing EU-wide rules on collective redress. This means that MEPs can soon start negotiating the final shape that the legislation will take with Council, which has also approved its general […]

Visa Facilitation and Readmission: the European Union and Belarus sign agreements

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and Belarus signed a visa facilitation agreement and a readmission agreement. The agreements represent an important step in EU-Belarus relations and pave the way for improved mobility of citizens, contributing to closer links between the EU and its Eastern Partnership […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on recent developments related to Iran and Iraq

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “After recent developments in Iraq, now it is important to halt the cycle of violence so that one more action does not give rise to the next one, and instead space is again created for diplomacy. Europe has a special responsibility here. As […]