All EU-related News in English in a list. Read News from the European Union in French, German & Hungarian too.

You are here

European Union

Press release - Conference on the Future of Europe: inaugural event in Strasbourg

European Parliament - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 16:53
The inaugural event celebrated the launch of the participatory process set up jointly by Parliament, Council and Commission.

Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP
Categories: European Union

Press release - Conference on the Future of Europe: inaugural event in Strasbourg

European Parliament (News) - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 16:53
The inaugural event celebrated the launch of the participatory process set up jointly by Parliament, Council and Commission.

Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP
Categories: European Union

Indyref 2 is ‘will of the country‘, says Scottish first minister following poll win

Euractiv.com - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 14:22
The pressure for a second referendum on Scottish independence will step up after the Scottish National Party secured 64 of the 129 seats following Thursday’s (6 May) Scottish parliament elections and declared that an independence poll was “the will of...
Categories: European Union

Press release - Conference on the Future of Europe: make your voice heard

European Parliament (News) - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 13:34
The Executive Board approved on 9 May the Rules of Procedure that set out the composition of the Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe, and how it will work.

Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP
Categories: European Union

Press release - Conference on the Future of Europe: make your voice heard

European Parliament - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 13:34
The Executive Board approved on 9 May the Rules of Procedure that set out the composition of the Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe, and how it will work.

Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP
Categories: European Union

Remarks by President Charles Michel after the informal meeting of the members of the European Council and the EU-India Leaders' meeting in Porto

European Council - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 03:12
Remarks by President Charles Michel after the informal meeting of the members of the European Council and the EU-India Leaders' meeting in Porto
Categories: European Union

EU-India Connectivity Partnership, 8 May 2021

European Council - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 03:12
EU-India Connectivity Partnership, 8 May 2021
Categories: European Union

Joint Statement - EU-India Leaders’ Meeting, 8 May 2021

European Council - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 03:12
Joint Statement - EU-India Leaders’ Meeting, 8 May 2021
Categories: European Union

The Porto declaration

European Council - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 03:12
On 8 May 2021, the members of the European Council adopted the Porto declaration on social affairs.
Categories: European Union

Remarks by President Charles Michel before the working session of the informal meeting of the members of the European Council in Porto

European Council - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 03:12
Upon his arrival for the second day of the informal meeting of the European Council members, President Charles Michel outlined the three topics linked to the COVID-19 pandemic discussed during their working dinner.
Categories: European Union

EU ambassadors flock to Red Square for Putin's parade

Euobserver.com - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 15:20
Most EU states are sending their ambassadors to Russia's WW2 victory parade on Sunday despite tense relations.
Categories: European Union

EU and India relaunch trade quest at COVID-hit summit

Euractiv.com - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 12:53
The EU and India were set to bolster warming ties at a virtual summit Saturday (8 May) by relaunching long-stalled trade talks and agreeing to work together against the coronavirus pandemic battering the south Asian giant. The devastating wave of...
Categories: European Union

Schmit: ‘Real problem’ that ‘too few’ social rights exist in EU

Euractiv.com - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 10:00
European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, underlined on Friday (7 May) that it is a real problem that "too few" social rights exist, calling for a collective duty of the EU to provide concrete answers to citizens.
Categories: European Union

Poland, Hungary block ‘gender equality’ from EU social summit

Euractiv.com - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 09:00
Lobbying by Poland and Hungary has led to the removal of the phrase “gender equality” from a Friday (7 May) declaration on advancing social cohesion in the European Union as it strives to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic. Poland’s nationalist...
Categories: European Union

National ratification of the Own Resources Decision: State of play on 5 May 2021

Written by Alessandro D’Alfonso,

© European Union 2021, EPRS

The Own Resources Decision (ORD) establishes how the EU budget is financed. Its entry into force requires approval by all EU Member States according to their constitutional requirements. In a majority of Member States, national parliaments are responsible for ratifying the decision. In the others, the government alone decides on the approval. Completion of the ratification procedure by all Member States has generally required more than two years. However, there is a greater sense of urgency for the ORD adopted by the Council in December 2020, since its entry into force is a pre-condition for the launch of the Next Generation EU (NGEU) recovery instrument. The objective is to complete the ratification procedure before summer 2021, with a view to ensuring the timely launch of NGEU. As of 5 May, 19 Member States have ratified the ORD. The ratification procedure is still ongoing in Austria, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

EU own resources: A ‘quasi-Treaty’ procedure

The Own Resources Decision (ORD) sets the financing system of the EU budget. It is one of the most complex pieces of legislation for the EU to adopt and modify, on account of the special legislative procedure set out in Article 311 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). The Council unanimously adopts the decision after consulting the European Parliament. Before entering into force, the decision has to be approved by each Member State in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements. National ratifications must then be notified to the Council.

In a majority of Member States, based on their constitutions, the responsibility for ratifying the Own Resources Decision lies with the national parliament. This approach is usually linked to parliaments’ budgetary powers and/or their role in approving agreements or treaties that have implications for public finances.

In a number of Member States, however, parliamentary approval is not required. In such cases, the government decides on the ratification of the decision; the parliament is informed, and it may hold a non-binding vote (in plenary or in a committee) on the Own Resources Decision.

Given the complexity of the procedure, EU own resources are deemed to have a quasi-Treaty status. Their reform, strongly advocated by the European Parliament, has proved difficult, leading to only minor changes being introduced in the system over more than 30 years.

Unlike the multiannual financial framework (MFF) that sets the maximum allocation of resources for each major area of EU spending over a period of at least five years, the Own Resources Decision has no end date. Its provisions, except those on time-limited corrections to some Member States’ national contributions, continue to apply indefinitely until all Member States have ratified a new Council Decision. This prevents the EU budget from being afflicted by a lack of financing. Once in force, the new decision applies retroactively from the start date of the new MFF, in order for the financing system to be aligned with the financial years of the MFF.

Historically, the ratification procedure has proved lengthy. The entry into force of the last three decisions (2000 ORD, 2007 ORD and 2014 ORD) always took place more than two years after the start of the corresponding MFF, but these time lags did not jeopardise the functioning of the EU budgetary system for the reasons detailed above. However, there is a greater sense of urgency for the Own Resources Decision adopted by the Council in December 2020 (2020 ORD), given that its ratification is a pre-condition for the launch of Next Generation EU (NGEU), the recovery instrument agreed by the EU to counter the severe socio-economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the complete briefing on ‘National ratification of the Own Resources Decision: State of play on 5 May 2021‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

Categories: European Union

Intervention du Président Charles Michel lors de la séance de clôture du Sommet social de Porto

European Council - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 03:05
Le président Charles Michel a prononcé un discours lors de la cérémonie de clôture du sommet social de Porto, après avoir reçu la proposition conjointe des partenaires sociaux européens sur une série d'indicateurs qui vont "au-delà du PIB".
Categories: European Union

Media advisory - Foreign Affairs Council of 10 May 2021

European Council - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 03:05
Main agenda items, approximate timing, public sessions and press opportunities.
Categories: European Union

Media advisory - Press briefing ahead of General Affairs Council, 11 May 2021

European Council - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 03:05
Press briefing ahead of General Affairs Council will take place on Monday 10 May at 11.00
Categories: European Union

India: Europe’s (un)democratic partner

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 21:31
The European Union has been seeking a strategic partnership with India as a counterweight to the rise of China. A key reason offered for this partnership are the shared democratic values of the two powers.
Categories: European Union

ILO wants investment in training, social protection

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 18:43
It is necessary to invest in training people, social protection and new forms of green and digital work, considering that Europe has enormous possibilities to do so, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, urged on Friday...
Categories: European Union

Pages

THIS IS THE NEW BETA VERSION OF EUROPA VARIETAS NEWS CENTER - under construction
the old site is here

Copy & Drop - Can`t find your favourite site? Send us the RSS or URL to the following address: info(@)europavarietas(dot)org.