Toy safety: MEPs want to step up EU rules to protect children

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want to strengthen current rules and market surveillance to ensure that all toys sold on the EU market, including from non-EU countries and online, are safe. In a report unanimously approved on Thursday with 44 votes in favour, Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer […]

MEPs call for stronger EU action against cancer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer adopted its final proposals on how to strengthen the EU’s role in the fight against cancer. In the report adopted on Thursday by 29 votes in favour, one against and 4 abstentions, MEPs said that the implementation of […]

Gender-based cyberviolence: MEPs demand harmonised sanctions and victim support

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, the committees on Civil Liberties and Women’s Rights demanded legislation to fight gender-based cyber violence. The draft legislative initiative report, approved with 76 votes in favour, 8 against and 8 abstentions, restates the EU’s lack of a legal framework to combat gender-based […]

MEPs ask for values-based EU sports model and oppose “breakaway competitions”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU must shape a European sports model that is based on solidarity, inclusiveness, open competition and fairness, MEPs say in a report adopted on Tuesday. With 597 votes to 36 and 55 abstentions, MEPs say they want European sporting culture to be aligned […]

Rule of law, COVID-19, hybrid threats: MEPs discuss EU summit results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Political leaders demand more action against countries breaching the rule of law and express solidarity with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, in a debate on Tuesday. In a debate assessing the outcome of the 21-22 October European Council with Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von […]

Common Agricultural Policy reform gets final approval from MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament gave the green light to the new EU Farm Policy. This reformed version aims to be greener, fairer, more flexible and transparent. During the negotiations on the legislative reform package, MEPs insisted that strengthening biodiversity and adhering to the EU’s environmental […]

COP26 deal: Reactions from MEPs in Glasgow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the deal reached in Glasgow, the MEPs leading Parliament’s delegation to the COP26 commented on the outcome of the negotiations. An official delegation from the European Parliament has been in Glasgow to take part in the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, which ended […]

Poland-Belarus border: MEPs alarmed by humanitarian and political crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU must stand united in its response to the Belarusian regime’s inhuman instrumentalisation of migrants, MEPs said in a debate on Wednesday. In a plenary debate with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on Wednesday afternoon, MEPs expressed their deep worries over the […]

Frances Haugen to MEPs: EU digital rules can be a game changer for the world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU’s future Digital Services Act can set the global standards in transparency, oversight and enforcement, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told MEPs. The Digital Services Act (DSA) has the potential to be a “global gold standard” and inspire other countries to “pursue new rules […]

MEPs oppose “breakaway competitions” and call for values-based EU sports model

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should become more involved with Europe’s sporting landscape to encourage a fairer model that aligns with EU values of inclusiveness and fairness. In a report adopted by the Committee on Culture and Education by 29 votes to 1 and 1 abstentions, MEPs […]

MEPs call for minimum social standards for artists and cultural workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on the Commission to propose a “European Status of the Artist”, setting out a common framework for working conditions and minimum standards for all EU countries. Member states should also ensure that freelancers and the self-employed, including artists and cultural workers, have […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Plenary to discuss citizens’ contributions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This weekend, the Conference Plenary will discuss reports from the European Citizens’ Panels, national panels and events, the EYE and the Platform. This Conference Plenary meeting represents two major milestones in the context of the Conference. On the one hand, the 80 representatives of […]

Poland: MEPs call for the primacy of EU law to be upheld

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament asks the Commission to act immediately to defend Polish citizens and the foundations of EU law, by triggering the conditionality mechanism. In a heated plenary debate with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Slovenian Foreign Affairs Minister […]

EU Health: MEPs call for a future-proof EU pharmaceutical policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for national and EU measures to guarantee all patients have safe and timely access to essential and innovative medicines. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Tuesday, with 62 votes in favour, 8 against and 8 […]

Facebook Files: MEPs to invite whistleblower Frances Haugen to a hearing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Lead MEPs from the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee decided to invite Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to a hearing on 8 November. The decision to organise a public hearing in the European Parliament on “Whistleblowers’ testimonies on the negative impact of big tech […]

Rule of law in Hungary: MEPs to meet government, NGOs, and opposition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A delegation of MEPs is travelling to Hungary to assess the respect for press and academic freedom, the rights of minorities and the wider rule of law context. During their three-day visit to Budapest (Wednesday 29 September-Friday 1 October), MEPs are scheduled to meet […]

2022 EU budget: MEPs demand the focus must be on COVID-19 crisis recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Budget Committee wants to boost the pandemic recovery process and lay the foundations for a more resilient EU. The Committee on Budgets adopted, in a vote on Tuesday, their position on the 2022 EU budget. In doing so they restored appropriations on all […]

MEPs call for new EU strategy to promote democracy in Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament says the EU must push back against aggressive policies while laying the groundwork for cooperation with a future democratic Russia. Assessing the state of EU-Russia relations, the European Parliament makes clear that it distinguishes between the Russian people and President Vladimir Putin’s regime. […]

Afghanistan: lead MEPs demand safe departure of EU nationals and Afghan partners and urgent tackling of humanitarian crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. After the dramatic developments of the last days and hours, leading MEPs issued the following statement on Monday. “We deeply deplore the recent political, military and moral calamity in Afghanistan and express our deep concerns about the situation. The hasty withdrawal of US and […]

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 […]