“Opening accession talks with North Macedonia a much-needed signal” -Schieder

After the Council’s decision to open accession negotiations, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee Andreas Schieder MEP (S&D, AT) said: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate North Macedonia and all its citizens on this much-awaited decision. This is excellent news for the region and for…

MEPs call on Russia to Stop Suppressing Civil Society

David McAllister MEP Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Maria Arena Chairwoman of the Human Rights Sub-committee of the European Parliament have issued a joint statement condemning the listing by the authorities in Russia of the European Endowment for Democracy as an “undesirable organisation”. “We strongly condemn the listing by the authorities in Russia of…

CFP Needs to Include Angling

Anglers made the case at the European Parliament that a full recognition of the recreational fisheries sector in the Common Fisheries Policy is needed in order to properly manage public access to fish and to put in place a fair and sustainable management of fish stocks.MEP Niclas Herbst, new Chair of the Forum on Recreational…

EU Budget Stand-Off

Council president Charles Michel, speaking after the failure of the EU summit to reach a deal on the next long term EU budge. said, “The last weeks and the last days, we have worked very hard in order to try to reach an agreement regarding the next European budget. Unfortunately, today we have observed that…

EP To Approve Commission Accounts For 2018

MEPs have signed off on the Commission’s 2018 budget, but rules to fight fraud and conflict of interest must be strengthened. The Budgetary Control Committee recommends granting discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (corresponding to 97% of the whole EU budget) by 20 votes in favour and four against. In the accompanying resolution, adopted…

Green Award for Journalists

GUE/NGL has announced its third annual Award for ‘Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information’. First established in 2018 in honour of the assassinated Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, the award has become an annual celebration and commemoration of the women and men who risked their lives by disseminating information that are in the…

More Delegation of Financial Authority to Cities – Greens

The European Green Party is supporting the call of Visegrad’s capital cities mayors to directly channel European cohesion funding to the municipal level. The “Pact of Free Cities” Alliance, composed of the leaders of Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw, is spearheading a progressive future for their countries, but such a future requires European support. The…

EESC Urges Parliament To Push For Strong EU Budget

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has forcefully reiterated its call for a Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of 1.3% of EU-27 gross national income (GNI) for the period of 2021-2027. The Committee called on the European Parliament to insist on a strong budget in its negotiations with the Council. This call comes at a…

Sassoli Calls for Ambitious EU Budget

Following a debate in the European Parliament on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, President David Sassoli warned national governments that the European Parliament would not support any agreement that cuts key programmes that Europeans rely on. Sassoli said, “The new long-term EU budget is the most important issue at the start of this legislature….