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Politics 24-06-2022

Far-right and left most pro-Kremlin in EU Parliament, data finds

Attitudes towards Russia in the European Parliament vary according to country and ideology, new data published this week suggests, with parties from the far-left and far-right the most sympathetic to the Kremlin.
Technology 22-06-2022

EU Parliament’s Pegasus committee fires against NSO Group

The inquiry committee to investigate the use of the Pegasus spyware questioned a representative of the Israeli company behind the technology, the NSO Group, with questions but still many remain unanswered.
Enlargement 21-06-2022

Some 120,000 march in Georgia ‘for Europe’ after blow to EU bid

At least 120,000 Georgians took to the streets Monday (20 June) in support of the country's EU membership bid, after the European Commission recommended deferring Tbilisi's candidacy.
Energy 16-06-2022

French MEPs divided on gas and nuclear in EU taxonomy ahead of key vote

French EU lawmakers are divided on including gas and nuclear power in the EU's green finance taxonomy ahead of a final vote in July, as MEPs recently adopted a resolution opposing a delegated act to that effect, but only by a small margin.
Future of mobility 13-06-2022

French car industry calls ban on combustion engine cars ‘industrial destruction’

The French car industry has unanimously condemned the European Parliament’s vote to ban the production of combustion engine cars from 2035, arguing it amounts to “industrial destruction” and a “step into the unknown”.
Politics 10-06-2022

Health could be key to opening EU treaties

Health policy is at the heart of demands for EU treaty reform after MEPs voted on Thursday (9 June) for EU leaders to establish a constitutional convention to reopen the EU treaties.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2022

Businesswomen are vital to face EU challenges, MEP says

The strengthening of the private sector is a pivotal goal for Europe if it wants to deal with current crises, and women must significantly contribute to it, Danish MEP and former entrepreneur Pernille Weiss told EURACTIV.
Technology 02-06-2022

AI regulation filled with thousands of amendments in the European Parliament

Each political group of the European Parliament submitted a few hundred amendments to the upcoming AI Act, setting the tone for future discussions.
Health 18-05-2022

Health Brief: Cross-border healthcare rights are (still) unknown

After ten years with the cross-border health directive, hardly anyone in the EU is aware of their rights to be treated in another county, the European Commission's new evaluation of the directive has revealed. Just as plenty of evaluations before them have.

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.
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.