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MEPs Call For EU To Push Ahead With Foreign Policy Commitments Amidst War In Ukraine

MEPs are calling for the EU to push ahead with foreign policy commitments in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine. In response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, MEPs are calling for the Versailles Declaration to be implemented more rapidly through a step-change in EU Foreign, Security and Defence policy.  In a collection of recommendations adopted … Continued

MEPs Call For More Transparent Allocation Of Fishing Quotas

MEPs are asking for a more transparent allocation of fishing quotas in European Union member states. MEPs who form part of the Fisheries Committee said that the use of environmentally friendly fishing practices or contribution to the local economy should be taken into account when distributing fishing quotas in EU member states. Even though the … Continued

It’s Not A Conflict, It’s War, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy Tells Malta’s Parliament

In an address to the Maltese Parliament, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reminded parliamentarians that Ukraine is not in the middle of a conflict, but in a full-blown war.  Ukrainian President Zelensky, who addressed Malta’s parliament today via video link, expressed his gratitude to the Maltese people for inviting him to speak.  At the beginning of … Continued

‘Future Of Europe Is Tied To Future Of Ukraine,’ EP President Metsola Says

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola said that “the future of Europe is tied to the future of Ukraine,” in a speech at the closing ceremony of the Conference on the Future of Europe.  During her speech, Metsola spoke about the gap that exists between people’s expectations of what the European Union should deliver and what … Continued

Frontex Faces Controversy Again As It Fails To Get MEPs’ Approval On 2020 Accounts

The European Parliament is delaying signing off on the accounts of the EU border control agency, Frontex. MEPs have signed off on the 2020 budgets of most of the EU’s bodies, except for Frontex, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Council. In a vote by a show of hands, Parliament withheld their approval … Continued

Single European Elections Looming Over The Horizon As MEPs Work On Major Reforms

A single European Parliament election could become a reality in a few years’ time with MEPs kicking off reforms that could see major changes to the 27 individual MEP elections. On Tuesday, the Parliament adopted a legislative initiative report that seeks to overhaul the rules for the European election.  Under the system devised by MEPs, … Continued

Common Chargers Will Soon Become Reality After EU Starts Negotiations

The European Parliament has announced that is ready to start negotiations on a common charger in a bid to reduce e-waste and make usage of different electronic devices more convenient.  MEPs who form part of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, including PL MEP Alex Agius Saliba who has been pushing for this initiative, … Continued

’Smart And Articulate’ Roberta Metsola Has Shaken Up European Parliament Presidency In First 100 Days, Politico Says

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola has shaken up the image of the office, renowned Politico magazine has said in a piece commemorating her first 100 days in the role. Metsola’s win was historic in more ways than one; it made her of the highest-ranking Maltese person in the EU, the youngest ever EP President, the first … Continued

MEPs To Hold Debate On Humanitarian Crisis In Ukraine

MEPs are set to hold a debate on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine on Wednesday 20th April. The Development Committee MEPs will debate with the Chair of the Humanitarian Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Mykyta Poturayev on Wednesday.  The illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24th February of this year has sparked a … Continued

EU Countries Sheltering Ukrainian Refugees To Receive €3.4 Billion

MEPs decided on Thursday that EU countries sheltering Ukrainian refugees will immediately receive €3.4 billion to address their needs.  Following the Parliament’s green light to redirect EU regional and asylum funding to EU countries sheltering people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, MEPs adopted additional support measures.  MEPs agreed to release the funds out of … Continued