Commission 

 

Expert Group set to meet to discuss delay to EU’s tobacco traceability system

Expert Group set to meet to discuss delay to EU’s tobacco traceability system

A Commission Expert Group, including representatives of the executive’s health directorate and member states, will meet on Friday to discuss the EU’s tobacco traceability system. A European Union directive requires member states to gradually introduce systems providing for tobacco traceability and security from May 20. With concern mounting about the likelihood of member states meeting the…

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Survey shows strong support for Aliyev’s policies

As EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Strengthens, survey shows strong support for Aliyev’s policies 

More than 90 percent of the text of the new EU-Azerbaijan trade and political agreement deal is already agreed, it has been revealed. The news, which emerged from this week’s Azerbaijan-EU Cooperation Council in Brussels, coincides with publication of a new survey by a French pollster showing that over 85% of those polled appraised  Azerbaijani…

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Gives thumbs up to management of the EU’s 2017 budget

EP gives thumbs up to management of the EU’s 2017 budget

At this week’s plenary session in Strasbourg MEPs welcomed the fact that the error rate for payments – as estimated by the ECA – had reached an all-time low of 2.4%. However, they raised some concerns about how testing samples were selected. MEPs are worried about the mounting payments backlog, which reached a new record of…

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Council 

 

UK Politics in Trouble: Smith

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today given an impassioned speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg warning that the Leave campaigns lied and broke the law, and that politicians from the campaign will do so again in the upcoming EU elections. Smith said: “President, thank you. So as a Scottish and UK member it turns out reports of…

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Vote to establish new Internal Security Fund

MEPs vote to establish new Internal Security Fund

A new fund that will support Member States’ efforts to boost security within and between their countries has been endorsed during a vote at this week’s plenary meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. As currently proposed, the Internal Security Fund will have a budget of just under €5 billion to support objectives such as…

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Flight Safety in Europe After Brexit

Council Agrees Position on Flight Safety After Brexit

The EU is taking the steps which are needed to continue to ensure a high level of aviation safety in its airspace the event that the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated agreement. Today, the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee approved a mandate for the presidency to start talks with the European Parliament on a…

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Parliament

 

UK Politics in Trouble: Smith

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today given an impassioned speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg warning that the Leave campaigns lied and broke the law, and that politicians from the campaign will do so again in the upcoming EU elections. Smith said: “President, thank you. So as a Scottish and UK member it turns out reports of…

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Greta Thunberg calls on EP to take drastic action to save the planet

The 16-year old Swede, who inspired the worldwide “School Strike For Climate” movement, addressed MEPs in an Environment Committee meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday. In her opening statement, Greta Thunberg called for “permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to combat the breakdown of the climate and eco systems. This includes reducing CO2…

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Thousands of EU27 citizens still risk face losing their vote in the European elections in the UK.

Leading citizens’ rights group New Europeans has raised the alarm about the prospect of mass voter disenfranchisement at the European elections in the UK on 23 May 2019. The problem arises because EU27 citizens  need to complete a paper form to confirm they will only vote in EU elections in the UK (and not in their member state of…

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Regions

 

Carles Puigdemont announces candidacy in European Parliament

Carles Puigdemont announces candidacy in European Parliament Elections

Still living in exile in Belgium, Carles Puigdemont the independent Catalan politician chose the Brussels Press Club as the venue to announce today his candidature for election to the European Parliament in the 23 May elections.  Flanked by four colleagues from the party “Junts per Catalunya” Gorka Knorr, Erika Casajoanna, Calara Ponsati and Toni Comin,…

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Open Letter to the President of the European Parliament

Open Letter to the President of the European Parliament from Dan Radu Rușanu

We publish here in full the text of a letter to the President of the European Parliament, and to the Leaders of the Parliamentary Political Groups, from Dan Radu Rușanu. My name is Dan Radu Rușanu and I have been a PNL member (Romanian National Liberal Party) since January 1990. During the period 2000-2013, I was Vice-President…

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Religious Freedom - Taiwan

Taiwan Safeguarding Regional Religious Freedom

An inaugural meeting of the Regional Religious Freedom Forum in Taiwan has heard that the country is flying the flag for safeguarding religious freedom, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. The meeting heard that Taiwan is committed to ending intolerance and persecution of religious minorities. Organized by Taipei City-based Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, the two-day event…

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