Large majority of MEPs see a role for the EU in the Israel-Palestine conflict

MEPs passed a resolution condemning the violations of human rights committed by both sides during the last Gaza war and urging the EU to participate effectively in the humanitarian effort and to play a more active political role in facilitating Israeli-Palestinian relations after the Gaza war.

The resolution also welcomes the ongoing dialogue between the Israeli government and the Palestinian authorities and reiterates its support for the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders. Continue Reading

EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, Greens/EFA groups push through EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, Greens/EFA push through EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

Simultaneously with the Ukrainian Parliament, the European Parliament gave its consent by a large majority to the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA). The Agreement will deepen political and economic ties and will create a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the signatories. Continue Reading

MEPs approved aid to redundant workers in Spain, Netherlands, Romania and Greece

MEPs approved aid to redundant workers in Spain, Netherlands, Romania and Greece 

MEPs voted in favour of the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help redundant workers to find new jobs for five applications coming from Greece, Romania, Spain (Aragón & Castilla y León) and the Netherlands, and for a technical assistance application at the initiative of the European Commission. Continue Reading

EP elects Juncker as new European Commission President

In an unprecedented vote since the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty, the European Parliament elected former Luxembourgish Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. The vote was by secret ballot and Juncker was elected by 422 votes in favour, 250 against, 47 abstentions and 10 void (blank or spoilt).

This concludes the new procedure inaugurated by the 2014 EP elections, through which each European political party nominated a lead candidate to preside the European Commission. Continue Reading

MEPs call on Russia to genuinely support Ukraine’s peace plan

The EP adopted a resolution calling on Russia to back Ukrainian peace plan, to respect the ceasefire and stressing the fundamental right of Ukrainian people to freely determine their country’s economic and political future. MEPs ask the Council and the Member States to impose further sanctions and to reduce EU’s dependence on Russian gas as well as to set up a collective ban of sale of arms to the country. Continue Reading

Stronger measures to fight youth unemployment

The EP voted by an extensive majority a resolution calling for stronger measures to fight youth unemployment, comprising the introduction of common minimum standards for the quality of apprenticeships, decent wages and access to employment services.

MEPs ask for the efficient monitoring of the implementation of the Youth Guarantee and for the increase of its overall budget. Continue Reading

July 2014 EP plenary Newsletter: EC/Juncker, Latvia/Euro, Russia/Ukraine, EP committees and more

In this edition:

1. Martin Schulz re-elected as EP President
2. EP Committees’ Bureaus elected
3. EP elects Juncker as new European Commission President
4. Super Grand Coalition EPP-S&D-ALDE pushes through Commission’s reshuffle
5. Large EP majority welcomes Lithuania as 19th member of the Eurozone
6. MEPs call on Russia to genuinely support Ukraine’s peace plan
7. Stronger measures to fight youth unemployment
8. MEPs approve a resolution urging a ceasefire in the Gaza strip

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UK and Germany vote against each other most often in the EU Council – VoteWatch Europe study

Council of the EU: UK and Germany vote against each other most often

Brussels, 11 June 2014

Against the background of the debates concerning the nomination of the next European Commission President by the European Council, a study undertaken by VoteWatch Europe shows that among the 28 EU Member States, the United Kingdom and Germany have voted against each other most often in the EU Council of Ministers. Data collected by VoteWatch Europe in the period July 2009 – May 2014 illustrates that these two countries have disagreed on 16% of the formal votes cast in the Council.

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