Online radio and news broadcasts: Parliament and Council reach deal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP negotiators agreed on Thursday with Council on new rules facilitating online broadcasting of current affairs and radio programmes across the EU. The agreement includes mechanisms to facilitate the clearance of copyright and related rights of radio and TV content for cross-border digital broadcast […]

Human rights breaches in Iran, Egypt and Tanzania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs urge Iran to release jailed Sakharov laureate Nasrin Sotoudeh, and deplore state attacks on human rights defenders and LGTBI people in Egypt and Tanzania. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Iran, Egypt and […]

Member states jeopardising the rule of law will risk losing EU funds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Governments interfering with courts or going easy on fraud and corruption will risk being stripped of EU funds, according to a draft law endorsed in committee on Thursday.   Assisted by a panel of independent experts, the EU Commission would be tasked with establishing […]

MEPs want to fund crucial areas to stimulate European growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for EU resources that match ambitions on research, environment, transport, energy, telecom, defence, space and digitalisation under the 2021-2027 EU budget. Following Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s long-term budget (2021-2027 multiannual financial framework – MFF), MEPs are this week […]

MEPs agree on new rules to tax digital companies’ revenues

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The plenary proposed widening the scope of the directives on taxing digital businesses operating in the EU. The European Parliament adopted both its two opinions on the proposals for Council directives on the corporate taxation of a significant digital presence and a Digital Services […]

EU joint response to disasters: deal reached with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The aim of the new legislation, agreed on Wednesday, is to help member states to respond faster and more effectively to natural and man-made disasters, by sharing civil protection assets more efficiently. RescUE The draft law would also set up, upon Parliament’s request, a […]

MEPs want to ensure sufficient funding for Connecting Europe’s future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want €43.85 billion to be invested in continued development of trans-European transport, energy and telecom networks and to foster innovation with a €11.5 billion EU Defence Fund. Connecting Europe Facility The proposal to renew the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) between 2021 and 2027 […]

MEPs take stock of the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions reviewing key EU foreign, security and defence policy choices. Following Tuesday´s debates with EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, Parliament´s annual resolutions on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence […]

Parliament endorses landmark EU-Japan free trade agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan, approved with 474 votes to 152 with 40 abstentions on Wednesday, will […]

MEPs commend Ukraine‘s reform efforts and denounce Russian aggression

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs acknowledged Ukraine‘s positive reform track, while condemning Russia‘s aggression in the Kerch Strait and the construction of Nord Stream 2. Parliament adopted a resolution by 433 votes to 105, with 30 abstentions, evaluating the latest developments related to the EU-Ukraine association […]

EU budget 2019 approved: focus on the young, innovation and migration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For next year’s budget, MEPs have secured better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers. Commitment appropriations for 2019 total €165.8 billion; payment appropriations total €148.2 billion. After Council formally approved the conciliation agreement with Parliament on the 2019 budget on 7 December, Parliament […]

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for more efforts to ensure adoption of security proposals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission is today reporting on progress made in building a genuine and effective Security Union since the October European Council. Good progress is being achieved on a number of security initiatives, including the proposals to remove terrorist content online and to reinforce the […]

Combatting terrorism: Parliament sets out proposals for a new EU strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Based on a thorough assessment, Parliament sets out recommendations to tackle radicalisation, improve data interoperability and support victims of terrorism. In a non-legislative resolution discussed on Tuesday and adopted on Wednesday with 474 votes to 112 and 75 abstentions, Parliament suggests reinforcing the role […]

EP Group leaders on Brexit: “the agreement is not open to renegotiation”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Conference of Presidents indicated that the Withdrawal Agreement is fair and balanced and the only deal possible. It is therefore one not open to renegotiation. The Conference of Presidents, together with the Brexit Steering Group, discussed today the state of play of the […]

MEPs to prioritise environment and climate action in next long-term budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For the next 2021-2027 EU budget, MEPs propose to double funding for the LIFE programme. Following Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s long-term budget (2021-2027 multiannual financial framework – MFF), MEPs are this week setting out their position on the scope and […]

Deal on faster exchange of non-EU nationals’ criminal records

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to create an EU database to enable EU countries to exchange non-EU citizens’ criminal records faster, were informally agreed with Council negotiators on Tuesday. Currently, national authorities often rely solely on data on non-EU nationals’ convictions available from their own national criminal record […]

Food safety: more transparency, better risk prevention

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want the European Food Safety Agency to publish safety studies before a product is authorised to go on to the market. A proposal to allow the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) to work more efficiently and transparently was adopted by Parliament on Tuesday […]

Workplace risks: Final vote on protection from carcinogens, including diesel fumes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs updated rules to protect workers from exposure to carcinogenic and mutagenic substances, including diesel fumes, in a vote on Tuesday. In order to protect some 3.6 million workers in the EU potentially exposed to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE), the Parliament succeeded in […]

Cybersecurity: agreement reached on better protection for citizens and companies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Several measures to improve cybersecurity in the EU were provisionally agreed by MEPs and member states on Monday. After the agreement was reached, rapporteur Angelika Niebler (EPP, DE) said: “This important success will enable the EU to keep up with security risks in the […]

Stricter rules to stop terrorists from using homemade explosives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to update rules on the use and sale of chemicals that could be used to make homemade explosives were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. The current rules restrict access to a number of chemicals that could be used to manufacture […]

Trade Committee advocates lower tariffs in Western Sahara

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A proposal to lower tariffs in the territory of Western Sahara to the same level as Morocco, was backed by the International Trade Committee on Monday. The proposal was adopted by 25 votes to 9 with 2 abstentions after the European Commission and Morocco […]

MEPs strongly welcome the Global Compact on Migration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament strongly supports the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, and welcomes its adoption in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday. MEPs regret the campaign of disinformation that has led to several countries withdrawing their support from the compact. The migration compact […]

Commission presents its response to Antisemitism and a survey showing Antisemitism is on the rise in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission responds to a new survey by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency which finds that 9 out of 10 European Jews feel Antisemitism has increased over the past five years. The results of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s latest survey on Antisemitism […]

Member States and Commission to work together to boost artificial intelligence “made in Europe”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Delivering on its strategy on artificial intelligence (AI) adopted in April 2018 today the Commission presents a coordinated plan prepared with Member States to foster the development and use of AI in Europe. This plan proposes joint actions for closer and more efficient cooperation […]

MEPs propose more transparent legislative drafting and use of allowances

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Changes to internal rules on how the EP operates and how to draft legislation and use MEPs’ allowances in a more transparent way were approved in committee on Thursday. The key changes adopted by the Constitutional Affairs Committee relate to Members’ standards of conduct […]

EU Elections: new rules to prevent breaches of data used to influence elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Constitutional Affairs Committee backed a proposal introducing penalties on European political parties deliberately breaching data protection to tamper with EU elections. The new provisions are aimed at protecting the electoral process from online disinformation campaigns based on misuse of voters’ personal data. Some recent […]

First EU collective redress mechanism to protect consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules allowing groups of consumers harmed by illegal practices to launch collective actions and seek compensation were approved by Legal Affairs Committee. Currently, only 19 member states provide some form of legal remedy to victims of mass harm and proceedings can often be lengthy […]

Online platforms: improving transparency and fairness for EU businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules requiring online platforms to end unfair practices to businesses and set up effective redress mechanisms were approved by the Internal Market Committee. Online intermediation services, such as e-commerce market places (e.g. Amazon, eBay) and search engines (e.g. Google Search) would be required to […]

Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure by making it more transparent and accountable were put forward by the special committee on pesticides.   Among many proposals, MEPs agreed on Thursday that the public should be granted access to the studies used […]

EU Budget 2019 deal: EP boosts support for researchers and the young

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers, as well as additional funds to boost key initiatives supporting SMEs.   Late on Tuesday evening, the negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on […]