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 […]

MEPs to vote on overhaul of road transport rules in July

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs decided to vote on the proposals for drivers’ rest periods, posting of drivers and rules to tackle illegal practices in road transport in the July plenary session. MEPs will hold a full debate and vote on proposals on the application of posting of […]

European Parliament the most trusted EU institution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In data released yesterday by the European Commission, the European Parliament consolidates its position as the most trusted of all European Institutions Results released yesterday by the European Commission, from its spring 2018 Standard Eurobarometer survey of public awareness of the EU institutions, reveal […]

Parliament votes for €1 billion in aid to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A €1 billion macro-financial loan to help Ukraine cover part of its external financing needs in 2018-2019 was approved by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs agreed to an EU Commission proposal to provide Kiev with another package of macro-financial assistance (MFA), which is an exceptional […]

EU-wide rules for safety of drones approved by European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs backed new EU-wide rules to ensure the safe use of drones and to update aviation safety rules. On Tuesday, MEPs approved an agreement reached between Council and Parliament negotiators in November 2017 on EU-wide principles for drones and drone operators to ensure a […]

Security Union: political agreement on strengthened Schengen Information System

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New measures to step up the EU fight against terrorism, cross-border crime and irregular migration got a first green light from EP and Council negotiators. Parliament and Council negotiators adopted three regulations to update the Schengen Information System (SIS): in the field of police […]

MEPs demand an end to migrant deaths across the Mediterranean Sea

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of the next EU summit on 28-29 June, MEPs urge EU leaders to show real political will and draw up genuine solutions to finally end the migration crises. In a debate with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Deputy Minister for the […]

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 […]

EU Telecoms deal: Fees on calls across the EU capped and 5G network by 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU citizens will have access to a 5G network by 2020 and see the costs of their international calls capped, thanks to a provisional deal reached on Tuesday night. An end to expensive international calls New measures to protect smartphone users, including refunds An […]

No barriers to free flow of non-personal data in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data within the EU for companies and public authorities is the key aim of a draft law approved by the Internal Market Committee. The proposed rules would prevent any EU member state from imposing territorial restrictions […]

More answers from Facebook ahead of Parliament hearing today

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Facebook has published a second set of replies to questions that were left unanswered at the meeting between EP leaders and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The published answers follow up on the 22 May meeting between the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg […]

8000 young people in the EP in Strasbourg: “a breath of fresh air for EU democracy”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. At the end of the European Youth Event (EYE), hundreds of ideas emerge on building a better Europe and the determination to make the campaign count. The Vice-President of the European Parliament Ramón Valcárcel (EPP, ES) and Rainer Wieland (EPP, DE) officially brought to […]

Imported and EU fisheries products should be treated equally

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. All imported fisheries products should meet the high standards imposed by EU law, MEPs stress in a non-binding resolution adopted on Wednesday. The EU Commission needs to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture products from non-EU countries comply with EU conservation, management standards and hygiene […]

Parliament approves €104.2m in EU aid to Greece, Spain, France and Portugal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EUSF aid worth €104.2 million, to support reconstruction in Greece, Spain, France and Portugal following natural disasters in 2017, was approved by MEPs on Wednesday. The aid includes €50.6 million for reconstruction in Portugal’s Centro region following violent forest fires in June and October […]

Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: MEPs pursue personal data breaches probe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The impact of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal on personal data protection will be assessed by MEPs and experts on Monday 4 June. MEPs will discuss the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breaches with key people involved, to obtain a clear and complete picture of what happened. […]

Tougher defence tools against unfair imports to protect EU jobs and industry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU could protect itself better against unfairly cheap imports and combat environmental or social dumping more effectively, under a law backed by MEPs on Wednesday. Higher tariffs can be imposed on dumped or subsidised imports to better protect EU jobs and businesses, under […]