Juncker Plan exceeds original €315 billion investment target

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) has mobilised €335 billion in additional investment across the EU since July 2015. The Juncker Plan has made a clear impact on the EU economy and revolutionised the way innovation is financed in Europe.       […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search. Google must now bring the conduct effectively […]

The European Commission and EU consumer authorities publish final assessment of dialogue with Volkswagen

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission and national consumer authorities in the EU have published their conclusions on the 8.5 million car recalls made in the Union by the Volkswagen group after the “dieselgate” scandal. The VW Group’s effort to build trust in the recalls and […]

Main results of EU-Japan summit: Tokyo, 17/07/2018

This story is brought to you in association with the European Union Council EU and Japanese leaders signed two landmark agreements to increase their cooperation at the 25th EU-Japan summit: 1) The EU-Japan free trade agreement will remove 99% of tariffs paid by EU companies exporting to Japan. It sends a clear message that the EU and Japan […]

Main results of Foreign Affairs EU Council, 16/07/2018

This story is brought to you in association with the European Union Council Libya The Council discussed Libya following the visit by the High Representative Federica Mogherini to the country on 14 July, where she inaugurated the premises of the European Union Delegation in Tripoli. EU foreign ministers welcomed the return of a permanent physical EU presence […]

20th EU-China Summit in Beijing, 16/07/2018

  This story is brought to you in association with the European Union Council  The EU and China agreed to further develop the EU-China strategic partnership at the 20th EU-China summit. Leaders expressed their joint support for rules-based trade and reaffirmed their joint engagement to reform the World Trade Organisation: “It is a common duty of […]

UK: Crawley group wins European Citizens’ Prize

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This year the winner is Refugees Welcome – Crawley, who received the award at Europe House London on Monday 25 June 2018. Refugees Welcome – Crawley has been recently set up in conjunction with Citizens UK as part of their resettlement campaign. The group […]

Euro-Mediterranean Assembly fixes its permanent seat in Rome

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and Vice President David Sassoli welcome the Euro-Mediterranean Assembly decision to establish its permanent seat in Rome.   “We need to work together to re-launch the Euro-Mediterranean Assembly for it to play a key role in […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2018 review confirms positive trends but highlights challenges, in particular linked to automation and digitalisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the Commission has published the 2018 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review. This year’s edition confirms the ongoing positive labour market trends as well as an improving social situation. The numbers of people in employment reached new […]

NATO summit, Brussels, 11-12/07/2018

  This story is brought to you in association with the European Union Council The NATO summit was an opportunity to follow up on EU-NATO cooperation. The EU and NATO signed a new joint declaration just ahead of the summit on 10 July 2018. The NATO summit was also an occasion to take stock of progress […]

Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on UK government White paper

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on the Chequers Statement of 6 July 2018 and on the White Paper released by the UK Government The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG), chaired by Guy Verhofstadt, met today and had an extensive exchange of views […]

Consumer product quality: MEPs take 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. Many tests and surveys done in several EU member states, mainly […]

European Parliament and Eurovision sign partnership for European Elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The deal also includes the organisation of a debate between the lead candidates to become President of the European Commission. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Parliament and the EBU establishes a partnership for cooperation on media coverage of the campaign for the […]

MEPs back measures to reconcile career and private life

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Employment Committee MEPs today approved paternity leave, non-transferable parental leave and measures to boost women’s chances in the labour market. The draft rules set minimum requirements for member states, in a bid to boost women’s representation in the workplace and strengthen the role of […]

Subsidiarity and Proportionality: Task Force presents recommendations on a new way of working to President Juncker

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and ‘Doing Less, More Efficiently’, chaired by First Vice-President Timmermans, handed over its final report to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The report responds to three questions put forward by the President when creating the Task Force in […]

Commission supports normalisation in Greece through activation of post-programme framework

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted a decision to activate the enhanced surveillance framework for Greece to support the implementation of agreed reforms following the successful conclusion of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) stability support programme. On 20 August, Greece will conclude its ESM stability […]

MEPs propose measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Sexual harassment victims should be helped to report cases and perpetrators should face sanctions, say Women’s Rights MEPs in a draft report adopted on Tuesday. In the context of the public debate prompted by the Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign, which helped  to […]

Clamp down on illegal trade in pets, urge Public Health Committee MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Measures to help EU countries tackle illegal trade in pets, often by cross-border criminal networks, were proposed by Public Health Committee MEPs on Tuesday. Identifying and registering cats and dogs is a crucial and necessary step in combating their illegal breeding and trade, often […]

Cybersecurity Act: build trust in digital technologies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new certification framework for connected devices, together with a stronger role for the EU Cybersecurity Agency, were backed by Industry Committee MEPs on Tuesday. The EU cybersecurity scheme will certify that an ICT product, process or service has no known vulnerabilities at the […]

Austrian Presidency priorities discussed in committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The priorities of the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by ministers, in a series of meetings. Austria is holding the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2018. Hearings take place between 9 and […]

Quicker freezing and confiscation of criminal assets in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.New rules to speed up the freezing and confiscation of criminal assets across the EU were adopted by the Civil Liberties committee on Tuesday. This legislation, already informally agreed between Parliament and Council negotiators on 14 June, should make it quicker and simpler for EU […]

Parliament backs a modernised EU electoral law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament endorsed new measures to modernise the European electoral law last Wednesday. The purpose of the updated electoral law is to boost EU citizens’ participation in the European elections and enhance the European character of the procedure. The new measures were endorsed […]

Angola’s President João Lourenço calls for stronger EU-Africa cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The President of Angola, João Lourenço, addressed MEPs in a formal sitting last Wednesday. EU-Angola relations and cooperation, development, migration and promoting stability, growth and jobs on the African continent were among the issues addressed during Mr João Lourenço’s first official visit to the […]

Polish PM chooses to focus on economy, amid questions on rule of law in Poland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki debated the future of Europe with MEPs and EU Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, last Wednesday. “Poland was one of the first countries to give voting rights to women, and we are deeply rooted in the rule of law. […]

MEPs back EU partnership agreement with Armenia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs gave their consent to the EU-Armenia comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement last Wednesday, paving the way for deeper cooperation in different sectors. The negotiations on the new EU-Armenia comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement (CEPA) were launched in 2015 and concluded in 2017. The agreement […]

MEPs list conditions for new EU-Azerbaijan deal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ensuring that core EU values and rights are respected is one of the conditions for deepening EU-Azerbaijan relations, said MEPs last Wednesday. Parliament’s recommendation to negotiators working on the EU-Azerbaijan Comprehensive Agreement, passed by 564 votes to 69, with 47 abstentions, calls on the […]

MEPs react to breaches of human rights in Moldova, Burundi and Somalia

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn the lack of respect for human rights and the rule of law in Moldova, Burundi and Somalia, in resolutions voted last Thursday. Moldova: MEPs appeal for the respect of rule of law and democracy MEPs condemn the decision of the Supreme […]

Data exchanges: Strengthening Europol cooperation with non-EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs stress need for personal data safeguards ahead of talks with eight non-EU countries to strengthen cooperation with Europol. The aim of strengthening cooperation is to prevent and combat terrorism and organized crime, and to better address migration-related challenges such as the facilitation of […]

Venezuela: Parliament calls for urgent EU help for people fleeing the country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs urged Venezuela to allow in humanitarian aid, and the EU to release more funds to help Venezuelans fleeing the country, in a vote last Thursday. The European Parliament is shocked and alarmed by the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, which has led to many […]

Giving humanitarian help to migrants should not be a crime, according to the EP

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should ensure that helping migrants for humanitarian reasons is not punishable as a crime, the European Parliament stated on Thursday. In a non-legislative resolution, MEPs highlight concerns that EU laws on help to irregular migrants are having “unintended consequences” for citizens that […]