December 12, 2019

Climate talks: EPP Group stresses need for EU and global action

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Some 200 countries are in Madrid for a major United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting to discuss how to tackle climate change. At the centre of discussions is the Paris Agreement, which sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts […]

EU to consider tougher tax haven listing

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By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A group of European Union countries is calling for the bloc to cast a wider net when listing tax havens and to consider imposing stricter sanctions for countries facilitating tax avoidance, according to an EU document and an EU official. The document, prepared by the Danish government and seen […]

MEPs debate how the EU should react to illegal drilling activities by Turkey

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Turkey has been involved in illegal drilling for oil and gas in Cypriot waters for quite some time despite the EU’s repeated calls for it to stop. European Union Member States have decided to set up a mechanism to impose restrictive measures (sanctions) – such as a travel bans or asset freezing – on individuals […]

MEPs approve system to reinforce EU’s external borders

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False documents and identity fraud are often detected at the external borders of the EU.  A sharp increase in the fraudulent use of documents in the Schengen area in recent years has led to a European Commission proposal to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard’s capacity to tackle this issue with a system, called […]

EU hosts Venezuela migrant talks as region struggles to cope

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By Lorne Cook from Caribbean Life BRUSSELS (AP) — Hundreds of representatives from governments, international agencies and charity groups gathered in Brussels Monday for a “solidarity conference” to drum up support for millions of Venezuelans who have fled the political crisis and to help neighboring countries that are taking them in. The South American nation […]

UK: MPs debate bill paving way for 12 December election

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MPs are debating Boris Johnson’s call for a general election on 12 December after Labour threw its weight behind a pre-Christmas poll. Jeremy Corbyn said he had changed his mind on a snap election after the EU gave the UK another Brexit extension. The prime minister can only hold an election with the support of […]

EU should raise pressure on Turkey over Syria offensive

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Turkey´s offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria has drawn widespread criticism, after US troops pulled out from the region earlier this month. At the European Parliament, the EPP Group´s Michael Gahler, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Group coordinator on foreign affairs, is calling for stronger pressure on the Turkish government to […]

Brexit: ‘No deal tonight’, UK government source says

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From BBC A government source has told the BBC there will be “no deal tonight”, as officials continue to work on the technical details in Brussels. The UK and EU had been hoping to sign off a revised Brexit deal before Thursday’s crunch EU council meeting. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said it was not now […]

EP Commissioner-designate Hearings: Dombrovskis a steady hand for EU economy

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At a hearing in the European Parliament, the new European Commission’s designated Executive Vice-President for the Economy, Valdis Dombrovskis, spoke of empowering Europe’s green and digital transformation with the EU’s economic policies. The EPP Group’s Esther de Lange, a Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Vice-Chair of the EPP Group, says Dombrovskis, […]

Boris Johnson: UK offering EU ‘very constructive’ Brexit proposals

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From BBC Boris Johnson says the government is offering the EU “very constructive and far-reaching proposals” to break the Brexit impasse. Speaking to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, he confirmed the UK’s plan would include some customs checks on the island of Ireland after Brexit. But they would be “absolutely minimal” and “won’t involve new infrastructure”. […]