EU citizens' rights row threatens Brexit
A group of MEPs last Monday threatened to veto Brexit agreement unless the UK improves its offer to protect EU citizens, news wires reported.
Solidarity Corps gets jobs and traineeships on track
Half a year after the European Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps and following the matching of voluntary placements which started in March 2017, thousands of job and traineeship placements are now also kicking off, the EU press service reported.
Access to funds to be further simplified
Although the achievements of the EU Cohesion Policy are undeniably positive, the current volume of rules does not always make life easy for local authorities managing EU funds or businesses looking to apply for EU funding.
Curbing CO2 from forests
Maria Koleva, Brussels
As forests have an immense potential for alleviation of climate change, at their sitting last Tuesday the Environment committee (ENVI) MEPs backed with huge majority measures to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and raise absorptions from woodlands.
EU-Russia ties remain at odds
Differences with Russia remain but dialogue will intensify, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said after her talks with Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov last Tuesday.
France plans asylum system revamp, Sweden evicts illegals
France will move to systematically deport failed asylum seekers while improving conditions for refugees and those awaiting a decision on asylum applications, PM Edouard Philippe said last Wednesday.
EP future composition debated
Exchange of views on the draft report authored by Danuta Maria Huebner (EPP, PL) and Pedro Silva Pereira (S&D, PT) on the composition of the European Parliament post-Brexit took place on 12 July at a sitting of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO).
French government aims at €4.5bn spending cut in 2017
France is working to generate €4.5bn in spending cuts in 2017 as it wants to tame the public deficit to 3% of economic output by the end of this year, Gerald Darmanin, minister of action and public accounts said on 11 July.
EC recommends closing Greece deficit procedure
The Commission decided to recommend to the Council to close the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) for Greece, the EU press service reported.
Cracking down on illegal import of cultural goods
The Commission tabled last Thursday new rules to clamp down on the illegal import and trafficking of cultural goods from outside the EU, often linked to terrorist financing and other criminal activity, the EU press service reported.
How to make EU finances sustainable
The High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance published last Thursday its first report setting out concrete steps to create a financial system that supports sustainable investments, the EU press service reported.
Money laundering and tax evasion cannot be tolerated
Zero-rate jurisdictions like the Bahamas and Bermuda should be, in Germany’s view, pressured into not allowing companies to avoid paying tax, and we are in favour of transparency and improving the code of conduct to prevent unfair tax competition.
ETS exemption for international flights extended
Pending a worldwide scheme to offset CO2 emissions in air transport, Environment MEPs extended last Tuesday an exemption from paying for emissions in international flights, the EP press service reported.