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 […]

Cutting CO2 emissions from trucks: MEPs reach deal with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This agreed new legislation is the first ever regulation on CO2 emissions for lorries in the EU. The deal reached between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council on Monday night provides for a legally binding 30% CO2 reduction target for new lorries […]

Cohesion Policy after 2020: preparing the future of EU investments in health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, Commissioners Crețu and Andriukaitis have brought together health professionals to kick-start the reflection on future EU investments in health under the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy programmes. In the context of the roundtable held today at the Commission with health associations such as European Health […]

Trade negotiations with US can start under certain conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Trade Committee on Tuesday endorsed the mandate to start limited EU-US trade talks, but set conditions on the conclusion of a deal. Starting talks is in the interest of European citizens and companies, as it would ease current tensions in EU-US trade relations, […]

First seat projections for the next European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament released today the first 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 first set of projections on how the next chamber would look like based on national […]

New EU rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another Member State as of tomorrow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of tomorrow, new EU rules to cut costs and formalities for citizens living outside their home country will start to apply across the European Union. Currently, citizens moving to or living in another EU country must obtain a stamp to prove that their […]

MEPs urge EU states to ensure better care of transported animals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must better enforce existing rules on protecting transported animals and penalise all offenders, Parliament said on Thursday. In a resolution, adopted by 411 votes in favour to 43 against, with 110 abstentions, MEPs renewed Parliament’s 2012 call for […]

EU cross-border payments outside Eurozone: MEPs scrap excessive fees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Banks should charge equally for cross-border payments in euro and domestic payments and make currency conversion costs transparent, say new rules. On Thursday, the plenary adopted by 532 votes in favour, 22 against and 55 abstentions, new rules to end discrimination against payment service […]

Human Rights breaches in Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Zimbabwe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore the arrests of human rights defenders and violent attacks on civil society in Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Zimbabwe. Saudi Arabia must improve women’s rights MEPs condemn the situation of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and express their concern over the government web […]

Online platforms required by law to be more transparent with EU businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU lawmakers agreed on a set of measures to halt unfair practices in the digital market. More than a million EU enterprises trade via platforms to reach their customers. Online intermediation services, such as e-commerce market places (e.g. Amazon, eBay) and search engines (e.g. […]

Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms’ trading practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday evening the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission reached a political deal on the first-ever rules aimed at creating a fair, transparent and predictable business environment for businesses and traders when using online platforms. Traders selling online […]

EU to scrutinise foreign direct investment more closely

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has agreed to set up an EU-level tool to screen foreign direct investment on grounds of security to protect strategic sectors, in a vote on Thursday. While the EU remains open for investment, inward foreign direct investment (FDI) needs to be vetted to […]

Take medical use of cannabis seriously, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs propose ways to address research gaps on medical cannabis and call on member states to seize the potential of cannabis-based medicines. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs call on the Commission and national authorities to draw a clear distinction between medical cannabis […]

MEPs reject making EU regional funding dependent on economic targets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament adopted simplified 2021-2027 common rules for investing in all EU regions and opposed suspension of EU regional funding dependent on national economic targets. The new rules were adopted by the full House on Wednesday with 460 votes to 170 and 47 abstentions. These […]

Agreement reached on digital copyright rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to a deal reached on copyright rules which also contains safeguards on freedom of expression. The deal, reached between EP and Council negotiators aims to ensure that the rights and obligations […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: MEPs concerned by slow progress in EU-related reforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to proceed with constitutional, political and electoral reforms, to advance the EU integration process. In a report assessing the latest progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on the country’s road towards possible EU accession, […]

EU gas market: new rules agreed will also cover gas pipelines entering the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules setting out a clear regulatory framework to operate gas pipelines inside the EU and from non-EU countries were provisionally agreed between MEPs and member states. An overhaul of EU gas market rules was informally agreed on Tuesday evening. The amended rules will […]

Parliament gives green light to EU-Singapore trade and investment protection deals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament endorsed the free trade and investment protection deals between EU and Singapore, serving as blueprint for further cooperation with Southeast Asia. The free trade agreement, to which Parliament gave its consent by 425 votes, 186 votes against and 41 abstentions, will remove virtually […]

European Commission adopts new list of third countries with weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted its new list of 23 third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks. The aim of this list is to protect the EU financial system by better preventing money laundering and terrorist financing risks. […]

MEPs back plans to promote water reuse for agricultural irrigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to counter water scarcity by facilitating the reuse of treated wastewater for agricultural irrigation were endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. The new law defines minimum quality standards for reclaimed water to be used for agricultural irrigation. It also sets out obligations for production, […]

Food safety: Enhancing consumer trust in EU risk assessment and authorisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Draft rules to ensure the EU risk assessment procedure for food safety is more transparent and independent were informally agreed with the Romanian Presidency. The new rules, agreed on Monday night, aim to improve transparency in risk assessment and ensure that studies submitted by […]

MEPs adopt new Fisheries Partnership with Morocco including Western Sahara

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new agreement on the legal, environmental, economic and social governance of EU vessels’ fishing activities in Morocco and Western Sahara waters was approved on Tuesday. The new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) includes the waters of Western Sahara and aims to take into […]

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte: “Europe must listen to the people”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Europe is facing “a fork in the road”, as “the people are urgently asking to be heard,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told MEPs on Tuesday. In a plenary debate on the future of Europe, the Italian Prime Minister said: “This is a valuable […]

Defence: European Commission paves the way for first joint industrial projects under EU budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the European Commission formally initiated work with Member States to finance joint industrial projects in the field of defence. Once the Commission adopts the work programme for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, it will launch calls for proposals under the EU budget […]

Civil protection: Parliament strengthens EU disaster response capability

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. An upgrade of the EU’s civil defence mechanism, tested to its limits by 2017 and 2018 forest fires, storms and floods, received the support of the House on Tuesday. The aim of the new legislation, informally agreed with Council in December, is to help […]

Parliament names radio studio after journalists murdered in December attack

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament named on Monday a radio studio after Antonio Megalizzi and Bartosz Orent-Niedzielski, two journalists murdered during the December attack in Strasbourg. Two months after the attack, radio studio 1 of the European Parliament in Strasbourg has been named after radio journalists Antonio Megalizzi […]

Stronger European Border and Coast Guard to secure EU’s borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New measures to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard to better address migratory and security challenges were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee. The revision of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) aims to remedy the current shortcomings, respond to the […]