Improved access to financial information to curb serious crime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules improving law enforcement authorities’ access to financial information to investigate serious crimes or terrorism were approved by Civil Liberties Committee. Financial data can offer valuable information to law enforcement authorities and can help them prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute serious crime and […]

Banking package: Parliament and Council reach an agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Parliament and the Council negotiators took a major step towards reducing risks in the banking system and building the Banking Union. On Tuesday, two deals were concluded on banks’ resilience and on a clear roadmap for banks to deal with losses. A deal […]

Humanitarian visas would reduce refugees’ death toll

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Asylum-seekers should be able to request humanitarian visas at EU embassies and consulates abroad, allowing them to access Europe safely, say Civil Liberties MEPs. With 37 votes to 10 and 3 abstentions, the Civil Liberties Committee agreed on Monday to ask the European Commission […]

MEPs want ambitious funding for cross-border projects to connect people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Economic and social cohesion and cooperation in neighbouring border regions should get maximum support, according to the Regional Development Committee. In Monday’s vote, MEPs recommended adding an extra EUR 2.73 billion to earmark a total amount of EUR 11.16 billion for European territorial cooperation […]

European Parliament marks EU accession prospects for Serbia and Kosovo

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Serbia should align its foreign policy more with the EU’s, also on Russia, while Kosovo should be granted visa liberalisation without delay, say MEPs. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions evaluating the latest efforts by Serbia and Kosovo to get closer to […]

Online shopping across the EU to be easier from 3 December

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As of 3 December, Europeans will be able to shop online without unjustified geo-blocking, wherever they are in the EU. Consumers will have wider and easier cross-border access to products, hotel bookings, car rentals, music festivals or leisure park tickets in the EU, under […]

Cum-ex tax fraud scandal: MEPs call for inquiry, justice, and stronger tax authorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Thursday called for an inquiry, rule changes and stronger tax authorities as a result of the EUR 55 billion cum-ex tax fraud. The tax fraud, which was uncovered by a team of investigative journalists and has affected at least 11 EU member […]

New rules for temporary border controls within the Schengen area

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Internal border checks within the Schengen area should be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, say MEPs. The Schengen Borders Code, currently under revision, allows member states to carry out temporary checks at internal borders within the […]

The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050*

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today the European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for all. The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, […]

EU-Japan relations: Foreign Affairs MEPs back Strategic Partnership Agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EP’s Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed the new Strategic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan on Wednesday. In addition to the recent landmark EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement freeing up trade, the political accord aims to pave the way for more joint solutions to […]

Agreement reached on screening of foreign direct investment for EU security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP trade negotiators agreed on Tuesday with Council and Commission on screening of incoming foreign direct investment to ensure security and public order. The three institutions backed plans to set up a mechanism to screen foreign direct investment (FDI) in a transparent, predictable and […]

MEPs cap prices of calls within EU and approve emergency alert system

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have approved the telecoms package that caps intra-EU calls, makes super-fast 5G networks possible by 2020 and creates alert system for emergencies. The European Parliament on Wednesday confirmed the provisional agreement reached with the Council of Ministers in June on the European Electronic […]

MEPs demand end to EU arms exports to Saudi Arabia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the European Parliament calls on EU countries to unite and impose an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs condemn in the strongest possible terms the torture and killing of Saudi […]

Strengthening security through an EU-wide information system

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The improved Schengen Information System will contribute to the EU’s fight against terrorism, cross-border crime and irregular migration. MEPs adopted on Wednesday three draft regulations that will update the Schengen Information System (SIS), the most widely used information system for security and border management […]

MEPs propose ways to boost plastics recycling

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. They advocate creating a genuine single market for recycled plastics, and propose measures to tackle marine litter. Incentives to collect marine litter at sea, new EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020 are […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2018 review confirms positive trends but highlights challenges, in particular linked to automation and digitalisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the Commission has published the 2018 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review. This year’s edition confirms the ongoing positive labour market trends as well as an improving social situation. The numbers of people in employment reached new […]

Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on UK government White paper

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on the Chequers Statement of 6 July 2018 and on the White Paper released by the UK Government The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG), chaired by Guy Verhofstadt, met today and had an extensive exchange of views […]

MEPs back measures to reconcile career and private life

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Employment Committee MEPs today approved paternity leave, non-transferable parental leave and measures to boost women’s chances in the labour market. The draft rules set minimum requirements for member states, in a bid to boost women’s representation in the workplace and strengthen the role of […]

Parliament backs a modernised EU electoral law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament endorsed new measures to modernise the European electoral law last Wednesday. The purpose of the updated electoral law is to boost EU citizens’ participation in the European elections and enhance the European character of the procedure. The new measures were endorsed […]

First-ever EU defence industry fund to finance joint development of capabilities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For the first time, MEPs endorsed the setting up of a programme devoted to boosting innovation in European defence industry including cyber security on Tuesday. With a €500 million budget for 2019-2020, the new European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) will help fund the […]

MEPs criticise “America first” policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. US decision to quit key international deals and start trade war harms EU-US ties, but EU should not give up on transatlantic bond, said committee MEPs on Thursday. In a resolution on the state of EU-US relations, approved by 35 votes to 4, with […]

EU Summit/Migration: Parliament calls for joint solutions based on solidarity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs urge EU leaders to work out a solution to the current impasse on migration and asylum and stress their readiness to start talks to reform existing rules. Ahead of a crucial European Council, during which EU leaders will discuss how to best deal […]

Fleeing Venezuela: MEPs to probe humanitarian conditions in Colombia and Brazil

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will visit Venezuela’s borders with Colombia and Brazil next week to assess the humanitarian situation of people fleeing Venezuela. From 25 to 29 June, five MEPs headed by Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES) will travel to Colombia’s capital city Bogotá and the […]

Superbugs: MEPs advocate further measures to curb use of antimicrobials

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The growing threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be tackled through a “One Health” approach, MEPs said on Wednesday. In their resolution Health Committee MEPs stress that the correct and prudent use of antimicrobials is essential to limiting the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) […]

Asylum: deal to update EU fingerprinting database

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. It will be easier for migration and asylum authorities to identify persons entering or staying irregularly in the EU, under new rules informally agreed with EU Council. Updated rules aiming to reinforce the EURODAC system, designed to store and search data on asylum applicants and […]

EU/Africa, Caribbean and Pacific: towards which partnership?

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs are shaping their future their partnership at a three-day ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly in Brussels. Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are meeting in Brussels from 18-20 […]

EU-US Privacy Shield data exchange deal: US must comply by 1 September, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Civil Liberties Committee calls on the Commission to suspend the EU-US Privacy Shield since it fails to provide enough data protection for EU citizens. The data exchange deal should be suspended unless the US complies with it by 1 September 2018, say MEPs, […]

Opening – Parliament expresses support for victims of Fuego volcano in Guatemala

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. President Tajani expressed solidarity with those affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg. President Tajani expressed solidarity with those affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, at the opening of […]

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 […]