Digital Green Certificate: MEPs seek clarifications regarding the travel facilitation tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Tuesday, MEPs quizzed Commissioner Reynders on the recently proposed Digital Green Certificate and discussed data protection aspects with the EDPS. In the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday, Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders underscored the proposal’s aim to facilitate free movement and non-discrimination of […]

Parliament urges EU to take drastic action to reduce marine litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Boosting recycling in the fisheries sector and substantially cutting the use of plastics are key to clean our seas, say MEPs. In a report adopted on Thursday by 646 votes in favour, 3 against and 39 abstentions, MEPs stress that marine litter, and especially […]

Commission welcomes European Parliament adoption of EU4Health programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the vote of the European Parliament today on the EU4Health programme, marking an important step towards making €5.1 billion available to strengthen the resilience of health systems and promote innovation in the health sector. EU4Health will make a significant contribution to […]

Questions and Answers about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU actively participates in international efforts to promote the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM). Discussion on the elimination of FGM is included in human rights and political dialogues with partner countries and regional organisations, and in regular dialogues and consultation meetings with […]

Polish de facto ban on abortion puts women’s lives at risk, says Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn the setback to women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Poland and stress the EU’s legal obligation to uphold and protect them. In a resolution adopted with 455 votes to 145 and 71 abstentions, Parliament says that the ruling of 22 October by […]

InvestEU Fund for sustainable and social investment, MEPs ready for negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. InvestEU aims to be a fund that provides support to EU investors by integrating and simplifying the financing, offered under a single budgetary guarantee scheme. Aim to generate at least €1 200 billion in investments Launchpad for investments which otherwise would be difficult to […]

‘Everything is still to be agreed’: informal talks between Parliament and Council on Rule of law conditionality continue

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Talks will continue in November, when the co-legislators will meet for the fifth trilogue on a mechanism to link EU funds to respect for rule of law. After concluding the fourth round of informal legislative negotiations with the Council, EP negotiators said on Thursday: […]

Parliament leads the way on first set of EU rules for Artificial Intelligence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs adopted proposals on how the EU can best regulate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to boost innovation, ethical standards and trust in technology. The European Parliament is among the first institutions to put forward recommendations on what AI rules should include […]

Parliament’s proposal to reinforce flagship programmes is worth 39 billion euros

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a spirit of compromise, Parliament made a concrete and realistic proposal for an immediate increase of key programme envelopes in the long-term EU budget by €39bn. Contradictory figures (up to an additional €90bn) have however been spread by the Council presidency in an […]

“Unequivocal support” for the people of Bulgaria in their legitimate demands

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday called on the Bulgarian authorities to ensure EU values and the Charter of Fundamental Rights are respected. The Civil Liberties Committee approved, with 35 votes in favour, 30 against and one abstention, a draft resolution on the “significant […]

Statement of the UK Coordination Group and the leaders of the political groups of the EP

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The UKCG and the EP political group leaders issued the following statement after meeting with Chief EU Negotiator Michel Barnier and Joint Committee Co-Chair Maroš Šefčovič, on Friday. The European Parliament’s UK Coordination Group (UKCG) met today to assess the impact of the United […]

LUX prize will be awarded jointly by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Saturday , Sabine Verheyen, Chair of Parliament’s Culture Committee unveiled the details of the revamped LUX award, from now on to be called “LUX— the European Audience Film Award”. “Until now, LUX filmography has emotionally echoed our political work on environment, migration, fighting […]

EU long-term budget deal must be improved for Parliament to accept it

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The recovery fund is a “historic move”, but long-term EU priorities such as the Green Deal and the Digital Agenda are put at risk, MEPs say. In a resolution on the conclusions of the extraordinary European Council meeting of 17-21 July 2020, adopted by […]

Digitalising and modernising judicial cooperation: Council endorses provisional agreement reached with the European Parliament on service of documents and taking of evidence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Council endorsed the provisional agreement reached with European Parliament on 30 June, on the European Commission’s amended regulations for the service of documents and the taking of evidence abroad. Vĕra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency and Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice […]

Time to act together: Von der Leyen at the European Parliament July plenary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “If we do it right, we can also emerge stronger from this crisis thanks to a common European purpose based on NextGenerationEU,” President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on 8 July. She spoke at the European Parliament plenary on the […]

Deal on digitalisation of access to justice will benefit citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament and Council negotiators reached an agreement to make access to justice faster, cheaper and more user-friendly for EU citizens and businesses. The two pieces of legislation under negotiation between the two EU legislators, respectively on taking evidence and on service of […]

Parliament requests further action to save EU tourism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for additional measures to save the EU’s tourism and travel sector and make it future-proof after COVID-19 crisis. The resolution on transport and tourism in 2020 and beyond was adopted on Friday by 587 votes in favour, 32 against and 46 abstentions. […]

Parliament condemns all forms of racism, hate and violence and calls for action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. There is no place for racism and discrimination in our societies, say MEPs, asking the EU to take a strong and decisive stand against racism, violence and injustice. In a resolution adopted on Friday with 493 votes to 104 and 67 abstentions, the Parliament […]

Sustainable Finance: Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of the Taxonomy Regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament of the Taxonomy Regulation – a key piece of legislation that will contribute to the European Green Deal by boosting private sector investment in green and sustainable projects. It will help create […]

EP supports local authorities fighting the effects of the pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Besides Parliament’s core activities, President Sassoli has offered EP support to local authorities providing meals, shelter and a COVID-19 testing centre. The current precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have not affected the European Parliament’s capacity to ensure the legislative, budgetary and […]

Media Advisory : Coronavirus COVID-19 – measures introduced by the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Important precautionary measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus on the premises of the European Parliament were announced by President Sassoli on Monday (2 March). The activities of the EP core functions are maintained – committees, plenary session, Bureau, Conference of Presidents Other (non-core) […]

Budgetary Control Committee asks for stronger measures to protect EU spending

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the Budgetary Control Committee signed off on the Commission’s 2018 budget, but rules to fight fraud and conflict of interest must be strengthened. The Budgetary Control Committee recommends granting discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (corresponding to 97% of the whole […]

Stop illegal trade in cats and dogs, says European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To protect animal welfare, pet owners and public health, MEPs call for an EU Action Plan to end illegal trade in companion animals. With 607 votes for, 3 votes against and 19 abstentions, MEPs on Wednesday adopted a non-binding resolution demanding action against illegal […]

Opening – February plenary session, 27 new seats

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Vice-President McGuinness led a minute of silence to remember the victims of the Foibe massacres during World War II, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg. On the day of remembrance in memory of all victims of the Foibe massacres during World War […]

Redistribution of seats in the European Parliament after Brexit

Caption: How many MEPs will each country have after Brexit?   As of 1 February, the number and distribution of seats in the Parliament changes following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. From 1 February, the European Parliament will have 705 seats, compared with 751 (the maximum allowed under the EU treaties) before the UK’s […]

Parliament wants binding rules on common chargers to be tabled by summer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament calls on the Commission to put forward beefed-up rules on common chargers by July 2020 at the latest. There is an “urgent need for EU regulatory action” to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs say in […]

Brexit deal approved by the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions. In a debate with the Croatian State Secretary for European Affairs Nikolina Brnjac on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, Commission […]

Croatian Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers are outlining the priorities of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Croatia holds the Presidency of the Council until July 2020. The first series of hearings took place on 20, 21 and […]

Brexit: the Withdrawal Agreement passes the first European Parliament test

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed on Thursday to recommend that the EP plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms. After parliamentary ratification in the UK was concluded earlier today, with Royal Assent granted for the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs […]

MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Russia should stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and EU countries should refuse any legal assistance, says European Parliament. In the text adopted by 493 votes in favour, 43 against and 86 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs call on Russia to end the politically motivated prosecution […]

The European Parliament declares climate emergency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU should commit to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the UN Conference, says Parliament. Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid 2-13 December, the Parliament on Thursday approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and […]

MEPs choose Wiewiórowski to be the EU’s data protection watchdog

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Mr Wojciech Wiewiórowski was selected by the Civil Liberties Committee as their top choice to become the next European Data Protection Supervisor. MEPs chose their order of preference of the candidates for the position of European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) in a secret ballot […]

Brexit: Citizens’ rights remain a key priority for MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Brexit Steering Group met on Tuesday 12 November with several committees to look at the part of the Withdrawal Agreement on citizens’ rights. The focus of this meeting with the LIBE, EMPL, JURI, PETI and AFCO committees was on the implementation in the […]