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 […]

European Parliament and Eurovision sign partnership for European Elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The deal also includes the organisation of a debate between the lead candidates to become President of the European Commission. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Parliament and the EBU establishes a partnership for cooperation on media coverage of the campaign for the […]

MEPs back measures to reconcile career and private life

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Employment Committee MEPs today approved paternity leave, non-transferable parental leave and measures to boost women’s chances in the labour market. The draft rules set minimum requirements for member states, in a bid to boost women’s representation in the workplace and strengthen the role of […]

MEPs react to breaches of human rights in Moldova, Burundi and Somalia

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn the lack of respect for human rights and the rule of law in Moldova, Burundi and Somalia, in resolutions voted last Thursday. Moldova: MEPs appeal for the respect of rule of law and democracy MEPs condemn the decision of the Supreme […]

MEPs criticise “America first” policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. US decision to quit key international deals and start trade war harms EU-US ties, but EU should not give up on transatlantic bond, said committee MEPs on Thursday. In a resolution on the state of EU-US relations, approved by 35 votes to 4, with […]

European Innovation Scoreboard 2018: Europe must deepen its innovation edge

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission’s 2018 European Innovation Scoreboard published today shows that the EU’s innovation performance continues to improve, but further efforts are needed to ensure Europe’s global competitiveness. Every year, the Commission publishes a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of Member States and benchmarks […]

Energy Union: deals on efficiency targets and governance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new 32.5% energy efficiency target for 2030 and a new instrument to help member states deliver on energy and climate goals were agreed by the EP and Council. A first informal agreement reached on Tuesday night by Parliament and Council negotiators sets a […]

Copyright: MEPs update rules for the digital age

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to update of EU copyright rules for today’s online world and ensure fair pay for artists and journalists were backed bv the Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday. The committee approved its position in a tight vote by 14 votes to 9, with 2 […]

Asylum: deal to update EU fingerprinting database

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. It will be easier for migration and asylum authorities to identify persons entering or staying irregularly in the EU, under new rules informally agreed with EU Council. Updated rules aiming to reinforce the EURODAC system, designed to store and search data on asylum applicants and […]

EU/Africa, Caribbean and Pacific: towards which partnership?

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs are shaping their future their partnership at a three-day ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly in Brussels. Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are meeting in Brussels from 18-20 […]

Energy: new target of 32% from renewables by 2030 agreed by MEPs and ministers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New EU ambitious targets for renewables, including self-consumption and biofuels, were agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Wednesday night. Parliament and Council provisionally agreed on a share of energy from renewables of at least 32% of the Union’s gross final consumption in 2030, […]

European Parliament the most trusted EU institution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In data released yesterday by the European Commission, the European Parliament consolidates its position as the most trusted of all European Institutions Results released yesterday by the European Commission, from its spring 2018 Standard Eurobarometer survey of public awareness of the EU institutions, reveal […]

Reception conditions for asylum-seekers agreed between MEPs and Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Asylum-seekers will get access to the EU labour market more quickly, under an informal deal between EP and EU Ministers, which also foresees strengthened protection for minors. The main aim of the revised Reception Conditions Directive is to ensure equivalent reception standards in all […]

EU budget: Commission proposes major funding increase for stronger borders and migration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to almost triple funding for migration and border management to €34.9 billion, as compared to €13 billion in the previous period. The Commission’s proposal is a response to increased migratory, mobility and security challenges, […]

Security Union: political agreement on strengthened Schengen Information System

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New measures to step up the EU fight against terrorism, cross-border crime and irregular migration got a first green light from EP and Council negotiators. Parliament and Council negotiators adopted three regulations to update the Schengen Information System (SIS): in the field of police […]

MEPs demand an end to migrant deaths across the Mediterranean Sea

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of the next EU summit on 28-29 June, MEPs urge EU leaders to show real political will and draw up genuine solutions to finally end the migration crises. In a debate with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Deputy Minister for the […]

Opening – Parliament expresses support for victims of Fuego volcano in Guatemala

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. President Tajani expressed solidarity with those affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg. President Tajani expressed solidarity with those affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, at the opening of […]

The key takeaways of G7 Summit in Canada

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. Main results President Donald Tusk represented the EU at the G7 summit with President Jean-Claude Juncker. G7 leaders committed to fight trade protectionism and to reform the World Trade Organisation. They urged Russia to end its actions undermining democracies and its support of the […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution needs a social revolution, too. Here’s how we can make this happen

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hilary Cottam, Founding Director, Participle Ltd The industrial revolution produced an explosion in new forms of social organization. From the United Nations to trades unions, from the voluntary sector to welfare states, new systems and partnerships were designed […]

Latin America’s cities are ready to take off. But their infrastructure is failing them

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Research Director, Igarapé Institute Latin America is the planet’s most urbanized region. In just over a generation – between 1950 and 2010 – the proportion of people living in cities grew from 30% to more than 85%. […]

EU-wide penalties for money laundering: deal with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New measures to step up EU fight against money laundering were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators. Currently, the differences between the EU countries in defining and sanctioning money laundering offences affect cross-border police and judicial cooperation and can be exploited by criminals […]