European Parliament


    • 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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    • SIS adapted to new challenges

      SIS adapted to new challenges

      New alerts on unknown persons who are wanted in connection with serious crimes and terrorism proposed MEPs in the upgraded Schengen Information System that they backed on 24 October during the plenary session in Strasbourg. Indeed, they adopted three draft regulations that will bring up to date the Schengen Information System (SIS), vastly used for security and border management in Europe. Just in the last year, the system was used in 30 countries across Europe and was consulted 5.2 billion times.

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    • EU Parliament calls for full audit of Facebook

      EU Parliament calls for full audit of Facebook

      The European parliament has called Facebook to allow EU bodies to carry out a full audit in order to assess data protection and security of users’ personal data, following a string of data breach scandals - including the Cambridge Analytica affair, in which the data of 87m Facebook users was improperly obtained and misused.

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    • EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021 backed

      EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021 backed

      Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under draft plans adopted last Wednesday by EP plenary. These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021. MEPs added to this list of banned plastics products made of degradable plastics, such as bags or packaging and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene.

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    • Measures to encourage drinking of tap water

      Measures to encourage drinking of tap water

      At their plenary sitting in Strasbourg MEPs adopted changes to the Drinking Water Directive, aimed at further improving the quality of and access to drinking water for all people and reduce plastic waste from water bottles. The amendments also suggest increase transparency and better information for consumers. Drinking tap water is cheap and environmentally friendly, MEPs said insisting on measures such as installing free fountains in shopping centres and airports, among other places, and encouraging the provision of tap water in restaurants.

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