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EU Budget 2020 deal: Investing more in climate action, youth and research

Provisional deal between Parliament and Council reached on Monday Over €500 million for climate action on top of Commission’s proposal Deal still to be formally endorsed by Council and Parliament MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for climate action, research, SMEs and the young in next year’s EU budget, after a second round […]

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European Medicines Agency to be relocated to Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The EU 27 ministers today selected Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as the new seat for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The selection took place in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Article 50), in accordance with the procedure endorsed by the EU 27 heads of State and Government on 22 June 2017. The two EU […]

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The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted in favour of same-sex weddings

The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church today voted in favour of altering the church’s Canon on Marriage to remove the definition that marriage is between a man and a woman and add a new section that acknowledges that there are different understandings of marriage which now allows clergy to solemnise marriage between same […]

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EU road death figures: third year of poor results

Valletta – The European Commission has published new data showing that deaths on EU roads fell by just 2% last year, following a 1% increase in 2015. According to ETSC analysis, road deaths will now need to fall by 11.5% a year in order to meet the EU target of cutting deaths by half in […]

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Paris climate agreement: Parliament to vote on EU ratification after Council green light

The European Parliament will vote on Tuesday to give its consent to the ratification of the Paris climate agreement by the European Union, after Council gave its green light on Friday. For Environment Committee chair Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT) the decision allows the EU to remain a leader in climate action ahead of the […]

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Turkey: handling of aftermath of coup attempt is a crucial test, say MEPs

The respect of human rights and the rule of law in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt will be a crucial test for the state of the country’s democracy, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. They assessed the results of last week’s fact-finding mission to Turkey by the committee chair and […]

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President Schulz comments on latest developments in Turkey

The attempted coup yesterday evening in Turkey is shocking and I condemn it in the strongest terms.  Violence never leads to peaceful political transition and only deepens social divisions which are difficult to heal. However, the Turkish Government for its part must not use this occasion to breach democratic rule, restrict freedom of speech and […]

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President Schulz expresses his deep sorrow and condolences following the attack in Nice

This morning, I would like to express my deep sorrow following the attack last night in Nice. On behalf of the European Parliament, I would like to extend my condolences to the families and friends of the many victims.  I send my wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.  I commend the courage and […]

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EPP Group to lead Panama Inquiry Committee

The newly set-up European parliamentary Inquiry Committee which will look into the so-called Panama Papers started its work today by electing its Chairman. The EPP Group’s Werner Langen MEP will chair the investigation into whether or not EU law has been infringed and what legislative changes are necessary to tackle the problems uncovered. Former Polish […]

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Air quality legislation: MEPs strike deal with Council

Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, were informally agreed by MEPs and the Dutch presidency of the Council on Thursday. Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU per year. The agreement now needs to be endorsed by the Environment […]

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European Border and Coast Guard: Parliament and Council strike provisional deal

The creation of an EU border control system received a first green light from Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday night. The cornerstone of the deal is to upgrade today’s Frontex border agency, which, together with national border management authorities, will form a European Border and Coast Guard. It is now up to member states […]

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Statement by President Schulz on the attacks in Brussels

Martin Schulz I am horrified by the despicable and cowardly attacks which took place in Brussels today. My thoughts go out first and foremost to the victims and the wounded, as well as their families and friends. These acts anger and sadden me at the same time. They are born from barbarism and hatred which […]

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Commission makes immediate proposal to implement EU-Turkey agreement: 54,000 places allocated for resettlement of Syrians from Turkey

Following Friday’s agreement between the European Council and Turkey, the Commission is adopting a proposal to amend a Council Decision to relocate people in need for international protection from Italy and Greece. With this amendment, 54,000 places which were foreseen for relocations will now be available for the purpose of resettling Syrians from Turkey to […]

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MEPs propose a centralised EU system for asylum claims with national quotas

The failure to date of the EU asylum system to cope with ever-rising numbers of migrant arrivals calls for a radical overhaul of the so-called Dublin rules, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Wednesday. They propose establishing a central system for collecting and allocating asylum applications. The scheme, which could include a quota for each […]

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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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MEPs demand details of the EU-Turkey deal and compliance with international law

MEPs demanded details on Wednesday of the deal struck by EU leaders with Turkey on the management of migrant and refugee flows, underlining that the international asylum rules must be respected. In a plenary debate with the Council and the Commission, most political group leaders insisted that EU accession negotiations with Turkey and talks on […]

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Stop shelling civilians in Yemen, urge MEPs

A ceasefire that halts attacks against civilians, medical and aid workers, ground fighting and shelling in Yemen is urgently needed to allow life-saving aid to reach the Yemeni people, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They also called on all parties in Yemen’s civil war and their foreign backers to engage in a […]

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Refugees: EU-NATO coordination set to deepen, say Mogherini and Stoltenberg

EU and NATO coordination has started to tackle the refugee crisis and will be further deepened, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told MEPs and national MPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday. “European and national parliaments can play a crucial role in these times and should remain […]

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Firearms proposal: impact on law-abiding citizens dominates EP committee debate

Concerns about the impact that a revised EU firearms directive could have on legal owners of guns in the EU, such as sport shooters, hunters, collectors and museums, were voiced by most MEPs in Internal Market Committee’s kick-off debate on the proposal on Tuesday. The draft revision was proposed by the EU Commission after the […]

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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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