May wins Brexit vote, beats rebels
Britain managed to keep up on its plans to quit the EU in March 2019 after last Wednesday PM Theresa May won a crucial Brexit vote in parliament, news wires reported. After pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve said he would support the government's proposal for a “meaningful vote” in parliament on Britain's exit, a potential rebellion that could have undermined May's authority was averted.
Debate on cohesion policy is indicator for EU future
The final event within the Parliamentary Dimension of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU was the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) on 18, 19 June in Sofia. Delegations of the Member States' national parliaments and observers from EU partner countries took part.
New copyright rules stir up sturdy rows
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Legal Affairs Committee MEPs backed in a tight vote an update of EU copyright rules that better fit to the nowadays digital shift. The new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, proposed by the European Commission back in 2016, tackles the issue known as 'value gap' in which internet platforms bear no legal responsibility over the copyright-protected content that has been uploaded to their website by users.
Future ACP-EU relations agreed
The 35th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) was held from 18 to 20 June in Brussels, bringing together 78 MEPs and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. During the debates, lawmakers mapped the future of the partnership after the expiration of Cotonou Agreement.
Numbers of asylum seekers in EU continue to decrease
Last year there were 728,470 applications for international protection in the EU, which was a significant drop of asylum requests, showed the 2017 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union, released on Monday by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).
Sweden Democrats call for referendum on EU membership
The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) called for Sweden to hold a referendum on the country's EU membership after the 2018 Swedish general election, news wires reported. SD party leader Jimmie Akesson told newspaper Dagens Industri last week that the EU is a “large web of corruption where no one has control over anything”.
Italian far-right minister plans to expel illegal Roma
Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini (pictured) last Monday announced plans to count the Roma community living in the country and deport those without Italian nationality, news wires reported. “As for the Italian Roma, unfortunately one has to keep them at home,” Salvini told a regional TV station in Lombardy, his home region in northern Italy.
Hungary's parliament blesses 'STOP Soros' law, defying EU
Hungary's parliament last Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalise any aid to illegal migrants, defying the EU and human rights groups, news wires reported.
Hauliers threaten to stage protests in Brussels
The Bulgarian Union of International Haulers (UIH) is considering protests in Brussels if the European Parliament rejects the demands of the industry on the contentious texts in the EU Mobility Package.
Fingerprinting database rules get update
Migration and asylum authorities will identify persons entering or staying irregularly in the EU more easily under new rules informally agreed last Wednesday, the EU press service reported.
Deal on energy savings, governance confirmed
Decision-makers have reached agreement on energy savings by 2030, as well as a new instrument to help EU Member States deliver on Europe's energy and climate goals, the EU press service reported. A first informal deal by Parliament and Council negotiators sets a 32.5% energy efficiency headline target at EU level, to be reviewed by 2023 to take into account significant cost reductions resulting from economic or technological changes. Then the target can only be raised, not lowered.