European Parliament

Press release - Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain receive €279m after natural disasters in 2019

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:07am

On Thursday, Budgets Committee Members approved 279 million in EU aid following extreme weather events in Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain in 2019.

Key Points: 
  • On Thursday, Budgets Committee Members approved 279 million in EU aid following extreme weather events in Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain in 2019.
  • Rapporteur Jos Manuel Fernandes , (EPP, PT): Following a series of natural disasters last year, the European Parliament is committed to helping Portugal, Spain, Italy and Austria.
  • Since then, it intervened following 88 disasters covering a range of different catastrophic events including floods, forest fires, earthquakes, storms and drought.
  • To strengthen short-term EU crisis response, the EU adopted a new system called RescEU in March 2019.

Press release - MEPs: Focus on crisis response when coordinating economic and budgetary policies

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 8:01pm

Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis pointed to the resilience facility, the new recovery instrument designed to improve the implementation of the CSR.

Key Points: 
  • Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis pointed to the resilience facility, the new recovery instrument designed to improve the implementation of the CSR.
  • Fiscal policy in times of crisis Other ECON MEPs were concerned about the general escape clause, which allows the excessive deficit procedure against a member state to be put on hold in times of a severe economic downturn.
  • MEPs wanted to know when the procedure will kick in again and how to keep the right balance between debt sustainability and much-needed investments.
  • Mr Dombrovskis stressed that the Stability and Growth Pact has been put on hold until the economy is growing again; then the rules start to reapply.
  • Background The European Semester is the annual cycle for coordinating the economic and budgetary policies of the EU member states.
  • In the medium-term, the focus should be on investing in sustainable and inclusive growth that facilitates the green transition and the digital transformation.
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Latest news - Next AFCO Committee meeting: 8 June - Committee on Constitutional Affairs

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 8:00pm

On 2 April, the Conference of Presidents updated the EP's calendar of activities to introduce an extraordinary plenary session on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April in Brussels, and additional dates for remote meetings for EP governing bodies, committees and political groups.

Key Points: 
  • On 2 April, the Conference of Presidents updated the EP's calendar of activities to introduce an extraordinary plenary session on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April in Brussels, and additional dates for remote meetings for EP governing bodies, committees and political groups.
  • The current precautionary measures adopted by the European Parliament to contain the spread of COVID-19 do not affect work on legislative priorities.
  • Core activities are reduced, but maintained to ensure that the institution's legislative, budgetary, scrutiny functions are maintained.
  • Following these decisions, the next AFCO Committee meeting will take place on 8 June from 16.45-18.45 (via videoconference).

Press release - Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain receive €279m after natural disasters in 2019

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 8:00pm

On Thursday, Budgets Committee Members approved 279 million in EU aid following extreme weather events in Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain in 2019.

Key Points: 
  • On Thursday, Budgets Committee Members approved 279 million in EU aid following extreme weather events in Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain in 2019.
  • Rapporteur Jos Manuel Fernandes , (EPP, PT): Following a series of natural disasters last year, the European Parliament is committed to helping Portugal, Spain, Italy and Austria.
  • Since then, it intervened following 88 disasters covering a range of different catastrophic events including floods, forest fires, earthquakes, storms and drought.
  • To strengthen short-term EU crisis response, the EU adopted a new system called RescEU in March 2019.

Press release - MEPs: Focus on crisis response when coordinating economic and budgetary policies

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 4:11pm

Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis pointed to the resilience facility, the new recovery instrument designed to improve the implementation of the CSR.

Key Points: 
  • Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis pointed to the resilience facility, the new recovery instrument designed to improve the implementation of the CSR.
  • Fiscal policy in times of crisis Other ECON MEPs were concerned about the general escape clause, which allows the excessive deficit procedure against a member state to be put on hold in times of a severe economic downturn.
  • MEPs wanted to know when the procedure will kick in again and how to keep the right balance between debt sustainability and much-needed investments.
  • Mr Dombrovskis stressed that the Stability and Growth Pact has been put on hold until the economy is growing again; then the rules start to reapply.
  • Background The European Semester is the annual cycle for coordinating the economic and budgetary policies of the EU member states.
  • In the medium-term, the focus should be on investing in sustainable and inclusive growth that facilitates the green transition and the digital transformation.
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Press release - COVID-19 crisis: MEPs discuss plans to safely resume travel and reboot tourism

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 12:09am

The Transport and Tourism Committee will discuss on Thursday at 10:00 CEST the European Commissions guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism.

Key Points: 
  • The Transport and Tourism Committee will discuss on Thursday at 10:00 CEST the European Commissions guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism.
  • The European Commission will present the package of guidelines and recommendations adopted on 13 May to help gradually lift travel restrictions across Europe and allow tourism businesses to reopen after months of lockdown.
  • Members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism will be able to participate remotely.
  • Committee Chair Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, FR), as well as a few other MEPs, will be present in the meeting room.

Press release - COVID-19 crisis: MEPs discuss plans to safely resume travel and reboot tourism

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 8:00pm

The Transport and Tourism Committee will discuss on Thursday at 10:00 CEST the European Commissions guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism.

Key Points: 
  • The Transport and Tourism Committee will discuss on Thursday at 10:00 CEST the European Commissions guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism.
  • The European Commission will present the package of guidelines and recommendations adopted on 13 May to help gradually lift travel restrictions across Europe and allow tourism businesses to reopen after months of lockdown.
  • Members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism will be able to participate remotely.
  • Committee Chair Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, FR), as well as a few other MEPs, will be present in the meeting room.

Subject files - Opinion on Guidelines for the 2021 budgetary procedure – Section III - Committee on Budgetary Control

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 8:01pm

The Committee on Budgetary Control calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to bear in mind certain concerns in its preparation of European Parliament Guidelines for the 2021 budgetary procedure.

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The Committee on Budgetary Control calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to bear in mind certain concerns in its preparation of European Parliament Guidelines for the 2021 budgetary procedure.

Press release - The Conference on the Future of Europe and the role of the European Parliament

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 12:02am

The Constitutional Affairs Committee will discuss ways to kick-start the Conference on the Future of Europe, and how MEPs can help it tackle old and new challenges.

Key Points: 
  • The Constitutional Affairs Committee will discuss ways to kick-start the Conference on the Future of Europe, and how MEPs can help it tackle old and new challenges.
  • On Tuesday 26 May, Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs will exchange views on the organisation of the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe and the European Parliaments role in it.
  • The Conference, to be organised by Parliament, Council and Commission, was expected to start in May 2020 and run for two years, but has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In its 17 April resolution on the EUs response to the COVID-19 pandemic , the European Parliament stressed that the Conference needs to be convened as soon as possible [...] to bring about a profound reform of the Union.

Latest news - Next AFET Committee meetings - 25 May and 4 June - Committee on Foreign Affairs

Monday, May 25, 2020 - 8:00pm

On 2 April, the Conference of Presidents updated the EP's calendar of activities to introduce an extraordinary plenary session on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April in Brussels, and additional dates for remote meetings for EP governing bodies, committees and political groups.

Key Points: 
  • On 2 April, the Conference of Presidents updated the EP's calendar of activities to introduce an extraordinary plenary session on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April in Brussels, and additional dates for remote meetings for EP governing bodies, committees and political groups.
  • The current precautionary measures adopted by the European Parliament to contain the spread of COVID-19 do not affect work on legislative priorities.
  • Core activities are reduced, but maintained to ensure that the institution's legislative, budgetary, scrutiny functions are maintained.
  • Following these decisions, the next AFET Committee meeting will take place on 25 May and 4 June (via videoconference).