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Future EU 18-10-2019

Brexit, von der Leyen’s approval assert European Parliament key role

Two crucial dossiers for the EU's future need to be rubber-stamped by the European Parliament in the next two months, the Brexit deal and the approval of the new EU executive. Parliament President David Sassoli, making his debut among EU-28 leaders, assured them the new assembly was not "messy" but taking its job seriously.
Future EU 01-10-2019

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Schmit/Wojciechowski

The European Parliament will be grilling the proposed members of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission in a series of hearings between 30 September and 8 October.
Future EU 30-09-2019

Legal Affairs committee confirms Trócsányi and Plumb rejection, hearings suspended

The European Parliament will not be hearing Commissioner-designates for Hungary, Laszlo Trocsanyi, and Romania, Rovana Plumb, after the Legal Affairs committee concluded on Monday (30 September) they are not apt for the job due to a conflict of interest. 
EU Elections 2019 30-09-2019

A short guide to the Commissioner hearings

The members of the Von der Leyen Commissioner will be grilled by the European Parliament in a series of hearings aimed at evaluating whether they are fit for the job. These are the key elements. 
Future EU 26-09-2019

Romanian, Hungarian Commissioner nominees rejected

Romania’s Commissioner-designate Rovana Plumb was rejected by the European Parliament’s legal committee on Thursday (26 September) by a vast majority of the MEPs, over potential conflicts of interest. With the clock ticking, Bucharest must now propose another candidate.
Future EU 26-09-2019

Commissioner-nominees Trocsanyi and Plumb face grilling over personal finances

European lawmakers on Wednesday (25 September) asked the Romanian and Hungarian EU commissioner nominees to face a grilling over potential conflicts of interest and discrepancies in property statements.

Parliament wins its battle: Kövesi to become first EU Public Prosecutor

Negotiators from the European Parliament and EU member states agreed on Tuesday (24 September) to appoint Laura Codruţa Kövesi, the MEPs’ preferred candidate, as the first head of the newly-created EU Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).
Economy & Jobs 24-09-2019

Draghi calls for euro budget in farewell to MEPs

ECB President Mario Draghi urged EU co-legislators on Monday (23 September) to set up a fiscal capacity to counter eurozone’s economic shocks, as he warned of the worsening economic outlook in his farewell debate with MEPs.

Investors demand binding EU measures to shield from climate risks

A growing number of investors are making their decision based on climate risks and sustainability criteria. Although EU lawmakers are working on making the valuation of companies more uniform in the EU taxonomy, financiers want binding measures. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 12-09-2019

Irish backstop must be part of Brexit deal, says EU Parliament chief

There will be no Brexit deal without an Irish backstop, European Parliament President David Sassoli said on Thursday (12 September). However, the EU is willing to revive a proposal that would keep only Northern Ireland in the bloc’s orbit to...
Politics 12-09-2019

Von der Leyen’s Commission: More presidentialist, more parliamentarian

The College put forward by Ursula von der Leyen builds on lessons learned from the sometimes negative experience of the Juncker Commission, writes Robert Stüwe.
Agrifood 12-09-2019

Forest protection likely to be new priority for EU Parliament

Large areas of forest are being cleared worldwide for the agricultural industry. Although the EU requires its contracting partners to protect the environment,  it lacks the means for enforcement. Environmentalists and the European Parliament see an urgent need for action. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Europe's East 06-09-2019

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy blamed for the release of key MH17 suspect

A Ukrainian court on Thursday (5 September) released on bail a man suspected of involvement in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014 that killed 298 people.
Economy & Jobs 04-09-2019

Lagarde pledges to continue with Draghi’s loose monetary stance

Christine Lagarde promised on Wednesday (4 September) to respond with “agility” to the looming financial and economic turbulences once she becomes the president of the European Central Bank in November, while confirming that the current loose monetary stance will continue for a “long period of time.”
Future EU 28-08-2019

France proposes europhile Sylvie Goulard as Commissioner

France has proposed Sylvie Goulard as its European Commissioner candidate. An expert on European issues, the former centrist MEP was central to helping Emmanuel Macron develop his European contacts during his successful 2017 presidential campaign. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 25-07-2019

Is the EU-Mercosur deal being highjacked by premature criticism?

Almost a month ago, the European Commission signed a free trade agreement with the South American trade alliance Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). Since then, criticism has hailed, and not only from protectionists. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future of mobility 23-07-2019

Transport committee chair: The aim is to put climate on political agenda in all sectors

In an interview with EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement, the newly elected chair of the European Parliament's committee on transport and tourism (TRAN), French Green MEP Karima Delli, spoke about her new priorities. These include relaunching the rail system, regulating transport in a climate-friendly manner and reducing car pollution.
Future EU 23-07-2019

The balance of powers in the new European Parliament

With majorities in the European Parliament becoming more unstable, votes are becoming more unpredictable. The power structure has shifted considerably as a result of the European elections. While the liberal group Renew Europe will likely be decisive, German MEPs are set to be the most influential. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 22-07-2019

Parliament’s top jobs at a glance

All boxes of the European Parliament's complex power-sharing puzzle have now been ticked, after last week's appointment of Slovak conservative Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová as chairwomen of the Social Affairs Committee. EURACTIV brings you all chairs of the Parliament's 22 committees at a glance.
Future EU 17-07-2019

Macron’s MEPs try to make a name for themselves

Internal discipline, "cordon sanitaire" against nationalist parties, assertiveness on environmental matters. So far, Macron's deputies in the European Parliament have shown a conception of European politics that breaks from French tradition. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 16-07-2019

Von der Leyen confirmed as new Commission president by paper-thin majority

Updates with von der Leyen’s first press conference The European Parliament confirmed on Tuesday (16 July) Ursula von der Leyen by a paper-thin majority as the new European Commission president, giving her the reins of the EU executive for the...
EU Elections 2019 16-07-2019

Von der Leyen likely to be confirmed as she wins majority of Socialists

A large majority of Socialist MEPs were ready to support Ursula von der Leyen to become the next president of European Commission, paving the way for her confirmation during the vote scheduled for Tuesday evening (16 July).

Von der Leyen leans on gender balance in quest for Commission presidency

In her first speech before the European Parliament on Tuesday (16 July), Ursula von der Leyen made gender equality a cornerstone of her case to be appointed as the first female European Commission president. And she received support for that from across the political spectrum.
EU Elections 2019 16-07-2019

Selmayr’s departure: Just in time for von der Leyen’s election?

European Commission Secretary-General Martin Selmayr, whose sudden promotion angered MEPs last year and earned a rebuke from the European Ombudsman, will step down from his post next week, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said on Tuesday (16 July).

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