MEPs to vote on overhaul of road transport rules in July

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs decided to vote on the proposals for drivers’ rest periods, posting of drivers and rules to tackle illegal practices in road transport in the July plenary session. MEPs will hold a full debate and vote on proposals on the application of posting of […]

EU/African, Caribbean and Pacific partnership: MEPs list key aims for renewal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Political dialogue and mutual respect should remain at the core of the future EU/African, Caribbean and Pacific partnership from 2020, MEPs said on Thursday. Ahead of negotiations for a renewed partnership between the EU and the ACP group of 78 African, Caribbean, and Pacific  […]

Parliament votes for €1 billion in aid to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A €1 billion macro-financial loan to help Ukraine cover part of its external financing needs in 2018-2019 was approved by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs agreed to an EU Commission proposal to provide Kiev with another package of macro-financial assistance (MFA), which is an exceptional […]

EU-US Privacy Shield data exchange deal: US must comply by 1 September, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Civil Liberties Committee calls on the Commission to suspend the EU-US Privacy Shield since it fails to provide enough data protection for EU citizens. The data exchange deal should be suspended unless the US complies with it by 1 September 2018, say MEPs, […]

Opening – Parliament expresses support for victims of Fuego volcano in Guatemala

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. President Tajani expressed solidarity with those affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg. President Tajani expressed solidarity with those affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, at the opening of […]

MEPs to debate priorities for 28-29 June EU summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will discuss their priorities for the 28-29 June meeting of EU leaders in Brussels with Council and Commission representatives on Tuesday morning at 09.00. EU heads of state or government will meet in Brussels on 28-29 June to discuss the most pressing policy […]

RescEU: MEPs vote to upgrade EU civil protection capacity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Proposals to upgrade the EU civil defence mechanism, which was tested to its limits by deadly forest fires, storms and floods in 2017, were approved in Parliament on Thursday. The aim is to help member states to respond faster and more effectively to natural […]

Human rights: breaches in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for the respect of human rights defenders, fair treatment of prisoners and for the respect of women’s rights in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Iran urged to release immediately all EU-Iran nationals unfairly imprisoned MEPs condemn the imprisonment of EU-Iranian dual nationals […]

MEPs call on EU countries to end precarious employment practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on EU countries to effectively combat precarious employment practices, such as “zero-hour” contracts, in a resolution adopted on Thursday. The European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution calling on the European Commission and EU countries to tackle the issue of precarious employment […]

Imported and EU fisheries products should be treated equally

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. All imported fisheries products should meet the high standards imposed by EU law, MEPs stress in a non-binding resolution adopted on Wednesday. The EU Commission needs to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture products from non-EU countries comply with EU conservation, management standards and hygiene […]

The Schengen area is at a crossroads

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU member states should “foster mutual trust in the functioning of the Schengen area, cooperation and solidarity”, MEPs say on Wednesday. The first annual report on the state of Schengen (the agreement between 26 member states abolishing passport checks and other types of control […]

Future of EU farming: MEPs push for modern common policy with fair funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The post-2020 EU farm policy must be smarter, simpler, fairer and more sustainable, but also well financed and truly common, MEPs say. MEPs set out on Wednesday, by 468 votes in favour to 123 against, with 89 abstentions, their priorities for the reform of […]

Libya: EU efforts should focus on protecting migrants, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Libya needs a government backed by a broad national consensus, said MEPs on Wednesday, adding that Libyans should decide the future form of their state. In their recommendation on Libya, passed by 486 […]

Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: MEPs pursue personal data breaches probe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The impact of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal on personal data protection will be assessed by MEPs and experts on Monday 4 June. MEPs will discuss the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breaches with key people involved, to obtain a clear and complete picture of what happened. […]

North Sea fisheries: MEPs back EU plan to sustain stocks of demersal species

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new EU multiannual plan to prevent overfishing of demersal species and thus offer North Sea fishing communities more security was approved by MEPs on Tuesday. The second multiannual fisheries plan under the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) – approved by 520 votes to […]

Environment Committee MEPs vote to upgrade EU civil protection capacity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament Upgrades to the EU civil defence mechanism, which was tested to its limits by deadly forest fires, storms and floods in 2017, were approved in committee on Thursday. The aim is to help member states to respond faster and more effectively to natural and […]

Future EU farm policy: Agriculture MEPs urge fair funding, no renationalisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament 16-05-2018 The post-2020 EU farm policy must be smarter, simpler, fairer and more sustainable, but also well financed and truly common to continue deliver food security in the EU. The Agriculture Committee adopted on Wednesday, by 32 votes in favour to five against, […]

Cyber defence: MEPs call for better European cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. 15-05-2018 The EU member states should work together closely on cyber defence, following increasing cyber-attacks on civilians and military targets, said MEPs on Wednesday. The resolution notes that different states, such as Russia, China and North Korea, but also non-state actors, have carried […]

Draghi tells the EU Parliament his relaxed policies are here to stay

The too slow or non existing pace of wage increases is the main reason for the non revival of inflation in Eurozone. This is what Mario Draghi told the Economic Committee of the European Parliament last Monday. He added that this is why the economic slack in the euro area may be larger than we […]

Energy Union: EU’s effort towards a cleaner climate with integrated energy market

The European Commission published its third annual energy report last Friday showing the progress that has been made so far since the last report in February of this year. Many policies’ amendments have been proposed for the next decade towards a greener environment and a more harmonised EU gas market. The majority of the EU […]

How will the EU face the migration crisis when the Turkish threats come true?

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 24 November calling for the negotiations to be suspended between the EU and the Turkish government until the latter ends its suppressive and dominant response to July’s failed coup. But this decision has triggered immediate reactions by the Turkish and European sides. While the president of Turkey threatens to […]

Can the EU afford to block China’s business openings to Europe by denying her the ‘market economy status’?

The way Wallonia, Belgium’s French speaking region approved CETA – the comprehensive economic and trade agreement between the EU and Canada – is a rather dark landmark. In the future, Europe’s trade and otherwise relations with foreign countries will be rather shaky. This was also true in the past, but now became evident for everybody […]

Draghi tells the Parliament the ECB to use all its weaponry; euro slides to parity with the dollar

Undoubtedly, Mario Draghi’s speeches and comments are being carefully monitored, analyzed and discounted by government decision makers, capital market experts and of course the Press. Invariably, this was the case last week, when the President of the European Central Bank appeared before the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. ECB’s accountability to the European […]

EU elections: The louder the threats and the doomsaying the heavier the weight of the vote

All mainstream political leaders of Europe in the socialist camp, the liberals and the center-right parties, invariably exorcise nationalism and populism, as the gravest threats to the EU project. They are quite right to do so. It’s not only the future of the EU which is at stake. Nationalism and populism already threaten the very […]

MEPs Anti-fraud votes for more votes?

Fellow Europeans, you don’t have to worry any more about corruption in the Old Continent. Our MEPs voted yesterday, Thursday 20 March, in favour of the penalisation of the action of stealing your paid taxes. Can an imprisonment penalty of up to 5 or 10 years really stop the “bad boys” from usurping the EU […]

168 hours left for MEPs – ECOFIN Council to deliver a Banking Union

Contradicting messages are emitted from a statement issued yesterday by the lead MEPs currently negotiating the details of the legislation on the Single Resolution Mechanism and Fund for Eurozone banks with the ECOFIN council. This legislation is set to complete the legal and structural background of the European Banking Union. The other pillar of the […]

EU Parliament: Follow the fraudulent money and confiscate it

In two parallel actions the European Parliament approved, with stormy majorities, two draft laws; one against money laundering and one more to facilitate the confiscation of fraudulently acquired assets. In the first case, the Economic Affairs and the Justice and Home Affairs committees amended a Commission proposal to list in public registers the ultimate owners […]

EU legislation protecting home buyers approved in Parliament

It was high time that the European Union authorities took action to protect home buyers from the insatiable appetite of banks. Mortgages constitute the standard tool for households to acquire, usually, their first home. For consumers this is a very long term engagement, especially for wage earners. Given the fact that mortgages may span up […]

The European Parliament wants to stay in one place

At last – it was high time that the European Parliament took the responsibility to determine its own agenda and of course to decide where it sits! For decades now legislators travel incessantly to and from between Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg, running after timetables and squandering taxpayers’ money in travel expenses and hotel bookings. Thank […]

Council Presidency: Floundering with the EU 2014 budget

Yesterday the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council made another blunder and a very bad start in its relation with the European Parliament. After the Lithuanian Vice-Minister Algimantas Rimkūnas presented to the plenary of the Legislative the Council a proposal for the EU 2014 Budget, with which many MEPs strongly disagreed, the Lithuanian Presidency issued a […]