Launch of the Formosa Club

Last night (16th October) a reception was held at the European Parliament to celebrate the inauguration of the Formosa Club – an international body to co-ordinate and strengthen the many parliamentary friendship organisations that promote relations with Taiwan. The name of the Club comes from the name given by Portuguese traders to the island of…

EU Auditors sign off European Agencies’ accounts, but call for action to improve financial management

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has signed off the 2018 accounts of all 41 EU agencies as reliable and confirmed the positive results reported in previous years. In this year’s annual report, published today, the auditors also gave all agencies a clean bill of health as regards their income and spending – except for…

Coal Producing Regions to get EU Support

Coal-producing regions should receive money from the European Union to support their move away from fossil fuels, the European Committee of the Regions said on 9 October. However, the EU’s assembly for local and regional leaders insisted that support should not be at the expense of other regions. The call by local and regional leaders…

Kashmir: “situation is grave, and urgent action is needed”, says Masood Iqbal Mir

The rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir was spelt out at a press briefing by a prominent human rights activist born and raised in the heart of the conflict zone. Speaking in Brussels on Thursday, Masood Iqbal Mir said, “This situation is grave and urgent action is needed.” Mir told reporters at the Brussels press club, “My family, including…

Commission calls on Council to agree 2021-2027 budget

The Commission has called on EU Heads of State or Government to provide political guidance and new impetus to the negotiations in order to reach an agreement on a “fair, balanced and modern” long-term EU budget for the period 2021-2027 before the end of this year.   It comes just ahead of the European Council meeting…

EIB invests in Lithuania

The European Investment Bank is providing €12.5 million to the Lithuanian Public Investment Development Agency, VIPA.  The agreement is backed by the Juncker Plan’s European Fund for Strategic Investments.  VIPA will use the financing to create the first national investment platform dedicated to promote and finance energy efficiency projects across Lithuania.  The investments will focus…

European Parliament rejects French Commissioner nominee

Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has issued a statement after French nominee Sylvie Goulard was rejected by parliament. von der Leyen said, “We are currently in a democratic and transparent parliamentary process. I have proposed 26 candidates, 23 of whom have now been accepted. Three candidates did not obtain majority support for varied reasons. Therefore, the…

European Parliament opposes Commission’s plans to authorise GMO imports

MEPs opposed the EU Commission plans to authorise imports of products containing three glyphosate and glufosinate ammonium-resistant GMOs, in non-binding resolutions on Thursday. On Wednesday evening, MEPs also held a debate with the European Commission on the authorisation process for GMO imports, the shortcomings of which have been regularly pointed out by Parliament. These authorisations…