Posts tagged as EP

European Parliament adopts amendments on poultry imports from Ukraine

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The European Parliament (EP) invites Ukraine to comply with the trade agreement that provides for a «spirit of trust» with the European Union, stressing that food safety standards apply to all products imported to the EU, as reported by EP representative Jānis Krastiņš. The new poultry regime will apply to deboned chicken breast and chicken breast with bone under a single tariff position and will increase the amount of meat…

European Parliament votes on von der Leyen EC cabinet

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The European Parliament votes on Wednesday, November 27, on the cabinet of the European Union’s executive body, European Commission, to be headed by Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen. German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports that it hasn’t been an easy start for Ursula von der Leyen’s team: the European Parliament rejected three candidates from France, Romania and Hungary, whose governments then had to find replacements. The new cabinet was not…

EP sources: all but one groups back Lithuania’s commissioner-designate

Friday, October 4, 2019

Coordinators from all of the European Parliament’s political groups, except the eurosceptic Identity and Democracy Group, support Lithuania’s commissioner-designate, Virginijus Sinkevicius, sources in the EP have said.   Coordinators of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, and the Fisheries Committee held a meeting on Thursday evening to evaluate Sinkevicius’ performance. Within 24 hours after completing the evaluation, they are to send a confidential letter of recommendation to the Conference of Committee Chairs, stating…

Lithuania’s EC nominee prepares to show muscle in EP confirmation hearings

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

As Lithuania’s European Commission nominee, Economy Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius prepares for his confirmation hearing in the European Parliament, MEPs who will question him say they will be looking for personal engagement with environmental issues. Sinkevičius has been nominated to oversee Environment and Oceans and his hearing is scheduled for Thursday. He will be questioned by members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee and the Fisheries Committee. Pascal…

Latvian MEPs explain their priorities in European Parliament committees

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

European Parliament (EP) office in Latvia has compiled the priorities of Latvian MEPs in their posts in EP committees. Eight deputies from Latvia were elected to the European Parliament in May 2019. MEPs work in 20 standing EP committees. Similarly to committees in Latvia’s Saeima, they work on legislative proposals in their respective sectors, submit amendments for review in plenary meetings and organize talks with experts, says EP press-secretary in…

EP condemns Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

Friday, September 20, 2019

The European Parliament has passed a resolution condemning a secret agreement between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that opened the door to those countries invading Poland in 1939 and paved the way to the horrors of World War II. The resolution recounts how World War II broke out 80 years ago and stresses that Poland was attacked by not only Nazi Germany, but also the USSR at the time,…

Opinion: Kremlin friends an isolated group at European Parliament

By Urmas Paet on Thursday, June 13, 2019

The bubble inflated by right wingers and eurosceptic forces prior to the May European elections was popped on election day, according to MEP Urmas Paet (Reform/ALDE). Paet, a former foreign minister, adds that the “Kremlin friends club” in the new European parliament’s composition will remain modest, in an opinion piece originally published by ERR’s online Estonian news. It is important to recall that while right-wing extremists and those opposed to…

New Unity gets 26% support, Harmony – 17%, National Alliance – 16% at European Parliament elections

Monday, May 27, 2019

After almost all votes have been counted, according to information at the disposal of LETA, the New Unity has been supported by 26.2 percent of voters. So far only votes in some polling stations abroad and votes sent by mail have not been counted. Harmony has been supported by 17.5 percent of voters, and the National Alliance – by 16.4 percent of voters. For Development/For has received 12.4 percent of…

Undecided UK admits having to organise its European Parliament’s elections

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The United Kingdom will have to organise its national elections of the European Parliament, the country’s government has admitted, as London still has not decided how to leave the European Union and what future relationship to seek. British public broadcaster BBC reports that British Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington has said «regrettably» it is «not going to be possible to finish that process» meaning British MPs agreeing on…