Should Investment in Gas or Nuclear Energy be Treated as Sustainable?

Gas and Nuclear Sustainable?

In the letter, S&D vice-president and shadow rapporteur in the environment committee, Simona Bonafè, and S&D shadow rapporteur in the economic affairs committee, Paul Tang, expressed their opposition to the labelling of gas and nuclear-based energy production as taxonomy compliant. While recognising the role played by gas and nuclear to meet the energy needs nowadays towards the transition to a…

The Fates at Work

“Europe – The Fates at Work”, a painting by the late Heidelberg painter Wassili Lepanto (also Dr. phil. Vasilios Loukopoulos), has been unveiled at the European Parliament. The artist had dedicated it to the European Parliament shortly before his death in 2018. The painting depicts his vision of a peaceful Europe and radiates calm and…

Welfare of Animals in Transit

Animal Welfare in Transit

The European Parliament has endorsed the outcome of eighteen months of work by the committee of inquiry on the protection of animals during transport (ANIT).  In particular, the plenary in Strasbourg has voted a full set of recommendations to the Council and the Commission following the investigation of alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application…

Investigation Demanded into Crimes against Kazakh People

Kazakh Protests

Reacting to the violent events in Kazakhstan earlier this month, the S&D group says it is supporting the European Parliament resolution calling for the international community to investigate the crimes committed against the people of Kazakhstan, including disappearances, reports of torture, arbitrary detention and snipers killing or wounding peaceful protesters.  The resolution also calls for…

Call for Higher Standards for Animal Transport

Animal Welfare

MEPs will this week vote on the recommendations of the Special Inquiry Committee for Animal Transport (ANIT), which was launched on the initiative of the Greens/EFA group. The recommendations will be the basis for the Commission’s new legislation on transporting animals in the EU, with proposals expected by 2023. The Greens/EFA group say they have…

Digital Single Market Needs Clear Rules

Arba Kokalari

The EPP group has welcomed what it calls “new and strong” rules for online platforms. “The European Parliament will send a strong signal that we want a Digital Single Market with clear rules, strong consumer protection and a business-friendly environment”, said Arba Kokalari, speaking during plenary debate on the Digital Services Act (DSA) in the…

Making the EU a True Health Union

European Health Union

The EPP Group wants the European Union to become what it calls a true Health Union with more health powers.  To this end, the EPP Group will vote this week for more resources for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to prevent shortages of critical medicines and medicinal devices. Furthermore, clinical trials will be made more…

Roberts Zile Elected EP Vice President

Roberts Zile

ECR MEP Roberts Zīle has been elected as Vice-President of the European Parliament. The announcement came with the results of the second ballot of votes to elect the 14 Vice-Presidents, whereby MEP Zīle received a majority of 403 votes from his colleagues from across the chamber. Following Mr Zīle’s election, Co-Chairman of the ECR Group Ryszard…

Greens to Support Newly Elected EP President Metsola

Roberta Metsola

The Greens/EFA Group have congratulated Roberta Metsola on her election as President of the European Parliament and offer “critical and constructive” cooperation. The Greens/EFA Group called on all political groups in the European Parliament to ensure proportional representation of the democratic groups of the European Parliament when electing the European Parliament Vice-Presidents. The Greens/EFA Group…

EP Approves Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

CBAM

ECR MEP Zbigniew Kuzmiuk’s Opinion pertaining to the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) has been adopted by the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI).  The Opinion voices firm support for the introduction of the new mechanism, but also expresses some concerns of Committee members’ surrounding the potential consequences of its implementation. “I am very pleased with…