About: Strasbourg

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 27-09-2018

Eternal debate continues over having a single seat for European Parliament

For four days a month, the entire European Parliament moves from Brussels to Strasbourg. In his documentary, Le grand déménagement (“The big move”), Olivier Lamour addresses the perennial European debate: should there only be a single European seat in Brussels? EURACTIV France reports.
Cybersecurity 12-09-2018

Juncker goes to war against disinformation and online terrorist content

The European Commission is set to pursue a crackdown on the spread of online terrorist content and disinformation, its president Jean-Claude Junker announced in his State of the Union address on Wednesday (12 September). 
Digital 06-09-2018

Living on a prayer: Artists step up case for copyright reform

A vote on the contentious copyright bill will take place in the European Parliament on 12 September in Strasbourg. The directive aims to ensure that producers of creative content are remunerated fairly online. A number of artists, including Sir Paul McCartney, have supported the bill, while opponents say it could lead to censorship.
Economy & Jobs 04-07-2018

MEPs show support for Parliament interpreters

Interpreters at the European Parliament are currently on strike, but can be requisitioned in case of a session. MEPs showed their support for them on Tuesday (3 July) by switching off their microphones for 30 minutes. EURACTIV.fr reports.

We have the right to shape our own legal system, Polish PM tells EU

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki defended his country's recent overhaul of the judiciary on Wednesday (4 July), while laying out his vision for Europe's future.

Verhofstadt threatens to take Council to court for ‘failure to act’ on asylum reform

The European Parliament debated the priorities for Europe on Tuesday, ahead of a crucial EU summit due on 28-29 June. Among those priorities, the reform of the Dublin regulation seems the most pressing and MEPs urged EU leaders to find an agreement on the asylum system.
Future EU 06-07-2017

France continues to block debate on Strasbourg seat

The movement to establish a single European Parliament seat in Brussels has the wind in its sails. But France is resolutely blocking any serious debate on the closure of the institution’s Strasbourg premises. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 03-07-2017

French MEPs prepare to fight over Strasbourg seat

Many MEPs hope to replace the European Parliament’s Strasbourg seat with the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which will leave London once the UK pulls out of the EU. But French politicians will not let go of Strasbourg without a fight. EURACTIV France reports.
European Court of Human Rights
Enlargement 27-01-2017

Over 5,000 Turks file cases at European court over purge

More than 5,300 Turks have filed complaints before the European Court of Human Rights over their government's purge following a failed coup last July, the president of the court said Thursday (26 January).
Transport 25-11-2016

French minister trades blows with MEPs over dieselgate, Renault

Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal travelled to Strasbourg yesterday (24 November) to defend her response to the dieselgate scandal. But the meeting rapidly escalated, with MEPs criticising the minister’s reluctance to punish French automotive champion Renault. EURACTIV France reports.
Enlargement 24-11-2016

Parliament backs freeze of Turkish membership talks

The European Parliament on Thursday voted in favour of a freeze of membership talks with Turkey over its post-coup crackdown, further escalating tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Public Affairs 22-11-2016

Parliament divided over future of British MEPs

The redistribution of the European Parliament's top jobs in January raises questions over the future of British MEPs. Blocking the Brits may hand key posts to the extreme right, EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 21-11-2016

Britain’s Brexit minister holds first meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg

Britain’s ‘Brexit’ minister headed to Brussels and Strasbourg Monday (21 November), in his first official meetings on the continent since taking up the portfolio after the UK’s June referendum.
Brexit 18-10-2016

Leaderless UKIP not in ‘death spiral’, party insists

The UK Independence Party was thrown into further turmoil on Monday (17 October) with the resignation from the party of its favourite for the leadership, Steven Woolfe, who branded the party "ungovernable" without Nigel Farage.
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

Malmström backs EU whistleblower over Thai labour rights

EU Trade Commission Cecilie Malmström on Thursday (6 October) strongly backed the British labour rights activist who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand, for which he received a three-year suspended jail sentence.
Future EU 28-09-2016

Eurosceptic MEPs float anti-Schulz amendment

A group of MEPs have produced an amendment aimed at limiting the mandate of a European Parliament president to five years, or two half-mandates. A manoeuvre specifically designed to outflank Martin Schulz. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 14-09-2016

State of the Union: As it happened

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker kicked off his State of the European Union address at the European Parliament at 9am today (14 Wednesday). EURACTIV's live feed brought breaking news, live video and analysis of the speech.

Turkey working with Council of Europe on post-coup prosecutions

A delegation from Turkey's justice ministry has met with the Council of Europe to review European human rights standards and conventions as Ankara prepares to prosecute those it holds responsible for the failed 15 July coup, the head of the CoE said.
13-05-2016

Strasbourg speaks in defence of hosting European Parliament

MEPs have repeatedly argued that the European Parliament should abandon its Strasbourg seat. The Alsatian capital is poorly connected and the French authorities are reluctant to spend money improving infrastructure. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.

Report: Two European Parliament drivers caught with Islamic State propaganda

Two drivers working for the European Parliament have been caught in possession of Islamic State propaganda material, Der Spiegel wrote on Saturday (16 April).
Brexit 30-03-2016

Europe court rejects call to prosecute London police over De Menezes shooting

The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday (30 March) rejected calls for London police to be prosecuted over the killing of a Brazilian man mistaken for a jihadist following attacks in the British capital in 2005.  
Agrifood 28-10-2015

Greens win vote to bar EU funding for bullfighting

The European Parliament on Wednesday (28 October) confirmed that no money from the EU budget will be used to fund bullfighting activities that involve the death of the animal. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Agrifood 28-10-2015

MEPs vote to cap some agricultural emissions, but not cow burps

The European Parliament today (28 October) backed proposed caps on methane and ammonia in draft legislation to reduce air pollution, setting up tough negotiations with the Council of Ministers over the bill.