Winners and losers of EP Plenary April 2018

During the latest plenary session, EU Parliamentarians were busy deciding on the discharge of EU institutions and agencies, but still found the time to vote on key issues regarding the controversial appointment of Martin Selmayr as the new Secretary General of the European Commission.

Additionally, political factions fought over the Monsanto-Bayer merger, the alleged conflicts of interest of EFSA’s (European Food Safety Authority) experts, the introduction of veto powers for national parliaments, binding rules to prevent reckless sovereign lending and borrowing, the latest trialogue compromise on emissions reduction and the options to rescue the troubled Pension Fund for MEPs. Continue Reading

EU Parliamentarians agree on the damage of Volkswagen emissions scandal. They disagree on the measures to be taken

VW Golf TDI clean diesel

The European Parliament adopted its position on the recent Volkswagen emissions manipulation revelations and pressed the Commission to adopt and implement the new Real Driving Emission (RDE) test cycle as a matter of urgency.

The text strongly condemns the fraud by the automotive manufacturer and regrets that these excess emissions caused harmful effects on human health and environmental damage. The EU parliamentarians underlined the urgency to restore the confidence of consumers by the Commission and the Member States through concrete actions. Continue Reading