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European Council
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#EUCO 24/25 May - Climate, Covid-19

Ahead of the EU summit on 24-25 May, Greens/EFA call on heads of state and government to join the historic initiative by US President Joe Biden and over 100 countries for a temporary lifting of patent rights for coronavirus vaccines. On climate, EU governments should see climate action as an opportunity to strategically position themselve…
European Parliament
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China sanctions resolution quote from Reinhard Bütikofer

Members of the European Parliament will vote on a resolution on the Chinese leadership's sanctions. In the resolution, MEPs make the lifting of Chinese sanctions a condition for referral of the negotiated investment agreement to the European Parliament. The results of the vote are expected to be announced at around 16:30. A large majority…
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The Commission must ensure EU citizens' personal data is protected

The European Parliament will vote on two resolutions strongly urging the Commission to act to protect the personal data of EU citizens. On 19 February 2021, the Commission presented two draft implementing acts that would give the UK “adequacy” status under EU data protection law. Due to on-going mass surveillance practices and the lack of…
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Conflict of interest of the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš

On the request of the Greens/EFA Group, MEPs will debate the conflict of interest of the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, in the presence of the Commission and Council. The vote on the accompanying resolution will take place next plenary session in the beginning of June.
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EU must put human rights at the centre of migration deals

Members of the European Parliament have adopted a report on Human rights protection and the EU external migration policy, from Greens/EFA Group MEP Tineke Strik, calling for the EU to support better human rights in migration. The vote comes after several reports of human rights violations surrounding the EU's migration deals with third co…
European Union
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EFA Group welcomes new MEP

The European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament has welcomed Piernicola Pedicini as a new independent member. Piernicola Pedicini joined the Greens/EFA in December 2020 and has now been welcomed to the EFA component of the group. The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws togethe...
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EU Blue Card Deal reached: Step towards a fairer migration system

Negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission reached an agreement on the EU Blue Card Directive, setting out the conditions of entry and residence of non-EU nationals for the purposes of highly-qualified employment. The trilogues started in 2017 and with negotiations finalised, the next step is for the European Parliam…
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Commission strong on tax proposals but weak in ways to implement them

The European Commission has released its new Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st century. The Commission’s proposals aim to tackle tax avoidance with a series of legislative proposals. It also recognises the need for fair and effective taxation of capital income, both individual and corporate. Four new legislative proposals wi…
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Just Transition Fund - quote from Niklas Nienass

The agreement on the Just Transition Fund (JTF) was adopted by a large majority of MEPs, voting results have just been announced. The fund is a key building block of the Green Deal and aims to pave the way to the green and sustainable economy and providing support for renewable energy, start-ups, knowledge transfer, retraining, social inf…
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ECJ tax rulings on Amazon & ENGIE - Quote from Kira Peter-Hansen MEP

The General Court of the European Court of Justice has ruled on the appeals against the Commission's investigations into tax deals with Amazon and ENGIE. The Commission's investigations into so-called 'sweetheart deals' with Luxembourg had found that the tax arrangements with ENGIE and Luxembourg were contra to EU state aid rules. However…