• Hearings of new Commissioners-designate scheduled for 14 November

      Hearings of new Commissioners-designate scheduled for 14 November

      The Conference of Presidents (EP President and leaders of political groups) on Friday decided that the hearings of the three new Commissioners-designate will take place on 14 November, the EP press service reported. The candidates are: Oliver Varhelyi from Hungary (Neigbourhood and Enlargement), Adina-Ioana Valean from Romania (Transport) and Thierry Breton from France (Internal Market). Parliaments Committee on Legal Affairs will meet on 12 November to evaluate the candidates’ declarations of financial interest.

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    • The high cost of strategic mistake

      The high cost of strategic mistake

      A week after a few EU leaders blocked the start of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, the prevailing opinion is that it was “a historic error”, as Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stressed already. The failure to open negotiations with the two Balkan countries was a strategic mistake, MEPs said in a resolution adopted on 23 October by 412 votes in favour, 136 against and 30 abstentions.

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    • Thomas Cook withstood wars, but not digitalisation challenge

      Thomas Cook withstood wars, but not digitalisation challenge

      At a debate initiated by the EPP, the plenary in Strasbourg reflected on the effects of the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook, a firm with 178-year history, which withstood two world wars. As Spanish centre-right MEP Rosa Estaras Ferragut underlined, this company has not however withstood the shift to digitalisation, the uncertainties of Brexit and the future of that new world of the 21st century.

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    • EU 2020 budget: More money for environment

      EU 2020 budget: More money for environment

      To top up with €2.7bn the proposed by the Commission 2020 EU budget agreed MEPs during the plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Lawmakers adopted their position on next year's financial plan, the last for the current multiannual framework 2014-2020. They accented precisely on tackling climate change and youth unemployment, and also on boosting SMEs and research.

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    • Juncker Commission record: High jobs rate, lower deficit

      Juncker Commission record: High jobs rate, lower deficit

      During the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on 22 October, MEPs assessed what work has done the outgoing Commission over the last five years. In his statement in the Chamber, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker revealed what headway his team made in priority areas such as growth, jobs and investment. He also touched upon the engagement with citizens, cutting red tape, and the promise for focusing on the big issues.

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    • MEPs put pressure on Council for the EU's long-term budget

      MEPs put pressure on Council for the EU's long-term budget

      To push Council to advance with the negotiations on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) that will fund the EU policies in the period 2021-2027, MEPs adopted a resolution at their mini-plenary sitting in Brussels on 10 October. In it, they asked national governments to urgently agree a negotiating position on the EU long-term budget and warned of a real jeopardy that the common investment plan for the next seven years will not be endorsed in time with Council, alerting on what the consequences will be for the businesses and citizens

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    • French candidate commissioner rejected

      French candidate commissioner rejected

      Sylvie Goulard, France’s choice to be the next head of EU industrial policy, was rejected by the EP committees on Thursday after a second hearing in which she failed to quieten doubts over her role in a jobs scandal. The rejection reflects a power struggle between MPs and French President Emmanuel Macron about who should lead the next European Commission.

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