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Things we learned in plenary: Banking union, posted workers, aid for natural disasters

Things we learned in plenary: Banking union, posted workers, aid for natural disasters

A reform of Europe’s banking system, quicker aid for member states hit by natural disasters and stricter checks for workers posted abroad… It might have been the last plenary session before the European elections in May, but MEPs managed to approve many new laws that will benefit Europeans for years to come. Read on for […]

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Greens: ‘Geneva talks must be first step to stabilizing Ukraine’

Greens: ‘Geneva talks must be first step to stabilizing Ukraine’

Commenting in the context of the Geneva talks on the situation in Ukraine and following the adoption of a resolution on the situation in Ukraine by the European Parliament, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: “Expectations are low for the Geneva talks but the stakes could not be higher for Ukraine. Everything possible should be done […]

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Illegal waste shipments target of new EU rules

Illegal waste shipments target of new EU rules

On 17 April, the European Parliament confirmed a legislative agreement revising EU rules on waste shipments. The Greens welcomed the vote on the legislation, which is being shepherded through Parliament by Green MEP Bart Staes, Parliament’s rapporteur/draftsman. The new rules will strengthen controls on waste shipments. After the vote, Staes said: “The need to tighten […]

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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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