On February 2015, the European Parliament passed a resolution to address new anti-terrorism measures that should be put in place this year. The document referenced the collection of passenger name records (PNR). Passenger Name Records are, in essence, data about our flight details. It includes several different types of information, such as travel dates, ticket information and payment information.
The EU governments have sought access to this passenger data and requested additional information from airline companies, and therefore third countries’ governments, through far-reaching PNR agreements. The European Commission proposed the EU PNR system as a key tool in the fight against terrorism. On 2010, the EP adopted the EU external strategy on PNR, which opened the negotiations between the EU and Australia, Canada and the United States on the exchange of this type of data between these international actors. Continue Reading
The Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament believes that a single market for electronic communications is a key tool for creating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. According to specialised studies in e-commerce, EU citizens could save around 60 billion EUR a year as a result of lower prices in telecoms and 95 billion EUR as a result of having more choices. A single market for electronic communications would also increase consumer choices, quality of service and contribute to territorial and social cohesion, as well facilitate overall mobility across the EU. Continue Reading
LuxLeaks: EU parliamentarians set up a special committee to look into tax rulings
The EP’s political group leaders have decided to set up a special committee to look into tax rulings by member states.
The creation of the special committee was adopted with an overwhelming majority of 612 Parliamentarians voting in favour, 19 against and 23 abstaining from the vote. The MEPs who did not vote in favour of this text came mainly from the UKIP (who voted against) and French Front National (who abstained). Click here to see how each MEP voted. Continue Reading
The EU parliamentarians adopted a non-legislative resolution strongly condemning the flogging of Mr Raif Badawi by the Saudi Arabian authorities.
The resolution, signed by all the EU political groups, except the Christian democrats (EPP), was adopted by 460 votes in favour, 153 against and 29 abstentions. The EPP group voted against the resolution and explained that it could not support the text as it stands because it associates Saudi Arabia with the organisation Islamic State, in regard to the type of punishments used. Continue Reading
Today, the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution that condemned the violation and abuse of human rights committed in relation to the insurgent group Islamic State (IS) within Syria and Iraq. The resolution also called for more humanitarian aid and for more assistance to be given to the millions suffering as a result of the crisis.
The final vote on the resolution was not done by roll-call. Continue Reading
The Socialists, Liberal democrats, hard left and Eurosceptic have succeeded in forming a majority, defeating opposition from the Christian-democrats and conservatives. Christian Democrats and conservatives would have preferred a more moderate position, focusing on the necessity of close cooperation between the EU and the USA in fighting and countering terrorism. Continue Reading
Today, a majority of Members of the EU Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour of a non-binding resolution saying that the indication of the country of origin should be made mandatory also for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, like for example lasagne.
The resolution was adopted by 460 votes in favour, 204 against and 33 abstentions. The text was supported by a centre-left coalition made by the S&D group, the Greens and the GUE/NGL groups plus the conservatives of the ECR and the liberals of ALDE. Continue Reading
MEPs passed a resolution condemning the acts of terrorism and voted to adopt new anti-terrorism measures in the EU. An overwhelming majority was formed by the Socialists, Liberal democrats, Christian democrats and Conservatives. Click here to see how each MEP voted.
The resolution called on Member States to strengthen external border controls and expressed concerns about the rapidly rising number of EU nationals traveling to conflict areas. Continue Reading
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First VoteWatch Europe report of the 8th European Parliament term!
You are warmly invited to attend the public launch of VoteWatch Europe first special report of the 8th Parliamentary term taking place on 27 February 2015, from 12.00 to 13.15 at the Thon Hotel EU. Continue Reading
There are 7 political families in the European Parliament. Individual Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sit not according to nationality, but join political families according to their own ideology.
Some MEPs participate in votes more often than others.
Tell us which group do you think has the parliamentarians who participate, on average, most frequently in votes in the EP plenary ? Continue Reading