EU-US ties to break over Iran; Democrats’ electoral win may not change it

After last Tuesday’s midterm elections in the United States, the Republicans of President Donald Trump lost the House of Representatives to the Democratic Party. The vote was turned out into a referendum for the Trump administration, and the GOP lost the full control of the two chamber Congress. From now on, the White House will […]

New EU rules to boost crowdfunding platforms and protect investors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee voted on Monday on its position on common rules on the creation and functioning of European crowdfunding service providers for business. The adopted text aims to help crowdfunding services to function smoothly in the internal market and to foster […]

Erdogan vies to become Middle East Sultan over Khashoggi’s killing

It’s plain by now that the Turkish ‘Sultan’, President Tayyip Erdogan vies to directly implicate Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud or MbS, the actual ruler of his country in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The victim was for decades a very high placed systemic journalist in Riyadh, loyally serving the […]

MEPs back plans to halt spread of drug resistance from animals to humans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to limit the use of antibiotics on farms, in order to keep food free from resistant bacteria, were adopted by Parliament on Thursday. Veterinary medicines must not under any circumstances serve to improve the performance or compensate for poor animal husbandry, says the […]

Facebook-Cambridge Analytica: MEPs demand action to protect citizens’ privacy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As follow-up action to the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, MEPs call for a full audit on Facebook and new measures against election meddling. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs urge Facebook to allow EU bodies to carry out a full audit to assess data […]

Parliament demands ban on neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is concerned by the increasing normalisation of fascism, racism and xenophobia and calls on EU member states to ban neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups. In a resolution passed with 355 votes to 90 and 39 abstentions, MEPs denounce that the lack of serious action […]

LIFE Programme: Member States to benefit from quarter of a billion euros of investments in environment, nature and climate action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved an investment package of €243 million from the EU budget for projects under the LIFE programme supporting nature, the environment and quality of life in Europe’s transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. The EU funding under the […]

Erasmus+: an expected budget of €3 billion to be invested in young Europeans and to help create European Universities in 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For 2019, funds available for Erasmus+ are expected to increase by €300 million or 10% compared to 2018. Today, the Commission published its 2019 call for proposals for the Erasmus+ programme. From an expected budget of €3 billion for next year, €30 million has been […]

Commission Work Programme 2019: Delivering on promises and preparing for the future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today presented its Work Programme for 2019, setting out three main priorities for the year ahead: reaching swift agreement on the legislative proposals already presented to deliver on its ten political priorities; adopting a limited number of new initiatives to address […]

European Commission requests that Italy presents a revised draft budgetary plan for 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has identified in the draft budgetary plan submitted by Italy for 2019 a particularly serious non-compliance with the fiscal recommendation addressed to Italy by the Council on 13 July 2018. In line with the relevant rules, the Commission has adopted an […]

Schengen: new rules for temporary checks at national borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Internal border checks within the Schengen area would be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, the Civil Liberties Committee agreed. The Schengen Borders Code currently under revision allows member states to temporarily carry out checks at internal […]

Environment Committee MEPs push for cleaner trucks and electric buses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment MEPs backed plans for lorries and buses to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions on Thursday. Environment MEPs proposed a higher target (35%) than the European Commission (30%) for new lorries to reduce EU emissions by 2030, with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025. […]

EU-UK: A deal synonymous to ‘remain’, England pays the Irish price

On 24 August 2017 the European Sting’s leading article ventured that, “Brexit may finally not really happen; The Brits have second thoughts”. This prediction was based on the basics of a proposal which Theresa May had aired on Thursday 17 August of last year. On this information, the European Sting then reported that between Britain […]

Deal on protecting workers from exposure to harmful substances

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A deal on new EU rules to better protect workers from exposure to carcinogenic and mutagenic substances was struck by Employment Committee MEPs and the Council. 12 million workers in the EU potentially exposed to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE) will now be better […]

A new bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe’s society, environment and economy. As announced by President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans in their letter of intent accompanying President Juncker‘s 2018 State of the […]

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU bodies should be allowed to fully audit Facebook to assess data protection and security of users’ personal data, said Civil Liberties MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs take note of the privacy improvements undertaken by Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but recall that the […]

Fisheries: Commission proposes measures to conserve stocks of deep-sea species in the North-East Atlantic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has proposed Total Allowable Catches (TAC) for a number of species for 2019 and 2020, in an effort to restore deep-sea fish stocks in the North-East Atlantic. Based on scientific advice, these new measures will enable stocks to gradually rebuild to […]

EP President praises Nobel Peace Prize award to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the award of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to former Sakharov winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, EP President Antonio Tajani stated: “The courage and resilience of Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, in their fight for common human values, richly deserve the Nobel […]

Free flow of non-personal data: Parliament approves EU’s fifth freedom

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules aimed at removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data within the EU for companies and public authorities were adopted by MEPs. This EU law, already provisionally agreed with the Council, will prohibit national rules requiring that data be stored or […]

MEPs back plans to boost joint assessment of medicines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new law adopted on Wednesday aims to avoid duplicating national assessments to determine a medicine’s added value that help EU countries decide on pricing. MEPs highlight that there are many barriers to accessing medicine and innovative technologies in the EU, the main ones […]

The EU will always have a stable partner in Montenegro, says President Đukanović

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, addressed MEPs in a formal sitting on Tuesday. In his speech, Mr Đukanović outlined recent important developments in his country, notably on economic reform, boosting growth and foreign investment, increasing living standards and the progress made in strengthening […]

EP leaders call for negotiations on upgraded Transparency Register to continue

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Yesterday the Conference of Presidents backed continuing talks for an upgraded Inter-institutional Transparency Register following a report from lead negotiators. Parliament’s lead negotiators, Sylvie Guillaume (EP Vice-President) and Danuta Hübner (Chair of the Constitutional Affairs committee), informed group leaders of the Commission’s declared intention […]

Humanitarian emergency in Venezuela was central debate of the EuroLat plenary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 11th plenary session of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), held in Vienna, finished with twelve reports approved and an intense political debate on Venezuela. The humanitarian crisis resulting from the massive emigration of more than two million Venezuelan citizens and the next […]

Impossible Brexit options: WTO or new referendum?

In western Austria’s ‘saltcastle’ – Saltzburg – the baroque native city of Mozart, the last EU Summit which took place there left a very bitter Brexit taste. The city’s confectioners’ efforts of supplying an unlimited variety of chocolates, baring the face of the celebrated composer, were to no avail. The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, […]

EU steps up its strategy for connecting Europe and Asia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. The Joint Communication builds on […]

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 […]

Consumer product quality: Parliament takes 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. Various tests and surveys done in several EU member states, mainly […]

Health Committee MEPs back plans to boost joint assessment of medicines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new law aims to avoid duplicating national assessments to determine a medicine’s added value that help EU countries decide on pricing and reimbursement. MEPs highlight that there are many barriers to accessing medicine and innovative technologies in the EU, the main ones being […]

Special measures for Greece: 100% absorption rate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The specific financing measures agreed in 2015 led to the successful completion of projects in Greece, underlined the EP in a vote adopted on Tuesday.  The rapid decline in GDP faced by all Greek regions due to the crisis, combined with liquidity shortages, the […]

Drinking water: new plans to improve tap water quality and cut plastic litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU countries should promote universal access to clean water for all in the EU, said the Environment Committee on Monday. The legislation tightens the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), PFAS, harmful bacteria, and introduces new caps […]