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Debate on reforming the EU, New challenges

BRUSSELS: Throughout its existence the EU has always evolved in response to a constantly changing world. The most recent major change was the Lisbon treaty, which gave the Parliament new law-making powers. However, the process never ends. In recent years there have been increasing calls for another institutional reform in response to developments such as the digital economy, climate change, migration and terrorism . These are challenges on …

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What Parliament is doing on social policies

BRUSSELS: Compared to the rest of the world, Europe has the best levels of social protection and ranks highly in terms of quality of life and wellbeing. However, it faces a wide range of challenges: The effects of the economic crisis are still deeply felt in many member states and, even though things have already improved in many countries, great …

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Brexit negotiations: deciding new EU-UK relations

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament will play a key role in determining the outcome of this negotiation. A majority of voters in the UK voted in favour of taking their country out of the EU on 23 June 2016. The government triggered the official process on 29 March 2017 by invoking article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which sets out the negotiations …

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Brexit: the impact on Ireland

BRUSSELS: Parliament insists that Ireland’s unique circumstances, including the issue of peace in Northern Ireland, must be addressed in the Brexit negotiations. There are about 275 land border crossings between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, compared to 137 crossings on the entirety of the EU’s eastern border from Finland to Greece. The United Kingdom’s vote in 2016 to …

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EU needs to increase its resilience to Russian propaganda

STRASBOURG: Members of the EU Parliament sounded the alarm about Russia’s propaganda influence on EU countries, and suggested strengthening an EU strategic communication team, in a topical debate on Wednesday.Kremlin-orchestrated leaks, fake news, disinformation campaigns and cyber-attacks against the EU and its member states have all increased since the war in Ukraine, stressed MEPs in a debate with Security Union …

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Parliament ready to negotiate on cutting off terrorist financing

STRASBOURG:  Parliament is ready to start talks with ministers on two laws targeting the financing of terrorism and organised crime. The two laws will clamp down on the funding of terrorism and other organised crime, by countering money laundering as well as easing cross-border freezing and confiscation of the proceeds of crime. The directive to counter money laundering would improve enforcement by …

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EU countries must step up fight against sexual abuse of children, say MEPs

STRASBOURG: Remove illegal content from the internet fast, or block access Take measures against new forms of online crime,  such as revenge porn and sexual extortion Strengthen police and judicial cooperation to protect migrant children EU member states must work more closely with each other and with Europol and the IT industry to fight sexual abuse and exploitation of children, said …

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Conservative plan for an inter-governmental summit to end Rohingya crisis

STRASBOURG: Conservative MEPs’ call for an inter-governmental summit to end the ongoing persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims was backed today by the European Parliament.  Over 600,000 Rohingyas have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh and at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in August alone. The crisis has been called a textbook example of ethnic cleansing …

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Cyprus has a key role in the stability and security of the Eastern Mediterranean: Antonio Tajani

BRUSSELS: European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will pay an official visit to Cyprus tomorrow,  8 December. The President will deliver an address at the Cypriot House of Representatives and participate in a debate with Cypriot Youths on the future of the European Union. Ahead of the visit President Tajani stated:”Cyprus has a key role in the stability and security of the …

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Venezuelan opposition won The Sakharov award 2017

BRUSSELS: “The Venezuelan opposition is an example for all. They are brave people who, despite being beaten or imprisoned, are not afraid and do not give up, but fight for their freedom and for their dignity”, said José Ignacio Salafranca MEP welcoming today’s decision to award the 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela: …

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