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 […]

MEPs agree on future regional and cohesion funding

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.  Parliament adopted on Wednesday new funding rules to strengthen the EU’s economic, social and territorial cohesion, with 475 votes to 93 and 53 abstentions. The updated rules, which will apply from 2021 to 2027 to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the […]

MEPs debate Brexit and relations with China following EU spring summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Recent Brexit developments dominated yesterday’s discussion, with most speakers highlighting that preserving the rights of UK and EU27 citizens is a priority. In the plenary debate with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, most of the EP group leaders praised […]

Upgraded EU visa information database to increase security at external borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The improvements to the Visa Information System (VIS), agreed on Wednesday by MEPs, would ensure a better EU response to security and migratory challenges. The Visa Information System (VIS) is an EU database used by authorities to check non-EU nationals who need a visa […]

UK must make clear what it wants, MEPs say in Brexit debate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs today commented on yesterday’s rejection of the Brexit deal in the House of Commons. Most members underlined that the UK must make up its mind and say what it wants. Click on names of speakers to watch the individual statements. “We are not […]

Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs agreed that the EU should remain open to imposing further sanctions if Russia continues to violate international law. Parliament adopted on Tuesday a resolution by 402 votes to 163, with 89 abstentions, assessing the current state of EU-Russia political relations. Sanctions […]

From farms to supermarkets: MEPs approve new EU rules against unfair trading

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New EU rules to protect farmers against unfair trading practices by buyers were approved, on Tuesday. New rules, approved by 589 votes in favour to 72 against, with nine abstentions, blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive […]

International Women’s Day 2019: women’s power in politics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of the European elections, MEPs and national MPs will discuss women’s power in politics during an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on Thursday. MEPs and more than 20 MPs from 15 EU national parliaments and Norway will attend this meeting marking International Women’s Day (IWD). […]

Copyright: MEPs back provisional agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Legal Affairs Committee approved on Tuesday the reform of EU copyright rules provisionally agreed with EU Ministers. The deal reached between EU negotiators aims to ensure that the rights and obligations of copyright law will also apply to the internet. The co-legislators also […]

MEPs urge the EU to lead the way to net-zero emissions by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment and Industry Committee MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy. Environment Committee MEPs said on Wednesday that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European Commission in its November communication would enable the EU to reach […]

Cutting CO2 emissions from trucks: MEPs reach deal with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This agreed new legislation is the first ever regulation on CO2 emissions for lorries in the EU. The deal reached between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council on Monday night provides for a legally binding 30% CO2 reduction target for new lorries […]

MEPs urge EU states to ensure better care of transported animals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must better enforce existing rules on protecting transported animals and penalise all offenders, Parliament said on Thursday. In a resolution, adopted by 411 votes in favour to 43 against, with 110 abstentions, MEPs renewed Parliament’s 2012 call for […]

EU cross-border payments outside Eurozone: MEPs scrap excessive fees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Banks should charge equally for cross-border payments in euro and domestic payments and make currency conversion costs transparent, say new rules. On Thursday, the plenary adopted by 532 votes in favour, 22 against and 55 abstentions, new rules to end discrimination against payment service […]

Take medical use of cannabis seriously, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs propose ways to address research gaps on medical cannabis and call on member states to seize the potential of cannabis-based medicines. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs call on the Commission and national authorities to draw a clear distinction between medical cannabis […]