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EU lawmakers soon to vote half the bloc’s flagship climate package

The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) will vote on Monday and Tuesday (16-17 May) on half the texts in the European Commission's flagship Fit for 55 package aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030.
Enlargement 13-05-2022

Ukraine’s integration can start today, EU Parliament chief says

The EU should open its doors to Ukraine, paving the way for immediate access to trade, programs, funding, transport, movement, and more, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Asked by EURACTIV what her thoughts are...
Electric vehicles 10-05-2022

EU lawmakers may push 70% emission cut on carmakers by 2030

The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) is due to vote on mandatory CO2 standards for car manufacturers on Wednesday (11 May), with the possibility of calling for a 70% reduction target by the year 2030. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 10-05-2022

European politicians want citizen panels to be used at EU level

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) ended on Monday (9 May), but a group of politicians want citizens' forums that were at its heart to become a permanent practice at the EU level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 05-05-2022

EU lawmakers back one-year extension of COVID certificate

EU lawmakers backed on Thursday (5 May) a proposal by the EU Parliament's civil liberties committee to extend until June 2023 the EU's digital COVID certificate, set to expire this summer.

MEPs blast French presidency for skipping EU debate on Hungary and Poland

European lawmakers across the political spectrum lashed out on Tuesday (3 May) at the French delegation heading the EU Council for not showing up at a long-delayed debate on the procedure against Hungary and Poland for their alleged breach of EU values. 
Elections 03-05-2022

European Parliament agrees position on EU election law overhaul

On Tuesday (3 May), the European Parliament adopted its position on a major reform of EU electoral law that would introduce bloc-wide transnational lists, following a compromise between the largest EU parties in March.
Future EU 28-04-2022

War in Ukraine highlights need for EU reform with citizen participation

As Russia's war in Ukraine rages on, the need to reform the EU and take citizens' voices into account has become more apparent, according to politicians involved in the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Elections 26-04-2022

Good chance transnational lists at EU polls ‘could fly’, says MEP

There is a 'good chance' that transnational lists at the European elections 'could fly', according to the EU lawmaker seeking to take the proposal into law.

EU urged to step up curbs on foreign spyware

The EU has been urged to step up its actions to prevent politicians, journalists, and activists from being hacked by foreign spyware following new revelations of politicians targeted by the controversial Pegasus software.
Elections 17-04-2022

EU anti-fraud body accuses Marine Le Pen of embezzlement

The EU's anti-fraud body has accused French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and associates of embezzling around €600,000 during their time as MEPs, French website Mediapart said Saturday (16 April), quoting a new report.
Global Europe 01-04-2022

Russia bars Commissioners, MEPs, journalists in response to EU sanctions

Russia said on Thursday (31 March) it had greatly expanded the number of European Union officials, lawmakers, public figures and journalists barred from entering Russia, giving as the reason their responsibility for sanctions and for stoking anti-Russian feelings.
Energy 30-03-2022

Brussels debate: Russia’s ‘Trojan horses’ need to break away from the Kremlin

When Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, the Russian ambassador to NATO and the EU named it one of the Kremlin’s “Trojan horses”, referring to the power Russia could exert on the EU through its new ties to Brussels.
Economy & Jobs 30-03-2022

EU lawmakers push for better protection of bogus self-employed

EU lawmakers quizzed the European Commission executive vice-president, Margrethe Vestager, about new guidelines that would enable self-employed people to seek the protection of collective bargaining agreements, with both sides agreeing that such a right should be guaranteed.

Commission likely to push for recycled PET in food packaging despite concerns

The European Commission will soon decide whether to allow the use of recycled plastics in food packaging despite some suggesting this could endanger consumer health.

EU ministers reach broad consensus on batteries regulation

EU environment ministers adopted on Thursday (17 March) a general approach for the EU batteries regulation, centred on France's compromise proposal, which had drawn all-around praise for being "balanced" and "ambitious". The Council and the Parliament will now negotiate to agree on the final draft.
Future EU 15-03-2022

Disinterest from politicians clouds EUs deliberative democracy experiment

While the debate was more focussed and better organised than before, participants said disinterest from politicians clouded the latest panel of the conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) event in Strasbourg at the weekend. CoFoE is the first EU...
Future EU 14-03-2022

CoFoE: Participants ask for increased EU intervention in Ukrainian war

Participants from the Conference on the Future of Europe met in Strasbourg to speak in front of the conference's plenary, where Ukrainian activists and MPs urged for more drastic EU intervention in Ukraine, including the implementation of a no-fly zone.
Future EU 11-03-2022

Let’s place citizens at the centre of Europe

The Conference on the Future of Europe placed citizens at the centre of reform in the European Union. This should be a concrete and tangible outcome of the Conference. Let us democratise our Union by putting citizens’ participation at the core of European decision making, writes a group of ten MEPs.
Health 10-03-2022

MEPs support making full use of cohesion policy to abolish health inequalities

The European Parliament has approved an own-initiative report suggesting that cohesion policy funds could be one of the ways to reduce health inequalities, which remain huge across the EU. 
Elections 10-03-2022

Biggest EU parties strike compromise to create pan-European MPs

The biggest EU party families have agreed on a compromise to push for a change of EU electoral law to allow for so-called pan-European members of the European Parliament, which could further European integration if successful.
Politics 04-03-2022

EP’s Metsola convenes emergency state parliament session

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, the European Parliament President Roberta Metsola (EPP) convened a meeting of national parliament speakers to coordinate the European response, telling them that “Kyiv is under siege and so is democracy”.
Europe's East 25-02-2022

European Parliament VP Šimečka: Doors for Ukraine’s EU accession must remain open 

As Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to destroy the current security order in Europe, solidarity and unity remain our most potent weapons, but we cannot leave Ukraine to Russia and shut the doors for its EU accession, said Vice-President of European Parliament, Michal Šimečka
Health 18-02-2022

MEPs call for ‘outdated’ EU toy safety directive to be updated

EU lawmakers have approved, by a large majority, a report to update the EU's Toy Safety Directive, which they say no longer meets the necessary standards. EURACTIV France reports.