EU steps up its strategy for connecting Europe and Asia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. The Joint Communication builds on […]

European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU’s approach to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reform outlined in a document published today will be presented to EU partners in Geneva on 20 September during a meeting on that subject convened by Canada. The European Commission has today put forward a […]

A Europe that delivers: EU citizens expect more EU level action in future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Recent Eurobarometer data confirms that, rather than a declining faith in the EU to deliver, EU citizens expect the EU to do more to address their main concerns. Since 2016 the European Parliament has been measuring citizens’ perceptions and expectations of action taken by […]

European Parliament speaks out against “killer robots”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Weapons without meaningful human control over selecting and attacking targets should be banned before it is too late, stressed MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs note that some countries and industries are reportedly developing lethal autonomous weapon systems, also known as “killer robots”, ranging from “missiles […]

Rule of law in Hungary: Parliament calls on the EU to act

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has asked EU member states to determine, in accordance with Treaty Article 7, whether Hungary is at risk of breaching the EU´s founding values. The request was approved by 448 votes to 197, with 48 abstentions. To be adopted, the proposal required an […]

Human Rights: breaches in Cambodia, Uganda and Myanmar

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn arrests and trumped-up charges against opposition politicians and journalists in Cambodia, Uganda and Myanmar. Cambodia must drop all charges against opposition politician Kem Sokha Following widespread and systematic repression of the political opposition and electoral rights in Cambodia, the European Parliament urges […]

Parliament in favour of lifting visa requirements for Kosovars

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament confirmed on Thursday the mandate for negotiations with the Council on the proposal to waive visa requirements for Kosovo’s citizens. MEPs backed, with 420 votes to 186 and 22 abstentions, the decision by the Civil Liberties Committee to start discussions with the ministers […]

Superbugs: MEPs advocate further measures to curb use of antibiotics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The growing threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria can only be tackled through a “One Health” approach, MEPs said on Wednesday. In the non-binding resolution, adopted with 589 votes to 12 and 36 abstentions, MEPs stress that the correct and prudent use of antimicrobials is […]

We dream of being a part of the European family, says FYROM PM

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Securing public and opposition support for both the name change and for the next steps required for the republic’s possible accession to the EU and NATO took centre stage in Mr Zaev’s speech. “As Prime Minister, I promise that we are doing everything we […]

Consumer product quality: Parliament takes aim at dual standards

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. If a firm sells a product EU-wide, but with compositions that differ between countries, it must not label and brand it in a seemingly identical way, as this may mislead consumers, say MEPs. Various tests and surveys done in several EU member states, mainly […]

MEPs propose ways to boost plastics recycling

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. They advocate creating a genuine single market for recycled plastics, and propose measures to tackle marine litter. Incentives to collect marine litter at sea, new EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020 are […]

Health Committee MEPs back plans to boost joint assessment of medicines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new law aims to avoid duplicating national assessments to determine a medicine’s added value that help EU countries decide on pricing and reimbursement. MEPs highlight that there are many barriers to accessing medicine and innovative technologies in the EU, the main ones being […]

“America first” policy goes against EU-US partnership, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The US decision to quit key international deals and start a trade war harms EU-US ties; but the EU should not give up on the transatlantic bond, said MEPs on Wednesday. In a resolution on the state of EU-US relations, approved by 490 votes […]

Special measures for Greece: 100% absorption rate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The specific financing measures agreed in 2015 led to the successful completion of projects in Greece, underlined the EP in a vote adopted on Tuesday.  The rapid decline in GDP faced by all Greek regions due to the crisis, combined with liquidity shortages, the […]

Northern Ireland: Parliament wants to secure post-Brexit regional funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Continuing the PEACE and Interreg programmes after Brexit, as the EU Commission intends, is crucial to peaceful development in Northern Ireland, MEPs say. EU regional funding should be maintained at an adequate level post-2020, says a resolution which was approved by 565 votes in […]

Drinking water: new plans to improve tap water quality and cut plastic litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU countries should promote universal access to clean water for all in the EU, said the Environment Committee on Monday. The legislation tightens the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), PFAS, harmful bacteria, and introduces new caps […]

More electric cars on EU roads by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. CO2 emissions from new cars should be cut by 45% by 2030 and market uptake of zero – and low- emission vehicles should accelerate, said committee MEPs on Monday. Environment Committee MEPs proposed setting a higher target for reducing EU fleet-wide emissions for new […]

Parliament approves €34m in EU aid to Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EUSF aid worth €34 million, to help reconstruction in Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria after natural disasters in 2017, was approved by MEPs on Tuesday. The aid includes €16,918,941 for repairs and reconstruction in Lithuania after continuous rainfall throughout the summer and autumn of […]

State of the Union 2018: The Hour of European Sovereignty

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. President Juncker stresses the need for Europe to become more sovereign so as to be able to play a role in shaping global affairs European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2018 State of the Union Address, before the Members of the European […]

New EU rules to thwart money laundering and terrorist financing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs approved new measures to combat terrorist financing, by preventing money laundering and tightening cash flow checks, on Wednesday. The two laws will make it harder for terrorists and criminals to finance their activities, by closing the loopholes in the current money laundering rules […]

Parliament adopts its position on digital copyright rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament adopted its revised negotiating position on copyright rules on Wednesday, adding safeguards to protect small firms and freedom of expression. Parliament’s position for talks with member states to hammer out a final deal was approved by 438 votes to 226, with 39 abstentions. […]

Final vote on European Solidarity Corps

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Young people are now able to volunteer or work in EU-wide solidarity schemes, after a final vote on the European Solidarity Corps on Tuesday. The initiative, announced by President Juncker during the State of the Union speech in September 2016 and officially launched in […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission registers ‘End the Cage Age’ initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The College of Commissioners has today decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘End the Cage Age’. The stated objectives of the proposed Citizens’ Initiative are to end “inhumane treatment of farm animals” kept in cages. The organisers are asking the Commission to […]

International data flows: Commission launches the adoption of its adequacy decision on Japan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the conclusion of the EU-Japan talks on personal data protection in July 2018, the Commission launched today the procedure for the adoption of its adequacy decision. Commissioner Jourová today briefed the College on the next steps and the Commission is publishing the draft […]

EU Ambassadors in the EP: a multilateral approach to global challenges needed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU must “engage with partners to enhance global peace, security and prosperity” Vice-President Ramón Luis Valcárcel told the 140 EU ambassadors on Tuesday. European Parliament Vice-President Ramón Luis Valcárcel, on behalf of President Antonio Tajani, opened the 2018 EU Ambassadors Conference, bringing together […]

Better protection against non-cash payment fraud

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New EU rules to protect EU citizens against non-cash payment fraud, such as credit card theft, skimming or phishing, were approved in committee on Monday. The Civil Liberties Committee approved plans to combat fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment such as cards, […]

Back to school: Schoolchildren to receive milk, fruits and vegetables at school thanks to EU programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme resumes with the school year in the participating EU countries. Aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among children, the EU school scheme includes the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk products, as well as dedicated educational […]

Safer products: stepping up checks and inspections to protect consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules to ensure better checks and safety of goods sold in the EU were approved by the Internal Market Committee on Monday. The “Goods package” contains two legislative proposals: one on compliance and enforcement and the other on mutual recognition. Together they aim to […]

Summertime Consultation: 84% want Europe to stop changing the clock

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published the preliminary results of the public consultation on clock change in Europe. This online consultation, which ran from 4 July to 16 August 2018, received 4.6 million responses from all 28 Member States, the highest number of responses […]

Drought in Europe: Commission presents additional measures to support farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In light of the difficulties faced by European farmers affected by drought this summer, the European Commission continues acting to provide practical support to the sector. Additional flexibility will be granted to help farmers provide sufficient feed to their animals. The European Commission presented […]