Zambia’s President Hichilema Visits Parliament

President Hichilema

In his address to MEPs, Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema thanked Parliament for its support, advocated closer relations with the EU and condemned the war against Ukraine. Introducing President Hichilema EP President Roberta Metsola said Zambia stands as an example of a mature democracy for the whole of the African continent. Now more than ever, in…

EU Accession Perspective for Ukraine

Ryszard Legutko

The Co-Chairmen of the ECR Group in the European Parliament, Prof Ryszard Legutko (Poland) and Raffaele Fitto (Italy) say they strongly support the accession of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia to the EU.  “The granting of candidate status is an elementary stop signal to Russia that the times of post-Soviet imperialism are finally…

Agriculture Committee to visit Ukraine Poland Border

Norbert Lins

A delegation from the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, led by Chair Norbert Lins, will travel to the Polish-Ukrainian border on 20-21 June. During the visit, MEPs will visit the Medyka (rail) and Korczowa (road) border crossings to assess the import of Ukrainian agricultural commodities and the potential for alternative routes. The capacity for…

MEPs Criticise UK Position on Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Protocol

Leading EPP Group MEPs have strongly criticised the British Government’s intention to launch unilateral action against the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Brexit Treaty as reckless and disappointing.  The move was attacked by MEPs Seán Kelly and Christophe Hansen. They issued a statement which said “The anticipated announcement is reckless and disappointing, but sadly what…

Towards an Effective Climate Policy

emissions reduction

MEPs from the Greens/EFA Group along with a progressive majority have successfully voted down a “considerably weakened position” on the EU Emissions Trading System, following efforts of the EPP Group and industry lobbies. The ETS file will now go back to the Environment Committee. As a consequence, the votes on the Social Climate Fund and…

More Arms Needed for Ukraine

MEPs have welcomed the “unity and additional sanctions” delivered by the European Council but called for “more arms to Ukraine and more attention to those struggling within the EU.” Last Wednesday, MEPs discussed the conclusions of last week’s European Council summit with Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen. MEPs very broadly welcomed the…

Ban Live Export Awareness Day 2022

On the occasion of Ban Live Exports Awareness Day 2022, 15 Members of the European Parliament joined together in calling on the European Union to ban the export of live farmed animals to third countries. The MEPs, representing various EU member states and political parties,  says they “recognise the suffering and terrible conditions that the animals…

S&D Group Mission to Israel and Palestine

Iratxe Garcia

The leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament has announced that she will be leading a mission of S&D MEPs to Israel and Palestine  from June 12-16. Together with Iratxe García MEP, the members taking part in the mission are: Pedro Marques MEP, S&D Group vice-president for foreign affairs Evin Incir MEP, standing rapporteur…

Minimum Wages for EU

Kim van Sparrentak

Negotiators from the European Parliament, Commission and Council  have reached an agreement on rules for minimum wages in the EU. The result of the trilogue negotiations is a big step forward to combat in-work poverty, the gender pay gap and wage inequality for workers all across the EU and the Greens/EFA Group welcome the results….