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    • Pushing Mobility Package I

      Pushing Mobility Package I

      Expectedly, on Tuesday the EP Committee on Transport and Tourism at its regular meeting gave the green light to launch a trilogue on the controversial Mobility Package I. A clear indication of this development was the rejection of the initiative of Bulgarian EPP MEP Andrey Novakov on a Rule 61 procedure, at an extraordinary sitting a week ago.

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    • EU27 to fill €11bn gap in case of 'no deal'

      EU27 to fill €11bn gap in case of 'no deal'

      There will be a net gap of about €11bn in next year's EU budget if the divorce with the UK goes through without a deal, and if when exiting the country does not accept all the rights and obligations to the budgetary framework. Guenther Oettinger, the EU Commissioner in charge of Budget and Human Resources, pointed out this figure at a debate at the EP plenary session in Strasbourg following the Council presentation of its position on the 2020 budget. 

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    • MEPs adopt extra funds for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

      MEPs adopt extra funds for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

      The flagship EU programmes Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ received a strong boost of altogether €100m top-up to their budgets for this year. MEPs backed on Wednesday with huge majority a resolution that foresees climate-related research under Horizon 2020 to get extra €80m and student mobility initiatives to be beefed up with new €20m.

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    • Parliament supports orderly Brexit, Johnson bets on timely departure

      Parliament supports orderly Brexit, Johnson bets on timely departure

      The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs said last Wednesday in a resolution reiterating Parliament's support for an “orderly Brexit”. With the vote, they reaffirmed EP's support for the already negotiated deal and stressed that it takes into account the UK's red lines and the EU's principles, providing a fair and balanced solution, the EP press service reported.

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    • ECON MEPs back Lagarde for ECB chief

      ECON MEPs back Lagarde for ECB chief

      For combining firm commitment to the mandate “with the agility to adapt as the world around us changes,” vowed Christine Lagarde - whose mandate as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund expires this month - during her hearing on 4 September before the EP ECON Committee. The aim of the hearing was to assess her fitness for the European Central Bank (ECB) top position.

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    • The Mobility Package I: Act 2

      The Mobility Package I: Act 2

      Discussions at the EP Committee on Transport and Tourism on Wednesday, the first sitting for the new legislative term, showed clearly that the battle on Mobility Package I would be even fiercer in the current political cycle. This 'hot potato' was transferred to the new parliament for Act 2 as in the next to the last plenary session for the previous EP term, in April, MEPs adopted at first reading all three reports of the very divisive Mobility Package I.

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    • Being saved in the Mediterranean should not be a 'ticket to Europe'

      Being saved in the Mediterranean should not be a 'ticket to Europe'

      Humanitarian assistance in the Mediterranean, NGOs' operations and the diverging positions of Member States were the topics of a heated debate, held on Wednesday in the EP plenary in Strasbourg with the Council and the Commission. Lawmakers deliberated whether the rescue activities of NGO vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, taking in people 20 miles from the Libyan coast and bringing them hundreds of miles away to Italy, is a crime or not. 

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