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 […]

Slovenian Presidency to focus on digital and green reforms and future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs discussed the planned activities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU with Prime Minister Janez Janša and Commission President von der Leyen. Prime Minister Janša recalled the various crises that the EU has experienced over the last few years, ranging […]

Enhancing EU’s disease prevention and control capacity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control to better anticipate, prepare for and manage future health threats. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Tuesday, with 67 votes in favour, […]

Motor Insurance: Commission welcomes European Parliament and Council agreement to update the Motor Insurance Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes today’s agreement between the European Parliament and Council to update the 2009 Motor Insurance Directive. This Directive ensures that vehicles can freely circulate in the European Union while using the same compulsory insurance. It means that when accidents occur, injured […]

Civil Liberties Committee endorses EU Digital Covid Certificate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The certificate will facilitate free movement without discrimination and contribute to the EU’s economic recovery. The Civil Liberties Committee has endorsed the EU digital Covid Certificate package with 52 votes in favour, 13 votes against and 3 abstentions (EU citizens) and with 53 votes […]

EU Digital COVID Certificate: European Parliament and Council reach agreement on Commission proposal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s provisional political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the Regulation governing the EU Digital COVID Certificate. This means that the certificate (previously called the Digital Green Certificate) is well on track to be ready end of June, as […]

EU-Turkey relations are at a historic low point, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU-Turkey relations have deteriorated to such an extent that the EU needs to profoundly reassess them, MEPs say in a report adopted on Wednesday. In recent years, the Government of Turkey has distanced itself increasingly from EU values and standards. As a result, relations […]

MEPs split over waiver for COVID-19 vaccine patents

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. At Wednesday’s debate on ensuring global access to shots, there was a lack of consensus among MEPs on a temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines. A number of speakers called on the Commission to support a waiver of the intellectual property rights […]

Agreement on an improved EU admission system for highly qualified workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal to make the Blue Card system more attractive to highly qualified third-country nationals wishing to work in the EU. Under the newly agreed rules, applicants – who will be able to apply also from within the […]

Q&A: A on the EU COVID-19 certificate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament supports an EU COVID-19 certificate that would allow travel within Europe without additional restrictions or discrimination. EU member states have introduced travel restrictions in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Parliament supports the creation of an EU COVID-19 certificate […]

Gender equality: Parliament strives to be frontrunner among EU Institutions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament leadership adopts roadmap to achieve gender equality in political processes and its administration. 50% women in middle and senior manager positions and 40% women in top manager positions in the administration. These are the targets the European Parliament’s Bureau, comprising the President, Vice-Presidents […]

A strengthened EU Civil Protection Mechanism endorsed by European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Parliament has voted for strengthening the role of the European Union (EU) in crisis management through a legislative revision of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. This allows for faster and more effective European solidarity operations in response to large-scale emergencies or disasters […]

EU-Turkey relations are at a historic low point, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a report adopted on Thursday, MEPs call on Turkey to credibly demonstrate the sincerity of its commitment to closer relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that Turkey is an EU accession candidate country, in recent years the Government of Turkey distanced […]

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 […]