• MEPs set shields to mitigate no-deal Brexit adverse impact

      MEPs set shields to mitigate no-deal Brexit adverse impact

      Against the backdrop of the widening vagueness about the UK's intentions on the divorce with the EU, while the officially declared exit day is rapidly approaching, the MEPs voted a set of safeguards to ensure the least possible disruption to citizens and businesses. During their plenary sitting on 13 March, they voted amendments concerning the travel, air and road transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries related measures to mitigate the effects of a withdrawal of the UK from the EU without a deal - the so-called 'cliff-edge' scenario. 

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    • EP votes to suspend Turkey's EU membership bid

      EP votes to suspend Turkey's EU membership bid

      A large majority in the European Parliament recommended on Wednesday in a non-binding resolution that the EU formally freezes Turkey's accession process. Citing severe political and democratic backsliding under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, mainly collapse of the rule of law, a turn towards authoritarianism and the crackdown on dissidents, lawmakers passed the symbolic resolution with 370 votes in favour, 109 against with 143 abstentions.

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    • British parliament rejects no-deal Brexit

      British parliament rejects no-deal Brexit

      British MPs voted late on Wednesday to reject leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement. The decision only means that now another vote is needed - on delaying Brexit. That vote would take place on Thursday, and if it is passed - and the EU agrees to it - the UK will not leave the EU as planned on 29 March.

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    • Foreign ownership of European companies in key sectors goes up

      Foreign ownership of European companies in key sectors goes up

      In its first ever report on the matter released last Wednesday, the Commission threw light on foreign direct investment across the EU, confirming a continuous rise in foreign company ownership in key sectors in the Union and an increase in investments from emerging economies, such as China. The report illustrates the need for effective implementation of the freshly adopted EU investment screening framework.

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    • Violating international law, Russia isn't partner any more

      Violating international law, Russia isn't partner any more

      The EU should remain open to imposing further sanctions if Russia continues to violate international law, MEPs stated last Tuesday in a resolution adopted by by 402 votes to 163, with 89 abstentions, the EP press service reported. MEPs noted that new areas of tension between the EU and Russia have arisen since 2015, including Russia’s intervention in Syria, interference in Libya and the CAR, and continuous aggressive action in Ukraine.

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    • Brexit must happen until 26 May

      Brexit must happen until 26 May

      Theresa May has agreed a revised Brexit deal in last-ditch talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, as she seeks to avoid a crushing Commons defeat in today's vote. According to a statement, made by Theresa May three important changes to the withdrawal deal were made and they are aimed at providing additional legal guarantees that the UK can’t be trapped indefinitely inside the backstop arrangement.

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