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 […]

Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for insurers to invest in the real economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted today new rules to help insurers to invest in equity and private debt and to provide long-term capital financing. The insurance industry is well-equipped to provide long-term finance by investing in equity and private debt, including of small and medium […]

Women must have an equal share in politics, say MEPs and national MPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Less than three months before the European Elections, the Gender Equality Committee held an inter-parliamentary meeting on women’s power in politics on Thursday. One day ahead of International Women’s Day, Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee members debated with more than 20 national MPs […]

Africa-Europe Alliance: European Commission committed to a sustainable African agri-food sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Task Force for Rural Africa delivered today its final report, an agri-food and rural agenda for the new ‘Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs’ unveiled by President Jean-Claude Juncker in the 2018 State of the Union. According to the recommendations of this […]

Commission takes further action to ensure professionals can fully benefit from the Single Market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has taken further steps in infringement procedures against 26 Member States to ensure the full implementation of EU rules on the recognition of professional qualifications. Only a well-functioning Single Market can deliver its full potential for citizens and businesses around Europe. […]

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 […]

The European Agenda on Migration: EU needs to sustain progress made over the past 4 years

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the March European Council, the Commission is today taking stock of progress made over the past 4 years and setting out the measures still required to address immediate and future migration challenges. Faced with the most severe refugee crisis the world has […]

External action: more funds for human rights, development and climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU external action funding should support development, climate and environmental goals, and promote democracy, rule of law and human rights, say MEPs. On Monday, the Foreign Affairs and Development committees adopted their joint position on the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). […]

International Women’s Day 2019: women’s power in politics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of the European elections, MEPs and national MPs will discuss women’s power in politics during an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on Thursday. MEPs and more than 20 MPs from 15 EU national parliaments and Norway will attend this meeting marking International Women’s Day (IWD). […]

Foreign Investment Screening: new European framework to enter into force in April 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Council of the EU today approved a new framework to screen foreign direct investments coming into the European Union, thus concluding the legislative process on this proposal. This means, the new framework will enter into force in April this year. Based on a […]

Could switching between summer and winter time end in 2021?

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Proposals to end biannual clock changes from 2021 were backed by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Monday. The Transport Committee proposes that the clock change on the last Sunday in March 2021 should be the last one for EU countries that decide to […]

External action: more funds for human rights, development and climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU external action funding should support development, climate and environmental goals, and promote democracy, rule of law and human rights, say MEPs. On Monday, the Foreign Affairs and Development committees adopted their joint position on the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). […]

Closing the loop: Commission delivers on Circular Economy Action Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. All 54 actions under the plan launched in 2015 have now been delivered or are being implemented. This will contribute to boost Europe’s competitiveness, modernise its economy and industry to create jobs, protect the environment and generate sustainable growth. The European Commission today published […]

New seat projections for the next European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament released today the second seat projections, based on a cross-section of national polls, for the composition of the next (9th) European Parliament. The European Parliament has published a new set of projections showing what the next chamber would look like based on national […]

Statement on the Code of Practice against disinformation: Commission asks online platforms to provide more details on progress made

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission published reports by Facebook, Google and Twitter covering the progress made in January 2019 on their commitments to fight disinformation. These three online platforms are signatories of the Code of Practice against disinformation and have been asked to report monthly […]

Rare Disease Day: a new EU platform to support better diagnosis and treatment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, marking Rare Disease Day, the European Commission is launching a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease. Currently a vast amount of data on patients with specific conditions is […]

EU and Overseas Countries and Territories boost cooperation at annual Forum with €44 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the 17th OCT-EU Forum in Papeete (Tahiti) today, the EU discussed its future partnership with Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and signed five cooperation programmes benefiting EU OCTs, totalling €44 million. Speaking at the Forum, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica […]

Tax crimes: special committee calls for a European financial police force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s special tax committee on Wednesday adopted a detailed roadmap towards fairer and more effective taxation, and tackling financial crimes. The recommendations adopted by the Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance (TAX3) range from overhauling the system for dealing with […]

European Semester Winter Package: assessing Member States’ progress on economic and social priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In its annual assessment of the economic and social situation in the Member States, the European Commission today stresses the need to promote investment, pursue responsible fiscal policies and implement well-designed reforms. Challenges vary significantly across countries and call for appropriate and determined policy […]

Towards a climate-neutral Europe: EU invests over €10bn in innovative clean technologies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission today announces an investment programme worth over €10 billion for low-carbon technologies in several sectors to boost their global competitiveness. EU innovative climate action, as announced today, has a range of benefits for the health and prosperity of Europeans with an immediate, […]

Copyright: MEPs back provisional agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Legal Affairs Committee approved on Tuesday the reform of EU copyright rules provisionally agreed with EU Ministers. The deal reached between EU negotiators aims to ensure that the rights and obligations of copyright law will also apply to the internet. The co-legislators also […]

Protecting citizens’ access to social security in case of no-deal Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU 27 will keep their social benefits acquired before withdrawal in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The text adopted on Tuesday by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee aims to safeguard entitlements to […]

Spotlight Initiative – EU and UN fight against domestic violence in the Pacific region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Union and the United Nations are announcing today a €50 million investment to tackle domestic violence in the Pacific region, as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative. The €50 million contribution will fund new programmes to support concrete measures to end domestic […]

New state aid rules: Commission increases national support to farmers up to €25,000

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The ceiling for national support to farmers will rise significantly, allowing greater flexibility and efficiency, notably in times of crisis and situations demanding a swift response by the public authorities. Today the Commission has adopted revised rules on state aid in the agriculture sector […]

Safer roads: More life-saving technology to be mandatory in vehicles

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance, advanced emergency-braking system and emergency stop signal will have to be installed in new vehicles. In a drive to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on EU roads, Internal Market Committee MEPs approved on Thursday a […]

New Erasmus: more opportunities for disadvantaged youth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Erasmus+ should triple its funds, allow more people to take part and adapt its grants to the needs of the participants. The Culture and Education Committee approved on Wednesday the next generation Erasmus+ programme, proposing a detailed set of measures to lift all economic, […]

MEPs urge the EU to lead the way to net-zero emissions by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment and Industry Committee MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy. Environment Committee MEPs said on Wednesday that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European Commission in its November communication would enable the EU to reach […]

EU Visa Policy: Commission welcomes agreement to strengthen EU visa rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today Member States endorsed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission’s proposal to modernise the EU’s common visa policy, adapting the rules to evolving security concerns, challenges linked to migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments. The […]

Infringements: Commission adapts its calculation methodology for financial sanctions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission set out how it will adapt its calculation method when proposing financial sanctions to the Court of Justice of the EU in infringement proceedings. Enforcement of EU law by the Commission will continue to be vigorous, balanced and fair to all […]

Malta and Slovakia: serious shortcomings in the rule of law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have serious concerns over the fight against corruption and organised crime, impartiality of law enforcement and judicial independence in Malta and Slovakia. The Civil Liberties Committee adopted on Tuesday a draft resolution summarising the conclusions of the working group set up within the […]

Migration and asylum: EU funds to promote integration and protect borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs backed on Tuesday increasing the EU budget for migration and asylum policies and to reinforce borders. The Civil Liberties Committee endorsed the renewed Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the 2021-2027 budget of which will increase up to €9.2 billion (€10.41 billion in […]

Parliaments broadly agree on next steps for economic, monetary union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Concluding the banking union, beefing up democratic accountability, and developing a budget for the Eurozone were raised regularly in a meeting between parliaments. The debate on Tuesday, held within the yearly conference on the European Semester bringing together MEPs and national MPs, allowed participants […]