National recovery plans: MEPs assess the performance of crisis funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls for recovery funding to be transparent, conditional on the respect for the rule of law, and for ensuring a maximum return on the EU’s investment. With their report, adopted with 420 votes in favour, 90 against and 83 abstentions, MEPs intend to […]

President Metsola thanks Secretary-General Klaus Welle for his dedication to EP

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Bureau has decided today to accept the request of European Parliament Secretary-General, Mr Klaus Welle, to hand over his function, after nearly 14 years in office, on 1 January 2023. “I want to thank Secretary-General Klaus Welle for his dedication to the European […]

EU-US Trade and Technology Council: strengthening our renewed partnership in turbulent times

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and the US have today reaffirmed their close cooperation to address global trade and technology challenges in line with their shared commitment to democracy, freedom and human rights. Meeting at the second Ministerial Meeting of the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) in […]

EP inquiry committee for Pegasus and other spyware launched

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament’s new inquiry committee investigating the use of Pegasus and other spyware had its first meeting, electing a Chair and three Vice-Chairs. The new committee is tasked with investigating the use of Pegasus software and other equivalent spyware, and held its constitutive […]

MEPs lift restrictions on the cross-border hire of trucks without their drivers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Under new rules adopted on Tuesday, there will be fewer restrictions on the use of hired vans or trucks without drivers from another EU country. Parliament gave a final green light to an agreement with EU governments on the update of the EU rules […]

MEPs held a minute of silence in memory of victims of war in Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. President Metsola updated the house on her visit to Ukraine and appealed for more logistical, humanitarian and military support, at the opening of the session. Updating MEPs on her visit to Ukraine and her meeting with the Verkhovna Rada and President Zelenskyy, President Metsola […]

Women on boards: committees give green light for negotiations with member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the Women’s Rights and Legal Affairs Committees backed talks with the Council of the EU on a bill to increase gender balance on corporate boards. Once confirmed by plenary, negotiations can move forward on the draft legislation aimed at ensuring gender parity […]

European Parliament launches website in cooperation with Ukrainian Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As a result of the cooperation with Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada in the field of democracy support, the new website shows how the EU has supported Ukraine since 2014. “The EU stands with Ukraine”: the website (in English and Ukrainian) set up by Parliament, provides […]

Rule of Law conditionality: Commission must immediately initiate proceedings

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission must take urgent action and immediately apply the Rule of Law Conditionality Mechanism by notifying the member states concerned in writing. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 478 votes to 155 and 29 abstentions, MEPs welcomed the European Court of […]

Civil society: Parliament calls for EU rules and strategy to counter threats

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs adopted proposals to recognise the crucial role of civil society for democracy, calling for a Commission strategy and common rules across all member states. Following a plenary debate on Monday that took stock of the role of civil society in dealing with the […]

Fight against racism: end segregation in schools and halt xenophobia in media

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs ask for public policies on culture, media, education and sports to be used to uproot structural racism and promote the EU values of tolerance and inclusion. In a resolution adopted on Tuesday by 495 votes to 109 and 92 abstentions, MEPs call for […]

European Parliament to hold an extraordinary plenary session on 1 March

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP President and political group leaders agree to hold an extraordinary plenary session on Tuesday, 1 March to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine. At an extraordinary meeting of Parliament’s Conference of Presidents, President Roberta Metsola and the leaders of Parliament’s political groups decided […]

Statement on Ukraine by European Parliament’s leaders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s President and group leaders adopted the following statement on Russia’s military attack on Ukraine, and announced an extraordinary plenary session for next Tuesday. The European Parliament Conference of Presidents was convened by President Roberta Metsola this morning to discuss our response to Russia’s […]

European Parliament approved reform of road haulage charging

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Under the new rules adopted on Thursday, road charges for trucks will move from time-based to distance-based charging, making polluter-pays principles work better. Parliament gave the final green light to an agreement with EU governments on the update of the rules defining the charges […]

Statement on Ukraine by European Parliament’s leaders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Conference of Presidents (Parliament’s president and political groups’ leaders) adopted the following statement on the situation in Ukraine. “Ukraine faces the threat of an unprecedented military aggression by the Russian Federation. This is not only a threat to the security of Ukraine and […]

Roberta Metsola on ECJ ruling: “rule of law is non-negotiable”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Court of Justice upheld today the validity of the rule of law Conditionality Regulation, as it dismissed the requests by Hungary and Poland to annul it. The ruling confirms the European Parliament’s long-standing position to protect the European Union’s budget from misuse […]

MEPs commemorate 20 years of euro bank notes and coins

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament commemorated the 20th anniversary of the circulation of the first euro notes and coins on Monday, at the opening of the plenary session in Strasbourg. Opening the ceremony, EP President Roberta Metsola said that the euro has “truly been one of the greatest […]

Eurobarometer: defending democracy is top priority for the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Citizens’ support for the EU and the EP in particular has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, says a new Eurobarometer survey published on Tuesday. A near third of respondents (32%) chose democracy as top European value to defend, followed by freedom of speech and […]

European Parliament delegation ends visit to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A high-level delegation of the European Parliament, which travelled to Ukraine amid the current security crisis, concluded its visit on Tuesday. Nine members from the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and Security and Defence Subcommittee, led by Chairs David McAllister (EPP, DE) and Nathalie […]

Four candidates to become EP President

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Roberta Metsola, Alice Kuhnke, Kosma Złotowski and Sira Rego are running for the post of Parliament’s President for the second half of the 2019-2024 term. Parliament’s Vice-President Pedro Silva Pereira (S&D, PT) announced the four names to plenary on Monday evening, once the deadline […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on the passing of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “Check against delivery” È un giorno triste per l’Europa. Oggi la nostra Unione perde un convinto europeista, un sincero democratico, e un uomo buono. Today is a sad day for Europe. Our Union loses a passionate European, a sincere democrat and a good man. […]

Gender-based cyberviolence: MEPs demand harmonised sanctions and victim support

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, the committees on Civil Liberties and Women’s Rights demanded legislation to fight gender-based cyber violence. The draft legislative initiative report, approved with 76 votes in favour, 8 against and 8 abstentions, restates the EU’s lack of a legal framework to combat gender-based […]

Future of Europe: Parliament delegation’s first discussion on Conference topics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament’s delegation, joined by idea givers from the European Youth Event, will discuss five topics from the European Citizens’ Panels. The discussions will revolve around the topics covered by the first two of the four European Citizens’ Panels: Panel 1 economy, social […]

New rules for fair minimum wages in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new draft EU law will ensure a minimum level of wage protection in all member states, in order to guarantee decent living standards for workers and their families. In a vote on Thursday, MEPs on the Employment and Social Affairs Committee backed laying […]

Alexei Navalny awarded the European Parliament’s 2021 Sakharov Prize

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have awarded Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny the European Parliament’s 2021 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Parliament Vice-President Heidi Hautala announced the 2021 laureate in the Strasbourg plenary chamber on Wednesday afternoon, following an earlier decision by the Conference […]

European Parliament calls for repeal of new Texas abortion restriction

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The government of the US state of Texas has to immediately revoke “Senate Bill 8”, a de facto ban on abortion, and ensure safe and free access to abortion services. Following a plenary debate, MEPs adopted on Thursday a resolution, by 381votes in favour, […]

Arctic: MEPs call for peace and reduced tension in the region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls for constructive international cooperation in the Arctic while issuing warnings over emerging threats to stability in the region. In a new report on geopolitical and security challenges in the Arctic, adopted on Wednesday, MEPs say that Arctic states and the international community […]

MEPs demand EU action plan to end the use of animals in research and testing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament urges the EU to accelerate the transition to a research system that does not use animals. MEPs request an EU-wide action plan with ambitious and achievable objectives as well as timelines for phasing-out the use of animals in research and testing. They see […]

EP survey: EU recovery funds should only go to countries respecting Rule of Law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In the latest public opinion survey, four out of five respondents (81%) say the EU should only provide funds to Member States that respect the rule of law and democratic values. Parliament President David Sassoli said: “The European Parliament has been clear that EU […]

Slovenian Presidency debriefs EP committees on priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ministers outlined the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Slovenia holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2021. The hearings took place between 12 and 15 July. Fisheries […]

Slovenian Presidency debriefs EP committees on priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers outlined the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Slovenia holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2021. The hearings took place between 12 and 15 July. Fisheries […]

Human rights: MEPs want corruption punished under EU sanctions regime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has adopted a resolution welcoming the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, while calling for corruption to be included as a punishable offence. Corruption has a devastating impact on the state of human rights, and often undermines the functioning and legitimacy of institutions […]