MEPs approve new CO2 emissions limits for trucks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The first ever EU regulation on CO2 emissions for trucks and lorries was approved by Parliament on Thursday, in an effort to curb rising road transport emissions. The new legislation, informally agreed between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council in February, was […]

Food safety: New rules to boost consumer trust approved by MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules to ensure reliability and transparency in EU food safety risk assessment procedure were adopted on Wednesday. MEPs have approved new rules, already agreed with EU ministers, which ensure the EU’s risk assessment procedure for food safety is more reliable, transparent and objective, […]

Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to put words into action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 16-year old Swede, who inspired the worldwide “School Strike For Climate” movement, addressed MEPs in an Environment Committee meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday. In her opening statement, Greta Thunberg called for “permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to combat the […]

Tackling terrorism: MEPs approve tighter rules on homemade explosives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to update and tighten rules on the use and sale of chemicals that could be used to make homemade explosives were approved by MEPs, on Tuesday Approximately 40% of terrorist attacks in the EU between 2015 and 2017 used homemade explosives, demonstrating clear […]

Checks, fines, crisis reserve: MEPs vote on EU farm policy reform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Agriculture Committee approved the last batch of proposals to improve EU farm policy so that it better meets farmers’ and consumers’ expectations. The Agriculture Committee’s amendments to the so-called Financing, Management and Monitoring regulation were approved on Monday by 28 votes in favour […]

MEPs adopted measures to reconcile work and family life

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plenary adopted new rules on paternity leave and non-transferable parental leave, in a final vote on Thursday. The law, informally agreed with EU ministers, and adopted by MEPs with 490 in favour, 82 against and 48 abstentions, sets minimum requirements for all member states, […]

MEPs back first EU management plan for fish stocks in the Western Mediterranean

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A plan to manage fishing efforts and preserve stocks in the Western Mediterranean Sea for demersal species was approved by MEPs on Thursday. The new plan covering demersal fish stocks, such as shrimps and Norway lobsters, aims to ensure that stocks can be exploited […]

Schengen: MEPs adopt their position on temporary checks at national borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want to tighten time limits and conditions for internal border checks within the Schengen area. The Schengen Borders Code, currently under revision, allows member states to carry out temporary checks at internal borders within the Schengen area, in the event of a serious […]

Fairer, simpler, more flexible EU farm policy: MEPs vote on post-2020 reform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Agriculture Committee approved the second batch of proposals to improve EU farm policy so that it better meets farmers’ and consumers’ expectations after 2020. The second vote on CAP reform focussed on the new EU rules for direct payments and rural development after […]

Venezuela: MEPs demand free presidential elections and an end to repression

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament backed on Thursday a peaceful solution for Venezuela via free, transparent and credible presidential elections. With 310 votes to 120 and 152 abstentions, plenary passed the second resolution this year on Venezuela (the tenth one since the beginning of the current […]

MEPs agree on future regional and cohesion funding

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.  Parliament adopted on Wednesday new funding rules to strengthen the EU’s economic, social and territorial cohesion, with 475 votes to 93 and 53 abstentions. The updated rules, which will apply from 2021 to 2027 to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the […]

MEPs debate Brexit and relations with China following EU spring summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Recent Brexit developments dominated yesterday’s discussion, with most speakers highlighting that preserving the rights of UK and EU27 citizens is a priority. In the plenary debate with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, most of the EP group leaders praised […]

Upgraded EU visa information database to increase security at external borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The improvements to the Visa Information System (VIS), agreed on Wednesday by MEPs, would ensure a better EU response to security and migratory challenges. The Visa Information System (VIS) is an EU database used by authorities to check non-EU nationals who need a visa […]

UK must make clear what it wants, MEPs say in Brexit debate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs today commented on yesterday’s rejection of the Brexit deal in the House of Commons. Most members underlined that the UK must make up its mind and say what it wants. Click on names of speakers to watch the individual statements. “We are not […]

Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs agreed that the EU should remain open to imposing further sanctions if Russia continues to violate international law. Parliament adopted on Tuesday a resolution by 402 votes to 163, with 89 abstentions, assessing the current state of EU-Russia political relations. Sanctions […]

From farms to supermarkets: MEPs approve new EU rules against unfair trading

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New EU rules to protect farmers against unfair trading practices by buyers were approved, on Tuesday. New rules, approved by 589 votes in favour to 72 against, with nine abstentions, blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive […]

International Women’s Day 2019: women’s power in politics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of the European elections, MEPs and national MPs will discuss women’s power in politics during an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on Thursday. MEPs and more than 20 MPs from 15 EU national parliaments and Norway will attend this meeting marking International Women’s Day (IWD). […]

Copyright: MEPs back provisional agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Legal Affairs Committee approved on Tuesday the reform of EU copyright rules provisionally agreed with EU Ministers. The deal reached between EU negotiators aims to ensure that the rights and obligations of copyright law will also apply to the internet. The co-legislators also […]

MEPs urge the EU to lead the way to net-zero emissions by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment and Industry Committee MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy. Environment Committee MEPs said on Wednesday that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European Commission in its November communication would enable the EU to reach […]

Cutting CO2 emissions from trucks: MEPs reach deal with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This agreed new legislation is the first ever regulation on CO2 emissions for lorries in the EU. The deal reached between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council on Monday night provides for a legally binding 30% CO2 reduction target for new lorries […]

MEPs urge EU states to ensure better care of transported animals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must better enforce existing rules on protecting transported animals and penalise all offenders, Parliament said on Thursday. In a resolution, adopted by 411 votes in favour to 43 against, with 110 abstentions, MEPs renewed Parliament’s 2012 call for […]

EU cross-border payments outside Eurozone: MEPs scrap excessive fees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Banks should charge equally for cross-border payments in euro and domestic payments and make currency conversion costs transparent, say new rules. On Thursday, the plenary adopted by 532 votes in favour, 22 against and 55 abstentions, new rules to end discrimination against payment service […]

Take medical use of cannabis seriously, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs propose ways to address research gaps on medical cannabis and call on member states to seize the potential of cannabis-based medicines. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs call on the Commission and national authorities to draw a clear distinction between medical cannabis […]

MEPs reject making EU regional funding dependent on economic targets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament adopted simplified 2021-2027 common rules for investing in all EU regions and opposed suspension of EU regional funding dependent on national economic targets. The new rules were adopted by the full House on Wednesday with 460 votes to 170 and 47 abstentions. These […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: MEPs concerned by slow progress in EU-related reforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to proceed with constitutional, political and electoral reforms, to advance the EU integration process. In a report assessing the latest progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on the country’s road towards possible EU accession, […]

MEPs back plans to promote water reuse for agricultural irrigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to counter water scarcity by facilitating the reuse of treated wastewater for agricultural irrigation were endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. The new law defines minimum quality standards for reclaimed water to be used for agricultural irrigation. It also sets out obligations for production, […]

MEPs adopt new Fisheries Partnership with Morocco including Western Sahara

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new agreement on the legal, environmental, economic and social governance of EU vessels’ fishing activities in Morocco and Western Sahara waters was approved on Tuesday. The new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) includes the waters of Western Sahara and aims to take into […]

MEPs and EU ministers agree on closing information gaps to enhance security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New measures to improve data exchange between EU information systems to manage borders, security and migration were informally agreed with Council negotiators on Tuesday. Currently, EU information systems used in security, border and migration management do not talk to each other and the information […]

Welfare of transported animals: MEPs urge EU states to do a better job

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must enforce existing rules on protecting transported animals better and penalise all offenders, the Agriculture Committee said on Thursday. In a resolution, adopted by 22 votes in favour to 12 against, with four abstentions, the Agriculture Committee reiterated […]

MEPs back plans to promote water reuse for agricultural irrigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to counter water scarcity by facilitating the reuse of treated wastewater for agricultural irrigation were backed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The legislation defines minimum quality standards for reclaimed water to be used for agricultural irrigation. It also sets out obligations for […]

“InvestEU”: MEPs support new programme to boost financing for jobs and growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has adopted its position on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance from 2021 to 2027. The new InvestEU programme follows and replaces the current EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments), set up after the financial crisis. MEPs adopted […]

Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure of pesticides, by making it more transparent and accountable, were put forward by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs agreed that the public should be granted access to the studies used in the procedure to authorise a […]

MEPs call for safety and liability rules for driverless cars

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs welcome focus on automated mobility, but call for further efforts to ensure road safety and support for EU industry. Europe has to be innovative, but faster. China and the USA are not waiting,” said rapporteur Wim Van de Camp (EPP, NL). Several countries […]