EU repeal bill wins first vote challenge
The British government's bid to lead the UK out of the EU has passed yet another parliamentary test, news wires reported. Last Monday, MPs backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290 despite critics warning that it represented a “power grab” by ministers, according to the BBC.
Parliament adopted EU-wide free WiFi hotspots scheme
Maria Koleva, Brussels
In a few months, municipalities and other public sector bodies from across the Union will be able to apply for EU-funded WiFi hotspots scheme, the so called WiFi4EU initiative. High-quality internet can be provided by 2020 to main public places such as town halls, museums, stations, libraries, hospitals and parks, covering about 6,000-8,000 local communities. The total budget of the programme will be €120m.
MEPs unravel egg scandal across EU
Maria Koleva, Brussels
A criminal act resulting in food fraud, but the risk to human health remains very low. In such a way named Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, during a debate at a plenary in Strasbourg on 12 September, the scandalous contamination of eggs with the insecticide fipronil that was revealed last month.
Engaging more in healthcare
Patients should not pay the cost of non-Europe in healthcare, a group of over 70 lawmakers from the main political families in the European Parliament warned in a statement sent to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker a day before he delivered the State of the Union address at the European Parliament in Brussels.
New code to tighten conduct of commissioners
Members of the European Commission will have to wait two years before taking up new employment after they quit the EU executive under a new ethical code of conduct proposed by the President of the Commission on 13 September. Seeking to bolster the public's trust in the EU institutions, Jean-Claude Juncker called for more enforced ethical standards and greater transparency in the Commission.
Smugglers test to reactivate the Black Sea route
Smugglers in Turkey are testing to revive the route through the Black Sea to transfer migrants to Western Europe, Frontex said last week.
Leaving customs union could cost Britain dearly, disrupt trade
New customs arrangements after Brexit could cost the UK £4bn a year and cause massive disruption to trade and business, according to a new study.
MEPs look how to shrink Parliament after Brexit
The European Parliament should be reduced from 751 to 700 MEPs, according to the EP Constitutional Affairs Committee, with 22 British seats being re-distributed among the remaining 27 Member States. The committee was debating the issues last Monday.
Spain's police ordered to take action against referendum
Prosecutors in Catalonia ordered police to seize ballot boxes, election flyers or any item that could be used in a banned independence referendum called by the Spanish region's separatist executive for 1 October, news wires reported.
Internet firms to act faster removing illegal content
Companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, could face EU laws forcing them to be more proactive in removing illegal content if they do not do more to police what is available on the internet.
Checks on food from Fukushima to continue
In a resolution adopted last Wednesday by 543 votes to 100 and 43 abstentions, MEPs call on the European Commission to withdraw its proposal to relax checks on food from Fukushima region.