European Parliament


    • EU-US trade talks mandate fails

      EU-US trade talks mandate fails

      During the plenary sitting in Strasbourg on 14 March, MEPs did not back a mandate for starting negotiations on a new trade agreement with the US. The Parliament's non-binding resolution received only 198 votes in support to 223 against and 37 abstentions. The situation was critically changed when during the vote were adopted amendments calling on the EU not to surrender to Trump's import tariff threats and insisting that trade partners must implement the Paris Agreement. According to analysists, precisely this forced the centre-right part of the Chamber to show thumbs down.

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    • Parliament urges for more climate actions

      Parliament urges for more climate actions

      Expressing full support for the climate marches and school strikes that are taking place across the Union and highlighting that the climate related threats, which Europe and the whole planet are facing now, are coming close to the point when the situation can become beyond human control, MEPs urged for more climate action..

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    • EU fears cyber threats from China after 5G rollout

      EU fears cyber threats from China after 5G rollout

      EU cybersecurity certification scheme for products, processes and services was adopted by the members of the EP, who voted on the Cybersecurity Act at their session in Strasbourg on 12 March. The act is already informally agreed with the Council, highlights the importance of certifying critical infrastructure, including energy grids, water, energy supplies and banking systems in addition to products, processes and services. In few years the EU executive have to assess whether any of the new voluntary schemes should be made mandatory. 

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    • 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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    • 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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    • New funding instrument to make EU external action more flexible

      New funding instrument to make EU external action more flexible

      In the next programme period 2021-2017, the funding manner for the EU's external action will be simplified by removing artificial barriers between instruments using a single new regulation. During the week, two committees of the European Parliament - the Foreign Affairs and Development agreed their joint position on the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI).

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    • Manfred Weber: Turkey cannot become EU member

      Manfred Weber: Turkey cannot become EU member

      Turkey cannot become a member of the European Union, Manfred Weber, the European Peoples Party's (EPP) leading candidate to be European Commission President after Parliament elections in May, said on Wednesday. Speaking to German conservatives in Bavaria, the Chairman of the EPP Group in the EP added that if he becomes Commission president, he will instruct the offices in Brussels to end the talks with Turkey on accession to the EU. His words were welcomed by applause.

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    • MEPs push for establishment of European financial police force

      MEPs push for establishment of European financial police force

      Setting up of an EU anti-money laundering watchdog, a European financial police force and a global tax body within the UN are among the recommendations made by the EP Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance (TAX3) at the end of its year-long mandate. The EP established TAX3 on 1 March 2018 following continued revelations in different media over the last five years, such as Luxleaks, the Panama Papers, Football leaks and the Paradise Papers, among others.

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