• ECON MEPs back Lagarde for ECB chief

      ECON MEPs back Lagarde for ECB chief

      For combining firm commitment to the mandate “with the agility to adapt as the world around us changes,” vowed Christine Lagarde - whose mandate as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund expires this month - during her hearing on 4 September before the EP ECON Committee. The aim of the hearing was to assess her fitness for the European Central Bank (ECB) top position.

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    • The Mobility Package I: Act 2

      The Mobility Package I: Act 2

      Discussions at the EP Committee on Transport and Tourism on Wednesday, the first sitting for the new legislative term, showed clearly that the battle on Mobility Package I would be even fiercer in the current political cycle. This 'hot potato' was transferred to the new parliament for Act 2 as in the next to the last plenary session for the previous EP term, in April, MEPs adopted at first reading all three reports of the very divisive Mobility Package I.

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    • Being saved in the Mediterranean should not be a 'ticket to Europe'

      Being saved in the Mediterranean should not be a 'ticket to Europe'

      Humanitarian assistance in the Mediterranean, NGOs' operations and the diverging positions of Member States were the topics of a heated debate, held on Wednesday in the EP plenary in Strasbourg with the Council and the Commission. Lawmakers deliberated whether the rescue activities of NGO vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, taking in people 20 miles from the Libyan coast and bringing them hundreds of miles away to Italy, is a crime or not. 

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    • Parliamentary groups quiz the EC President-designate

      Parliamentary groups quiz the EC President-designate

      In preparation for the big debate and vote on the new Commission President, on 16 July, during the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg, the candidate to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker, Ursula von der Leyen, spent long hours in the EP in Brussels during the last days, holding a series of meetings with parliamentary groups. She also took part in the sitting of the extraordinary Conference of Presidents.

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    • Italian socialist won the new EU lawmakers' trust

      Italian socialist won the new EU lawmakers' trust

      The European Parliament will have an Italian as its President for another term. In the place of the centre-right Forza Italia (FI) Antonio Tajani, now the Parliament will be led by the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) MEP David Sassoli. In the last composition he was the Parliament's vice-president in charge of the budget and Euro-Mediterranean policy.

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