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EU needs to make the right choice

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 2:01pm

Some reasons of its own have also put the EU in a dilemma, such as its inexplicable sense of superiority concerning human rights and excessive insecurity over economic and trade competition.

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  • Some reasons of its own have also put the EU in a dilemma, such as its inexplicable sense of superiority concerning human rights and excessive insecurity over economic and trade competition.
  • In fact, the EU clearly understands the benefits of cooperation with China and the damage of politicizing and weaponizing human rights.
  • If the EU sticks to its current path, it will only turn itself into an accessory of the U.S.
  • Therefore, in order to prove its true ability to engage in "strategic autonomy" and participate in the game of great powers, the EU must first make the right choice, and avoid being led astray by its "ally" and therefore losing its strategic partners and development opportunities.

Article - EU values explained in one minute

Monday, March 29, 2021 - 4:04pm

EU values are common to EU countries and ensure a society in which pluralism, tolerance, justice, solidarity, non-discrimination and equality prevail. They are enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty of European Union.

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EU values are common to EU countries and ensure a society in which pluralism, tolerance, justice, solidarity, non-discrimination and equality prevail. They are enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty of European Union.

Read more about the European Parliament’s role in protecting fundamental rights

Press release - Empowering Africa: Parliament defines strategy for a new EU-Africa partnership

Friday, March 26, 2021 - 8:01am

On Thursday, MEPs adopted a wide-ranging strategy for a new EU-Africa partnership by 460 votes in favour, with 64 votes against and 163 abstentions.

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  • On Thursday, MEPs adopted a wide-ranging strategy for a new EU-Africa partnership by 460 votes in favour, with 64 votes against and 163 abstentions.
  • A future EU-Africa strategy should also aim to improve health care and national health systems.
  • Empowering Africa

    MEPs underline that the EU-Africa relationship must move beyond the donor-recipient relationship.

  • To succeed, we will need all 27 member states - and not just a select few to actively engage in this partnership.

Article - Coming up: vaccines, EU revenue, tourism

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 4:04pm

Plenary session

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  • Plenary session

    EU revenue

    MEPs will vote Thursday on the reform of the EUs own resources that will lead to new sources of EU revenue, such as a levy on non-recycled plastic packaging waste.

  • Rule of law

    On Wednesday, MEPs will vote on a resolution reiterating their call on the Commission to urgently activate the rule of law mechanism to protect the EU budget.

  • The rules, approved in December, would allow payments from the EU budget to be frozen or cut if a member state has breached EU rules.
  • Sustainable tourism

    MEPs are set to call on EU countries to include travel and tourism in their Covid-19 recovery plans to support the sectors after the crisis and help them to become cleaner and more sustainable.

Retail payments: Council supports action to promote instant payments and EU-wide payment solutions

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 4:03pm

The Council today adopted conclusions that respond to the retail payments strategy for the EU presented by the Commission in September 2020.

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  • The Council today adopted conclusions that respond to the retail payments strategy for the EU presented by the Commission in September 2020.
  • Against the background of rapid innovation and digitalisation of the economy, the conclusions welcome the comprehensive strategy set out by the Commission for the further development of the retail payments market in the EU.
  • The Council lends its full support to the overall aims of the strategy, such as ensuring a competitive and innovative retail payments market in the EU, promoting the uptake of instant payments, and creating the conditions for the development of EU-wide payment solutions to decrease the EUs dependency on major global players in this area.
  • This includes a comprehensive review of the payments services directive to take account of the developments in the market and the challenges encountered in its implementation.

Joint press release by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission following their video conference with President Erdoğan

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 8:00am

Ahead of the March European Council President Michel and President of the European Commission von der Leyen had a videoconference today Friday 19 March 2021 with President Erdoan of the Republic of Turkey.

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  • Ahead of the March European Council President Michel and President of the European Commission von der Leyen had a videoconference today Friday 19 March 2021 with President Erdoan of the Republic of Turkey.
  • They discussed the follow up to the December European Council, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the forthcoming Cyprus settlement talks, and the state of play of EU - Turkey relations.
  • The EU side underlined the importance of sustained de-escalation and further strengthening confidence building to allow for a more positive EU-Turkey agenda.
  • They also discussed a possible visit to Turkey following the March European Council.

Local and regional authority representatives say that they must not be pushed out of CAP management and delivery

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 12:03am

It asked the co-legislators to bring the CAP into line with the Green Deal objectives and to step up EU agricultural policy's environmental goals.

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  • It asked the co-legislators to bring the CAP into line with the Green Deal objectives and to step up EU agricultural policy's environmental goals.
  • The reformed CMO must become an effective instrument for stabilising agricultural markets ," said Guillaume Cros.
  • This is why we support the inclusion of the quantitative objectives of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies in the CAP strategic plans.
  • To not leave anyone behind, the CAP should also take better account of social conditionality, as proposed by the European Parliament ."

Integration of migrants: Commission and Committee of the Regions partnership for EU support to local action

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 12:03am

Press release 19/03/2021 | Migration, asylum and integration of migrants

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  • Press release 19/03/2021 | Migration, asylum and integration of migrants
    The Commission and the Committee of the Regions are launching today a new partnership to increase cooperation and support to EU cities, regions and rural areas for their work to help integrate new arrivals.
  • The partnership is a follow-up to the action plan on integration and inclusion 2021-2027 that the Commission adopted last November.
  • The Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027 referred to launching a partnership with the Committee of the Regions to start a political dialogue and promote learning and exchanges on integration for local and regional authorities.
  • The partnership builds on well-established cooperation between the Commission and the Committee of the Regions in the field of integration.

8th Environment Action Programme: Member States ready to start negotiations with Parliament

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 8:00am

Ambassadors of EU Member States today approved a mandate for the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament in order to reach an agreement on the 8th Environmental Action Programme (EAP).

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  • Ambassadors of EU Member States today approved a mandate for the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament in order to reach an agreement on the 8th Environmental Action Programme (EAP).
  • Member States added provisions in their position regarding the need to further define actions when the European Green Deal's key actions have been put in place by 2024.
  • Environment action programmes have led the development of EU environment policy since the early 1970s.
  • The European Commission presented its proposal for "a Decision of the European Parliament and the Council on a General Union Environment Action Programme to 2030" on 14 October 2020.

InvestEU programme adopted by Council

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 8:00am

The Council today adopted InvestEU, the EUs new investment programme.

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  • The Council today adopted InvestEU, the EUs new investment programme.
  • The programme brings together various financial instruments currently available to support investment in the EU.
  • In order to support the EUs green transition, at least 30% of the investments under InvestEU will contribute to EU climate action.
  • In addition, they will also have the possibility to channel some of their structural funds to InvestEU to mobilise additional investment.