New US President: MEPs hope for a new dawn in transatlantic ties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs welcome the inauguration of Joe Biden as an opportunity for Europe to strengthen EU-US ties and tackle common challenges and threats to the democratic system. On Wednesday morning, MEPs debated the inauguration of Joe Biden as new US President and the political situation […]

MEPs call for additional EU sanctions against Russia over Navalny’s imprisonment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs strongly condemn Alexei Navalny’s arrest and call on the EU to extend sanctions against Russian officials to cover those involved in his jailing. In a debate with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday afternoon, MEPs called on the Russian authorities to […]

MEPs adopt Technical Support Instrument to speed up post-COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Technical Support Instrument will help EU countries prepare the recovery plans needed to access funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The regulation adopted by Plenary on Tuesday, with 540 votes in favour, 75 against and 77 abstentions outlines how the Technical Support […]

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs call for more clarity and transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Lack of transparency has recently fuelled uncertainty and disinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccination in Europe, say MEPs. On Tuesday, members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety quizzed Sandra Gallina, the EU’s lead negotiator on COVID-19 vaccine contracts, on the latest developments […]

Climate change adaptation: MEPs want the EU to be better prepared

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Building climate-resilient societies in line with the forthcoming EU adaptation strategy is vital, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Thursday. The resolution on adaptation to climate change will provide input on a new adaptation strategy, expected from the Commission in 2021 as part […]

MEPs call for an EU-wide “right to disconnect”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Outside working hours, workers must be allowed to switch off digital devices without facing consequences, the Employment Committee agreed. In a resolution adopted on Tuesday with 31 votes in favour, 6 votes against and 18 abstentions, Employment Committee MEPs say that EU countries must […]

Asylum: MEPs call for more solidarity among EU member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Dublin Regulation does not share responsibility fairly among member states nor secure swift access to asylum procedures, say Civil Liberties Committee MEPs. In a draft resolution to assess the functioning of the law that determines the member state which has to deal with […]

European values must prevail, even in a state of public emergency, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament warns against “risk of abuse of power” and calls on the Commission to step up its efforts by taking legal action where necessary. On Friday, Parliament adopted a resolution that takes stock of the state of European democratic values in the context of […]

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 […]

Green Deal: How MEPs wish to channel EU investment to sustainable activities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament sets out its proposals on how to best finance the Green Transition to sustainable, carbon-neutral economic activities in the vote on Friday. In a non-binding resolution on the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) and financing the Green Deal, which passed with 471 votes […]

Rule of law conditionality: MEPs strike a deal with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU countries that disrespect the rule of law will risk losing access to EU funds, under a provisional deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on Thursday. “Today’s agreement is a milestone for protecting EU values. For the first time, we have established a […]

Bulgaria: MEPs call for EU values to be fully and unconditionally respected

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament regrets the “significant deterioration” of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights. In a resolution adopted with 358 votes in favour, 277 against and 56 abstentions, MEPs express their “unequivocal support for the people of Bulgaria in their legitimate demands and aspirations […]

EU-UK relations: MEPs approve rules to ensure Eurotunnel safety and cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament supports legislation that aims to ensure the tunnel railway connecting continental Europe and the UK continues to operate safely and efficiently. MEPs endorsed on Thursday two proposals concerning the Channel Tunnel with the goal to maintain the same set of rules governing the […]

Binding legislation needed to stop EU-driven global deforestation, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the Commission to put forward rules to stop EU-driven global deforestation through mandatory due diligence for companies placing products on the EU market. Currently, there is no EU legislation prohibiting products that contribute to the destruction of forests from being placed […]

MEPs spell out their priorities for the Digital Services Act

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs’ demands on how digital services, including online platforms and marketplaces, should be regulated were set out in a vote in the Internal Market Committee on Monday. With the upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA), the EU aims to shape the digital economy not only […]

COVID-19: MEPs want safe vaccines, full transparency and liability for companies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Members of the Public Health Committee quizzed the Commission on efforts to develop, authorise and make safe COVID-19 vaccines available to European citizens. The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety today debated the EU vaccines strategy, including the state of play on […]

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 […]

Future EU financing and recovery: MEPs to assess summit outcome

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will debate the 17-21 July EU summit results with Council and Commission Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday from 09:30. To wind up the extraordinary plenary debate, scheduled from 9:30-12:30, MEPs will adopt, on the same day, a resolution […]

Car emissions: MEPs set end on gap between lab and real driving emission tests

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To ensure that cars meet EU limits on NOx emissions, tests under real driving conditions must be more stringent, said the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted on Tuesday an amendment to EU rules on measuring emissions […]

Rule of law in Poland: MEPs point to “overwhelming evidence” of breaches

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Civil Liberties Committee is set to adopt a draft resolution on the continuing deterioration of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Poland. Following Tuesday’s vote on amendments, the draft interim report will be tabled for final approval at committee level […]

Venezuela: MEPs call for free and fair elections in the crisis-torn country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament reiterates its deep concern at the severity of the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela. In the text, adopted by 487 votes in favour, 119 against with 79 abstentions, MEPs call for urgent action to prevent the […]

Shipping industry must contribute to climate neutrality, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To decarbonise maritime transport, the Environment Committee voted on Tuesday to include CO2 emissions from the maritime sector in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The Commission has put forward a proposal to revise the EU system for monitoring, reporting and verifying CO2 emissions […]

MEPs call on EU Commission to step up action against dangerous chemicals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The upcoming new EU chemicals strategy for sustainability must better protect our health and the environment, says Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. On Monday, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted a resolution by 65 votes to 1 and 14 […]

MEPs want to boost energy storage in the EU to help spur decarbonisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As energy from renewable sources is increasingly part of the European energy mix, MEPs propose ways to step up storage solutions such as hydrogen or home batteries. In a report adopted on Monday, MEPs in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee outline their strategy […]

COVID-19: Both WHO and Europe must learn from the current pandemic, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EP Committee responsible for public health quizzed the Director-General of the WHO on its response to COVID-19, underlining the need for global cooperation. Today the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held a debate with the Director-General of the World Health […]

MEPs demand unprecedented support measures for EU firms and workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To prevent massive job losses and a deep recession, EP’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee calls for radical measures to help EU firms and workers out of the crisis. Member states need to take radical measures to cushion the employment and social shock caused […]

MEPs call for free movement across borders to be swiftly and fully re-established

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A swift return to a fully functional Schengen area is needed to safeguard freedom of movement and ensure the EU’s economic recovery, say MEPs. MEPs express their concern about remaining internal border controls in the Schengen area and their impact on people and businesses, […]

Bold measures needed to protect cross-border and seasonal workers in EU, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for urgent action to safeguard health, safety and fair working conditions of cross-border and seasonal workers in the context of COVID-19 The COVID-19-crisis has further exposed and exacerbated social dumping and the existing precariousness of the situations of many mobile workers employed […]

Employment MEPs reach consensus with Commission on workers’ health and safety

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and the Commission agreed to classify the virus that causes COVID-19 as a risk group 3 biological agent, adding more safeguards to protect all workers. Several groups in the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) had tabled an objection to the Commission’s classification […]

Supporting the recovery: MEPs adopt budget priorities for 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 2021 budget priorities should be to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and support the recovery, building on the Green Deal and digital transformation. In the resolution by rapporteur Pierre Larrouturou (S&D, FR), adopted by the Committee on Budgets on Thursday by […]

EU future at stake: MEPs broadly welcome Commission’s recovery package proposals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Focussing on future generations, Commission President von der Leyen discussed the €750 billion recovery instrument within a revamped long-term EU budget in plenary. Following the presentation by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the pledge by the Croatian Council representative Nikolina Brnjac to […]

MEPs: Focus on crisis response when coordinating economic and budgetary policies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs discussed the European Semester and economically and socially sustainable ways out of the crisis with Commissioners Dombrovskis, Gentiloni and Schmit. Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) MEPs stressed that in order to become a proper recovery tool, the Commission’s Country-Specific Recommendations […]

Rule of Law in Poland: concerns continue to grow among MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The attacks on the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights in Poland need to be addressed urgently, say a majority of MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee. In a committee debate on Monday, Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES) presented his draft interim […]