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 […]

North Sea fisheries: MEPs back EU plan to sustain stocks of demersal species

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new EU multiannual plan to prevent overfishing of demersal species and thus offer North Sea fishing communities more security was approved by MEPs on Tuesday. The second multiannual fisheries plan under the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) – approved by 520 votes to […]

Foreign investment to be screened to protect EU countries’ strategic interests

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New tools to check that foreign investment in EU countries does not threaten their security or public order were approved by the Trade Committee on Monday. Trade MEPs backed plans to set up a mechanism to screen foreign direct investment (FDI) in a transparent, […]

Pharmaceuticals: Commission refines intellectual property rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is proposing a targeted adjustment to intellectual property rules to help Europe’s pharmaceutical companies tap into fast-growing global markets and foster jobs, growth and investments in the EU. The EU has a strong intellectual property rights framework in place which protects Europe’s […]

Water reuse: Commission proposes measures to make it easier and safer for agricultural irrigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, the Commission is proposing new rules to stimulate and facilitate water reuse in the EU for agricultural irrigation. The new rules will help farmers make the best use of non-potable wastewater, alleviating water scarcity whilst protecting the environment and consumers. Commissioner Vella, responsible […]

EU Justice Scoreboard 2018: justice systems’ key role in upholding the rule of law and EU values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, the European Commission publishes the 2018 EU Justice Scoreboard which gives a comparative overview of the independence, quality and efficiency of justice systems in the EU Member States. It aims to assist national authorities to improve the effectiveness of their justice systems. “The […]

Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing […]

Alcoholic drinks: Commission tables update of rules governing alcohol excise duties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission proposed  last Friday to reshape the rules governing excise duty on alcohol within the EU, paving the way for a better business environment and reduced costs for small alcohol-producing businesses and better protection for consumer health. Last Friday’s announcement means that small […]

Central banking in times of complexity

Panel remarks by Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at a conference on the occasion of Sveriges Riksbank’s 350th anniversary, Stockholm, 25 May 2018. Brought to you by the European Sting from the European Central Bank site. It is fitting that we are discussing the future of central banking here in […]

Address by the President Antonio Tajani at the funeral of Nicole Fontaine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Address by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, at the funeral of Nicole Fontaine – Neuilly sur Seine, 24 May 2018 ‘In varietate concordia. United in diversity.’ This motto, our motto, which seems so self-evident, as if it had always been set in the […]

Discovering Europe: Free EU rail pass for 18 year olds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A pilot project enabling 15,000 young people to travel around Europe by train this summer is to be rolled out by the EU Commission, acting on Parliament’s proposals. On May 24, the EU Commission launched a website with details of the project, where young […]

Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for smaller businesses to get financing through capital markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed new rules to give small and medium enterprises (SMEs) better access to financing through public markets. Part of the EU’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) agenda, today’s initiative should help EU companies to tap market-based funding more easily and cheaply […]

Antitrust: Commission imposes binding obligations on Gazprom to enable free flow of gas at competitive prices in Central and Eastern European gas markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a decision imposing on Gazprom a set of obligations that address the Commission’s competition concerns and enable the free flow of gas at competitive prices in Central and Eastern European gas markets, to the benefit of European consumers and […]

2019 EU Budget: Commission proposes a budget focused on continuity and delivery – for growth, solidarity, security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission proposed yesterday the 2019 draft EU Budget of €166 billion in commitments, corresponding to a 3% increase over 2018, investing in a stronger and more resilient European economy and promoting solidarity and security on both sides of the EU’s borders. This budget […]

European Semester 2018 Spring Package: Commission issues recommendations for Member States to achieve sustainable, inclusive and long-term growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission presented yesterday the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic policy guidance for Member States for the next 12 to 18 months. Europe’s economy is growing at its fastest pace in a decade, with record employment, recovering investment and improved […]