• MEPs put pressure on Council for the EU's long-term budget

      MEPs put pressure on Council for the EU's long-term budget

      To push Council to advance with the negotiations on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) that will fund the EU policies in the period 2021-2027, MEPs adopted a resolution at their mini-plenary sitting in Brussels on 10 October. In it, they asked national governments to urgently agree a negotiating position on the EU long-term budget and warned of a real jeopardy that the common investment plan for the next seven years will not be endorsed in time with Council, alerting on what the consequences will be for the businesses and citizens

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    • French candidate commissioner rejected

      French candidate commissioner rejected

      Sylvie Goulard, France’s choice to be the next head of EU industrial policy, was rejected by the EP committees on Thursday after a second hearing in which she failed to quieten doubts over her role in a jobs scandal. The rejection reflects a power struggle between MPs and French President Emmanuel Macron about who should lead the next European Commission.

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    • EP commissioners-designate hearings almost complete

      EP commissioners-designate hearings almost complete

      European Parliament committees continued last Monday and Tuesday with hearings of the commissioners-designate almost completing the procedure, the EP press service reported. After Frans Timmermans, Margrethe Vestager, Vera Jourova, Josep Borrell, Valdis Dombrovskis and once again Janusz Wojciechowski expressed their views before MPs, only Romanian and Hungarian candidates are to be questioned in the coming days.

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    • EP President David Sassoli on European tour

      EP President David Sassoli on European tour

      European Parliament President David Sassoli started on Monday his first European tour with a visit to Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron. On the next day Sassoli flies to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and late afternoon arrives in London for a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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    • Hearings for the College go on track

      Hearings for the College go on track

      From Monday to Thursday, MEPs had very busy and hectic schedule, holding hearings of 19 candidates for the EU executive college. As a whole, these three-hour exercises each were carried out as orderly exchange of questions and answers, but there were also pitfalls that prevented two of the nominees from crossing the barrier in the first round.

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    • Commissioners-designate grilled at EP Committees hearings

      Commissioners-designate grilled at EP Committees hearings

      The hearings of the future commissioners started on 30 September in front of the EP Committees with first five candidates successfully passing the test, EP press service reported. The procedure began with three commissioners, who are deemed to change their portfolios - Phil Hogan, Mariya Gabriel and Maros Sefcovic. Political groups' coordinators from the committees will meet within 24 hours to assess the performance of the commissioners.

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    • Romanian, Hungarian candidates for Commission blocked

      Romanian, Hungarian candidates for Commission blocked

      Candidates to become commissioners from Hungary and Romania have conflicts of interest that undermine their candidacies, MEPs from the legal committee said on Thursday. Transport commissioner-designate, Romanian Rovana Plumb, and the proposed commissioner for EU enlargement, Hungary's former justice minister Laszlo Trocsanyi, were both told confirmation hearings could not go ahead because of inconsistencies in their financial statements.

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    • Talks on revising limits within Schengen to resume

      Talks on revising limits within Schengen to resume

      Civil Liberties MEPs agreed last week to start negotiations with EU ministers to revise time limits and conditions for passport controls within the Schengen area, the EP press service reported. The Schengen Borders Code allows Member States to carry out temporary passport controls at internal borders in the event of a serious threat to public order.

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    • MEPs want internet firms to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour

      MEPs want internet firms to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour

      MEPs could soon start negotiations with EU countries on rules that could force internet companies to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour of being informed, EP press service reported. On 24 September, Parliament's Civil liberties committee backed the position agreed by the Parliament before May's European elections on new EU rules to tackle the dissemination of online content promoting terrorism and approved the mandate to begin discussions with EU ministers.

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