News from Brussels / Week 15-21 May 2017
Last week, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker allocated the digital dossier to the Bulgarian MEP Mariya Gabriel, who was nominated by the Bulgarian government. MEPs took the final vote on new rules enabling EU citizens with subscriptions for online films, TV series, games and sport events to access this content while temporarily in another EU country. Besides, they advocated a halving of food waste in the EU and debated Brexit. As a follow-up on proposals made by the EU Commission, MEPs also discussed how the EU can tackle the negative effects of globalisation.
News from Brussels / Week 08-14 May 2017
Last week, Bulgaria nominated MEP Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner. The EU Council discussed the new anti-dumping methodology and took stock of trade relations with Chile, New Zealand and Australia. It also debated the state of play of trade negotiations with Japan, Mexico and Mercosur and discussed about the EU-Myanmar/Burma Investment Protection Agreement. The Commission identified three main action points in the Digital Single Market and published its final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry. The European Parliament held a hearing on the situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK.
News from Brussels / Week 02-08 May 2017
Last week, Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France. During European Parliament’s Committee week, MEPs voted on a money laundering blacklist and on VAT applied to e-books. Besides, the Commission closed the public consultation on the future of CAP and adopted a package of measures to enhance compliance and practical functioning of the EU Single Market. The Commission also recommended that Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway phase out temporary border controls.
News from Brussels / Week 18-24 April 2017
Last week, young centrist politician Emmanuel Macron swept 23,9% of the votes in the first round of the French presidential elections ahead of the extreme right representative Marine Le Pen (21,4%). The European Commission presented its report on digital competences of consumers. Additionally, it launched a public consultation on how excise duties are applied to alcohol and alcoholic beverages. The Civil Liberties Committee discussed the Commission’s plans on new privacy rules to take account of new practices such as internet-based messaging. Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament, met with Theresa May in London to discuss about Brexit.
News from Brussels / Week 10-18 April 2017
Last week the EU took note about the referendum results in Turkey pointing to the alleged irregularities. The business investment in the euro area is on the rise, amounting to 23,5% . EFSA reported that pesticide residues constitute little risk for consumers in the European Union. MEPs adopted a report on food waste unanimously in the ENVI Commiittee. Copa-Cocega and other stakeholders welcomed the Commission’s protein balance sheet.
News from Brussels / Week 1-7 April 2017
MEPs had a busy schedule during the plenary session in Strasbourg last. The European Parliament set out its principles and defined its redlines regarding the Brexit negotiations. The Parliament also demanded from the Commission to stop authorising the imports of genetically-modified maize and to end unsustainable effects of palm oil production. MEPs raised concern about new US rules on privacy and data transfer. A visa waiver deal for the Ukranian citizens was struck between the Parliament and the Council.