Time for Parliament to have a direct right of legislative initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs demanded the right to table legislative proposals, which would strengthen EU democracy and restore institutional balance. Parliament calls for reform of the legislative process when the Treaties are next revised and notes that, as the only directly elected EU institution, MEPs […]

Ukraine, climate change, and security: EU/ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly concludes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific region parliamentarians discussed the impact of war in Ukraine, food security, pandemic and climate change. The 41st session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) took place from 1-3 April in Strasbourg, attended by MEPs and their counterparts from […]

Civil society: Parliament calls for EU rules and strategy to counter threats

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs adopted proposals to recognise the crucial role of civil society for democracy, calling for a Commission strategy and common rules across all member states. Following a plenary debate on Monday that took stock of the role of civil society in dealing with the […]

European Parliament delegation ends visit to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A high-level delegation of the European Parliament, which travelled to Ukraine amid the current security crisis, concluded its visit on Tuesday. Nine members from the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and Security and Defence Subcommittee, led by Chairs David McAllister (EPP, DE) and Nathalie […]

Parliament updates the composition of its committees and subcommittees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs updated the number of members in Parliament’s 20 committees and 3 sub-committees, and the political groups determined who will sit in each committee. Following a plenary vote on the proposal by Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (673 for, 17 against, 5 abstentions), […]

Diversity: Parliament sets milestones towards a more inclusive administration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s leadership adopts a roadmap for an inclusive approach to matters relating to disability, sexual orientation and anti-racism in its administration. The European Parliament’s Bureau, comprising the President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors, has agreed to intensify efforts to achieve a more inclusive administration. To reach […]

Frans Timmermans at Parliament Plenary session on the outcome of COP26 in Glasgow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Opening remarks  Thank you, Mr. President, honourable Members. COP26 did not solve the climate crisis but that was also not the purpose of COP26. It had to bring the objectives of the Paris Agreement within reach and allow us to start implementing this deal. […]

Future of Europe: Parliament delegation’s first discussion on Conference topics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament’s delegation, joined by idea givers from the European Youth Event, will discuss five topics from the European Citizens’ Panels. The discussions will revolve around the topics covered by the first two of the four European Citizens’ Panels: Panel 1 economy, social […]

Parliament to hold its second European Gender Equality Week

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP committees and delegations will hold a series of discussions and public hearings on topics related to gender equality. Following the success of the edition, launched by the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee in October 2020, the European Parliament will hold a second […]

Common charger: a long-awaited proposal requested by Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Over the last decade, Parliament has urged the Commission to table a proposal on a common charger to tackle e-waste and make life easier for consumers. The European Parliament and its Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee have been insisting on a common charger […]

Parliament adopts temporary rules to detect child sexual abuse online

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs endorsed a temporary regulation that allows web-based service providers to continue fighting child sexual abuse material online on a voluntary basis. In the context of a worrying increase in the volume of child abuse material on the internet exacerbated by the pandemic, the […]

Artificial Intelligence in policing: safeguards needed against mass surveillance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The use of Artificial Intelligence in law enforcement and the judiciary should be subject to strong safeguards and human oversight, says the Civil Liberties Committee. In a draft report adopted with 36 votes to 24, and 6 abstentions, MEPs highlight the need for democratic […]

Parliament calls for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To accelerate global vaccine rollout, MEPs demand the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights protection for COVID-19 vaccines. In a resolution adopted with 355 votes in favour, 263 against and 71 abstentions, Parliament proposes negotiations start for a temporary waiver of the WTO TRIPS […]

Parliament gives its final green light to the EU Digital COVID Certificate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs completed today the legislative work on the EU digital COVID Certificate package to facilitate travel within the EU and contribute to the economic recovery. Plenary passed the new EU digital COVID Certificate Regulations with 546 votes to 93 and 51 abstentions (EU citizens) […]

Gender equality: Parliament strives to be frontrunner among EU Institutions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament leadership adopts roadmap to achieve gender equality in political processes and its administration. 50% women in middle and senior manager positions and 40% women in top manager positions in the administration. These are the targets the European Parliament’s Bureau, comprising the President, Vice-Presidents […]

Parliament formally approves EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament voted with a large majority in favour of granting its consent to the agreement setting the rules of the future EU-UK relationship. The consent decision was adopted by 660 votes for, five against and 32 abstentions, while the accompanying resolution, setting out Parliament’s […]

Parliament adopts InvestEU programme for strategic and innovative investments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs adopted the new InvestEU programme, which will mobilise public and private investments and guarantees simplified access to financing. Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement reached with the Council with 496 votes in favour, 57 against and 144 abstentions. With €26 billion (in […]

Polish de facto ban on abortion puts women’s lives at risk, says Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn the setback to women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Poland and stress the EU’s legal obligation to uphold and protect them. In a resolution adopted with 455 votes to 145 and 71 abstentions, Parliament says that the ruling of 22 October by […]

EU budget talks: Council rejects Parliament’s breakthrough proposal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP’s negotiators made a breakthrough proposal on Wednesday on the critical issue of how to count the costs of common debt in the next long-term EU budget. Council has rejected it blindly. At the 10th trilateral dialogue, Parliament and Council representatives reviewed all pending […]

Parliament calls on EU Commission to step up action against dangerous chemicals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The upcoming new EU chemicals strategy for sustainability must better protect our health and the environment, says Parliament in a resolution adopted on Friday. Following Wednesday’s debate, where MEPs requested the Commission to close loopholes in EU chemicals legislation to help REACH to function […]

Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament backs revised rules to improve drivers’ working conditions and stop distortion of competition in road transport. MEPs endorsed all three legal acts without any amendments, as adopted by EU ministers in April 2020. The political agreement with the Council was reached in December […]

Long-term EU budget: Parliament wants safety net for beneficiaries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The current health crisis compels us to tackle the risk of the next long-term EU budget not coming into force on 1 January 2021 with even more urgency, MEPs say. On Wednesday, MEPs adopted a legislative resolution by 616 votes in favour, 29 against […]

COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial EU support measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session, on Thursday. The urgent measures to help people and businesses tackle the crisis were voted on in plenary less than two […]

President Michel’s MFF proposal not acceptable for Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of a special summit on 20 February, the EP’s negotiating team expresses its opposition to President Michel’s proposal for the next long-term budget. “Despite welcoming the contact we have had with the President of the European Council Charles Michel over the past few […]

Parliament wants binding rules on common chargers to be tabled by summer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament calls on the Commission to put forward beefed-up rules on common chargers by July 2020 at the latest. There is an “urgent need for EU regulatory action” to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs say in […]

Parliament boosts efforts to improve its environmental performance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday the Parliament’s Bureau, the body that lays down the institution is working rules, unveiled ambitious environmental targets for the 2019-2024 parliamentary term. The European Parliament embraces its commitment to making a positive contribution to sustainable development politically, legislatively and operationally. European Parliament […]

Parliament closes legal loophole to stop excessive Ukrainian chicken imports

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Parliament agreed on Tuesday to modify the EU-Ukraine trade agreement to curb imports of cheap Ukrainian poultry meat entering the EU using a legal loophole. In a resolution adopted by 444 votes to 128 with 74 abstentions, MEPs called on Ukraine to respect […]

Sassoli: Migration agreement respects fundamental principles of Parliament’s proposal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. “Finally we move in the direction outlined by the European Parliament.” This was the first reaction by European Parliament President David Sassoli on the agreement reached today in Valletta between four EU countries: France, Germany, Italy and Malta, on the redistribution of asylum seekers […]

Mobility package: Parliament adopts position on overhaul of road transport rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs amend rules to fight illegal practices in road transport and improve working conditions for drivers. On Thursday, Parliament approved its position to negotiate with the Council on revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules. They […]

Parliament supports plans to improve quality of tap water and cut plastic litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs backed plans to improve consumers’ trust in tap water, which is much cheaper and cleaner for the environment than bottled water, on Thursday. MEPs propose to tighten the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), harmful bacteria, […]

Parliament seals ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks. 560 MEPs voted in favour of the agreement with EU ministers, 35 against and 28 abstained. The following products will be banned in the […]

New rules to help consumers join forces to seek compensation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules allowing groups of consumers harmed by illegal practices to launch collective actions and seek compensation were confirmed by plenary on Tuesday. Currently, only 19 member states provide some form of legal remedy to victims of mass harm and proceedings can often be lengthy […]

Parliaments broadly agree on next steps for economic, monetary union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Concluding the banking union, beefing up democratic accountability, and developing a budget for the Eurozone were raised regularly in a meeting between parliaments. The debate on Tuesday, held within the yearly conference on the European Semester bringing together MEPs and national MPs, allowed participants […]