European Parliament


    • More transparency in dealing with lobbyists

      More transparency in dealing with lobbyists

      Parliament voted last Thursday at a plenary session to strengthen transparency in dealing with lobbyists. The vote represents a serious change to currently existing rules. It will require all rapporteurs, shadow rapporteurs and parliamentary group leaders to list in advance online all meetings with registered lobbyists.

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    • Tackling hostile propaganda

      Tackling hostile propaganda

      In a resolution adopted last Tuesday by the Foreign Affairs Committee, MEPs took stock of the EU's latest efforts to counteract hostile propaganda by third parties and strongly condemned the aggressive actions of countries such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, which seek to undermine the normative foundations of European democracies

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    • Cutting EU funding for Member States which violate rule of law

      Cutting EU funding for Member States which violate rule of law

      Member States jeopardising the rule of law will risk losing EU funds, said MEPs adopting on Thursday a regulation on the protection of the Union's budget in case of generalised deficiencies in the EU countries in this sphere. The new rules have to do with shortcomings in investigation of tax fraud, corruption or other offences affecting the implementation of the EU budget or recovery of unduly paid funds and in cases when government is meddling in courts.

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    • InvestEU targets creating jobs, modernising economy

      InvestEU targets creating jobs, modernising economy

      InvestEU, a new programme for the next Multiannual Financial Framework, which provides a single investment support instrument, was backed by MEPs on 16 January at the first for 2019 plenary session in Strasbourg. The new fund will pool together 13 different financial instruments that are now available, and its basis will be the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), or the Juncker Plan, that has already had impressive results.

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    • Mobility Package comes to a standstill

      Mobility Package comes to a standstill

      The so-called 'Mobility Package I' was brought to a standstill, as on Thursday, 10 January, the Transport Committee members of the European Parliament rejected the proposed compromises of the rapporteurs on rest times and posting drivers in the road transport sector. Alternative compromises tabled by other MEPs also failed to receive enough thumbs-up. TRAN MEPs backed only the revised rules for road haulage operations in another EU country, which is one of the three reports within the first part of the package.

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    • Stricter testing around pesticide permissions

      Stricter testing around pesticide permissions

      The authorisation procedure for pesticides such as glyphosate must be fundamentally reformed, urged PEST Committee MEPs, adopting on 6 December with a wide majority the report authored by Belgian Green MEP Bart Staes and German EPP MEP Norbert Lins. The paper calls on national governments and the Commission to step up environmental and health assessments of pesticides and pesticide active substances, to ensure that no conflicts of interest affect the authorisation procedure and to make risk assessments transparent.

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    • Amazon, eBay to apply fairer practices

      Amazon, eBay to apply fairer practices

      Amazon, eBay and other e-commerce marketplaces, plus search engines like Google Search, should put in place a set of measures to ensure that their contractual relations with online retailers, hotels and restaurants businesses, app developers, among others, are transparent and fair, said MEPs from the internal market and consumer protection committee. On 6 December, they backed a draft law that aims to improve platform-to-business relationships.

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