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.
News from Brussels / Week 18 - 24 March 2017
Last week the Heads of State and Government gathered in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. On this occasion, they presented a declaration, in which they emphasised the unity of the Union and their intention to increase cooperation in the areas of defence policy, social policy and the rights of citizens.
The European Parliament demands more consumer protection cooperation, as well as a mandatory transparency register for all lobbyists wishing to enter the Parliament. Together with the Council, an informal agreement was reached to set up a new labelling scheme for energy efficiency.
News from Brussels / Week 25 - 31 March 2017
Last week was marked by the British government’s triggering of Article 50, which initiated a two-year negotiation period. The Commission presented an initiative to boost youth mobility across the EU. In the European Parliament, the Committees voted on measures to close tax loopholes and called for a more flexible budget.
News from Brussels / Week 13 - 17 March 2017
Last week the European Parliament adopted the new regulation on official controls to increase Member States’ ability to prevent, eliminate or reduce health risks throughout the food supply chain. The European Parliament also adopted several reports on food waste, recycling and landfills -the so-called “waste package”. Commissioner Cecilia Malsmtröm was in Singapore to try to re-launch trade talks between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).