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Vote results and news from 17 April midday in Strasbourg plenary

Vote results and news from 17 April midday in Strasbourg plenary

The result of all the votes from today in Strasbourg plenary can be found here. Ukraine: MEPs call for EU sanctions against Russian energy firms Drugs: MEPs back rules to take harmful ‘legal highs’ off the market faster Series of events from the end of seventh European Parliament term to constitution of new Parliament Adopted […]

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Letter from President Barroso to President Putin

Letter from President Barroso to President Putin

The following letter was sent today (17 April) by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. “Mr President, “Referring to your letter of 10th April to several member states of the European Union and third countries, I have been mandated by the Council […]

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MEPs refer new rules on re-registering cars back to committee

MEPs refer new rules on re-registering cars back to committee

Draft rules to simplify re-registering of a car or motorbike when the owner moves to a new EU country were referred back to the Internal Market Committee on 16 April for further discussion, because the Council of Ministers was not yet ready to close a deal on them. The rules, for which the lead MEP […]

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Never again? Plenary debate marks centenary of WWI

Never again? Plenary debate marks centenary of WWI

One century ago, Europe was on the brink of one of history’s deadliest conflicts that would change our world forever. MEPs commemorated the centenary of the Great War during a debate on 16 April, warning that peace and stability should never be taken for granted. They also called for more integration and stressed the importance […]

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New Fisheries Fund, signed and sealed, concludes EU fisheries policy reform

New Fisheries Fund, signed and sealed, concludes EU fisheries policy reform

Operating rules for European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) aid to help fishermen to comply with new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) requirements were endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. EMFF aid will help fishermen to observe the discard ban, such as by buying more selective fishing gear, but will also be used to improve safety and […]

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EU-wide hunt for top tech startups

EU-wide hunt for top tech startups

The European Commission is looking for Europe’s best startups in this year’s Tech All Stars competition. The lucky winners will have exclusive access to Europe’s most prestigious startup events and will pitch to the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Chad Hurley and Niklas Zennström. European Commission Vice President @NeelieKroesEU said: “Part of businesses success is making the right connections and the European Commission […]

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