Post-Brexit talks - future EU-UK ties - possibly in 2018, says Barnier
With little progress in the Brexit talks, EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier says the second phase of negotiations focusing on a trade accord and other future ties may not begin until early next year. The rights of millions of EU and UK citizens remains the top priority, Barnier says, speaking at the European Parliament’s Pan-European Working Group. The working group’s Chair, Paul Rübig of the EPP Group, says with Brexit, there is worry about the stability of internal UK relations after Brexit, regarding Northern Ireland and other UK members.
Event of the Week
Everything you need to know about the important news stories in the European Parliament each week, including interviews with the people behind them.
Equality between men and women is one of the fundamental principles of the EU. Nevertheless, even in the 21st century there is a pay gap between men and women and the Member States haven't yet ratified and implemented the Istanbul Convention on fighting violence against women.
In an important step towards Energy Union, the European Parliament approves legislation that requires Member States to report energy agreements with third parties to the European Commission for review. The Commission would check to make sure such agreements comply with EU energy policy and rules....
A new EU anti-terror law before the European Parliament this week aims to step up the fight against terror recruitment, planning, training and financing, as well as caring for the victims. EPP Group rapporteur Monika Hohlmeier says recent attacks underline the urgency to approve the law and put it...
The European Commission has tabled new legislation designed to drive up motor vehicle safety and environmental standards across Europe. A key aim is to have a more efficient system of market surveillance and one that is trusted by EU citizens so that EU citizens can drive cleaner and safer cars...
The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee OKs a proposed digital Entry/Exit System for visitors to the EU. It is part of the European Union’s Smart Borders package of measures that will also include the creation of an EU Asylum Agency to help Member States deal with migrant...
Successful European online platform start-ups like Spotify and Booking.com called for less regulation but a level playing field to encourage more success stories. They spoke at a hearing where Henna Virkkunen, Krišjānis Kariņš and other EPP Group MEPs and European Commission Vice-...
The European Parliament approves a Resolution calling for more funding to meet growing demand for the EU’s Erasmus+ student exchange programme and improve how it works. EPP Group Rapporteur Milan Zver calls it an investment in the future of the European Union.
In an important step towards creating a recycling, circular economy, the European Parliament's Environment Committee approved legislation requiring EU Member States to recycle up to 80 percent of their waste by 2030. Shadow Rapporteur Karl-Heinz Florenz of the EPP Group says Europe needs to...
The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee backs the CETA trade accord between the EU and Canada, an important step toward ratification. The EPP Group’s MEP Artis Pabriks, who wrote the report, says businesses large and small will boost trade by 20 percent when CETA slashes...
A European Parliament report on robotics calls for rules ethics, legal issues and employment, while encouraging the sector as a growth engine. Approved by the Legal Affairs Committee, it now goes to the full Parliament for a final vote.