MEPs vote not to accept passports issued by Russia in occupied areas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament has endorsed a decision not to accept passports and other travel documents issued by Russia in illegally-occupied regions of Ukraine and Georgia. Parliament approved the agreement with Council on the non-acceptance of travel documents issued by Russia in occupied Ukrainian regions […]

MEPs adopt EU budget 2023: focus on Ukraine, energy and recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For next year’s EU budget, MEPs secured better and more effective support for addressing the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the pandemic recovery process. In a deal with member states on Monday, 14 November, Parliament obtained €1.05 billion for its priorities on […]

Energy crisis: MEPs back plans to boost the deployment of renewables

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The proposal would accelerate the procedure to grant permits for new renewable energy power plants, such as solar panels or windmills, or to adapt existing ones. In their amendments to the Commission proposal, MEPs in the Industry, Energy and Research Committee shortened the maximum […]

MEPs back Croatia’s Schengen accession

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs endorsed lifting internal border controls between the Schengen free-movement area and Croatia. In a report adopted with 534 in favour, 53 against, and 25 abstaining, the European Parliament approves of Croatia becoming a full member of the Schengen area. On 9 […]

MEPs to push for ambitious outcome at COP27 in Egypt

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A European Parliament delegation arrives in Egypt today to participate in the COP27, where they will meet with key parties to the negotiations. An official delegation from the European Parliament are in Egypt this week to participate in the UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, […]

President Metsola condemns Iranian sanctions on Members of the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP President Roberta Metsola has condemned the decision of the Iranian regime to sanction several MEPs, as well as journalists, human rights defenders and institutions. “On behalf of the European Parliament, I strongly condemn the decision of the Iranian regime to sanction members of […]

Burkina Faso: MEPs demand immediate return to constitutional order

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs condemn the military coup in Burkina Faso and express concern about allegations of human rights violations. The military coup of 30 September 2022, the second one in a year, undermines the recent progress made towards an orderly […]

Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: accountability and reforms “deficient”, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Five years after her assassination, Parliament pays tribute to the journalist and looks into the rule of law, organised crime, and corruption in Malta. In its resolution adopted with 564 votes in favour, 10 against, and 17 abstentions on Thursday, Parliament acknowledges the progress […]

MEPs to G20: increase climate change targets before COP27

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on all countries to step up their 2030 climate targets before COP27, to limit global warming in line with the Paris agreement. On Thursday, Parliament adopted a resolution outlining its demands for the UN COP27 Climate Change Conference, taking place in Egypt […]

Enhancing cybersecurity and protection of EU infrastructure is vital, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a plenary debate with Commission Vice-President Schinas, MEPs demanded more EU ambition in cybersecurity and in protecting critical infrastructure. They argued that the recent Nord Stream incident has revealed the fragility of the EU’s infrastructure, and emphasised the danger of cyberattacks, pointing to […]

Act decisively at EU summit on energy and the cost of living crises, urge MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate with Council and the Commission on the October European Council, MEPs urged leaders to not waste any more time and take urgent action to tackle the energy crisis. For the Czech Presidency, Minister for European Affairs Bek announced that the summit […]

Frontex: MEPs recommend refusing sign-off of 2020 accounts

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Members of the Budgetary Control Committee recommend against clearing the 2020 budget for Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard agency. The EP committee refused to grant the so-called “discharge” of the 2020 budget of the EU’s border control agency, Frontex, with 12 votes […]

Iran: MEPs want EU to sanction officials responsible for Mahsa Amini’s death

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament condemns the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran and asks for EU sanctions against her killers and those involved in quashing the ensuing street protests. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, Parliament takes stock of developments in Iran following the death of 22-year-old […]

Energy prices: MEPs call for EU response to focus on the most vulnerable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament advocates more emergency measures to ease the pressure of rapidly rising energy prices on European households and businesses. The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine and the weaponisation of the EU’s fossil energy supply has dramatically exacerbated already-existing instability in the energy market […]

Protection of EU budget: MEPs warn Commission to “not compromise” with Hungary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Members of the European Parliament warned the Commission against falling short of protecting the EU’s financial interests in Hungary. “This is the first time the rule of law mechanism is being put into motion and it requires member states to treat it […]

Burkina Faso: MEPs demand immediate return to constitutional order

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs condemn the military coup in Burkina Faso and express concern about allegations of human rights violations. The military coup of 30 September 2022, the second one in a year, undermines the recent progress made towards an orderly […]

MEPs back boost for renewables use and energy savings

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Industry, Research and Energy Committee wants to accelerate substantially the deployment of renewable energy, and the reduction of energy consumption, by 2030. On Wednesday 13 July, MEPs voted to raise the share of renewables in the EU’s final energy consumption to 45% by […]

MEPs want better protection for consumers applying for loans online

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new EU rules aim at protecting consumers online from credit card debt, overdrafts and loans that are unsuitable for their financial situation. In a text adopted by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, with 42 votes in favour, 1 against and 1 […]

As Hungary blocks global tax deal, MEPs denounce national vetoes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs criticize countries abusing their vetoes on tax matters and demand a relaunch of discussions to gradually introduce majority voting. The resolution adopted on Wednesday with 450 votes in favour, 132 votes against and 55 abstentions, closes the debate which took place during June’s […]

Include the right to abortion in EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, demand MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs strongly condemn once more the backsliding in women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights in the US and in some EU member states. The right to abortion should be included in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, MEPs urge in a […]

MEPs approve Croatia’s entry into the eurozone

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Tuesday gave a favourable opinion to Croatia’s bid to become the newest member of the eurozone from the 1st January 2023. Parliament, by 539 votes in favour, 45 votes against and 48 abstentions, adopted the report of Siegfried Mureșan (EPP, RO) stating […]

Fit for 55: Transport MEPs set ambitious targets for greener aviation fuels

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU aviation should gradually switch to sustainable fuel, such as synthetic fuel, used cooking oil or even hydrogen, to help EU become climate neutral by 2050. MEPs on the Transport and Tourism Committee adopted a draft negotiating mandate on the ReFuelEU aviation rules by […]

EU candidate status: lead MEP welcomes Council decision

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement of the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the European Council ‘s decision of 23 June 2022 on the EU membership applications of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia David McAllister (EPP, DE) made the following statement on Thursday, after the announcement of […]

EU candidate status: lead MEP welcomes Council decision

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement of the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the European Council ‘s decision of 23 June 2022 on the EU membership applications of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia David McAllister (EPP, DE) made the following statement on Thursday, after the announcement of […]

MEPs say EU leaders must grab the opportunity to expand and reform the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs outlined their expectations for the 23-24 June European Council in a plenary debate with the French Presidency and Commission President von der Leyen. Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia In light of Putin’s aggression and the commitment shown by the Ukrainian, Moldovan, and […]

MEPs focus on inflation and economic divergence with ECB President Lagarde

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Inflation and the new anti-fragmentation mechanism soon to be launched by the European Central Bank were the two main topics raised by MEPs with ECB President Lagarde. Attending the first Monetary Dialogue in Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee since the attack by Russia […]

Taxonomy: MEPs object to Commission’s plan to include gas and nuclear activities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs in the two responsible committees objected on Tuesday to the inclusion of nuclear and gas in the list of environmentally sustainable economic activities. In a joint meeting of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee […]

Serious breach of international law: MEPs call on UK not to adopt new bill

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The UK Contact Group co-Chairs David McAllister, Bernd Lange and Nathalie Loiseau issued the following statement on Tuesday after a meeting with Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič. “We are deeply concerned with the UK’s unilateral action, which constitutes a serious and unacceptable breach of international […]

Do not approve Polish recovery plan until conditions are met, MEPs warn

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs worry that the Commission’s milestones are not enough and stress that full compliance with EU values is a prerequisite for Recovery and Resilience Facility funding. In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 411 votes in favour, 129 against, and 31 abstentions, Parliament expresses […]

Right to safe and legal abortion must be safeguarded, MEPs demand

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn the backsliding in women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide including in the US and some EU countries, calling for safe access to abortion. Following a plenary debate on Wednesday, MEPs adopted a resolution on Thursday by 364 votes in favour, […]

MEPs endorse the largest EU’s fisheries agreement, with Mauritania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament gave on Wednesday its green light to a new fisheries agreement with Mauritania, which should strengthen environmental, economic, social and scientific cooperation. With 557 votes to 34 and 31 abstentions, MEPs backed the largest fisheries agreement concluded by the EU with a third […]

EU summit: MEPs welcome further sanctions against Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs welcomed the unity and additional sanctions delivered by the European Council but called for more arms to Ukraine and more attention to those struggling within the EU. On Wednesday morning, MEPs discussed the conclusions of last week’s European Council summit with Presidents Charles […]

Fit for 55: MEPs back CO2 emission standards for cars and vans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment Committee MEPs are in favour of a pathway towards zero-emission road mobility in 2035 for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Wednesday, with 46 votes in favour, 40 against […]