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 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 19 – 23 September 2016
A LATE SUMMER FULL OF NEWS
Despite the nice temperatures and sunny days in September, the activity didn’t cease in the European institutions, including a plenary session in Strasbourg, where Commission’s President Juncker addressed his State of the Union speech (#SOTEU) and an extraordinary meeting of the 27 Heads of State and Government (without the UK) in #Bratislava. Here a short overview of other topics that featured high in the EU news during the last days.