[Ticker] EU Parliament to investigate glyphosate-decision process
The European Parliament's conference of presidents decided on Thursday to create a special committee to investigate the assessment process for pesticides, including the glyphosate weedkiller. The committee, which has a nine-month mandate, will in particular assess "potential failures that might have arisen in the scientific evaluation" and "possible conflicts of interest at all levels".
[Ticker] Decision on Polish MEP's Nazi-era slur postponed
The leaders of political groups in the European Parliament on Thursday postponed a decision on whether to schedule an 'impeachment vote' on Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki. Four group leaders want to remove his title of parliament vice-president because he . The decision is now scheduled for 1 February. Meanwhile, parliament president Antonio Tajani will meet both Czarnecki and Thun.
[Ticker] Poll: Germans prefer Gabriel to Schulz for vice-chancellor
More Germans would prefer Sigmar Gabriel as vice-chancellor than SPD chief Martin Schulz, according to a YouGov/DPA survey published on Thursday. It found that 33 percent wanted Gabriel to remain deputy to chancellor Angela Merkel in a new coalition government, while only 22 percent wanted Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, in the post.
[Ticker] MEPs backs tighter export rules on cyber tech
The European parliament on Wednesday voted in favour of to countries outside Europe. "We must not be complicit in human rights violations abroad," said Klaus Buchner, the German MEP heading the file. The vote aims to amend an EU regulation on dual-use technology. EU states must now formulate their positions for negotiations to begin.
Grabbing the limelight! Shameless Juncker's desperate bid for attention with photobomb
JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER was spotted trying to grab the limelight as he jumped in front of cameras in the European Parliament.
[Ticker] EPP group calls for 'European Netflix'
The leader of the centre-right European People's Party group in the European Parliament has called for the creation of a "European Netflix", referring to the American online streaming service. "A 'European Netflix' can promote the unique European creativity and variety and encourage a common understanding of the unity in diversity. It's either a Europe sticking to its cultural richness or no Europe at all," Manfred Weber said on Wednesday.
Defying Brussels, EU parliament calls for ban on electric pulse fishing
The European Parliament called Tuesday for a ban on electric pulse fishing in the European Union, defying Brussels which wants the experimental practice in the North Sea done on a larger scale.
[Ticker] Romania's ruling party nominates MEP as new PM
Romania's ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) on Tuesday nominated MEP Viorica Dancila as new prime minister, after Mihai Tudose stepped down following a , Reuters reported. Dancila, 54, is a close ally of the powerful PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, who is barred from becoming prime minister himself because of a vote-rigging conviction. The socialist Dancila is vice-chair of the European Parliament's agriculture committee.
[Ticker] MEPs vote against allowing electric pulse fishing
The European Parliament voted on Tuesday, with 402 votes to 232, against a European Commission proposal to allow electric pulse fishing in the North Sea. The commission said that the technique, which is banned in countries such as the US and Brazil, is environmentally friendly. Opponents said that it damages fishes and the marine ecosystem.
Fewer MEPs than visitors turn up for Estonian PMOlder articles »
Less than seven percent of MEPs watch Estonian prime minister's speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. More visiting students showed up than MEPs, prompting questions of the value of such sessions.