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Economy & Jobs 19-04-2019

Social security reform postponed until next European Parliament

Deep divisions among MEPs made it clear on Thursday (19 April) that the social security coordination directive, aimed at enforcing the rights of mobile workers, would be postponed for the next European Parliament, after May's EU elections.

EU lawmakers rubber-stamp European Defence Fund, give up parliamentary veto

MEPs signed-off a deal establishing the multi-billion European Defence Fund (EDF) on Thursday (18 April), giving up parliamentary oversight of the EU's military subsidies programme.
Banking union 18-04-2019

EU states force clearing of Estonian, Danish regulators over Danske Bank

National banking supervisors who control the EU banking watchdog effectively forced it to clear financial regulators in Estonia and Denmark, who were investigated in relation to suspected money laundering activities by Danske Bank, a member of the European parliament said on Wednesday (17 April).
Global Europe 18-04-2019

Brunei accused of ‘abusive lobbying’ before critical EU vote

EU officials on Wednesday (17 April) accused Brunei of "rude" and "abusive" lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.

Letters reveal Parliament split ahead of European Defence Fund vote

Ahead of a crucial European Parliament vote on the European Defence Fund (EDF) on Thursday (17 April), MEPs are at odds over the issue of parliamentary scrutiny, internal communication seen by EURACTIV suggests.
Energy 15-04-2019

Claude Turmes: ‘We won the Energy Transition Fund’

The Energy Transition Fund called for by the European Parliament is more than just a pot of money to support coal-dependent regions, says Claude Turmes, Luxembourg’s minister for energy and spatial planning.
Economy & Jobs 11-04-2019

‘Neoliberal monster’: Germans urge EU to shake off its bad image

As many as 78% of Germans say economic inequality between EU member states damages Germany. And two-thirds consider a need for EU reform, with a greater focus on social issues, according to a new survey. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 10-04-2019

Make Europe more local, municipal leaders tell aspiring MEPs

Representatives of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) met with aspiring members of the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday (9 April) to discuss their priorities ahead of the upcoming European elections. 
Economy & Jobs 05-04-2019

EU lawmakers give green light to strengthening parents and carers’ rights

The European Parliament backed on Thursday (4 April) the work-life balance directive, which introduces a set of minimum standards to help reconcile work and family responsibilities for parents and carers in Europe, and thus improve gender equality. 
EU Elections 2019 04-04-2019

AfD chief doubts ‘patriotic alliance’ could be formed in next European Parliament

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD)'s chief candidate for European elections, Joerg Meuthen, expects big gains for nationalist parties but thinks they will have trouble forming a united front to advance an agenda.
EU Elections 2019 02-04-2019

EU elections: 85,000 Germans will not be able to vote

Hundreds of thousands of people in need of full-time care in 16 member states will be excluded from voting in the European elections in May. In Germany, a dispute on this matter arose some time ago, but it remains unlikely that the electoral laws will change before the elections. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 02-04-2019

No-deal Brexit could impact foreign and security policy, Barnier warns

The EU should prepare for the implications of a no-deal Brexit on the future security partnership with the UK, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, told the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee on Tuesday (2 April).
Brexit 02-04-2019

British MEP kicked out as rapporteur for Gibraltar visa waiver law

A British member of the European Parliament lost his role negotiating a post-Brexit visa law on Monday (1 April), amid a dispute over a draft that refers to Gibraltar as a colony.

Nuclear power excluded from EU’s green investment label

The European Parliament voted on a proposed classification for sustainable assets on Thursday (28 March), voting to exclude nuclear power from receiving a green stamp of approval on financial markets.

Table human rights due diligence law, MEPs tell Commission

MEPs have launched ambitious plans for an EU law requiring companies to carry out human rights due diligence in their supply chains.
EU Elections 2019 28-03-2019

Council and Parliament lock horns over EU chief prosecutor choice

MEPs and EU government representatives failed to reach an agreement on the appointment of the bloc’s first chief prosecutor on Wednesday (27 March), following disagreements over the potential hiring of Romania’s former anti-corruption chief Laura Codruţa Kövesi. The talks were the second...

EU on track for 50% emission cuts by 2030, study says

While Germany and Eastern European countries continue to oppose raising the EU’s 40% emission reduction target for 2030, a new analysis insists the bloc will actually manage at least 50% cuts under a business-as-usual scenario taking into account the latest coal phase-out pledges.
EU Elections 2019 27-03-2019

MEPs ask next Commission chief to oust Selmayr

After European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ignored their previous calls, MEPs called on Tuesday (26 March) on the next Commission to review the controversial appointment of Martin Selmayr as secretary-general of the EU executive.
Brexit 27-03-2019

Tusk asks MEPs to stand for ‘remainers’ ahead of crucial votes in London

If the British parliament does not represent those who want to remain in the EU, the European Parliament should, European Council president Donald Tusk told EU lawmakers on Wednesday (27 March) in Strasbourg. 
Brexit 27-03-2019

EU lawmakers urge UK to adopt alternative Brexit plan

With no majority in the UK Parliament for a third vote on the withdrawal agreement, EU lawmakers have called on British MPs to back an alternative Brexit plan or leave without a deal. 
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2019

Stop demonising China, Varoufakis tells Europe

Greece's former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, now standing as a leftist candidate for the European Commission presidency, told the EU on Tuesday (26 March) to stop blaming China for an unbalanced economic relationship because the playing field "was never levelled in Europe".

European Defence Fund on track for vote in April

EU lawmakers in the European Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee (ITRE) on Monday (25 March) green-lighted the recently reached provisional political agreement on the establishment of a European Defence Fund for 2021-2027.

MEPs push to give EU prosecutor job to Kövesi on 27 March

Bucharest appears to be deliberately delaying the nomination of the EU's first-ever prosecutor general, fearing the Romanian candidate, Laura Codruta Kövesi, is well positioned to get the job, reports Dan Alexe, a blogger at EUelectionsRomania.com.
Brexit 15-03-2019

EU warns Brexit extension cannot be taken for granted

The European Union executive said on Thursday (14 March) Britain will have to justify any request to postpone Brexit beyond the end of this month and that EU leaders would put a priority on avoiding disrupting EU institutions in considering it.

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