Halting spread of drug resistance from animals to humans: deal with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to curb the use of antibiotics on farms, so as to keep resistant bacteria out of human foods, were informally agreed by MEPs and ministers on Tuesday. “This is a major step forward for public health”, said rapporteur Françoise Grossetête (EPP, FR).  ”Indeed, […]

Discussion at Europe House: Brexit & Food

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EPLO in the UK hosted a debate in London aimed at understanding the implications of Brexit on the food industry On 18 May, the European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK organised a debate exploring the impact of Brexit on the future of […]

New rules on drivers’ working conditions and fair competition in road transport

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Updated EU rules to fight illegal practices in road transport and to help improve drivers’ employment conditions were approved by the Transport Committee. EU rules on posted workers, based on the principle of “equal pay for equal work”, would apply to so-called ‘cabotage’ deliveries, […]

No barriers to free flow of non-personal data in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data within the EU for companies and public authorities is the key aim of a draft law approved by the Internal Market Committee. The proposed rules would prevent any EU member state from imposing territorial restrictions […]

More answers from Facebook ahead of Parliament hearing today

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Facebook has published a second set of replies to questions that were left unanswered at the meeting between EP leaders and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The published answers follow up on the 22 May meeting between the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg […]

8000 young people in the EP in Strasbourg: “a breath of fresh air for EU democracy”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. At the end of the European Youth Event (EYE), hundreds of ideas emerge on building a better Europe and the determination to make the campaign count. The Vice-President of the European Parliament Ramón Valcárcel (EPP, ES) and Rainer Wieland (EPP, DE) officially brought to […]

Pollinating insects: Commission proposes actions to stop their decline

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. One in ten pollinating insects is on the verge of extinction, and a third of bee and butterfly species is declining. This is why today the Commission is proposing the first-ever EU initiative to address the decline of wild pollinating insects. The new measures […]

EU budget: the Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to modernise and simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). With a budget of €365 billion, these proposals make sure the CAP remains a future-proof policy, continues to support farmers and rural communities, leads […]

EU budget: Commission proposes to increase funding to support the environment and climate action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and climate action. The LIFE programme is among the EU funding programmes for which the Commission is proposing the […]

EP President at the European Youth Event: “Your ideas are key in shaping EU’s future”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. ‘Your voices will be a key factor in shaping Europe’s future, and you have a vital role to play in building the Europe of tomorrow”, said President Tajani, addressing a Strasbourg Chamber filled with young people from all parts of Europe and the World. […]

EU Budget: A Reform Support Programme and an Investment Stabilisation Function to strengthen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to create a Reform Support Programme and a European Investment Stabilisation Function. Both proposals are part of the broader agenda to deepen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union and make use of the EU budget […]

EYE to kick off on Friday: 8000+ young people discussing the future of Europe 1 – 2 June

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. One year ahead of the European elections, young people from all over the EU and beyond will set their priorities for Europe’s future. The third edition of the European Youth Event (EYE2018) will see a record number of more than 8000 participants engage in […]

Car clocking: MEPs call for new legislation to combat odometer fraud

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To tackle used car odometer fraud more effectively, the EU Commission should propose new legislation within twelve months, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. “About 5 to 12 percent of used cars sold inside EU countries and 30 to 50 percent of […]

RescEU: MEPs vote to upgrade EU civil protection capacity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Proposals to upgrade the EU civil defence mechanism, which was tested to its limits by deadly forest fires, storms and floods in 2017, were approved in Parliament on Thursday. The aim is to help member states to respond faster and more effectively to natural […]

Human rights: breaches in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for the respect of human rights defenders, fair treatment of prisoners and for the respect of women’s rights in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Iran urged to release immediately all EU-Iran nationals unfairly imprisoned MEPs condemn the imprisonment of EU-Iranian dual nationals […]

European Commission reacts to the US restrictions on steel and aluminium affecting the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The US announced that starting on 1 June 2018 it will impose additional duties of 25 % and 10 % respectively on imports of steel and aluminium from the EU. President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said: “I am concerned by this decision. […]

Statement by President Tajani on US steel and aluminium duties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, on the imposition of US duties on imports of steel and aluminium from Europe: “I am very disappointed with the US decision to impose duties on steel and aluminium imports from Europe. These are […]

US Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium: Statement of Trade Committee Chair

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Chairman of International Trade Committee of the European Parliament Bernd Lange (S&D, Germany) issued the following statement on the new US tariffs. “The International Trade Committee of the European Parliament condemns the decision of the United States to levy tariffs on imports of […]

MEPs call on EU countries to end precarious employment practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on EU countries to effectively combat precarious employment practices, such as “zero-hour” contracts, in a resolution adopted on Thursday. The European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution calling on the European Commission and EU countries to tackle the issue of precarious employment […]

Nicaragua: MEPs condemn brutal repression and demand elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemned the brutal repression and intimidation of peaceful protesters in Nicaragua, and called for credible elections there, in a vote on Thursday. In a non-legislative resolution, MEPs denounce the decline in democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua over the last decade, […]

Imported and EU fisheries products should be treated equally

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. All imported fisheries products should meet the high standards imposed by EU law, MEPs stress in a non-binding resolution adopted on Wednesday. The EU Commission needs to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture products from non-EU countries comply with EU conservation, management standards and hygiene […]

Parliament approves €104.2m in EU aid to Greece, Spain, France and Portugal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EUSF aid worth €104.2 million, to support reconstruction in Greece, Spain, France and Portugal following natural disasters in 2017, was approved by MEPs on Wednesday. The aid includes €50.6 million for reconstruction in Portugal’s Centro region following violent forest fires in June and October […]

The Schengen area is at a crossroads

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU member states should “foster mutual trust in the functioning of the Schengen area, cooperation and solidarity”, MEPs say on Wednesday. The first annual report on the state of Schengen (the agreement between 26 member states abolishing passport checks and other types of control […]

Future of EU farming: MEPs push for modern common policy with fair funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The post-2020 EU farm policy must be smarter, simpler, fairer and more sustainable, but also well financed and truly common, MEPs say. MEPs set out on Wednesday, by 468 votes in favour to 123 against, with 89 abstentions, their priorities for the reform of […]

Colombia: Santos thanks the EU for its support to the peace process

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos thanked the European Union, in an address to plenary, for its support for the peace process in Colombia.  Mr Santos, who will step down as President following the election on 17 June between candidates Iván Duque y Gustavo Petro, […]

Libya: EU efforts should focus on protecting migrants, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Libya needs a government backed by a broad national consensus, said MEPs on Wednesday, adding that Libyans should decide the future form of their state. In their recommendation on Libya, passed by 486 […]

Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: MEPs pursue personal data breaches probe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The impact of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal on personal data protection will be assessed by MEPs and experts on Monday 4 June. MEPs will discuss the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breaches with key people involved, to obtain a clear and complete picture of what happened. […]

Tougher defence tools against unfair imports to protect EU jobs and industry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU could protect itself better against unfairly cheap imports and combat environmental or social dumping more effectively, under a law backed by MEPs on Wednesday. Higher tariffs can be imposed on dumped or subsidised imports to better protect EU jobs and businesses, under […]

EU budget: Reinforcing Europe’s cultural and creative sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase funding for Creative Europe, the programme supporting European cultural and creative sectors and audiovisual works, to €1.85 billion. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: “The digital environment […]

Strengthening European unity is in all our interests, says Luxembourg PM Bettel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel debated the future of Europe with MEPs and EU Commission President Juncker on Wednesday. “It is in the interest of European states to strengthen the community and speed up the process towards a European Union, exactly in those areas […]

Guinea President Alpha Condé: “We must tackle the root causes of migration”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea, called for EU-Africa relations to be strengthened further, in a formal address on Tuesday noon. Welcoming the Guinean President, Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani stressed the EU’s support to the African Union and its member states. “In […]

EU budget: Regional Development and Cohesion Policy beyond 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to modernise Cohesion Policy, the EU’s main investment policy and one of its most concrete expressions of solidarity. The EU’s economy is bouncing back, but additional investment efforts are needed to tackle persistent gaps […]

Posting of workers: final vote on equal pay and working conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Workers posted temporarily to another EU country must get equal pay for equal work in the same place, under revised rules voted by Parliament on Tuesday. The revised rules, approved by 456 votes to 147, with 49 abstentions, aim to ensure better protection for […]