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European Parliament vote on UK Trade & Cooperation Agreement marks new chapter

Members of the European Parliament will vote on their consent on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (UK TCA) that sets out the future relationship between the EU and the UK. The agreement has been provisionally applied since the start of the year to avoid disruptions between the EU and UK. The agreement requires the consent of the …
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EU-UK Deal: 'let's establish a positive framework for a new partnership'

With MEPs set to vote on approving the post-Brexit trade and co-operation agreement between the EU and the UK, EFA MEP Jordi Solé said that whilst the agreement has its shortcomings, overall ‘it establishes a positive framework for this new partnership’.
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Turkey Debate: Quote from Sergey Lagodinsky

The European Parliament will held a debate on the meeting between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Council President Charles Michel and Turkey's President Erdoğan.
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French government business links show need for tax transparency measures to work for citizens

Negotiators from the European Parliament, Commission and Council will hold crucial negotiations on the country-by-country reporting file on tax transparency for multinational companies. The file had been stuck in the Council for years. Today, revelations in Contexte show that the position of the French government on the file was drafted b…
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Weak climate targets risks undermining European Green Deal

Negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached an agreement on the European Climate Law. The sticking point in the negotiations was the emission reductions target for 2030, which now stands at net 55%. This equates to only 52.8% of direct emissions reductions when excluding carbon sinks. The Parl…
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European Parliament leaders call for solidarity over Russian attack in the Czech Republic

Leaders of political groups are shocked by the recent reports of the involvement of Russian GRU intelligence services in the 2014 explosion of an arms depot in the Czech Republic. This is another attack by people affiliated to the Russian state on a sovereign territory in the European Union.
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Commission proposal on AI good first step but fails to tackle biometric surveillance

The European Commission has presented its proposal for a regulation on artificial intelligence (AI). The Greens/EFA Group welcomes clear rules in the Commission's first legislative proposal on AI, but criticises the fact that automatic facial recognition continues to be allowed in public spaces.
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Sustainable investment criteria released but uphill battle continues to exclude gas & nuclear

The European Commission has presented its criteria for sustainable investments, following the Taxonomy Regulation that was negotiated by Greens/EFA MEP Bas Eickhout in late 2019 and approved by the Parliament in June 2020. The criteria released today provides more insight into how sustainable financial products can be labelled and allows …
Unity in diversity - EFA
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Listen to all Europe's languages to shape Europe's future

With the launch of a digital platform to allow citizens’ voices to be heard in the Conference on the Future of Europe, EFA MEPs have expressed regret that the platform is restricted solely to the EU’s 24 official languages.
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Greens/EFA in the European Parliament call on Vice-President Dombrovskis to respect social dialogue on the labour reform in Spain

Vladis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission has recently stated that he expects "a comprehensive and ambitious labour reform" from Spain, noting his dissatisfaction that, in the framework of the social dialogue, priority is being given to the reform of the ultra-activity of collective agreements.