Long-term EU budget: It is not possible to do more with less, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore that member states are not ready to give the EU the necessary resources to deal with the European Union’s challenges. “Better no agreement than a bad agreement”, MEPs stress, considering the recent EU summit which ended with member states still not being […]

Coronavirus: MEPs call for solidarity among EU member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament discussed the COVID-19 outbreak with the Commission and the Croatian presidency on Tuesday, underlining the need to slow down the spread across Europe. Stella Kyriakides, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said COVID-19 was a public health emergency that is changing by […]

Greek-Turkish border: MEPs reject Turkey’s pressure, demand common asylum rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU must help Greece manage its border with Turkey, while ensuring the right to asylum for those who need it, several MEPs said on Tuesday. In a debate with Commissioner Johansson and the Croatian Presidency of the Council, a majority of speakers criticised […]

Discussions kick off among MEPs and national MPs on economic governance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and members of national parliaments kicked off their two-day yearly gathering on Tuesday, dedicated to discussing EU economic governance. The opening, chaired by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee Chair Irene Tinagli (S&D, IT), saw interventions from top European politicians leading the implementation of […]

Women’s rights: MEPs call for action to fight backlash against gender equality

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of the 64th UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW64) in New York in March, Parliament spelled out its priorities on Thursday. In a resolution adopted by 463 votes in favour, 108 against and 50 abstentions, MEPs deplore that many of the […]

Lagarde discusses the European Central Bank’s policy revamp with MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. ECB President Christine Lagarde, on Thursday fielded questions from the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on the review of the bank’s monetary policy. In her opening remarks, Ms Lagarde set out the ECB’s outlook for the Euro area characterised by sluggish growth and sought […]

Ambitious measures needed to ensure equal pay for women, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. MEPs urge the Commission to present an ambitious Gender Equality Strategy, including measures to reduce the gender pay gap. In the resolution adopted on Thursday by 493 votes in favour, 82 against and 79 abstentions, the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the new Commission […]

No more lead in PVC to protect public health, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To protect human health and the environment, the Environment Committee objected on Tuesday to a Commission proposal allowing lead in recycled PVC. On Tuesday, the Environment Committee adopted a resolution objecting to the Commission’s proposal to amend the rules concerning lead concentration, and particularly […]

Venezuelan crisis: MEPs reaffirm their support for Juan Guaidó

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament condemns the recent attempted coup to prevent Juan Guaidó from being re-elected President of the Venezuelan National Assembly. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, the European Parliament strongly condemns the attempt by Nicolas Maduro’s regime to install pro-government candidate […]

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in […]

Brexit: MEPs concerned about citizens’ rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens’ rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs take stock of citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the […]

Nicaragua: MEPs demand an end to repression of political opponents

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs urge the Nicaraguan government to end the ongoing crackdown on opposition voices and call for dialogue between the country’s political forces to resume. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs urge the Nicaraguan government to end the persistent repression of dissent, torture and […]

Malta: investigation risks being compromised while Prime Minister is in office

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EPs are concerned about the credibility of investigations into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and the lack of progress on related accusations. In a resolution adopted with 581 votes to 26 and 83 abstentions, Parliament stresses that “any risk of compromising the […]

Green deal for Europe: First reactions from MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs convened in a plenary session to discuss with Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans the roadmap to a climate-neutral continent. Following Parliament’s recent declaration of a climate emergency, Commission President von der Leyen unveiled the Commission’s plans to achieve climate neutrality in […]

MEPs call for a reduction in pesticides to protect bees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Further reducing use of pesticides, more funds for research and better monitoring are urgently needed to save the EU’s bees, says the Environment Committee. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution highlighting weaknesses in the EU Pollinator Initiative […]

MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Russia should stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and EU countries should refuse any legal assistance, says European Parliament. In the text adopted by 493 votes in favour, 43 against and 86 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs call on Russia to end the politically motivated prosecution […]

Court of Auditors: MEPs back five members

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Tuesday voted to endorse two new members of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and renewed mandates for three members, including its president. New members: France and Luxembourg François-Roger Cazala, nominated by France, was backed by MEPs by 568 votes to 42, […]

MEPs condemn criminalisation of sex education in Poland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution put to the vote on Thursday, MEPs express their deep concern over a Polish draft law that could put teachers who provide sex education in prison. In the text adopted by 471 votes in favour, 128 against and 57 abstentions, MEPs […]

Budget MEPs back €1.6 million to help 400 former workers of Carrefour Belgium

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. 400 retail workers from Wallonia dismissed by the supermarket chain Carrefour should receive EU aid worth €1,632,028 to help find new jobs, the EP’s budget committee has decided. The measure, co-financed by the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) would help the 400 workers find […]

COP25: MEPs push for CO2 neutrality by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should commit to net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 at the UN Conference and step up its emissions’ reduction ambition for 2030, said the Environment Committee on Wednesday. Ahead of the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid in December, the Environment, Public […]

MEPs call for sanctions against Turkey over military operation in Syria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs strongly condemned the unilateral Turkish military intervention in northeast Syria, urging Turkey to withdraw all of its forces from Syrian territory. In a resolution, adopted on Thursday by show of hands, MEPs warn that Turkey’s intervention in northeast Syria is a grave violation […]

MEPs oppose EU Commission plans to authorise three herbicide-resistant GMOs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs opposed the EU Commission plans to authorise imports of products containing three glyphosate and glufosinate ammonium-resistant GMOs, in non-binding resolutions on Thursday. On Wednesday evening, MEPs also held a debate with the European Commission on the authorisation process for GMO imports, the shortcomings […]

MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs approved a €100 million top-up for the EU’s research programmes (€80 million for Horizon 2020) and youth mobility (€20 million for Erasmus+). MEPs approved, by 614 votes in favour, 69 against and 10 abstentions, a €100 million boost to the EU’s […]

MEPs approve new CO2 emissions limits for trucks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The first ever EU regulation on CO2 emissions for trucks and lorries was approved by Parliament on Thursday, in an effort to curb rising road transport emissions. The new legislation, informally agreed between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council in February, was […]

Food safety: New rules to boost consumer trust approved by MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules to ensure reliability and transparency in EU food safety risk assessment procedure were adopted on Wednesday. MEPs have approved new rules, already agreed with EU ministers, which ensure the EU’s risk assessment procedure for food safety is more reliable, transparent and objective, […]

Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to put words into action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 16-year old Swede, who inspired the worldwide “School Strike For Climate” movement, addressed MEPs in an Environment Committee meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday. In her opening statement, Greta Thunberg called for “permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to combat the […]

Tackling terrorism: MEPs approve tighter rules on homemade explosives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to update and tighten rules on the use and sale of chemicals that could be used to make homemade explosives were approved by MEPs, on Tuesday Approximately 40% of terrorist attacks in the EU between 2015 and 2017 used homemade explosives, demonstrating clear […]

Checks, fines, crisis reserve: MEPs vote on EU farm policy reform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Agriculture Committee approved the last batch of proposals to improve EU farm policy so that it better meets farmers’ and consumers’ expectations. The Agriculture Committee’s amendments to the so-called Financing, Management and Monitoring regulation were approved on Monday by 28 votes in favour […]

MEPs adopted measures to reconcile work and family life

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plenary adopted new rules on paternity leave and non-transferable parental leave, in a final vote on Thursday. The law, informally agreed with EU ministers, and adopted by MEPs with 490 in favour, 82 against and 48 abstentions, sets minimum requirements for all member states, […]

MEPs back first EU management plan for fish stocks in the Western Mediterranean

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A plan to manage fishing efforts and preserve stocks in the Western Mediterranean Sea for demersal species was approved by MEPs on Thursday. The new plan covering demersal fish stocks, such as shrimps and Norway lobsters, aims to ensure that stocks can be exploited […]

Schengen: MEPs adopt their position on temporary checks at national borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want to tighten time limits and conditions for internal border checks within the Schengen area. The Schengen Borders Code, currently under revision, allows member states to carry out temporary checks at internal borders within the Schengen area, in the event of a serious […]

Fairer, simpler, more flexible EU farm policy: MEPs vote on post-2020 reform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Agriculture Committee approved the second batch of proposals to improve EU farm policy so that it better meets farmers’ and consumers’ expectations after 2020. The second vote on CAP reform focussed on the new EU rules for direct payments and rural development after […]

Venezuela: MEPs demand free presidential elections and an end to repression

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament backed on Thursday a peaceful solution for Venezuela via free, transparent and credible presidential elections. With 310 votes to 120 and 152 abstentions, plenary passed the second resolution this year on Venezuela (the tenth one since the beginning of the current […]