Council strongly criticised over failing to act to protect EU values in Hungary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs condemned the Council’s inaction relating to EU values in Hungary, following last September’s Article 7 request by Parliament. In the debate with the Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Political and Security Committee Permanent Representative Călin Stoica, on behalf of […]

ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly: strengthening the partnership

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs discussed the future of the partnership and agreed to enhance support for education and the fight against climate change. During the 37th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place from 18 to 20 March […]

EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes provisional agreement on Horizon Europe, the future EU research and innovation programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU institutions have reached a partial political agreement, subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council, on Horizon Europe. Investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe’s future, in knowledge and new solutions to maintain and improve the European way […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner […]

European research priorities for 2021-2027 agreed with member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A provisional deal on Horizon Europe that bridges the EU research gap, prioritises SMEs and broadens thematic research was agreed with member states on Tuesday night. The European Parliament’s negotiating team agreed a partial provisional deal on Horizon Europe and its specific programme with […]

Fairer and clearer rules on social benefits for EU mobile workers agreed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules aim to ensure access to social security for EU workers who have moved to a different EU country, while fairly distributing obligations among member states. An agreement on modernised rules to coordinate national social security systems was reached by Employment Committee negotiators […]

European Defence Fund on track with €525 million for Eurodrone and other joint research and industrial projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today adopted work programmes to co-finance joint defence industrial projects in 2019-2020 worth up to €500 million. A further €25 million have been earmarked to support collaborative defence research projects in 2019, with calls for proposals launched today. The Juncker Commission […]

Remarks by High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the EU-China Strategic Dialogue

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. It was a great pleasure for me to welcome back again the State Councilor, my good friend, the Foreign Minister [of China] Wang Yi – with whom I have been working very closely together during these almost-five-years of my mandate – for the European […]

Migration and rule of law on next ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Migration, rule of law, climate change, ACP-EU relations beyond 2020, renewable energies and education will be among issues discussed at the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Bucharest. From 18 to 20 March 2019, the Assembly will bring together Members of the European Parliament and […]

€2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council. Global competition is intensifying and Europe needs to deepen its innovation and risk-taking capability to compete on a market […]

European Commission calls on national political parties to join efforts to ensure free and fair elections in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In September 2018, as part of the State of the Union, President Juncker proposed measures to bolster European democracy and protect free and fair elections in Europe. Ahead of the European elections, Commissioner Vera Jourová has written to national political parties calling on them […]

Capital Markets Union: Commission reports on progress achieved ahead of European Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission takes stock of the progress achieved in building a Single Market for capital, including as regards sustainable finance, and calls on EU leaders to keep up the political engagement to lay down the foundation of the Capital Markets Union. The Capital […]

Human Rights breaches in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore human rights violations and all forms of political repression in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala. Iran must stop criminalising the work of women’s […]

Non-performing loans: banks need to mitigate the risk of potential losses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has adopted, on Thursday, new EU rules for standard minimum coverage of bad loans. Measures to mitigate the risk of possible, future, non-performing loans (NPLs) accumulating due to the recessions brought about by the 2008 financial crisis were approved by the Parliament, with […]

MEPs call for EU Magnitsky Act to impose sanctions on human rights abusers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs backed a resolution calling for new EU human rights sanctions to punish state and non-state actors responsible for gross violations of human rights. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament calls for a new sanctions regime to be established […]

Climate change: Parliament’s blueprint for long-term CO2 cuts

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy, in a resolution adopted on Thursday. In a non-binding resolution, adopted with 369 votes to 116 and 40 abstentions, MEPs say that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European […]

Parliament criticises Council’s rejection of money laundering blacklist

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs expressed concern on Thursday that member states have scuppered the Commission’s plan to place new countries on the EU money-laundering blacklist. The resolution was adopted by a show of hands with an overwhelming majority. The adopted resolution comes one week after member states […]

MEPs vote to limit negative impact of no-deal Brexit on citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs on Wednesday vote on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures. At the request of the European Parliament and the Council, the European Commission proposed urgency measures to mitigate the effects of a withdrawal of the […]

More accessible products and services for disabled and elderly people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Key products and services, such as smartphones, ATMs, ticketing machines and banking services, will be made more accessible to people with disabilities. The European Accessibility Act (EAA), approved by Parliament with 613 votes to 23, with 36 abstentions on Wednesday, aims to improve the […]

Upgraded EU visa information database to increase security at external borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The improvements to the Visa Information System (VIS), agreed on Wednesday by MEPs, would ensure a better EU response to security and migratory challenges. The Visa Information System (VIS) is an EU database used by authorities to check non-EU nationals who need a visa […]

Parliament proposes policy toolbox to curb air pollution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A resolution adopted on Wednesday sets out proposals to tackle air pollution from transport, agriculture and energy sectors. In a non-binding resolution adopted with 446 votes to 146 and 79 abstentions, MEPs underline that air pollution has a local, regional, national and cross-border dimension […]

EU prepares itself to fight back against hostile propaganda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs warn that Russia’s disinformation campaigns are the main source of disinformation in Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea. The European Parliament strongly condemned Russia, China, Iran and North Korea’s increasingly aggressive actions, “which seek to undermine the foundations and principles of […]

Parliament wants to suspend EU accession negotiations with Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following years of severe political and democratic backsliding, the European Parliament recommended suspending EU accession negotiations with Turkey. The European Parliament remains seriously concerned about Turkey’s poor track record in upholding human rights, the rule of law, media freedom and the fight against corruption, […]

UK must make clear what it wants, MEPs say in Brexit debate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs today commented on yesterday’s rejection of the Brexit deal in the House of Commons. Most members underlined that the UK must make up its mind and say what it wants. Click on names of speakers to watch the individual statements. “We are not […]

Parliament makes it easier to organise a European Citizens’ Initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs update Citizens’ Initiative rules to increase chances of requests being successfully tabled. The European Parliament adopted on Tuesday new rules for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), by 535 votes in favour, 90 against and 41 abstentions. The updated mechanism intends to enable as […]

First EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers agreed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU negotiators reached an agreement on rules to protect whistle-blowers, setting up safe mechanisms for reporting breaches and measures against retaliation. On Monday, Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional agreement on the first EU-wide rules on protecting whistle-blowers when they report on breaches […]

Fighting crime: faster EU-wide exchange of non-EU nationals’ criminal records

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new EU database, approved today by MEPs, will enable EU countries to exchange the criminal records of non-EU citizens’ more quickly. MEPs agreed in a vote on Tuesday to create a new database on the past convictions of third country nationals (ECRIS-TCN), to […]

Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs agreed that the EU should remain open to imposing further sanctions if Russia continues to violate international law. Parliament adopted on Tuesday a resolution by 402 votes to 163, with 89 abstentions, assessing the current state of EU-Russia political relations. Sanctions […]

Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Against the backdrop of China’s growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges. Today, they are setting out 10 concrete actions for EU Heads of State or Government to […]

From farms to supermarkets: MEPs approve new EU rules against unfair trading

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New EU rules to protect farmers against unfair trading practices by buyers were approved, on Tuesday. New rules, approved by 589 votes in favour to 72 against, with nine abstentions, blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive […]

Victims of terrorism remembered

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism, President Tajani remembered all victims of terrorism, including Madrid and Strasbourg, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg. On behalf of the European Parliament, President Tajani sent condolences to the families and loved ones of […]

Pharmaceuticals in the environment: Commission defines actions to address risks and challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted yesterday a Communication outlining a set of actions addressing the multifaceted challenges that the release of pharmaceuticals poses to the environment. The “Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment” that the Commission presents today, identifies six action areas concerning all […]

International Women’s Day 2019: more equality, but change is too slow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day, the Commission has published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU. The good news is that Europe is making progress; however, we must speed up change. The Juncker Commission has […]