Politics of the European Union

Highlights - Vote on draft EU budget for 2022 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Friday, July 30, 2021 - 8:00pm

On 31 August and 1 September, the ENVI Committee Members will vote on an opinion for the draft Union budget for 2022.

Key Points: 
  • On 31 August and 1 September, the ENVI Committee Members will vote on an opinion for the draft Union budget for 2022.
  • On 8 June 2021, the Commission adopted its statement of estimates for the 2022 EU budget.
  • The Commission proposed EUR 166 293,1 million in commitment appropriations for the Multiannual Financial Framework Headings, with an additional contribution from the Next Generation EU as external assigned revenue of EUR 143 502,8 million.
  • On 31 August and 1 September 2021, as a committee for opinion, the ENVI Committee will vote on amendments to the draft 2022 EU budget.

Illumina is Committed to Bringing Lifesaving GRAIL Test to People Globally as European Review Process Enters Second Phase

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 5:49pm

We look forward to presenting our position during the Phase II process, said Charles Dadswell, General Counsel for Illumina.

Key Points: 
  • We look forward to presenting our position during the Phase II process, said Charles Dadswell, General Counsel for Illumina.
  • Illumina is also challenging the ECs jurisdiction to investigate the transaction under Article 22 of the European Union (EU) Merger Regulation.
  • Illumina has filed an action in the General Court of the EU seeking annulment of the ECs jurisdiction to review the acquisition.
  • Illuminas re-acquisition of GRAIL means that millions of citizens across the European Economic Area (EEA) will be able to access life-saving early cancer screening years sooner.

Many arrivals from the Maghreb but few asylum applications

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 4:03pm

With 900 applications in May, Georgia joined the 10 main origin countries for the first time in over a year.

Key Points: 
  • With 900 applications in May, Georgia joined the 10 main origin countries for the first time in over a year.
  • In contrast, asylum applications were higher than illegal border-crossings for all other main origin countries.
  • Applications by West Africans back to peak value

    West Africans3lodged 5 500 applications in May, returning to the peak value of March 2021.

  • Substantial decrease in decisions issued by EU+ asylum authorities

    EU+ asylum authorities issued some 41 500 first instance decisions in May.

Highlights - AFCO vote on the establishment of an independent EU ethics body - 14 July 2021 - Committee on Constitutional Affairs

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 8:01pm

The vote on the draft report on strengthening transparency and integrity in the EU institutions by setting up an independent EU ethics body, prepared by Daniel Freund (Verts/ALE) will be taken during the AFCO meeting of 14 July 2021.

Key Points: 
  • The vote on the draft report on strengthening transparency and integrity in the EU institutions by setting up an independent EU ethics body, prepared by Daniel Freund (Verts/ALE) will be taken during the AFCO meeting of 14 July 2021.
  • Setting up an Independent Body common to the EU institutions has been one of the important pledges of the Von der Leyen's Commission.
  • This report aims to define the Parliament's position ahead of the Commission's proposal to define the legal framework for setting up such structure.

Highlights - Vote on the General budget of the EU for 2022 - all sections - 14 July 2021 - Committee on Constitutional Affairs

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 8:01pm

AFCO will vote on the three budgetary amendments to the EU 2022 budget proposed by the Chair and AFCO's rapporteur for the 2022 budget Antonio Tajani and four proposals for Pilot Projects in form of budgetary amendments tabled by the AFCO Members.

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AFCO will vote on the three budgetary amendments to the EU 2022 budget proposed by the Chair and AFCO's rapporteur for the 2022 budget Antonio Tajani and four proposals for Pilot Projects in form of budgetary amendments tabled by the AFCO Members.

Highlights - Presentation of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council’s Programme - 14 July 2021 - Committee on Constitutional Affairs

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 8:01pm

In keeping with the custom of inviting the incoming presidency, AFCO members will hear the presentation of the programme of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council, in as far as AFCO competences are concerned, by Mr. Anže LOGAR, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. A debate will follow.

Key Points: 

In keeping with the custom of inviting the incoming presidency, AFCO members will hear the presentation of the programme of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council, in as far as AFCO competences are concerned, by Mr. Anže LOGAR, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. A debate will follow.

Latest news - DAND item in the DROI Subcommittee Meeting of 16 June 2021 - Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 8:01pm

Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and in association with the EP Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (DLAT), the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community (DAND) had a joint item in the meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) on 16 June 2021.

Key Points: 
  • Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and in association with the EP Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (DLAT), the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community (DAND) had a joint item in the meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) on 16 June 2021.
  • The discussion focused on an Exchange of views on the situation in Colombia including the recent human rights' developments, in the presence of:
    Adriana Mejia Hernndez, Vice Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Colombia
    Veronique Lorenzo, Head of Division for South America, EEAS

Press release - A new, stronger Asylum Agency for a more consistent asylum policy across the EU

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 8:01pm

Press room > Current page:: A new, stronger Asylum Agency for a more consistent asylum policy across the EU

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  • Press room > Current page:: A new, stronger Asylum Agency for a more consistent asylum policy across the EU
    With enhanced operational and technical powers, the new EU Asylum Agency will facilitate cooperation among member states and contribute to converging asylum standards.
  • In order to improve the functioning of the common asylum system, it will support practical cooperation and information exchange on asylum among member states.
  • Elena YONCHEVA (S&D, BG), Parliaments rapporteur for the proposal, said: Today is a historic day for the European Unions asylum policy.
  • Not only will we have a real fully-fledged Asylum Agency in the EU, but we have also shown that it is possible to reform the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

EASO welcomes agreement establishing EU Agency for Asylum

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 4:03pm

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) welcomes todays political agreement reached by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, together with the European Commission, on a new enhanced mandate that will re-establish the Agency as the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA).

Key Points: 
  • The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) welcomes todays political agreement reached by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, together with the European Commission, on a new enhanced mandate that will re-establish the Agency as the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA).
  • The agreement sends a strong signal that the EU is committed to working in the spirit of compromise in order to improve asylum management.
  • Commenting on the agreement, EASOs Executive Director, Nina Gregori, stated: I am delighted that through engagement with all stakeholders, Europe will soon have an asylum agency that will continue building on EASOs successes of the past years.
  • Any further information may be obtained from the European Asylum Support Office on the following email address: press@easo.europa.eu

Highlights - AFCO vote on guidelines for the application of the general regime of conditionality - Committee on Constitutional Affairs

Friday, June 25, 2021 - 8:01pm

On 22 June 2021, AFCO will vote on its opinion in form of a letter prepared for the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Budgetary Control report on the creation of guidelines for the application of the general regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget.

Key Points: 
  • On 22 June 2021, AFCO will vote on its opinion in form of a letter prepared for the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Budgetary Control report on the creation of guidelines for the application of the general regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget.
  • The report makes suggestions with regard to the guidelines for the application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2092 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2020 on a general regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget, which the Commission intends to develop.
  • In its opinion AFCO also calls on the Conference on the Future of Europe to reflect on the current EU architecture concerning safeguarding of the art 2 TUE values in view to present ideas which will strengthen the EU's rule of law toolbox.