Brexit next stage talks set for delay
Brexit talks are unlikely to move onto the future relationship before 2018, according to prominent German MEP and chair of the centre-right European People's party Manfred Weber. “In December, it doesn't look like negotiations are going to move onto the second phase to talk about the future,” he told journalists dealing a blow to British PM Theresa May and Brexit Secretary David Davis hopes.
Mandate for re-negotiating Dublin rules endorsed
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Discarding the criteria of the first country of entry, MEPs endorsed on 16 November at their plenary session in Strasbourg the EP mandate to enter into negotiations with national governments on the Dublin asylum revamping.
Tackling fake news malaise
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Until 23 February next year, citizens, social media platforms, press organisations, academia, public authorities, fact-checkers, and NGOs can have their say on the fake news and online disinformation. EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, responsible for digital economy and society, chose precisely the opening of the Multi-stakeholder conference on fake news in Brussels that the Commission organised on 13 and 14 November, to announce the kick-off of a public consultation on fake news and set up of a High-Level Expert Group.
EP backs trust fund for Eastern partners
For the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit, to be held in Brussels on 24 November, MEPs recommended last week the setting up of a trust fund for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, which could focus on private and public investments in social and economic infrastructure.
Doing less but more efficiently
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker established last Tuesday a new task force aimed at making recommendations on how to better apply the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, and identifying policy areas where work could be re-delegated or definitely returned to Member States.
Parliament beefs up protection against online fraudsters
EU-wide rules to better protect consumers against scams and detect and stop rogue traders more swiftly were approved by MEPs on 14 November.
Romanian ruling party leader indicted for misuse of EU funds
Following OLAF investigation, the Romanian National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has indicted Liviu Dragnea (pictured), leader of the ruling Social Democratic party, on suspicion that he misused EU funds, news wires reported.
Slovenia's president wins second consecutive term
Slovenian voters decided to stick to status quo and last Sunday re-elected at a runoff incumbent president Borut Pahor for a new five-year term.
Spain worries about Catalan separatist crisis meddling
Spain told a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers last Monday it suspected "disinformation and manipulation" was emanating from Russia during the Catalan independence crisis, news wires reported.
Europe-wide air quality online index launched
An online index with air quality measurements from more than 2,000 monitoring stations across Europe was launched last Thursday with the aim to provide citizens with detailed information about what they actually breathe.
If you don't pay, you are not client, but product
One of the panellists at the Multi-stakeholder conference on fake news in Brussels was Vincent F. Hendricks, Director of the Centre for Information and Bubble Studies and professor of philosophy in the University of Copenhagen.