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    • EP passes €6.1bn bill on sustainable fisheries

      EP passes €6.1bn bill on sustainable fisheries

      The European Parliament adopted the 2021-2027 fisheries and aquaculture fund to support the blue economy, protect biodiversity and promote international ocean governance. The initiative is also aimed to support fishing communities. The new European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) encourages Member States to invest in making the fisheries and aquaculture sectors more competitive and helping develop a sustainable blue economy, new markets and technologies.

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    • Slovenian Presidency to focus on digital and green reforms and future of Europe

      Slovenian Presidency to focus on digital and green reforms and future of Europe

      Under the slogan “Together. Resilient. Europe.”, the Slovenian presidency will focus on recovery and resilience, translating ambitious green goals into binding legislation, strategic autonomy, the digital transition, rule of law and the protection of external borders, Slovenia's PM Janez Janša told MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday. He and the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen participated in a discussion on the planned activities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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    • MEPs: Start applying budget conditionality immediately

      MEPs: Start applying budget conditionality immediately

      The budget conditionality regulation does not require any additional clarification to be applied and rule of law breaches must be addressed without delay, MEPs said on Thursday. In a resolution adopted by the Budget and Budgetary Control committees, they expressed regret that the Commission has decided to abide by the non-binding December 2020 European Council conclusions and delay application of the budget conditionality regulation.

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    • MEPs: AI should be put under strong human oversight

      MEPs: AI should be put under strong human oversight

      The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in law enforcement and the judiciary should be subject to strong safeguards and human oversight, according to the EP Civil Liberties Committee. In a draft report adopted with 36 votes to 24, and 6 abstentions, MEPs highlight the need for democratic guarantees and accountability for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in law enforcement, the EP press service reported.

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    • EU guarantees right for safe legal abortion

      EU guarantees right for safe legal abortion

      The European parliament passed a resolution that guarantees the right of every woman for legal and safe abortion, Reuters reported. The bill comes as part of EU efforts to protect women's health. The resolution calls for all 27 Member States to amend legislation. The resolution, approved by 378 to 255 votes, said the Covid-19 pandemic had limited the access to many services crucial for sexual and reproductive health and rights, claiming that pandemic had affected women more than men.

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    • MEPs adopt greener funds for regional development and cooperation

      MEPs adopt greener funds for regional development and cooperation

      Parliament adopted on Wednesday three EU funds to strengthen the EU’s economic, social and territorial cohesion with a total of €243 billion, the EP press service reported. The so-called “cohesion package” comprises the European Territorial Cooperation Goal (Interreg), the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund, as well as the Common Provisions Regulation, a set of norms governing EU regional, cohesion and social funds over the next seven years.

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    • MEPs agree to strengthen the European Medicines Agency’s capacity

      MEPs agree to strengthen the European Medicines Agency’s capacity

      Public health MEPs agree to change the European Medicines Agency’s mandate to reinforce its role and better equip the EU to manage future health crises, EP Press service reported. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Tuesday, with 68 votes in favour, 3 against and 8 abstentions, its negotiating position on the extension of the mandate of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The position is scheduled to be voted on during the July plenary session.

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    • MEPs reach political agreement on €5bn Brexit Adjustment Reserve

      MEPs reach political agreement on €5bn Brexit Adjustment Reserve

      EU legislators reached a political agreement on Thursday on the €5bn Brexit Adjustment Reserve, paving the way for a first payment by December, EP Press service reported. With a budget of €5bn (in 2018 prices - €5.4bn in current prices), the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) will focus on countries and sectors worst affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. A first instalment of €1.6bn in pre-financing will be available by December 2021. Two other pre-financing tranches of €1.6bn will be paid at the beginning of 2022 and 2023. The remaining €1bn will be paid in 2025.

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