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 […]

MEPs held a minute of silence in memory of victims of war in Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. President Metsola updated the house on her visit to Ukraine and appealed for more logistical, humanitarian and military support, at the opening of the session. Updating MEPs on her visit to Ukraine and her meeting with the Verkhovna Rada and President Zelenskyy, President Metsola […]

MEPs to host debate with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s leaders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, the Foreign Affairs Committee will meet with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite Presidency to discuss intractable challenges facing the country. The political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is increasingly tense, with nationalist and separatist rhetoric and activism continuing to threaten peace, stability and […]

New rules on batteries: MEPs want more environmental and social ambition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is ready to negotiate with EU governments on the final shape of the new rules governing the entire battery product life cycle, from design to end-of-life. During the debate on Wednesday, MEPs underlined the crucial role that batteries have in the transition to […]

Russian aggression in Ukraine: MEPs praise exceptional solidarity with refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As more than two million refugees flee war in Ukraine, mostly towards the EU, member states will have to continue showing solidarity, MEPs said on Tuesday. In a plenary debate with Brigitte Klinkert, French Minister Delegate for Economic Inclusion, on behalf of the Council, […]

Fight against racism: end segregation in schools and halt xenophobia in media

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs ask for public policies on culture, media, education and sports to be used to uproot structural racism and promote the EU values of tolerance and inclusion. In a resolution adopted on Tuesday by 495 votes to 109 and 92 abstentions, MEPs call for […]

The Russian attack on Ukraine marks a new era for Europe, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Debating Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, MEPs expressed unwavering support for Ukraine and for efforts to bring the country closer to the European community. On Tuesday, the European Parliament held an extraordinary plenary session in Brussels to assess Russia’s military assault on Ukraine. Ukrainian President […]

Rule of law: MEPs travel to Poland to assess respect of EU values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. An EP delegation will travel to Warsaw next week to look into the rule of law situation in Poland, in the framework of the ongoing Article 7 procedure. Ten MEPs from the Civil Liberties and Constitutional Affairs committees will be in Poland from Monday […]

MEPs call for a more effective EU strategy to beat cancer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament adopted its final recommendations for a comprehensive and coordinated EU strategy to fight cancer. The report by Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) was adopted with 652 votes in favour, 15 against and 27 abstentions on Wednesday. Focus on cancer prevention As […]

Rule of Law conditionality: MEPs call on the Commission to act immediately

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the Court of Justice ruling on the “rule of law conditionality” mechanism, MEPs demand that the Commission applies it and protects EU values. “The rule of law is our treasure”, said Clément Beaune on behalf of the French Presidency of the Council. He […]

MEPs commemorate 20 years of euro bank notes and coins

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament commemorated the 20th anniversary of the circulation of the first euro notes and coins on Monday, at the opening of the plenary session in Strasbourg. Opening the ceremony, EP President Roberta Metsola said that the euro has “truly been one of the greatest […]

MEPs want to strengthen new EU rules for design, production and disposal of batteries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs say new measures for batteries are crucial for the transition to a circular and climate-neutral economy and for EU’s competitiveness and strategic autonomy. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Thursday, with 74 votes in favour, 8 […]

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 […]