MEPs take stock of the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions reviewing key EU foreign, security and defence policy choices. Following Tuesday´s debates with EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, Parliament´s annual resolutions on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence […]

Parliament endorses landmark EU-Japan free trade agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan, approved with 474 votes to 152 with 40 abstentions on Wednesday, will […]

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for more efforts to ensure adoption of security proposals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission is today reporting on progress made in building a genuine and effective Security Union since the October European Council. Good progress is being achieved on a number of security initiatives, including the proposals to remove terrorist content online and to reinforce the […]

Combatting terrorism: Parliament sets out proposals for a new EU strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Based on a thorough assessment, Parliament sets out recommendations to tackle radicalisation, improve data interoperability and support victims of terrorism. In a non-legislative resolution discussed on Tuesday and adopted on Wednesday with 474 votes to 112 and 75 abstentions, Parliament suggests reinforcing the role […]

MEPs to prioritise environment and climate action in next long-term budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For the next 2021-2027 EU budget, MEPs propose to double funding for the LIFE programme. Following Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s long-term budget (2021-2027 multiannual financial framework – MFF), MEPs are this week setting out their position on the scope and […]

Workplace risks: Final vote on protection from carcinogens, including diesel fumes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs updated rules to protect workers from exposure to carcinogenic and mutagenic substances, including diesel fumes, in a vote on Tuesday. In order to protect some 3.6 million workers in the EU potentially exposed to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE), the Parliament succeeded in […]

Stricter rules to stop terrorists from using homemade explosives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to update rules on the use and sale of chemicals that could be used to make homemade explosives were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. The current rules restrict access to a number of chemicals that could be used to manufacture […]

Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure by making it more transparent and accountable were put forward by the special committee on pesticides.   Among many proposals, MEPs agreed on Thursday that the public should be granted access to the studies used […]

Commission presents ways to further strengthen the euro’s global role

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In light of the upcoming European Council and Euro Summit in December, the Commission presents actions to strengthen the role of the euro in a changing world. In his State of the Union Address in September 2018, President Juncker highlighted the strategic importance of […]

Main results of G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. G20 leaders met in Buenos Aires on 30 November and 1 December 2018 They adopted a declaration focusing on the future of work, infrastructure for development, a sustainable food future and on gender equality. G20 Leaders’ Declaration Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, […]

The Juncker Plan at work: bringing investment back on track in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In a Communication published today, the Commission reveals how the Investment Plan for Europe – the Juncker Plan – has helped bring investment back to a sustainable level in Europe, four years after its launch. The Investment Plan has exceeded its initial target and […]

Budget Committee backs €2.3 million worth of aid to help 550 redundant media workers in Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. 550 media workers dismissed by three publishing companies will receive EU aid worth €2,308,500 to help them find new jobs. The aid will be used to finance a series of measures co-financed by the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). These measures will help the […]

MEPs wants to increase research funding to €120 billion in 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Industry Committee MEPs call for budgetary means to match ambitions on research, defence, space and digital Europe. Following Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s long-term budget (multiannual financial framework – MFF 2021-2027) last week, the Industry, Research and Energy committee on Wednesday […]

Employment MEPs want to ensure more flexibility and clarity for EU mobile workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Updated rules for EU mobile workers aim to protect fair access to social security while distributing obligations fairly and fostering cooperation among member states. The modernised rules for coordinating social security systems, adopted by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee on Tuesday, focused on […]

EU-wide protection and support for whistle-blowers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Proposals to protect whistle-blowers, set up safe mechanisms for reporting breaches and measures against retaliation were adopted by the Legal Affairs Committee. On Tuesday, Legal Affairs Committee MEPs approved draft legislation to guarantee that whistle-blowers in the EU can report breaches of EU law […]

EU Budget 2019: no deal before the end of the conciliation period

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Two hours before the end of the conciliation period on Monday Parliament and Council acknowledged that it was not possible to reach a deal on next year’s budget before midnight. Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR), Chair of the Committee on Budgets, said: “Everyone has made […]

Long-term EU budget: MEPs lay down funding priorities for post-2020 budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a vote on Wednesday, MEPs confirmed their position on the next EU long-term budget, including a precise breakdown of the amounts for each EU programme. Parliament underlines its “unity and readiness” for the upcoming multiannual financial framework (MFF 2021-2027) negotiations with EU Ministers […]

European Accessibility Act: Parliament and Council negotiators strike a deal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Key products and services, like smartphones, ticketing machines and banking services, will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities. The new directive, provisionally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Thursday, aims to improve the daily lives of people with disabilities […]

EU trade agreements deliver on growth and jobs, support sustainable development

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The better access to foreign markets negotiated by the EU benefits European companies, workers and consumers. According to the second annual report about the implementation of trade agreements issued today, these agreements – covering nearly 70 markets all over the world – are proving […]

Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday. These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under […]

Quicker freezing and confiscation of criminal assets to fight organised crime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs adopted on Thursday new rules to speed up the freezing and confiscation of criminal assets across the EU. The new rules, already informally agreed between Parliament’s negotiators and EU ministers in June, will make it quicker and simpler for EU member states to […]

New rules for audiovisual media services approved by Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs voted on updated rules on audiovisual media services, protecting children better, with stricter rules on advertising, and 30% European content in video-on-demand. Following the final vote on this agreement, the revised legislation will apply to broadcasters, but also to video-on-demand and video-sharing platforms, […]

European Parliament speaks out against “killer robots”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Weapons without meaningful human control over selecting and attacking targets should be banned before it is too late, stressed MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs note that some countries and industries are reportedly developing lethal autonomous weapon systems, also known as “killer robots”, ranging from “missiles […]

Human Rights: breaches in Cambodia, Uganda and Myanmar

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn arrests and trumped-up charges against opposition politicians and journalists in Cambodia, Uganda and Myanmar. Cambodia must drop all charges against opposition politician Kem Sokha Following widespread and systematic repression of the political opposition and electoral rights in Cambodia, the European Parliament urges […]

Superbugs: MEPs advocate further measures to curb use of antibiotics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The growing threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria can only be tackled through a “One Health” approach, MEPs said on Wednesday. In the non-binding resolution, adopted with 589 votes to 12 and 36 abstentions, MEPs stress that the correct and prudent use of antimicrobials is […]

MEPs propose ways to boost plastics recycling

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. They advocate creating a genuine single market for recycled plastics, and propose measures to tackle marine litter. Incentives to collect marine litter at sea, new EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020 are […]

Brexit: No withdrawal agreement without a “backstop” for the Northern Ireland/Ireland border

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group insist that the withdrawal agreement must include a viable backstop for the Northern Ireland – Ireland border. The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG) has been briefed on the negotiations that have taken place over the last two […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2018 review confirms positive trends but highlights challenges, in particular linked to automation and digitalisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the Commission has published the 2018 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review. This year’s edition confirms the ongoing positive labour market trends as well as an improving social situation. The numbers of people in employment reached new […]

Summer 2018 Interim Economic Forecast: Resilient Growth amid increased uncertainty

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Growth is set to remain strong in 2018 and 2019, at 2.1% this year and 2% next year in both the EU and the euro area. However, after five consecutive quarters of vigorous expansion, the economic momentum moderated in the first half of 2018 […]

Consumer product quality: MEPs take aim at dual standards

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. If a firm sells a product EU-wide, but with compositions that differ between countries, it must not label and brand it in a seemingly identical way, as this may mislead consumers, say MEPs. Many tests and surveys done in several EU member states, mainly […]