We are on a stress test of our European values, Bert Koenders, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister admitted in the European Parliament yesterday (2 February), following a 5-hour debate on the ongoing migration crisis, in which more than 150 statements were made.
Poland's prime minister told MEPs yesterday (19 January) that her government had not breached European or Polish laws, after the EU began an investigation into charges that Warsaw was undermining democratic principles.
France is pushing to accelerate the adoption of the European Passenger Name Record (PNR). The French Minister of State for European affairs urged MEPs to support the bill, and to reach an agreement by the end of the year.
MEP Hans van Baalen (VVD), a Dutch member of the European Parliament , was elected the new President of the ALDE Party at the ALDE Party Congress in Budapest on Saturday (21 November), triumphing over former Estonian Commissioner Siim Kallas.
Only MEPs from the EPP, the Socialists & Democrats, and ALDE have voted in favour of making the next European elections more “European”, according to a study published by VoteWatch Europe yesterday (12 November).
The heads of three political groups in the European Parliament sent a joint letter yesterday (9 November) to the 28 EU leaders urging them to back the European Commission’s proposals on refugees. EurActiv Greece reports .
On Wednesday (9 September), MEPs held a heated debate on how to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his first ever State of the Union Speech in Strasbourg.
Despite optimism at Monday’s emergency summit that a deal could be reached this week, new developments demonstrate that a significant gap remains between Athens and its lenders . EurActiv Greece reports.
The idea of a reinsurance mechanism for savings accounts is among the few concrete proposals in the Five Presidents' report. By helping to avoid bank runs, it would offer the beginnings of a solution to the Greek crisis. EurActiv France reports .
The French minister of the economy met MEPs in Strasbourg this week to defend his economic reform bill. He used the opportunity to call on the European Commission to maximise the Juncker Plan's support for digital projects. EurActiv France reports .
EU lawmakers Tuesday (28 April) demanded the bloc share the burden of accepting asylum seekers, as the pressure on southern European countries from migrants crossing the Mediterranean showed no sign of easing.
The so-called Monti group, named after its chairman, the former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, is trying to identify what exactly creates European added value, so that more resources for the EU budget would come from there in the future, to the relief of taxpayers, member Ivailo Kalfin told EurActiv.
Parliament’s alliance set against adopting the controversial Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal fragmented yesterday in Strasbourg (11 February) as Socialists and Liberals signaled they would agree to the package with conditions, leaving only the Greens opposed as a group.
The European Parliament’s refusal to launch a committee of inquiry on tax evasion has been a hard pill to swallow for many MEPs, who have been left questioning the role of their institution alongside the new Commission. EurActiv France reports .
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has implored MEPs to accept the creation of a single, shared data base of personal information on air passengers arriving in, or leaving, the EU. EurActiv France reports .
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