Kremlin politics: MEPs call for EU strategy to promote democracy in Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Foreign Affairs Committee says the EU must push back against Russia’s aggressive policies while laying groundwork for cooperation with a future democratic country. In a new assessment of the direction of EU-Russia political relations, MEPs make clear the Parliament distinguishes between the Russian people […]

Nicaragua: MEPs demand the repeal of punitive laws against the opposition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn restrictive laws devised to criminalise political opponents in Nicaragua and call for all arbitrarily detained political prisoners to be immediately released. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs strongly condemn all the Nicaraguan authorities’ repressive actions, in particular the deaths caused, against […]

Turkey: MEPs strongly condemn repression of opposition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Deep concern expressed by MEPs over constant attacks and pressure on Turkish opposition parties, in a resolution adopted on Thursday. MEPs condemn the repression of opposition political parties, particularly the Peoples’ Democratic Party HDP, and urge the Turkish Government to ensure that all parties […]

Human rights: MEPs want corruption punished under EU sanctions regime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has adopted a resolution welcoming the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, while calling for corruption to be included as a punishable offence. Corruption has a devastating impact on the state of human rights, and often undermines the functioning and legitimacy of institutions […]

MEPs call for the protection of fundamental values in the EU and worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The threat to democracy and fundamental rights in several member states was the main issue discussed on Wednesday with Presidents Michel and von der Leyen. During the debate on the results of the 24-25 June European Council, most speakers criticised Hungary’s recently-adopted law which […]

EU Climate Law: MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new EU Climate Law increases the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55%. With the contribution from new carbon sinks it could raise to 57%. Parliament endorsed the Climate Law, agreed informally with member states in April, with 442 […]

MEPs adopt greener funds for regional development and cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament adopted on Wednesday three EU funds to strengthen the EU’s economic, social and territorial cohesion with a total of 243 billion euro. The so-called “cohesion package” comprises the European Territorial Cooperation Goal (Interreg), the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund, as well […]

Single European Sky: MEPs ready to start negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European airspace management should be fine-tuned to optimise flight routes, reduce flight delays and cut CO2 emissions, said the Transport and Tourism Committee. The negotiating mandate on the reform of the Single European Sky rules, adopted by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Thursday […]

MEPs endorse EU citizens’ call for gradual end to caged farming

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Caged animal farming could be phased out in the European Union by 2027, say MEPs. In their response to the “End the Cage Age” European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), MEPs asked the EU Commission to come up with legislative proposals to ban caged farming in […]

Global Europe: MEPs back EU external cooperation funding instrument worth €79.5 billion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Global Europe fund will be used to support sustainable development in EU neighbourhood countries, Africa, Asia, the Americas, the Pacific and the Caribbean. Parliament gave the green light on Wednesday to the setup of the new Global Europe instrument (the Neighbourhood, Development and […]

Belarus, climate action, COVID-19: MEPs assess EU summit results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday morning, Parliament debated the outcome of May’s special summit with European Council President Michel and Commission President von der Leyen. A large majority of members backed the firm and united response of the European Council to Belarus and endorsed the swift imposition […]

MEPs hail minimum global corporate tax rate deal as historic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday morning, MEPs debated with Commission and Council the upcoming G7 summit and the topics they expect to be raised during the EU-US summit on 11 June. During the debate with Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis and Portugal’s Secretary of State Ana Paula Zacarias, MEPs […]

Brexit Adjustment Reserve: MEPs want swift disbursement of €5 billion fund

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is now ready to negotiate with Council the details of the fund to help EU countries to counter the adverse consequences of the UK’s withdrawal. Parliament adopted on Wednesday its position regarding the €5 billion Brexit Adjustment Reserve (in 2018 prices – €5.4 […]

Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A “Paris agreement” for biodiversity and an EU Biodiversity Law are needed to ensure that ecosystems are restored, resilient, and adequately protected by 2050. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted the resolution “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives” with 515 votes […]

The EU needs new sources of revenue, MEPs stress

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New streams of EU revenue to be proposed in July should bring fairer taxation and help repay the debt incurred to finance the EU recovery plan, MEPs said on Tuesday. In a debate in plenary, Commissioner Johannes Hahn confirmed that the Commission will table […]

Data protection: MEPs urge the Commission to amend UK adequacy decisions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission should amend its draft decision on UK data protection to ensure EU standards for citizens’ privacy are respected. In a resolution passed on Friday (344 votes in favour, 311 against and 28 abstaining), MEPs ask the Commission to modify its draft […]

Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and humans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. An EU Biodiversity Law is needed to set the biodiversity governance framework until 2050, the Environment Committee agreed on Friday. The committee adopted its position on the “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives”, with 62 votes to 4 and […]

Czech PM conflict of interest: MEPs want investigation into rule of law breaches

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission’s audit findings confirm the ongoing conflict of interest of Czech Prime Minister Babiš that Parliament raised in several resolutions and discharge reports. In a draft resolution adopted on Wednesday with 26 votes in favour, none against and 4 abstentions, the Budgetary Control […]

Data protection: MEPs urge the Commission to amend UK adequacy decisions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission should amend its draft decision on UK data protection to ensure EU standards for citizens’ privacy are respected. In a resolution passed on Friday (344 votes in favour, 311 against and 28 abstaining), MEPs ask the Commission to modify its draft […]

MEPs approve the EU’s new culture programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs adopted ‘Creative Europe’, the EU’s programme for culture and the audiovisual sector, and the EU’s biggest ever financial commitment. The new programme, with its budget almost doubled when compared to 2014-2020, (up from 1.4 billion euro) will invest 2.5 billion euro […]

MEPs call for better protection of migrants from human rights violations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament criticises the European Commission and some EU countries for overusing informal agreements on the return and readmission of irregular migrants. On Wednesday, Parliament adopted a report by 358 votes in favour, 309 against, with 26 abstentions providing recommendations on human rights protection in […]

MEPs split over waiver for COVID-19 vaccine patents

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. At Wednesday’s debate on ensuring global access to shots, there was a lack of consensus among MEPs on a temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines. A number of speakers called on the Commission to support a waiver of the intellectual property rights […]

Russia: MEPs deplore military build-up, attack in Czechia and jailing of Navalny

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is deeply concerned by the recent Russian military build-up on Ukraine border and revelations of Russian agents behind explosions in Czechia In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs confirmed how deeply worried they are about Russian military posturing close to the country’s border […]

EU-Turkey relations are at a historic low point, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a report adopted on Thursday, MEPs call on Turkey to credibly demonstrate the sincerity of its commitment to closer relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that Turkey is an EU accession candidate country, in recent years the Government of Turkey distanced […]

Digital Green Certificate: MEPs seek clarifications regarding the travel facilitation tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Tuesday, MEPs quizzed Commissioner Reynders on the recently proposed Digital Green Certificate and discussed data protection aspects with the EDPS. In the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday, Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders underscored the proposal’s aim to facilitate free movement and non-discrimination of […]

MEPs ready to take Commission to court for failing to protect EU budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is prepared to take legal action should the Commission delay the application of the budget’s Rule of Law conditionality mechanism any further. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 529 votes in favour, 148 against and 10 abstentions, MEPs recall that the failure […]

MEPs demand safe and clean travel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU criteria for safe and clean travel, a common vaccination certificate and an EU hygiene seal for businesses must be part of a new EU strategy on tourism, MEPs say. The resolution on an EU strategy for sustainable tourism, adopted by 577 votes to […]

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs quiz top officials on authorisation and contracts

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs quizzed the European Commission and European Medicines Agency on latest developments concerning the authorisation and purchase of COVID-19 vaccines. Emer Cooke, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) updated Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee […]

MEPs share concerns about COVID-19 variants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee debated with experts on the efficacy of vaccines against mutations of the COVID-19 virus. Representatives from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the […]

MEPs highlight impact of pandemic on children’s health and education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU member states must invest more in education, healthcare, housing, family support and childcare, making sure that these services reach all children. “A child is first and foremost a child, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, nationality or social and economic background, ability, migration or […]

MEPs: Companies must no longer cause harm to people and planet with impunity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament paves the way for a new EU law that requires companies to address human rights and environmental standards within their value chains. The legislative initiative report (adopted on Wednesday by 504 votes in favour, 79 against and 112 abstention) calls for the urgent […]

MEPs warn Commission to activate rule of law mechanism without delay

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs stressed that Parliament will use all means at its disposal if the Commission fails to fulfil its obligations in using the new mechanism to protect the budget. In a plenary debate on Thursday, MEPs quizzed Commissioner Hahn on why the Commission has not […]

MEPs strongly condemn continuing violence in Yemen and military coup in Myanmar

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Humanitarian aid for Yemen must be increased, MEPs say, and urge the military in Myanmar to immediately reinstate the civilian government. Parliament condemned in the strongest terms the ongoing violence in Yemen that has, since 2015, “degenerated into the worst humanitarian crisis in the […]