Winners and losers in the EP decision-making: EU budget, herbicides, unemployment scheme and electoral interference

Creator: Gabor KOVACS
Copyright: CC-BY-4.0:©European Union 2019–Source: EP

Sylvie Goulard was not the only one to be defeated last week in the European Parliament. While the EPP and S&D were successful in their mission to break even with Macron’s group on the number of commissioners being rejected, the two traditional groups lost on other fronts.

The “good old grand coalition” EPP+S&D also joined forces to propose the set-up of a new special committee to investigate foreign electoral interference and disinformation in European elections. Continue Reading

EU Parliamentarians strongly divided over chemical regulation

Chemicals are everywhere in today’s society, ranging from the food we eat to the clothes we wear and the European Commission actively proposes regulation in this field. However, the final decisions by the European institutions are also based on political considerations, in addition to the technical assessments. The European Parliament plays a big role on regulation of chemicals as it can allow or block the authorization of these products. Continue Reading

Belgium and Luxembourg abstained, while new GMOs legislation was approved by EU governments

The legislation on the new rules allowing flexibility for EU Member States to ban Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been very controversial due to disagreements between pro- and anti-GMO Member States. It took 4 years for the Council to reach an agreement on the text.

The aim of the proposal is to provide legal basis in the EU legal framework for Member states to restrict or prohibit GMO cultivation on their territory, even if these would have been authorised beforehand at EU level. Continue Reading