MEPs approve new CO2 emissions limits for trucks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The first ever EU regulation on CO2 emissions for trucks and lorries was approved by Parliament on Thursday, in an effort to curb rising road transport emissions. The new legislation, informally agreed between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council in February, was […]

‘InvestEU’ programme: big boost for jobs, growth and investment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have approved a provisional and partial deal with EU ministers on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during 2021-2027.   Aiming to generate almost €700 billion in investments, the ‘InvestEU’ initiative replaces the current European Fund for Strategic […]

New seat projections for the next European Parliament EU28

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament released today the fourth and final set of seat projections, based on a cross-section of national polls, on the composition of the next (9th) European Parliament (751 seats).   The European Parliament has published a new set of projections on how the next […]

Food safety: New rules to boost consumer trust approved by MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules to ensure reliability and transparency in EU food safety risk assessment procedure were adopted on Wednesday. MEPs have approved new rules, already agreed with EU ministers, which ensure the EU’s risk assessment procedure for food safety is more reliable, transparent and objective, […]

Parliament adopts new rules for short-stay visas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU will simplify procedures for requesting and issuing short-stay visas and will use its visa policy to encourage non-EU countries to cooperate on migration. Parliament approved on Wednesday the new EU Visa Code, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers. The law […]

EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Partnering for prosperity, democracy, resilience and global governance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities – prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance – for common future. The vision for a stronger and modernised bi-regional partnership focused on trade, […]

Fostering defence innovation through the European Defence Fund

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament on Thursday adopted the partial agreement on the EU Defence Fund for 2021-2027, aiming for a more ‘European’ approach to defence. 328 MEPs voted in favour of the partial deal with EU ministers, with 231 against, and 19 abstaining. The EU […]

European Border and Coast Guard: 10 000-strong standing corps by 2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs approved the new law to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard, on Wednesday, to ensure better protection of EU external borders. The changes to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), already agreed with EU ministers, aim to resolve the current […]

Terrorist content online should be removed within one hour, says EP

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Internet companies should remove terrorist content within one hour after receiving an order from the authorities, to combat radicalisation and contribute to public security. With 308 votes in favour to 204 against and 70 abstentions, Parliament backed on Wednesday a proposal to tackle the […]

European Parliament strengthens EU consumer protection rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Updates to EU consumer protection rules to improve ranking transparency in online marketplaces and to tackle dual quality of products were approved by MEPs on Wednesday. The new law, already agreed with EU ministers, updates consumer rights for the internet age, ensuring consumers will […]

MEPs strengthen EU financial watchdogs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. MEPs approved rules strengthening the EU financial supervision needed for safer financial markets, fighting money laundering, and protecting consumers. The new law, adopted on Tuesday by 521 in favour, 70 against, with 65 abstentions, already agreed with EU ministers and spearheaded through Parliament by […]

Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to put words into action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 16-year old Swede, who inspired the worldwide “School Strike For Climate” movement, addressed MEPs in an Environment Committee meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday. In her opening statement, Greta Thunberg called for “permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to combat the […]

Commission launches debate on more efficient decision-making in EU social policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is launching a discussion on how to render decision-making at EU level more efficient in the social field. In his 2018 State of the Union speech, President Juncker announced a comprehensive review of all passerelle clauses provided for by the EU […]

Tackling terrorism: MEPs approve tighter rules on homemade explosives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to update and tighten rules on the use and sale of chemicals that could be used to make homemade explosives were approved by MEPs, on Tuesday Approximately 40% of terrorist attacks in the EU between 2015 and 2017 used homemade explosives, demonstrating clear […]

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022. “This law is paving the way to save thousands of lives in the coming years. Our focus was always on the […]

Protecting whistle-blowers: new EU-wide rules approved

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Those disclosing information acquired in a work-related context, on illegal or harmful activities, will be better protected, under new EU rules approved on Tuesday. The new rules, adopted with 591 votes in favour, 29 against and 33 abstentions and already agreed with EU ministers, […]

MEPs approve boost to workers’ rights in the gig economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs approved minimum rights for workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs, such as Uber or Deliveroo, in a vote on Tuesday. The law, already agreed with EU ministers, grants a set of minimum rights for those in casual or short-term employment, on-demand workers, […]

Better Regulation principles: at the heart of the EU’s decision-making process

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is taking stock of the measures introduced under the Juncker Commission to deliver better results for EU citizens and businesses through more open, transparent and evidence-based policy-making. Today’s report shows that the efforts to put better regulation at the heart […]

Trade with the United States: Council authorises negotiations on elimination of tariffs for industrial goods and on conformity assessment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. The Council today approved mandates for the Commission to open negotiations with the United States on two agreements: a trade agreement limited to the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods only, excluding agricultural products; an agreement on conformity assessment that would have as its […]

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: third annual report shows continued vital and tangible support for refugees and their host communities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The third annual report on the implementation of the Facility shows solid results on EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, including: monthly transfer to 1.5 million refugees for their basic needs, 5 million primary health care consultations, access to school for […]

EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 31 October

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. EU27 leaders agreed to delay Brexit until 31 October 2019. Their decision was taken in agreement with the UK. EU27 leaders took note of the letter sent by UK Prime Minister Theresa May asking for a further extension to the Article 50 period. They agreed to […]

Statement by the European Parliament ahead of the 10 April Brexit Summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement by the Conference of Presidents and the Brexit Steering Group of the European Parliament in preparation of the European Council of 10 April 2019. The European Parliament has always supported a close EU-UK future relationship. The European Parliament believes that the uncertainty surrounding […]

‘No-deal’ Brexit preparedness: European Commission takes stock of preparations and provides practical guidance to ensure coordinated EU approach

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the European Council (Article 50) today, the European Commission has taken stock of the European Union’s intense ‘no-deal’ preparations and has issued practical guidance to Member States in 5 areas. These areas include citizens’ residence and social security entitlements, data protection, medicine […]

The Energy Union: from vision to reality

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted today, shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans. Europe is already a global leader […]

Facebook changes its terms and clarify its use of data for consumers following discussions with the European Commission and consumer authorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and consumer protection authorities have welcomed Facebook’s updated terms and services. They now clearly explain how the company uses its users’ data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance their company. The new terms detail what services, Facebook […]

Checks, fines, crisis reserve: MEPs vote on EU farm policy reform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Agriculture Committee approved the last batch of proposals to improve EU farm policy so that it better meets farmers’ and consumers’ expectations. The Agriculture Committee’s amendments to the so-called Financing, Management and Monitoring regulation were approved on Monday by 28 votes in favour […]

Terrorist content online: companies to be given just one hour to remove it

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Internet companies should remove terrorist content quickly, at the latest one hour after receiving an order from the authorities, Civil Liberties Committee agreed. With 35 votes to 1 and 8 abstentions, the Civil Liberties Committee approved on Monday a draft piece of legislation to […]

Artificial intelligence: Commission takes forward its work on ethics guidelines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission presents today next steps for building trust in artificial intelligence by taking forward the work of the High-Level Expert Group. Building on the work of the group of independent experts appointed in June 2018, the Commission is today launching a pilot phase […]

The European Parliament launches a website on European election results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This new, dynamic website contains all results from past and present European elections and is now available in all official EU languages. http://www.election-results.eu will be updated in real time on election night on 26 May with overall European election results, including national breakdowns, as […]

Protecting European consumers: toys and cars on top of the list of dangerous products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission released its 2018 report on the Safety Gate for dangerous products, the former Rapid Alert System. The report shows that authorities exchanged 2,257 alerts on dangerous products. Toys’ belonged to the most notified product category (31%), followed by ‘motor vehicles’ […]

Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. An initiative to improve the application of EU policies and rules on the circular economy, nature and biodiversity, air quality, and water quality and management. Today, the Commission published the second Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), part of its initiative launched in 2016 to improve […]

EU Member States test their cybersecurity preparedness for free and fair EU elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament, EU Member States, the Commission and the EU Cybersecurity Agency tested the EU’s response to and crisis plans for potential cybersecurity incidents affecting EU elections. The objective of the exercise, which took place today in the European Parliament, was to test how effective […]

Mobility package: Parliament adopts position on overhaul of road transport rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs amend rules to fight illegal practices in road transport and improve working conditions for drivers. On Thursday, Parliament approved its position to negotiate with the Council on revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules. They […]