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Human rights breaches in Azerbaijan, The Gambia, and Hong Kong | News

Azerbaijan, notably the repression of civil society and the cases of Dr Gubad Ibadoghlu and Ilhamiz GuliyevMEPs urge Azerbaijan to immediately and unconditionally release Ilhamiz Guliyev, a human rights defender arrested in December...

EP TODAY | News | European Parliament

Debate and vote on boosting Europe’s Net-Zero technology production In a debate at around 10.30 with Commissioner Sinkevičius, MEPs will review legislation intended to bolster Europe’s production in technologies needed for decarbonisation. The so-called...

Rule of Law in Hungary: Parliament condemns the “Sovereignty Act”

A new resolution on the rule of Law in Hungary pinpoints several concerns, especially given the upcoming elections and the Hungarian Presidency of the Council.

New EU rules to combat money-laundering adopted | News

The new laws ensure that people with a legitimate interest, including journalists, media professionals, civil society organisations, competent authorities, and supervisory bodies, will have immediate, unfiltered, direct and free access to beneficial ownership...

Parliament approves a revision of the EU’s common agricultural policy | News

On Wednesday, Parliament approved a review of the CAP Strategic Plans Regulation and the CAP Horizontal Regulation with 425 votes in favour, 130 against, and 33 abstentions. MEPs adopted the draft law with...

Parliament celebrates the 20th anniversary of the EU’s biggest enlargement | News

EP President Roberta Metsola, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, former EP President Pat Cox, and former Commission President Romano Prodi participated in a formal sitting of Parliament to mark the 20th anniversary...

MEPs approve aid worth €3 million for 835 dismissed steel workers in Germany | News

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF). MEPs acknowledged that the “COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine have reduced economic competitiveness and have a negative impact on economic...

Parliament adopts EU-wide Disability and Parking Cards | News

The new rules, adopted with 613 votes in favour, 7 against and 11 abstentions and already agreed on by the Parliament and the Council, will establish an EU-wide disability card to make sure...

EU job seeker’s aid worth €1.9 million for 390 dismissed workers in Denmark | News

On Wednesday, MEPs approved Denmark’s request for support from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF). They acknowledged that “the Danish slaughterhouse sector is in a structural crisis”. Danish Crown is a...

European Parliament updates trans-European transport network guidelines | News

To eliminate bottlenecks and missing transport links, MEPs backed an update of the EU’s plan to build a network of railways, roads, inland waterways and short sea shipping routes connected through ports and...

Maxette Pirbakas responds to a press article published today

MEP Maxette Pirbakas, the only woman in the European Parliament who is black, of Indian origin and from a farming background, has denounced a discriminatory attack on her. Here is her statement: "I have read...

MEPs consent to the EU withdrawing from the Energy Charter Treaty | News

The recommendation from the Industry, Research, Energy, and International Trade committees was adopted with 560 votes to 43, with 27 abstentions. Parliament’s consent is required so that the Council can now adopt the...

Expulsions to Rwanda: outcry after adoption of British law

British Prime Minister hailed the adoption, in the night from Monday, April 22 to Tuesday, April 23, of the controversial bill for expulsions to Rwanda

New EU fiscal rules approved by MEPs

The new EU fiscal rules, approved on Tuesday, were provisionally agreed upon between European Parliament and member state negotiators in February.

Body for Ethical Standards: MEPs support deal between EU institutions and bodies

The agreement that was reached between eight EU institutions and bodies provides for the joint creation of a new Body for Ethical Standards.

Multilateral Development Banks deepen collaboration to deliver as a system

The leaders of 10 multilateral development banks (MDBs) today announced joint steps to work more effectively as a system and increase the impact and scale of their work to tackle urgent development challenges. In a Viewpoint...

Maritime Security: EU to become an observer of the Djibouti Code of Conduct/Jeddah Amendment

The EU will soon become a ‘Friend’ (i.e., observer) of the Djibouti Code of Conduct/Jeddah Amendment, a regional cooperation framework to tackle piracy, armed robbery, human trafficking and other illegal maritime activities in the...

Faith-based organizations making the world better through social and humanitarian work

A conference at the European Parliament to make the world better The social and humanitarian activities of minority religious or belief organizations in the EU are useful for European citizens and society but are too...

Covered in controversy: France’s bid to ban religious symbols imperils diversity at Paris 2024 Olympics

With the 2024 Paris Olympics fast approaching, a heated debate over religious symbols has erupted in France, pitting the country’s strict secularism against the religious freedoms of athletes. A recent report by Professor Rafael...

Faith and Freedom Summit III, “Making of this one, a better world”

The Faith and Freedom Summit III NGO coalition, concluded its conferences showing the impact and challenges of Faith-Based Organizations on serving the European community In a welcoming and promising environment, within the walls of the...

First Vaisakhi Purab in European Parliament: Discussing Sikh Issues in Europe and India

Issues faced by Sikhs in Europe and in India were discussed while celebrating Vaisakhi Purab in the European Parliament: Binder Singh Sikh community leader ‘Jathedar Akal Takht Sahib’ could not attend due to administrative reasons,...

Parliament adopts its position on EU pharmaceutical reform | News

The legislative package, covering medicinal products for human use, consists of a new directive (adopted with 495 votes in favour, 57 against and 45 abstentions) and regulation (adopted with 488 votes in favour,...

President Metsola at EUCO: Single Market is Europe’s greatest economic driver

Addressing the Special European Council today in Brussels, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola highlighted e.g. the following issues: European Parliament elections “In 50 days’ time, hundreds of millions of Europeans will start heading to the polls....

Geopolitical situation makes voting in European elections even more important

Today’s pre-electoral publication reveals a positive, upward trend on key election indicators with just a few weeks to go until EU citizens cast their ballots 6-9 June. Interest in the election, awareness of when...

Spectacular simultaneous SWAT raids on Romanian yoga centers in France: Fact checking

Operation Villiers-sur-Marne: Testimony On 28 November 2023, just after 6 a.m., a SWAT team of around 175 policemen wearing black masks, helmets, and bullet-proof vests, simultaneously descended on eight separate houses and apartments in and...
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