Tag Archives: MEPs

Press conference: Illegal sales of Schengen and Medical Visa Scandal involving Maltese PM’s Office

The press conference will take place tomorrow, 26th of June at 11:30am in the European Parliament room – PHS 0A50 BRUSSELS, 25-Jun-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — There is evidence that points to the possibility that up to 88.000 Schengen visas and … Read the full press release

Green German MEP Jan Albrecht on EU/US data protection agreement adopted by MEPs

BRUSSELS, 02-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Trust in the US took a hit following revelations of mass surveillance by Edward Snowden, but an agreement on data protection adopted by MEPs today should help to restore it. The deal known as the umbrella … Read the full press release

MEPs approve €31.5 million EU aid for flood damage in Bavaria

MEPs approved €31.5 million in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria in a plenary vote on Thursday. Seven people died in the May and June 2016 floods, which affected more than 47,000 people in Lower Bavaria. Over 2,000 … Read the full press release

MEPs: The European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) should be extended to include non-EU nationals

The European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), which EU countries use to exchange information on the criminal convictions of EU citizens, should be extended to include non-EU nationals, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs said on Monday. MEPs also want the system … Read the full press release

MEPs discussion on organic food: further research may be needed to establish organic food’s nutritional benefits

BRUSSELS, 19-11-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Organic food is gaining in popularity, but what are the health benefits? MEPs discussed the impact of organic food with experts during a meeting organised by the Parliament’s science and technology unit (STOA) on 18 … Read the full press release

MEPs: Migration and security the main challenges EU and its neighbours must deal with urgently

MEPs called on Wednesday for more focus on migration and security and more flexibility in the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), after foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and neighbourhood policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn presented their proposals for a new ENP … Read the full press release

Kimiko Ishizaka to perform Chopin for the European Parliament

Pianist Kimiko Ishizaka to perform for MEPs and the general public in the European Parliament as part of “Meet the new Authors”, an initiative sponsored by MEP Julia Reda in the context of the EU copyright evaluation report. BRUSSELS, 14-4-2015 — /EuropaWire/ … Read the full press release

European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) comments on MEPs support for 2030 renewables target

MEPs have today reaffirmed their support for an ambitious climate and energy policy and their commitment to renewable energy by supporting three binding 2030 targets for renewables, greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiency. Brussels, Belgium, 14-1-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Members of the … Read the full press release

EU Parliament and Council struck deal on the EU budget for 2014

After negotiating through the night, Parliament and Council struck a deal on the EU budget for 2014, which also provides for remedying payments shortfalls in in the current fiscal year. MEPs ensured that victims of catastrophic flooding and drought in … Read the full press release

EP mass surveillance hearing: Microsoft, Google and Facebook denied giving NSA direct or unfettered access to their servers

Microsoft, Google and Facebook managers denied giving the NSA or any government in the world direct or unfettered access to their servers, at the ninth NSA inquiry hearing on the mass surveillance of EU citizens held at Parliament on Monday. … Read the full press release

EU intelligence experts told MEPs EP should reconsider EU-US data transfer deals

The European Parliament should use its powers to reconsider EU-US data transfer deals and push for the creation of a European privacy cloud, EU-level protection for whistleblowers and a strong judicial authorisation of surveillance activities, data protection and intelligence experts … Read the full press release

MEPs call for new approach to EU foreign policy based on leadership and defence of EU’s interests and values

Brussels, Strasbourg, 24-10-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — A new approach to EU foreign policy based on leadership and the defence of the EU’s interests and values is needed to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing global order, said MEPs on Thursday. … Read the full press release

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs hear key journalists on the impact of US NSA and other surveillance programmes on EU citizens’ privacy and media freedom

The impact of US National Security Agency and other surveillance programmes on EU citizens’ privacy and media freedom and the lack of democratic oversight of these programmes were the key concerns voiced by MEPs and key journalists on Thursday, in … Read the full press release

New EU lobbying report reveals MEPs code of conduct failing to prevent potential conflicts of interest

23-7-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The new code of conduct for MEPs is failing to prevent potential conflicts of interest in a number of specific cases, finds a new report released today. The research conducted by Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory, … Read the full press release

Regional Development Committee approves €325 billion investment tool for EU regions

New rules for investing €325 billion in regional development projects across the EU in 2014-2020 were approved by the Regional Development Committee on Wednesday. This funding – roughly a third of the EU budget – will boost local growth and … Read the full press release

MEPs add 12 new substances with pollution risk to surface waters to the EU priority list

2-7-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Twelve new substances will be added to the EU priority list of those known to pose a pollution risk to surface waters under rules endorsed by MEPs on Tuesday. For the first time, three pharmaceuticals will also … Read the full press release

MEPs rejected Commission plan to make roadworthiness tests mandatory for motorcycles and trailers

5-6-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Plans to introduce EU minimum standards for roadworthiness tests on motorcycles and trailers under 2,000 kg were rejected by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Thursday. These plans are part of the EU “roadworthiness package”, which would … Read the full press release

Cyprus bailout debate with Olli Rehn & Jorg Asmussen

MEPs dissect Cyprus bailout with Messrs Rehn and Asmussen 13-5-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — The confusion and delay that surrounded decisions on the Cyprus assistance plan were not only due to Cypriot intransigence. Rather, they reveal a need to radically rethink Eurogroup … Read the full press release

Expert hearing on plans to open up the EU’s national rail passenger markets to competition

8-5-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — An expert hearing on plans to open up the EU’s national rail passenger markets to competition will be held by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. Experts representing passengers, rail workers, operators and infrastructure managers will … Read the full press release

NATO Secretary General Rasmussen: Europe must stop the cuts in defence spending

7-5-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — “Soft power alone is no power at all,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told foreign affairs, security and defence MEPs and national MPs on Monday. Speaking in favour of “holding the line on defence spending” in … Read the full press release

The Council should authorize the start of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the US in June, say trade MEPs

2-5-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — The EU Council of Ministers should authorize the start of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the US in June, say International Trade Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. The negotiating mandate should … Read the full press release

New tougher EU rules to ensure chemicals used in industrial processes are not diverted to illegal drug production

29-4-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — New rules to ensure that chemicals used in industrial processes, such as manufacturing plastics, textiles, aspirin, flu and allergy remedies, dyes and perfumes, are not diverted to the illegal production of heroin, speed or crack were adopted … Read the full press release

MEPs quizzed ECB Vice-President Vitor Constancio on credit flow to businesses and households

29-4-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — MEPs quizzed European Central Bank Vice-President Vitor Constancio on what more can be done to help credit flow to businesses and households, whether austerity is the right recipe, ECB transparency and possible interest rate cuts at Wednesday’s … Read the full press release

EEAS could do much better if there were more coordination and synergy among institutions

25-4-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Political leadership and visibility of the External Action Service could be improved if there were more coordination and synergy between it, the Commission and the Council, as was the intention when the functions of High Representative, Commission … Read the full press release

MEPs approved draft law for achieving the 2020 95g Car CO2 target

24-4-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — To reduce the CO2 emissions of new cars sold in the EU to 95g/km by 2020, from 130g today, clean-car innovation should be encouraged by giving “super-credit” weightings to each maker’s cleaner cars and setting more ambitious … Read the full press release

Parliament debates: Guantanamo hunger striking prisoners, Vietnam freedom of expression and Kazakhstan human rights

19-4-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Parliament debated three separate resolutions on Thursday, calling for measures to enhance freedom of expression in Vietnam and to protect human rights in Kazakhstan and expressing concerns about the situation of hunger striking prisoners in Guantanamo. The … Read the full press release