Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU bodies should be allowed to fully audit Facebook to assess data protection and security of users’ personal data, said Civil Liberties MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs take note of the privacy improvements undertaken by Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but recall that the […]

Western Balkans: MEPs take stock of 2018 progress

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In resolutions adopted on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs mark the progress made in five Western Balkan countries on their path towards possible EU accession. Serbia In a report adopted by 49 votes to 3 with 6 abstentions, MEPs welcome Serbia’s continued engagement on […]

EP President praises Nobel Peace Prize award to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the award of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to former Sakharov winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, EP President Antonio Tajani stated: “The courage and resilience of Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, in their fight for common human values, richly deserve the Nobel […]

MEPs condemn attacks on civilians, including children, in Yemen

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU countries should refrain from selling arms to all parties of Yemeni civil war to ease the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen, said MEPs on Thursday. The resolution on Yemen, passed by show of hands , notes that Yemen has been devastated by […]

Green light for VAT overhaul to simplify system and cut fraud

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Wednesday backed the bulk of the European Commission’s proposed reform of the VAT system, while proposing some adjustments, such as to set a maximum VAT rate. Two pieces of legislation were put to the vote. One aims to facilitate trade, especially for […]

The EU will always have a stable partner in Montenegro, says President Đukanović

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, addressed MEPs in a formal sitting on Tuesday. In his speech, Mr Đukanović outlined recent important developments in his country, notably on economic reform, boosting growth and foreign investment, increasing living standards and the progress made in strengthening […]

EP leaders call for negotiations on upgraded Transparency Register to continue

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Yesterday the Conference of Presidents backed continuing talks for an upgraded Inter-institutional Transparency Register following a report from lead negotiators. Parliament’s lead negotiators, Sylvie Guillaume (EP Vice-President) and Danuta Hübner (Chair of the Constitutional Affairs committee), informed group leaders of the Commission’s declared intention […]

Netherlands: Budget MEPs back €1.2m in job-search aid for 450 redundant workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the dismissal of 1,324 workers in 20 banks in the affected regions, the most disadvantaged among them should receive EU aid worth €1,192,500 to help find new jobs. It is the first time that funds from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) would […]

No improvement in respect for EU values: MEPs cut support for Turkey by €70m

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Budget Committee MEPs on Tuesday agreed to cancel €70 million in pre-accession funds earmarked for Turkey, as conditions to improve the rule of law were not met. Last November, during the budgetary negotiations, Parliament and Council decided to place in reserve €70 million in […]

Migration crisis update: mutual actions and solidarity needed as anti-migrant policies thrive

An EU summit is taking place today in Salzburg, Austria where the EU leaders will discuss about the immigration crisis in the region and Brexit deal negotiations. The Parliament’s request to the member states regarding Hungary’s breach of the EU founding values is creating turbulences to the unity and solidarity of the Old Continent. The […]

European Parliament speaks out against “killer robots”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Weapons without meaningful human control over selecting and attacking targets should be banned before it is too late, stressed MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs note that some countries and industries are reportedly developing lethal autonomous weapon systems, also known as “killer robots”, ranging from “missiles […]

Rule of law in Hungary: Parliament calls on the EU to act

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has asked EU member states to determine, in accordance with Treaty Article 7, whether Hungary is at risk of breaching the EU´s founding values. The request was approved by 448 votes to 197, with 48 abstentions. To be adopted, the proposal required an […]

Health Committee MEPs back plans to boost joint assessment of medicines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new law aims to avoid duplicating national assessments to determine a medicine’s added value that help EU countries decide on pricing and reimbursement. MEPs highlight that there are many barriers to accessing medicine and innovative technologies in the EU, the main ones being […]

Safer products: stepping up checks and inspections to protect consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules to ensure better checks and safety of goods sold in the EU were approved by the Internal Market Committee on Monday. The “Goods package” contains two legislative proposals: one on compliance and enforcement and the other on mutual recognition. Together they aim to […]

Theresa May attempts to ease the EU stance as Britons request another EU referendum

With less than eight months away from the exit of the UK from the EU, continuous negotiations are being held between the two parties in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will visit French President Emmanuel Macron at his Fort de Brégançon on Friday in an attempt to persuade him […]

UK: Crawley group wins European Citizens’ Prize

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This year the winner is Refugees Welcome – Crawley, who received the award at Europe House London on Monday 25 June 2018. Refugees Welcome – Crawley has been recently set up in conjunction with Citizens UK as part of their resettlement campaign. The group […]

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 […]

European Parliament and Eurovision sign partnership for European Elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The deal also includes the organisation of a debate between the lead candidates to become President of the European Commission. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Parliament and the EBU establishes a partnership for cooperation on media coverage of the campaign for the […]

MEPs propose measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Sexual harassment victims should be helped to report cases and perpetrators should face sanctions, say Women’s Rights MEPs in a draft report adopted on Tuesday. In the context of the public debate prompted by the Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign, which helped  to […]

Quicker freezing and confiscation of criminal assets in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.New rules to speed up the freezing and confiscation of criminal assets across the EU were adopted by the Civil Liberties committee on Tuesday. This legislation, already informally agreed between Parliament and Council negotiators on 14 June, should make it quicker and simpler for EU […]

Polish PM chooses to focus on economy, amid questions on rule of law in Poland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki debated the future of Europe with MEPs and EU Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, last Wednesday. “Poland was one of the first countries to give voting rights to women, and we are deeply rooted in the rule of law. […]

MEPs back EU partnership agreement with Armenia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs gave their consent to the EU-Armenia comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement last Wednesday, paving the way for deeper cooperation in different sectors. The negotiations on the new EU-Armenia comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement (CEPA) were launched in 2015 and concluded in 2017. The agreement […]

Reinforcing EU border security: Visa-exempt travelers will be pre-screened

The European Parliament Plenary session, debated and voted today (5/7/2018) (European Union Audiovisual Services photo taken 09/11/2017). This story is brought to you in association with the European Union (a European Parliament decision and release) Travelers posing a security risk will be refused entry into the EU  Application will include questions on criminal record and […]

Third Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hearing: data breach prevention and cures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs discussed how to prevent repeats of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal with a Facebook representative and three EU Commissioners on Monday evening. At the third Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hearing, Richard Allan, Vice-President of Policy Solutions at Facebook, answered MEPs’ questions about how Facebook intends to […]

Euronest: delivering reforms is the best way forward for EU’s Eastern Partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. “Over the past seven years, this Parliamentary Assembly has dealt with many aspects of economic, political and cultural life. We meet to exchange views, learn from each other and to strengthen our freedom and sovereignty. It is very important that the decisions we make […]

Agreement reached on new EU Solidarity Corps

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The setting-up of a European Solidarity Corps, offering volunteering opportunities around the EU, has been agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators. The creation of a “European Solidarity Corps” was informally agreed by Parliament and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU Ministers. It […]

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 […]

Energy Union: deals on efficiency targets and governance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new 32.5% energy efficiency target for 2030 and a new instrument to help member states deliver on energy and climate goals were agreed by the EP and Council. A first informal agreement reached on Tuesday night by Parliament and Council negotiators sets a […]

Human rights: breaches in Russia, the Rakhine State and Bahrain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn detention of human rights defenders and breaches of free expression and assembly in Russia and Bahrain, and ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State. Russia must free Oleg Sentsov and all other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens As FIFA Football World Cup kicks off […]

European Parliament calls on Russia to end occupation of Georgian territories

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Russia should cease occupying the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and fully respect the territorial integrity of Georgia, MEPs urged on Thursday. The resolution stresses that after 10 years of military aggression against Georgia, Russia continues its illegal occupation of the Georgian […]