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EU becoming less popular in elections but that’s no help to Cameron

EU becoming less popular in elections but that’s no help to Cameron

Opinion by Denis MacShane The May round of elections are not turning out to be votes of confidence in the existing EU order. David Cameron’s Eurosceptic Conservatives won an overall majority and have now launched the UK on a perilous path of a Brexit plebiscite that may lead Britain out of Europe. Now elections in […]

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UK Queen’s Speech 2015: EU referendum, tax freeze and right-to-buy

UK Queen’s Speech 2015: EU referendum, tax freeze and right-to-buy

An EU referendum by the end of 2017 was among a packed programme of new laws in the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in nearly two decades. It also includes more free childcare, an income tax freeze and the right-to-buy for housing association tenants. David Cameron said the 26-bill package was a “programme for working people” […]

First measures under the European Agenda on Migration: Questions and Answers

First measures under the European Agenda on Migration: Questions and Answers

What is the European Agenda on Migration? Migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration, adopted on 13 May 2015 develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The first part of the Agenda defines immediate […]

Adoption of further 24 Rural Development Programmes to boost EU farming sector and countryside

Adoption of further 24 Rural Development Programmes to boost EU farming sector and countryside

On 26 May, the European Commission approved a further 24 Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) aimed at improving the competitiveness of the EU farming sector, caring for the countryside and climate, and strengthening the economic and social fabric of rural communities in the period until 2020. The programmes adopted are expected to create over 40 000 jobs […]

Bluefin tuna fishing season 2015: EU benefits from recovery of stock

Bluefin tuna fishing season 2015: EU benefits from recovery of stock

The main Bluefin Tuna fishing season runs from 26 May to 24 June; this is when large vessels, purse seiners, are allowed to fish for Bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic. This year, for the first time since the establishment of the Bluefin tuna recovery plan in 2006, there is a marked increase […]

Waterloo: The taste of history

Waterloo: The taste of history

The upcoming 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is inevitably catching the world’s attention. The spectator stands are being erected, a swish new visitor centre has opened and the finishing touches being put to years of painstaking planning. But, with the next month’s bicentenary fast approaching, it is also worth remembering that the battlefield […]

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European Commission makes progress on Agenda on Migration

European Commission makes progress on Agenda on Migration

Two weeks after presenting the European Agenda on Migration, the Commission is today adopting the first proposals of its comprehensive approach to improving the management of migration. Following the terrible loss of life in the Mediterranean last month, European leaders made a firm commitment to solidarity among member states to address the common migratory challenges. […]

Fighting tax evasion: EU and Switzerland sign historic tax transparency agreement

Fighting tax evasion: EU and Switzerland sign historic tax transparency agreement

Today (27 May) the EU and Switzerland signed a historic new tax transparency agreement, which will significantly improve the fight against tax evasion. Under the agreement, both sides will automatically exchange information on the financial accounts of each other’s residents from 2018. This spells an end to Swiss bank secrecy for EU residents and will […]

Still much to be done, CAR president tells Foreign Affairs Committee

Still much to be done, CAR president tells Foreign Affairs Committee

“The Central African Republic is doing much better. There is a clear improvement even if it is still very fragile,” CAR’s interim president Catherine Samba-Panza (pictured) told foreign affairs MEPs. CAR still needs the EU’s “multi-dimensional aid”, she stressed, calling on member states to redouble their efforts to help the CAR meet its electoral, budgetary […]

Address by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and debate on G7

Address by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and debate on G7

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to address European Parliament UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a formal address to Parliament at 15h15 today (27 May). He is expected to address the recent refugee tragedies in the Mediterranean and to support the EU Agenda on Migration. Ban Ki-moon last addressed the House in Strasbourg on […]

Budget MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016

Budget MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016

Budget MEPs welcomed next year’s “restricted” but well-focused draft budget presented by Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday (27 May) immediately after it was approved by the Commission. MEPs emphasized that the budgetary priorites of job and growth creation and solidarity among EU countries and with ailing regions met Parliament’s demands in the resolution […]

EU becoming less popular in elections but that’s no help to Cameron

EU becoming less popular in elections but that’s no help to Cameron

Opinion by Denis MacShane The May round of elections are not turning out to be votes of confidence in the existing EU order. David Cameron’s Eurosceptic Conservatives won an overall majority and have now launched the UK on a perilous path of a Brexit plebiscite that may lead Britain out of Europe. Now elections in […]

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ECR: Tax transparency, yes; harmonization, no

ECR: Tax transparency, yes; harmonization, no

The European Commission must not use concerns over aggressive tax planning as a cover for resurrecting plans for a move towards harmonisation of Europe’s corporate tax base, European Conservatives and Reformists MEP Morten Messerschmidt (pictured) said today (27 May).  Messerschmidt is the ECR spokesman on the parliament’s recently constituted special committee on tax rulings. He […]

Commission proposes draft EU budget 2016: Focus on jobs, growth, migration and global action

Commission proposes draft EU budget 2016: Focus on jobs, growth, migration and global action

The Commission today (27 May) proposed a 2016 EU budget of €143.5 billion in payment credits to support the recovery of the European economy and help improve lives in Europe and beyond. The money will be invested to boost innovation, create jobs, help convergence among member states and among regions, deal more effectively with migration […]

CO2 market fix: Environment Committee MEPs back deal with Council

CO2 market fix: Environment Committee MEPs back deal with Council

A reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), informally agreed with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, was backed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday (26 May). The reform aims to reduce the surplus of carbon credits available for trading in order to support the price of the emission rights. The scheme […]

TTIP: Parliament takes another look at its position

TTIP: Parliament takes another look at its position

The European Parliament is updating its position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), outlining what issues are important to MEPs. The international trade committee, which is the committee in charge, will on Thursday decide on a draft report, providing guidelines to the current negotiations. MEPs will then vote on it during the June […]

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