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  • EU to monitor closely key foreign investment

    EU to monitor closely key foreign investment

    The first ever EU mechanism for screening foreign direct investments (FDI), on grounds of protecting strategic sectors, received positive majority at the EP plenary session in Strasbourg on Thursday. The lawmakers endorsed new screening provisions, informally agreed between Parliament negotiators and the Council. EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, who proposed this tool during his State of the Union address in the fall of 2017, welcomed the outcome of the vote.

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  • Common rules set for investing in all EU regions in 2021-2027

    Common rules set for investing in all EU regions in 2021-2027

    During the plenary session in Strasbourg the Chamber backed financial and overarching rules for seven European funds in regional, cohesion and social fields that, in monetary terms, account for a third of the total EU budget for the next seven years. MEPs backed simplified common rules for investing in all EU regions for the 2021-2027 period, but set against suspension of EU regional funding dependent on national economic targets.

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  • Pavel Telicka: Some politicians are traders of fear

    Pavel Telicka: Some politicians are traders of fear

    The political landscape is changing. ALDE will most likely disappear and will be replaced by a new group with other allies, and that group will be called differently, with ALDE being its backbone. Macron most likely will join, but I think that with these parties we should discuss programme issues, in order to be sure we have sufficient coherence between us. Let's take EFDD, it is not a political group because the Brits are very different from the Italians, they have nothing in common. I am not making any direct comparison but I would like to avoid this new political group being heterogeneous. We can disagree on some items, but we need to have a glue on the topical issues, says Pavel Telicka, MEP from ALDE, Vice-President of the European Parliament.

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  • EU wipes up big fees for euro payments across border

    EU wipes up big fees for euro payments across border

    A new law that puts an end of excessive fees for cross-border payments in Europe was propped up by MEPs on 14 February with a wide majority of 532 votes in favour, 22 against and 55 abstentions. The rules that foresee the price of wiring euros within the European Union will be no different to that of domestic transactions within an EU Member State and currently apply just for the Eurozone countries, as of 15 December will become a norm for all states across the Union.

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  • MEPs ask for reinforcing fight against anti-Gypsyism

    MEPs ask for reinforcing fight against anti-Gypsyism

    Fundamental rights of Roma continue to be systematically violated in the EU, said MEPs, pointing out that the biggest ethnic minority group in Europe still faces problems such as school segregation and poor access to housing, to jobs and health care. In a resolution adopted in the plenary in Strasbourg on 12 February, they stressed that the situation of young Roma is 'particularly difficult' with the numbers of those that are not working or are not engaged in education or training, increasing. According to MEPs, 80% of Roma in the EU live at risk of poverty and 41% feel discriminated against.

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  • Common Industrial Policy: no region will be left behind

    Common Industrial Policy: no region will be left behind

    Nowadays, the digital shift is transforming everything around with rampant pace, altering the old patterns and cliches and creating huge opportunities for the European industry to innovate, to prosper and to grow. About 1,500 people from industry, the financial sector, academia, civil society, EU institutions, took part at the EU Industry Days, an initiative of the European Commission that was held in Brussels Egg Conference Centre on 5 and 6 February. Issues such as industry and the future of globalisation, creating value for society, circularity and carbon neutrality, were in the centre of the debate. 

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  • Putting science at the heart of policy-making

    Putting science at the heart of policy-making

    The Yehudi Menuhin Space in the European Parliament in Brussels resembled a science lab on 6 and 7 February. This year's edition of 'Science meets Parliaments', joint initiative of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the European Parliament's Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), zoomed in on different pressing challenges. Among the debated questions were such as how artificial intelligence might affect our lives, how to build resilient societies in a turbulent world, and how values and social relations affect political behaviour and decision-making, among others.

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  • Making personal health data exchange across borders easier

    Making personal health data exchange across borders easier

    A package of recommendations that will make it possible to exchange health records across borders, which will help citizens to have better health care as they travel around the EU, was presented by the Commission on Wednesday. The idea is that sharing records can provide important health history about a patient in the event of an accident or sickness while on move. Back home, the records of the treatment abroad will be integrated into the existing health “file”. 

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  • Monique Goyens: Prices we are going to pay will depend on our profiles

    Monique Goyens: Prices we are going to pay will depend on our profiles

    The fundamental transformation that is taking place is very worrying for consumers. Because we are educated as consumers on the basis of our freedom of choice, relying on the information that you receive and the freedom of self-determination. We want to live the lives that we have decided to live. But we cannot really have access anymore to the information, we will be locked into a bubble where the algorithms have pushed us. This also means that we will end up not having consumer choice because we can only choose among certain things that are offered to us, says Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC.

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  • What citizens think about the EU and what they want from it

    What citizens think about the EU and what they want from it

    As part of its flagship year-long initiative #EuropeMatters, the leading Brussels-based think tank Friends of Europe kickstarted on 30 January in Brussels the election campaign with its own call to action: The Citizens' Mandate policy insight. The vibrant debate brought together business leaders, policymakers, civil society representatives, foresight experts and citizens, to co-design a Europe that still matters in 2030. The panellists were six politicians, five of them MEPs, from across the political spectrum.

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