MEPs furious over Council’s ‘backroom horse-trade’ on EU top jobs

By |julij 4th, 2019|Donald Tusk, EU top jobs, European Council, European Parliament, MEPs, News, Spitzenkandidaten|

Lawmakers of the newly constituted European Parliament slammed EU leaders on Thursday (4 July) for their 'backroom package deal' on the EU's top jobs, with a potential inter-institutional conflict looming ahead as the chamber's decision to approve it i...

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The impact of UK MEPs on the European Parliament

By |maj 7th, 2019|2019 European elections, Brexit, European Parliament, MEPs, News|

The UK's unexpected participation in this month's European elections means that British MEPs could become important once more, even if their mandate only lasts a few months, writes Dr Simon Usherwood.

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A ‘fifth freedom’ of the EU: MEPs back an end to data localisation

By |oktober 4th, 2018|Andrus Ansip, Anna Maria Corazza-Bildt, data protection, data protectionism, free flow of non-personal data, GDPR, MEPs, News, plenary, Privacy, Strasbourg|

MEPs voted on Thursday to (4 October) to support the final text on the free flow of non-personal data across the EU, hailed as a potential game changer for the digital economy. The regulation was adopted with overwhelming support in the European Parlia...

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Transparency International reveals MEPs’ additional income

By |julij 10th, 2018|Antanas Guoga, cash for amendments, European Parliament, Expenses, Front National, lobbying, MEPs, News, Transparency International|

MEPs’ outside income raises questions : some MEPs (particularly on the far-right) take part in activities which are likely to lead to conflicts of interest, without the European Parliament taking the slightest action. EURACTIV.fr reports

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Four (and a half) reasons why Schengen would be better off with Bulgaria and Romania

By |december 12th, 2017|Bulgaria, Eastern Europe, EU enlargement, Europe's East, European Parliament, eurosceptics, MEPs, News, populism, Romania, Sergei Stanishev|

The refusal to extend the Schengen area to Bulgaria and Romania is a blatant example of lack of solidarity, disrespect for commitments and disregard for the EU’s own decision-making process, writes Sergei Stanishev.

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S&D chief: “Employment for young Africans is a huge challenge”

By |november 28th, 2017|Africa, development, Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, Libya, Marshall plan for Africa, Mediterranean crisis, MEPs, Migration, News, S&D, Sahel, security, terrorism|

On the eve of the EU-Africa Summit, Gianni Pittella says that European short-termism in migration policy will not address its root causes, and looks at agribusiness to leverage the continent out of poverty - 'but not at any cost'.

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Luxleaks case reaches highest grade of judgement

By |november 24th, 2017|Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet, European Parliament, France, Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg, Luxleaks, MEPs, News, Whistleblowers, Whistleblowing|

The hearing of an appeal case for Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, who exposed corporate tax schemes in Luxembourg, opened on Thursday (November 23), after the European Parliament voted last month in favour of protection for whistleblowers.  EURACTIV France reports.

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Wasted opportunity: EU stalemate on food waste reduction

By |november 23rd, 2017|circular economy, Commission, Council of the European Union, European Parliament, food waste, food waste targets, MEPs, News, Vytenis Andriukaitis|

Food waste reduction targets are causing a stalemate in discussions on the circular economy: member states keep rejecting the parliament ambition to halve wasteful practices by 2030.

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MEPs divided on the citizens’ initiative to ban glyphosate

By |november 22nd, 2017|California, citizens' intitiative, European Parliament, glyphosate, glyphosate ban, Lisbon Treaty, MEPs, News|

More than a million European citizens have signed a petition to ban glyphosate, a pesticide classed as a probable carcinogen. In the face of European concerns, MEPs are divided. EURACTIV France reports.

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COP23 in search of a leader

By |november 16th, 2017|Angela Merkel, Bonn, Climate Change, climate finance, Climate summit, coal phase-out, COP23, emission cuts, emission reduction, Emmanuel Macron, EU, European Parliament, France, Germany, MEPs, Miguel Arias Cañete, News, Paris Agreement, World Climate Summit|

Between coal-addicted Germany, and France that brings ideas but no new commitments, and the EU entangled in its contradictions, the political weight of this COP turned out lighter than expected. EURACTIV France reports.

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