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€1.2 billion to Italy: Highest ever mobilisation of EU Solidarity

Today, the Budgets Committee approved the biggest-ever mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to provide financial assistance to Italy to mitigate damages from earthquakes that hit the country between August 2016 and January 2017. “This vote sends a strong signal from the European Parliament to Italy, a signal of concrete help: €1.2 billion […]

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Cigarettes: MEPs oppose renewing EU anti-smuggling deals with tobacco firms

A majority of MEPs urged the European Commission not to renew an EU anti-smuggling and anti-counterfeiting deal with Philip Morris International (PMI), which expires in July 2016, in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Instead, they ask it to focus on using EU and international legislative tools to combat smuggling. MEPs note that the PMI deal […]

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Firearms: internal market MEPs to debate draft rules on gun control in the EU

MEPs will give their views on how best to prevent weapons falling into the hands of terrorists and keep track of cross-border arms transfers in the Internal Market Committee’s kick-off debate on the revision of the EU firearms directive on Tuesday at 9.00. Concerns over the impact that the proposal would have on sport shooters, […]

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The EU needs to overcome fear and divisions to safeguard Schengen, say MEPs

The EU needs to overcome its paralysing fears and divisions and to manage migration and refugee flows effectively, said many MEPs in Tuesday’s plenary debate with the Dutch Presidency and the Commission. Protecting the EU’s external borders effectively is vital to safeguard the Schengen passport-free area, they observed. Some also called for zero tolerance of […]

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MEPs move to reduce permitted sugar content in baby foods

Draft EU rules that would allow baby foods to continue to contain up to three times more sugar than is recommended by the World Health Organisation were vetoed by the European Parliament on Wednesday, as they fail to protect infants and young children against obesity, say MEPs. Instead, they advocate reducing the EU sugar content […]

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President of the European Parliament condemns terror attacks in Istanbul and Ouagadougou

President Schulz condemned the terror attacks in Istanbul and Ouagadougou on 12 and 15 January and called for more EU-wide cooperation to counter terrorism. He pledged that terrorism would be fought on the basis of democratic values, using the police, the rule of law, and EU-wide cooperation. The new year began as the old one […]

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EU provides €70 million to support socio-economic reforms and tourism in Tunisia

BRUSSELS, 21 December 2015 / — It will support the country’s socio-economic reforms and its tourism sector for a total amount of €70 million. This support is financed under the European Neighbourhood Instrument in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The European Commission has adopted the second part of its 2015 assistance package for […]

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EU increases humanitarian aid to South Sudan by €20 million

BRUSSELS, 21 December 2015 / With nearly 4 million people estimated unable to meet their food needs, South Sudan is on the brink of famine As the situation in South Sudan worsens and aid delivery is increasingly challenging, the European Commission has released €20 million in new humanitarian assistance for the country. Food insecurity is […]

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