Will the EU reconsider Frontex’s role in light of accusations about violations of migrants’ human rights?

The European border agency Frontex has been found to violate human rights and abuse its power to make excessive use of force and mistreat migrants according to latest research conducted by the ARD political magazine report München, the British Guardian and the search center CORRECTIV. However, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has been denying […]

Parliament’s interparliamentary delegations established

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament will have 44 interparliamentary delegations this legislative term, maintaining relations with parliamentarians in other countries, regions and organisations. MEPs voted on the composition of interparliamentary delegations on Wednesday at midday. The proposal put forward by Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (i.e. the EP President […]

Constitution of the 9th legislature of the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 9th legislature of the European Parliament was officially constituted today in Strasbourg at 10.00 by outgoing President Antonio Tajani. The President of the European Parliament will be elected tomorrow morning at 9am. Nominations must be submitted by political groups or by 1/20th of […]

After the European Parliament elections – what happens next?

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Over 200 million Europeans voted in the 23-26 May elections, resulting in turnout increasing from 42,61% in 2014 to 51% in 2019. The new legislature will start on 2 July. Before the first plenary sitting in July, political groups hold their constitutive meetings. A […]

European elections: A chance to repel both nationalism and no-deal Brexit

The results of the coming European Parliament elections of 23-26 May will have an unusually strong and long term impact on the wider political developments of the entire Old continent. There are two good reasons for that. The Europeans, including the Brits, will vote to definitely or not repel nationalism and a devastating no-deal Brexit. […]

Support for EU remains at historically high level despite sceptics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The latest EU public opinion survey, conducted in late February 2019, highlights continued strong support for the European Union. The European Parliament’s Spring 2019 Eurobarometer, measuring public attitudes to the EU three months ahead of the European elections, reveals that despite the various internal and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MEPs adopted measures to reconcile work and family life

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plenary adopted new rules on paternity leave and non-transferable parental leave, in a final vote on Thursday. The law, informally agreed with EU ministers, and adopted by MEPs with 490 in favour, 82 against and 48 abstentions, sets minimum requirements for all member states, […]

Natural gas: Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To provide legal clarity for operators and competitive gas supply for all Europeans, MEPs approved new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law. MEPs adopted an overhaul of EU gas market rules on Thursday with 465 votes to 95, and 68 […]

New seat projections for the next European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament has published a new set of projections on how the next chamber might look, based on polling data published in the EU member states until 26 March 2019. The data is based on a collection of reliable polls conducted by national […]

Parliament supports plans to improve quality of tap water and cut plastic litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs backed plans to improve consumers’ trust in tap water, which is much cheaper and cleaner for the environment than bottled water, on Thursday. MEPs propose to tighten the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), harmful bacteria, […]

Venezuela: MEPs demand free presidential elections and an end to repression

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament backed on Thursday a peaceful solution for Venezuela via free, transparent and credible presidential elections. With 310 votes to 120 and 152 abstentions, plenary passed the second resolution this year on Venezuela (the tenth one since the beginning of the current […]

Dieselgate: Parliament calls for mandatory retrofits of polluting cars

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Member states and carmakers must be held accountable and coordinate on urgent action needed to tackle the car emissions scandal, said MEPs on Thursday. Emergency measures should be taken by member states to recall or withdraw the large number of highly polluting cars from […]

Malta and Slovakia: MEPs warn of lack of judicial independence and corruption

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore serious shortcomings in the rule of law in Malta and Slovakia, also warning of rising threats for journalists throughout the EU. Parliament passed on Thursday, with 398 votes to 85 and 69 abstentions, a resolution summarising the conclusions of the working group […]

Parliament backs new CO2 emissions limits for cars and vans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans by 2030, already informally agreed with EU ministers, were approved by MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs and EU ministers have agreed on a higher target (37.5%) to reduce EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars by 2030, […]

Parliament seals ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks. 560 MEPs voted in favour of the agreement with EU ministers, 35 against and 28 abstained. The following products will be banned in the […]

MEPs agree on future regional and cohesion funding

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.  Parliament adopted on Wednesday new funding rules to strengthen the EU’s economic, social and territorial cohesion, with 475 votes to 93 and 53 abstentions. The updated rules, which will apply from 2021 to 2027 to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the […]

Parliament boosts consumer rights online and offline

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules to better protect consumers whether they buy a product over the internet, in a local store or download music or games were approved by Parliament on Tuesday. The new EU laws – on digital content and on the sales of goods – […]

European Parliament approves new copyright rules for the internet

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 new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression. MEPs adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. This marks the […]

Deal agreed to protect consumers against misleading and unfair practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Updates to EU consumer protection rules to tackle misleading rankings in online marketplaces and dual quality of products were provisionally agreed on Friday. Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK), who steered this legislation through Parliament, said: “Today’s agreement updates consumer rights for the internet age, ensuring […]

Fairer and clearer rules on social benefits for EU mobile workers agreed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules aim to ensure access to social security for EU workers who have moved to a different EU country, while fairly distributing obligations among member states. An agreement on modernised rules to coordinate national social security systems was reached by Employment Committee negotiators […]

Climate change: Parliament’s blueprint for long-term CO2 cuts

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy, in a resolution adopted on Thursday. In a non-binding resolution, adopted with 369 votes to 116 and 40 abstentions, MEPs say that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European […]

Parliament criticises Council’s rejection of money laundering blacklist

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs expressed concern on Thursday that member states have scuppered the Commission’s plan to place new countries on the EU money-laundering blacklist. The resolution was adopted by a show of hands with an overwhelming majority. The adopted resolution comes one week after member states […]

Parliament proposes policy toolbox to curb air pollution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A resolution adopted on Wednesday sets out proposals to tackle air pollution from transport, agriculture and energy sectors. In a non-binding resolution adopted with 446 votes to 146 and 79 abstentions, MEPs underline that air pollution has a local, regional, national and cross-border dimension […]

Parliament makes it easier to organise a European Citizens’ Initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs update Citizens’ Initiative rules to increase chances of requests being successfully tabled. The European Parliament adopted on Tuesday new rules for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), by 535 votes in favour, 90 against and 41 abstentions. The updated mechanism intends to enable as […]

Victims of terrorism remembered

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism, President Tajani remembered all victims of terrorism, including Madrid and Strasbourg, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg. On behalf of the European Parliament, President Tajani sent condolences to the families and loved ones of […]