Drive to Reject MiFD

Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are leading the drive to reject the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) Quick Fix.On Thursday they voted against it in the European Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee.  The European Commission’s declared objective was to amend the MiFID regime to alleviate the impact of the Covid-19 crisis…

The Challenges of Teleworking

Despite all the benefits of teleworking, it is now important not to slide into a culture of “round-the-clock” availability of employees That was one of the messages to emerge from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) when it held a remote hearing on the challenges of teleworking. Bringing together EESC and European Parliament (EP) members, as…

European Socialists Hail Biden Confirmation

The Socialists and Democrats salute the US Congress’ confirmation of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s victory in the November presidential election. Yesterday’s assault on the Capitol by a violent mob of Trump’s supporters shows how important democracy and civility are. We look forward to rebuilding and strengthening our transatlantic relations.  S&D leader Iratxe García Pérez MEP said: “I am still shocked by the images…

EP to Scrutinise EU-UK deal

On Monday 28 December, the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament and President David Sassoli exchanged views with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on the deal reached on 24 December on the future relationship between the EU and the UK. The Conference of Presidents reiterated…

EU Pillar of Social Rights

The European Parliament is calling on European leaders to make social rights legally enforceable and reach concrete social objectives by 2030. The Socialists and Democrats had pushed for the 2017 adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights in Gothenburg and are now leading the drive for a Porto Agenda, to be signed by EU…

Adapting to Climate Change

Building climate-resilient societies in line with the forthcoming EU adaptation strategy is vital, says Parliament in a resolution voted last week. The resolution on adaptation to climate change will provide input on a new adaptation strategy, expected from the Commission in 2021 as part of the European Green Deal, and was approved with 550 votes…

EU Security Union

The European Parliament adopted a resolution for the new EU Security Union Strategy, presented by the Commission, to step up the fight against violent extremism and to increase EU resilience against security threats. The ECR Group specifically welcomes the move to increase efforts against terrorism, organised crime, human trafficking and online child sexual abuse. However,…

EP’s Scrutiny of Brexit

European Parliament group leaders, agreed in the Conference of Presidents of the Parliament to push ahead with a vote on a potential Brexit deal before the end of the year. The Greens/EFA group express concern that expediting the consent procedure will not allow adequate time for proper democratic scrutiny of any potential deal with the…

Chinese Crimes in Xinjiang

MEPs debated and voted on a resolution last week on forced labour and the situation of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.  The Parliament vote, strongly pushed for by the Greens/EFA group, is in response to ongoing human rights violations, internment and forced labour of more than one million Uyghurs in China’s autonomous…

Protection of Diversity

Earlier this year, over one million citizens in the EU signed the European Citizens’ Initiative “Minority SafePack”, which asks for the EU to strengthen the protection of the cultural and linguistic diversity in the union.  Following this, MEPs will today vote on a resolution that corresponds to the Minority SafePack.  The resolution states that cultural…