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 […]

COVID-19: MEPs extend relief measures for the transport sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To support the transport sector during the pandemic, MEPs revamped rules for the use of airport slots to prevent ghost flights, and extended the validity of some licences. Parliament temporarily suspended the ‘use it or lose it’ rule in March 2020 to stop airlines […]

COVID-19: MEPs want to ensure developing countries’ access to vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. COVID-19 vaccines should be produced also in developing countries to overcome the pandemic, development MEPs told Commissioner Urpilainen on Thursday. “Distributing vaccines globally is our exit strategy from the pandemic,” International Partnership Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen told the Development Committee, adding that the Commission will […]

MEPs call for binding 2030 targets for materials use and consumption footprint

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs clear policy objectives to achieve a carbon-neutral, environmentally sustainable, toxic-free and fully circular economy by 2050 at the latest, say MEPs. On Wednesday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted its report on the new EU Circular Economy […]

MEPs: Hold companies accountable for harm caused to people and planet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Legal Affairs Committee MEPs pave the way for a new EU law that requires companies to comply with human rights and environmental standards within their value chains. The draft legislative initiative (adopted by 21 votes in favour, one against and one abstention) calls on […]

‘Right to disconnect’ should be an EU-wide fundamental right, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls for an EU law that grants workers the right to digitally disconnect from work without facing negative repercussions. In their legislative initiative that passed with 472 votes in favour, 126 against and 83 abstentions, MEPs call on the Commission to propose a […]

New US President: MEPs hope for a new dawn in transatlantic ties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs welcome the inauguration of Joe Biden as an opportunity for Europe to strengthen EU-US ties and tackle common challenges and threats to the democratic system. On Wednesday morning, MEPs debated the inauguration of Joe Biden as new US President and the political situation […]

MEPs call for additional EU sanctions against Russia over Navalny’s imprisonment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs strongly condemn Alexei Navalny’s arrest and call on the EU to extend sanctions against Russian officials to cover those involved in his jailing. In a debate with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday afternoon, MEPs called on the Russian authorities to […]

MEPs adopt Technical Support Instrument to speed up post-COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Technical Support Instrument will help EU countries prepare the recovery plans needed to access funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The regulation adopted by Plenary on Tuesday, with 540 votes in favour, 75 against and 77 abstentions outlines how the Technical Support […]

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs call for more clarity and transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Lack of transparency has recently fuelled uncertainty and disinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccination in Europe, say MEPs. On Tuesday, members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety quizzed Sandra Gallina, the EU’s lead negotiator on COVID-19 vaccine contracts, on the latest developments […]

Climate change adaptation: MEPs want the EU to be better prepared

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Building climate-resilient societies in line with the forthcoming EU adaptation strategy is vital, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Thursday. The resolution on adaptation to climate change will provide input on a new adaptation strategy, expected from the Commission in 2021 as part […]

MEPs call for an EU-wide “right to disconnect”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Outside working hours, workers must be allowed to switch off digital devices without facing consequences, the Employment Committee agreed. In a resolution adopted on Tuesday with 31 votes in favour, 6 votes against and 18 abstentions, Employment Committee MEPs say that EU countries must […]

Asylum: MEPs call for more solidarity among EU member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Dublin Regulation does not share responsibility fairly among member states nor secure swift access to asylum procedures, say Civil Liberties Committee MEPs. In a draft resolution to assess the functioning of the law that determines the member state which has to deal with […]

European values must prevail, even in a state of public emergency, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament warns against “risk of abuse of power” and calls on the Commission to step up its efforts by taking legal action where necessary. On Friday, Parliament adopted a resolution that takes stock of the state of European democratic values in the context of […]

InvestEU Fund for sustainable and social investment, MEPs ready for negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. InvestEU aims to be a fund that provides support to EU investors by integrating and simplifying the financing, offered under a single budgetary guarantee scheme. Aim to generate at least €1 200 billion in investments Launchpad for investments which otherwise would be difficult to […]

Green Deal: How MEPs wish to channel EU investment to sustainable activities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament sets out its proposals on how to best finance the Green Transition to sustainable, carbon-neutral economic activities in the vote on Friday. In a non-binding resolution on the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) and financing the Green Deal, which passed with 471 votes […]

Rule of law conditionality: MEPs strike a deal with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU countries that disrespect the rule of law will risk losing access to EU funds, under a provisional deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on Thursday. “Today’s agreement is a milestone for protecting EU values. For the first time, we have established a […]

Bulgaria: MEPs call for EU values to be fully and unconditionally respected

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament regrets the “significant deterioration” of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights. In a resolution adopted with 358 votes in favour, 277 against and 56 abstentions, MEPs express their “unequivocal support for the people of Bulgaria in their legitimate demands and aspirations […]

EU-UK relations: MEPs approve rules to ensure Eurotunnel safety and cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament supports legislation that aims to ensure the tunnel railway connecting continental Europe and the UK continues to operate safely and efficiently. MEPs endorsed on Thursday two proposals concerning the Channel Tunnel with the goal to maintain the same set of rules governing the […]

Binding legislation needed to stop EU-driven global deforestation, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the Commission to put forward rules to stop EU-driven global deforestation through mandatory due diligence for companies placing products on the EU market. Currently, there is no EU legislation prohibiting products that contribute to the destruction of forests from being placed […]

MEPs spell out their priorities for the Digital Services Act

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs’ demands on how digital services, including online platforms and marketplaces, should be regulated were set out in a vote in the Internal Market Committee on Monday. With the upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA), the EU aims to shape the digital economy not only […]

COVID-19: MEPs want safe vaccines, full transparency and liability for companies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Members of the Public Health Committee quizzed the Commission on efforts to develop, authorise and make safe COVID-19 vaccines available to European citizens. The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety today debated the EU vaccines strategy, including the state of play on […]

Digitalising and modernising judicial cooperation: Council endorses provisional agreement reached with the European Parliament on service of documents and taking of evidence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Council endorsed the provisional agreement reached with European Parliament on 30 June, on the European Commission’s amended regulations for the service of documents and the taking of evidence abroad. Vĕra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency and Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice […]

Future EU financing and recovery: MEPs to assess summit outcome

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will debate the 17-21 July EU summit results with Council and Commission Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday from 09:30. To wind up the extraordinary plenary debate, scheduled from 9:30-12:30, MEPs will adopt, on the same day, a resolution […]

Car emissions: MEPs set end on gap between lab and real driving emission tests

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To ensure that cars meet EU limits on NOx emissions, tests under real driving conditions must be more stringent, said the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted on Tuesday an amendment to EU rules on measuring emissions […]