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Data protection 04-10-2018

A ‘fifth freedom’ of the EU: MEPs back an end to data localisation

MEPs voted on Thursday to (4 October) to support the final text on the free flow of non-personal data across the EU, hailed as a potential game changer for the digital economy. The regulation was adopted with overwhelming support in the European Parliament with 520 votes to 81.
Politics 10-07-2018

Transparency International reveals MEPs’ additional income

MEPs’ outside income raises questions : some MEPs (particularly on the far-right) take part in activities which are likely to lead to conflicts of interest, without the European Parliament taking the slightest action. EURACTIV.fr reports
Enlargement 12-12-2017

Four (and a half) reasons why Schengen would be better off with Bulgaria and Romania

The refusal to extend the Schengen area to Bulgaria and Romania is a blatant example of lack of solidarity, disrespect for commitments and disregard for the EU’s own decision-making process, writes Sergei Stanishev.
Africa 28-11-2017

S&D chief: ‘Employment for young Africans is a huge challenge’

On the eve of the EU-Africa Summit, Gianni Pittella says that European short-termism in migration policy will not address its root causes, and looks at agribusiness to leverage the continent out of poverty - 'but not at any cost'.

Luxleaks case reaches highest grade of judgement

The hearing of an appeal case for Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, who exposed corporate tax schemes in Luxembourg, opened on Thursday (November 23), after the European Parliament voted last month in favour of protection for whistleblowers.  EURACTIV France reports.
Circular economy 23-11-2017

Wasted opportunity: EU stalemate on food waste reduction

Food waste reduction targets are causing a stalemate in discussions on the circular economy: member states keep rejecting the parliament ambition to halve wasteful practices by 2030.
Agrifood 22-11-2017

MEPs divided on the citizens’ initiative to ban glyphosate

More than a million European citizens have signed a petition to ban glyphosate, a pesticide classed as a probable carcinogen. In the face of European concerns, MEPs are divided. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 16-11-2017

COP23 in search of a leader

Between coal-addicted Germany, and France that brings ideas but no new commitments, and the EU entangled in its contradictions, the political weight of this COP turned out lighter than expected. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 15-11-2017

Divided on biofuel phase-out, Parliament looks for compromise

The lawmaker in charge of steering the EU’s biofuels reform in the European Parliament is looking for compromise after MEPs last week rejected his proposal to phase out crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030 and ban palm oil in biodiesel almost a decade earlier.
Agrifood 14-11-2017

The dismal prospect of advanced biofuels in the EU

Advanced biofuels are proposed as the next fuels to replace oil, but the EU regulatory environment is fuzzy and uncertain to lure investors and some questionable solutions may benefit the most – in addition to oil, writes Zoltán Szabó.
Electric cars 27-10-2017

Green MEP: ‘I pledge for a bold approach to e-mobility’

The Greens will support electrification in cities as long as it is not limited to cars but also extended to other means of transport, Greens MEP Cramer said in an interview with EURACTIV Greece.

MEPs call for stronger protection for whistleblowers

MEPs adopted by a large majority a report calling for a tough EU law on the protection of whistleblowers on Tuesday (24 October), despite attempts by some right-wing MEPs to water it down. EURACTIV France reports.
Freedom of thought 19-10-2017

From Mandela to Malala: Sakharov winners that won the Nobel Peace prize

Four laureates of the European Parliament’s Sakharov prize for freedom of thought, an award established in 1988 and named after the Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, also won the Nobel for peace. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Endocrine disruptors: A guilty definition

French socialist MEPs are defiant against the Commission's "weak, superficial and incomplete" definition of endocrine disruptors, blaming it on French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot, and calling on the European Parliament to reject it on Wednesday 4 October.
Frans Timmermans
Brexit 07-07-2016

Timmermans to MEPs: Don’t let your democratic mandate be ridiculed

“Don’t let your democratic mandate be ridiculed or diminished, stand up for it. You are the representatives of more than 500 million people,” European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans told MEPs in a powerful speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday (6th July).
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ALDE Group
EU Priorities 2020 29-06-2016

Welcome to the ALDE Group world / European institutions open doors days 2016 / Brussels

We are the Alliance of European Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament. Our Group is composed of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party and the European Democratic Party.

Extreme-right MEPs cost taxpayers one million euros a month

EXCLUSIVE / Extreme-right MEPs in the Europe of Freedom and Nations group have cost EU taxpayers more than an estimated €1 million a month since the European Parliament alliance was formed almost a year ago.
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Are MEPs human?
Languages & Culture 17-09-2015

Are MEPs human?

A collection of 200 portraits was unveiled on 14 September at the European Parliament's Esplanade in Brussels. The photos are part of an exhibition organised by EU40 called "Like You", which aims to show the human side of politicians by placing their pictures next to pictures of ordinary citizens.

Moonlighting MEPs under scrutiny for conflict of interests

German MEP Birgit Collin-Langen (EPP) is quitting her second job on the board of energy giant RWE. Collin-Langen announced she'll leave RWE's board after an investigation came out on Wednesday (18 June) that put MEPs' additional sources of income under the spotlight.
Social media training in the EP
Digital 18-06-2015

Facebook still top choice for social savvy MEPs, report shows

Out of the 11 social media platforms where the European Parliament has accounts, its biggest following—no surprise—are on Facebook and Twitter. Then there are Parliament accounts on Youtube, Foursquare, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, Vine, Spotify, Google+ and LinkedIn.
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EU Elections 2014 13-10-2014

French and Austrian MEPs earn the most from external activities

Transparency International has published statistics on declarations of financial interests made by the 751 Members of the European Parliament. The Parliament's centre and right wing are the highest earners. EURACTIV France reports
EU Elections 2014 04-09-2014

The EU is in a spin, officials get caught in revolving doors

It's revolving door season in Brussels as ex-MEPs, departing commissioners and former officials decide on their future career moves. But the rules preventing conflicts of interest and abuses of power are found wanting states Vicky Cann.
Public Affairs 02-09-2014

The revolving door keeps on spinning: it’s time for ex-MEPs to cool off!

The former chair of the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), Sharon Bowles, created a furore last week by taking up a position as a non-executive director at the London Stock Exchange.  This followed recent reports of two other ex-ECON members also walking through the revolving door.  In an election year, when many ex-MEPs are back on the job market, particular scrutiny rightly needs to be paid to such potential conflicts of interest and in April, the Transparency International EU Office (TI-EU) highlighted the issue in a report on the EU integrity system.
Every year, the European Parliament meets for 12 four-day part-sessions in Strasbourg and six additional two-day part-sessions in Brussels. Strasbourg 2005 [Christopher Cotrell/Flickr]
Future EU 01-08-2014

Auditors put price tag on EU Parliament ‘travelling circus’

Roughly €114 million is spent every year to move the European Parliament between its Brussels and Strasbourg seats every month, according to a new assessment by the European Court of Auditors. EURACTIV Germany reports.