Posts tagged as European Parliament

EP Transport Committee backs compulsory truck return, worst scenario for Lithuania

Friday, January 11, 2019

The European Parliament’s Transport Committee, deliberating the Mobility Package on Thursday, has voted in favor of one of three proposals, which stipulates compulsory return of trucks to their home countries, with the Lithuanian transport minister saying it’s the worst scenario. “There were three reports submitted, and they voted in favor of only one, rejecting the other two, and they voted exactly for the one which is the worst for us…

EU commissioner warns of Russia’s potential involvement in EP election

Friday, November 23, 2018

The European Parliament’s election next year might be affected by the propaganda of Russian and other countries and even cyber attacks, European commissioner Vera Jourova warns. “The new elections will not be “business as usual”, we have to mobilize all the sources and all the forces,” the EU commissioner in charge of justice, consumers and gender equality, told journalists in Vilnius on Thursday. In her words, member states have also…

PM: Estonia doesn’t wish for lesser role of smaller nations in EU

Thursday, October 4, 2018

In his speech focusing on the future of the European Union before the European Parliament on Wednesday, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said that Estonia does not wish for the European Union to be redesigned in a way that could lead to a lesser role for smaller nations. “I would like to paraphrase former Estonian President Lennart Meri, who once said that small nations in Europe are the glue, the…

European Parliament approves new rules for audiovisual media; child protection enhanced

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Tuesday, 2 October, MEPs approved improved rules for audiovisual media. These new rules ensure better child protection and limiting the amount of advertisements and make sure at least 30% of shown content was made in Europe, as BNN was informed by EP press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota. The new rules will apply not only to broadcasting organizations but also service providers who offer video-on-demand. The same applies to video-sharing…

European Parliament’s rapporteur proposes EUR 780 mln for Lithuanian N-plant closure

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The European Parliament is recommended to approve 780 million euros in funding for the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant’s decommissioning in the EU’s next multiannual financial framework, the amount sought by Lithuania and 230 million euros more than proposed by the European Commission. Rebecca Harms, the European Parliament’s main rapporteur on the Ignalina NNP closure funding issues, made the recommendation in her draft report presented on Monday, the Energy Ministry said. Lithuanian Energy…

European Parliament votes to trigger Article 7 sanctions procedure against Hungary

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to start an EU punitive procedure against Hungary for flouting democratic rules. Voting 448 in favour, 197 against and 48 abstentions, the motion passed in the Strasbourg plenary session. It marks the first time the European legislature has ever triggered the so-called Article 7 procedure against an EU member state. The same procedure was launched by the European Commission against Poland in December 2017.…

European Solidarity Corps to permit volunteer work in all of EU

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

With members of the European Parliament giving green light, youngsters will be provided with the option to work in different volunteer projects across all of the European Union. The parliament approved the law with 519 votes in favour, 132 against and 32 MEPs abstaining, as reported by European Parliament’s press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znota-Znotiņa. In the vote MEPs detailed a desire for a clear distinction between voluntary activities and job…

Mogherini: EU to Present Proposals on Security Following Salisbury Incident

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

During the EU leaders’ summit in June, EU will present its proposals on countering security threats following the incident in the UK city of Salisbury, when former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were allegedly poisoned by the A234 nerve agent, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday. “After the Salisbury attack, the European Council has called for increased EU engagement on cybersecurity, strategic communication and counterintelligence…

US Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium: Statement of Trade Committee Chair

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Chairman of International Trade Committee of the European Parliament Bernd Lange (S&D, Germany) issued the following statement on the new US tariffs. “The International Trade Committee of the European Parliament condemns the decision of the United States to levy tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from the EU. We fully support the European Commission in its stance against the arbitrary duties that clearly contradict WTO rules. The EU…

Estonia ranks 9th in EU for digital economy

Monday, May 21, 2018

Estonia ranks ninth in the European Union when it comes to progress towards the digital single market, it appears from the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2018 published by the Commission on Friday. According to DESI 2018, the EU is getting more digital, but progress remains insufficient for Europe to catch up with global leaders and to reduce differences across member states. This calls for a quick completion of…