• MEPs urge for proper EU long-term budget

      MEPs urge for proper EU long-term budget

      During their session on 14 November, MEPs said how they want the common long-term budget to look like. With a vast majority, they backed the interim report on the Multiannual Financial Framework - the common EU money for the 2021-2027 period. Hastening for a timely start of the negotiations for the post-2020 budget, lawmakers now wait for the Council to disclose its position. 

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    • EU arms exports need to get tightened

      EU arms exports need to get tightened

      The Member States' systematic failure to apply EU rules on arms export control should be addressed by a special mechanism, Parliament said last Wednesday in a resolution. Despite commonly agreed rules, setting the criteria on who could get an arms export licence, Member States have failed to apply them.

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    • After Macron Merkel also calls for creation of European army

      After Macron Merkel also calls for creation of European army

      Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the eventual creation of a European army, news wires reported. "We should work on the vision of creating a real European army one day," Merkel said. "A common European army would show the world that there will never again be war between European countries," she added, noting that it would not be at odds with the NATO defence alliance.

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    • MEPs: Romania's rule of law at risk

      MEPs: Romania's rule of law at risk

      The European Parliament is “deeply concerned” about the reform of the Romanian judicial and criminal laws, which risks undermining separation of powers and the fight against corruption. In a resolution on 13 November wrapping up the plenary debate held on 3 October with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, the Chamber calls on the Romanian authorities to put in place safeguards to avoid circumventing the system of checks and balances and to counter any measures which would decriminalise corruption in office.

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    • Parliament approves €17.7m EU aid for Latvia

      Parliament approves €17.7m EU aid for Latvia

      MEPs have approved €17,7m in EU aid to repair damage caused by intense floods in Latvia in the summer and autumn of 2017. The approval by 402 votes to 25, with 7 abstentions comes after a report by Inese Vaidere (EPP, LV) was submitted, recommending swift approval of the decision. As the press office of the Parliament states, the aid comes from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) and is intended to help restore essential infrastructure, reimburse the cost of emergency measures and cover the costs of some of the clean-up operations. 

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    • MEPs demand credible and strong post-2020 EU budget

      MEPs demand credible and strong post-2020 EU budget

      Budget Committee MEPs confirmed in a vote last Monday their negotiating position on the next EU long-term budget, including a break-down of the amounts foreseen for each EU programme, the EP press service reported. MEPs also underlined Parliament's “unity and readiness” for the upcoming post-2020 multiannual financial framework (MFF) negotiations with EU Ministers and regret that Member States have made “no significant progress” on finding a common position.

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    • Take Bulgaria into Schengen

      Take Bulgaria into Schengen

      Bulgaria and Romania should be admitted to the border check-free Schengen area as soon as possible, the Civil Liberties Committee urged last Monday. MEPs reiterated their call on EU Ministers to take a swift and affirmative decision on the accession of both countries as Schengen full-fledged members.

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    • MEPs: It is important what future Bulgaria chooses for its agriculture

      MEPs: It is important what future Bulgaria chooses for its agriculture

      What future Bulgaria chooses for its agriculture is going to be of great importance because it will play a significant role in combating climate change and the depopulation trends affecting entire regions, as well as in promoting the growth of the local economy. This opinion was expressed in Sofia by Czeslaw Siekierski (EPP, Poland), chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

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    • MEPs urge full Saudi arms ban

      MEPs urge full Saudi arms ban

      The European Parliament called on EU countries to unite and impose an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia because of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In a resolution adopted last Thursday, MEPs condemned in the strongest possible terms the killing.

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