European Parliament


    • MEPs: Romania's rule of law at risk

      MEPs: Romania's rule of law at risk

      The European Parliament is “deeply concerned” about the reform of the Romanian judicial and criminal laws, which risks undermining separation of powers and the fight against corruption. In a resolution on 13 November wrapping up the plenary debate held on 3 October with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, the Chamber calls on the Romanian authorities to put in place safeguards to avoid circumventing the system of checks and balances and to counter any measures which would decriminalise corruption in office.

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    • Parliament approves €17.7m EU aid for Latvia

      Parliament approves €17.7m EU aid for Latvia

      MEPs have approved €17,7m in EU aid to repair damage caused by intense floods in Latvia in the summer and autumn of 2017. The approval by 402 votes to 25, with 7 abstentions comes after a report by Inese Vaidere (EPP, LV) was submitted, recommending swift approval of the decision. As the press office of the Parliament states, the aid comes from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) and is intended to help restore essential infrastructure, reimburse the cost of emergency measures and cover the costs of some of the clean-up operations. 

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    • 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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