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    • Better safety to curb ID card fraud

      Better safety to curb ID card fraud

      Common security features for EU identity documents to reduce identity fraud were last Tuesday agreed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs, EP press service reported. Currently the security features in ID cards, as well as residence documents issued to EU nationals and/or their family members, vary significantly across EU countries.

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    • EU Parliament calls for extradition of Nikola Gruevski

      EU Parliament calls for extradition of Nikola Gruevski

      The European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution that set out the criteria FYROM and Albania need to meet, so that accession talks can commence in June 2019. During the plenary session MEPs also called on Hungarian authorities to extradite former FYROM prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, who had been convicted for abuse of power and sentenced to jail-time in his country before fleeing to Hungary.

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    • All areas of life gain from EU research

      All areas of life gain from EU research

      When it comes to EU added value, there is hardly more pertinent area than research and innovation. For sure, this was the impression of the more than 1,000 participants - researchers, scientists, lawmakers, entrepreneurs and citizens - who got together at the European Parliament's Hemicycle in Brussels on 27 November for the conference “EU research and innovation in our daily life”. In the forum initiated by the EP President Antonio Tajani and the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas, the storytellers were the EU researchers.

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    • Temporary border controls in Schengen to be limited

      Temporary border controls in Schengen to be limited

      Internal border checks within the Schengen area should be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, MEPs insisted last Thursday. In a plenary vote establishing Parliament's position for negotiating with EU ministers, MEPs agreed that the initial period for border checks should be limited to two months, instead of the current six-month period, and border checks couldn't be extended beyond one year, halving the current maximum limit of two years.

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    • EP to host Human Rights Week

      EP to host Human Rights Week

      To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Parliament will host from 19-22 November its first ever Human Rights Week. In Brussels on Tuesday EP President Antonio Tajani will open high-level conference. Adopted on 10 December 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights set down for the first time the fundamental rights and freedoms inherent to all people.

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    • 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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