European Parliament


    • Copyright Directive backed despite wide-spread criticism

      Copyright Directive backed despite wide-spread criticism

      Despite a ferocious campaigning led by tech giants, copyright holders, and digital rights activists for 2 years, the European Parliament has given today its final approval to the Copyright Directive, a controversial package of legislation, aimed at updating copyright enforcement in Europe for the internet age, with Julia Reda, an MEP for the German Pirate Party who led much opposition to the law, saying it marks a “dark day for internet freedom.” .

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    • MEPs will vote on Mobility package on Wednesday

      MEPs will vote on Mobility package on Wednesday

      With 156 votes in favour to 154 and 14 abstentions MEPs decided on 25 March so called Macron package, which foresees new rules for the drivers in the international road haulage, to be put on vote on Wednesday as an extraordinary item on the agenda. On Monday afternoon due to delayed flights many MEPs didn’t succeed to reach the EP and to vote, including these that insisted the amendments to the legislation to remain for the new European Parliament as so all to have enough time for debate and reach a compromise.

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    • New rules to prevent misuse of personal data in EP elections

      New rules to prevent misuse of personal data in EP elections

      The European Council on Tuesday adopted amendments to the 2014 regulation governing the statute and funding of European political parties and foundations, which would prevent the misuse of personal data in EP elections. The new rules allow for financial sanctions to be imposed on European political parties and foundations that deliberately influence, or attempt to influence, the outcome of EP elections by taking advantage of breaches of data protection rules.

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    • 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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