Fighting Unfair Competition

Apple Unfair Competition Accusations

MEPs say that the antitrust case against Apple is more than just another example of unfair competition. They also say it is a reason to discuss a paradigm shift in the EU’s competition enforcement, which until now has often come too late. “It is long overdue for the Commission to take a very close look…

Calls to Improve the Fight Against Coronavirus in Latin America

Jeanine Áñez Chavez

Parliament has adopted resolutions assessing the human rights situation in Bolivia, and the COVID-19 situation in Latin America. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the Latin American continent, MEPs say, expressing their solidarity towards all victims and their families, as well all those affected by the health, economic and social crises. The…

A House of Cards?

Russian Bear and House of Cards

The Presidents of the European Council, Commission and Parliament issued this joint statement on the imposition of restrictive measures on eight EU nationals by Russia. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s decision of the Russian authorities to ban eight European Union nationals from entering the Russian territory. This includes the President of the…

Russia-EU Relations Deteriorate

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution strongly condemning Russia’s continued interference, their ever more aggressive disinformation campaigns and the gross violations of international law that threaten security and stability in Europe, particularly through their aggression and continued destabilisation of Ukraine as demonstrated by the recent military build-up.  The resolution also calls for the immediate release…

Pakistan Blasphemy Laws Under Fire

MEPs have adopted an urgency resolution on the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, in particular the case of Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel sentenced to death in 2014 on blasphemy charges, calling on the Pakistani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release them and to overturn their sentence. The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament strongly…

Conference on the Future of Europe

Future of Europe

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament (ECR Group) remains sceptical towards the structuring and planned course of the Conference of the Future of Europe. ECR Co-Chairmen Ryszard Legutko (Poland) and Raffaele Fitto (Italy) are unimpressed by the digital platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). The multilingual platform…

Socialists Demand Stronger Regulations for Artificial Intelligence

Reacting to the European Commission’s proposal for new regulations in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Socialists and Democrats demand legislation that is at least as groundbreaking as the regulation on Data Protection (GDPR). While the current proposal is a good start, the S&D Group will work hard to defend fundamental rights, such as privacy…

European People’s Forum Calls for Better Citizen Consultation

Europe needs better consultation with the people

The first expert organisation that advised the EU institutions to use an online digital platform to engage as many citizens as possible during the Conference on the Future of Europe is now calling for the creation of a permanent mechanism of citizens consultation and participation. Europe’s People’s Forum, a network of professional citizen’s consultation partners in every member state, works to strengthen…

EU-Turkey Relations at All-Time Low

EU Turkey Relations

There can be no talk of a rapprochement in EU-Turkey relations as long as President Erdogan continues to provoke the EU and its Member States and veers Turkey away from European standards. This is the message the EPP Group will send when voting today in Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on a Report which takes stock…

Fighting For a Fair Minimum Wage

Agnes Jongerius

Speaking ahead of the presentation of the Jongerius/Radtke draft report on Adequate minimum wages in the EU in the employment committee of the European Parliament, S&D MEP and European Parliament negotiator for minimum wages Agnes Jongerius said: “Currently one in six employees in Europe does not earn enough to make ends meet. Even though they work a tough…