MEPs endorse the European Ombudsman’s call for more transparency

The MEPs overwhelmingly approved the resolution on the European Ombudsman Annual report for 2013 by 527 votes in favour, 21 against and 82 abstentions.

All the main EU political groups voted in favour of the resolution. The ECR and EFDD groups were split. In the ECR group, the Polish and German delegations voted in favour, whereas the British conservatives abstained. Continue Reading

December 2014 EP plenary Newsletter: Palestine, tar sand oil and EU-Georgia Association Agreemen

In this edition:

1. Large EP majority adopted the resolution on recognition of the Palestinian State
2. Resolution against tar sand oil in Europe rejected by a small margin
3. Vast EP majority ratified the Association Agreement with Georgia

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November 2014 EP plenary Newsletter: Motion of Censure, EU-Canada PNR deal, Digital Single Market, and more

In this edition:

1. Juncker Commission easily survives its first big test in the EP
2. The EU-Canada PNR agreement sent to ECJ by the left, ALDE, eurosceptics
3. Large EP majority pushed through a stronger stance on the post-2015 development agenda
4. EPP, S&D, ECR requested Commission’s diligence in settling search engines market
5. EPP, ALDE, Greens/EFA voted to strengthen ECB’s authority to impose sanctions

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Juncker Commission easily survives its first big test in the EP

The Motion of Censure on the EU Commission, tabled by 76 EFDD and non-attached MEPs, was rejected by 101 votes in favour, 461 against and 88 abstentions. The number of MEPs voting against the motion, and thus in favour of the Commission, was higher than the number of MEPs who have voted in favour of the appointment of Juncker’s Commission in October 2014.

Click here to see how each MEP voted on the resolution.

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The EU-Canada PNR agreement sent to ECJ by the left, ALDE, eurosceptics

The European Parliament approved a resolution tabled by the ALDE group asking for the EU-Canada agreement on the transfer of Passenger Name Records (PNR) to be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on whether it is compatible with the EU treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights before voting on the new agreement. The PNR agreement was signed by the EU Council of Ministers and Canada on 25 June 2014, but in order to enter into force it needs the consent of the Parliament.

The resolution passed by 383 votes in favour, 271 against and 47 abstentions. The left-leaning groups (S&D, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL) and the right wing eurosceptics supported the proposal (the EFDD group was split). The conservative EPP and ECR groups decided to vote against the resolution, as they considered that the PNR agreement should be enforced at the soonest, to fight against terrorism and international crime.

Graph PNR EU-Canada

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October 2014 EP plenary Newsletter: New Commission, EU Budget 2015, EU Semester, and more

In this edition:

1. Super Grand Coalition EPP-S&D-ALDE approved the New European Commission
2. Pro-EU groups reversed the Council’s cuts in the draft EU budget for 2015
3. EP urged Member States to fully implement EU Semester 2014 economic priorities
4. MEPs backed a prolong Ukraine’s duty-free access to the EU market


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Super Grand Coalition EPP-S&D-ALDE approves the New European Commission

The European Parliament elected today the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker.

The decision passed by 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The winning majority was composed of the EPP, S&D (with the Spanish delegation abstaining) and ALDE groups. GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups voted against while the ECR group, who gave the instruction to abstain, was split. Continue Reading

MEPs call on the EU to rethink its relations with Russia

The EP adopted a resolution welcoming the Minsk ceasefire agreement and criticising its violation by Russian troops and separatists. The resolution also strongly condemns the Russian Federation for conducting a “hybrid war” against Ukraine and calls on Russia to withdraw all its military forces from the country.

The text reiterates EU’s commitment to the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine and that the international community will not recognize the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Continue Reading