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Trust in the Digital Decade – Making sure technology serves EU citizens

Euractiv.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 11:34
On March 9th, the European Commission presented a vision for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030. This vision for the EU’s digital decade focuses on around four key points: skills, government, infrastructures, business. A framework of digital principles will help promote...
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Press release - COVID-19 lessons learned: stronger role for EU medicines regulator

European Parliament - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 11:33
Public health MEPs agree to change the European Medicines Agency’s mandate to reinforce its role and better equip the EU to manage future health crises.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP
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Press release - COVID-19 lessons learned: stronger role for EU medicines regulator

European Parliament (News) - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 11:33
Public health MEPs agree to change the European Medicines Agency’s mandate to reinforce its role and better equip the EU to manage future health crises.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP
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[Ticker] UEFA: No rainbow 'pride' stadium illumination at Hungary match

Euobserver.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 11:07
The European football federation, UEFA, has rejected a request to illuminate Munich's stadium in rainbow colours for Wednesday's Germany vs Hungary Euro2020 match because it says the move has a political context. Munich mayor Dieter Reiter made the request as a response to a legislation adopted in Hungary last week banning LGBTIQ people appearing sexual education or programmes for under 18s. UEFA said it "is a politically- and religiously-neutral organisation".
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Kazakh independent expert: Human rights NGOs enjoy more influence

Euractiv.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 10:59
Kazakhstan has made considerable progress in its human rights record in recent years, independent expert Nazgul Yergalieva told EURACTIV in an interview, describing how the authorities in the central Asian country are now cooperating with NGOs in improving human rights protection.
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European Parliament Plenary Session – June II 2021

Written by Clare Ferguson.

© artjazz / Fotolia

For this second session of the month of June, Parliament sits in Brussels, with formal agreement on funding for the European Union’s green ambitions top of the agenda. António Guterres will address the plenary on Thursday, following his re-appointment to a second term as UN Secretary-General, on his priorities for a fair and sustainable post-pandemic recovery.

On Wednesday afternoon, Members will take part in a joint debate on three regulations in the proposed cohesion policy package under the 2021‑2027 multiannual financial framework (MFF) that together ensure the EU continues to fulfil its goals in strengthening development of its regions through targeted Union funding.

The proposed Common Provisions Regulation for 2021‑2027 sets out new, simplified financial rules for eight EU funds in the light of the EU’s policy objectives for a greener, smarter, more social and connected Europe. Parliament has succeeded in raising co-financing rates for the regions, increasing resources earmarked for sustainable urban development, and ensuring the rules better reflect the EU’s new policy objectives. Parliament will consider formal adoption of the compromise text at second reading during this session.

The debate will also consider the proposal for a regulation on the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund, with Members also due to vote on these proposals at second reading during this session. With around one third of the entire EU budget dedicated to reducing regional disparities and promoting cohesion during this seven-year MFF period, the Regional Development Fund seeks to support infrastructure and energy efficiency investment, as well as providing economic assistance for small businesses, while the Cohesion Fund should encourage environmental projects and transport infrastructure in the least-developed regions. In line with the EU’s climate ambition, fossil fuel and landfill-related investments will be ineligible for funding. The compromise agreed between Parliament and Council takes up Parliament’s focus on lower thematic concentration and greater funding for sustainable urban development. Funding should now be available for job creation and digital connectivity, with a focus on renewables under the Cohesion Fund.

A third element of the proposed package is the revision of the regulation on European territorial cooperation, or ‘Interreg’, with Parliament expected to vote at second reading on the compromise reached between the co-legislators on the changes. Although Parliament has successfully secured the reintroduction of maritime border cooperation, as well as increased co- and pre-financing for Interreg programmes, the increased €8.05 billion budget for cross-border, outermost region and inter-regional cooperation nevertheless falls short of Parliament’s initial ambitions. If agreed, the proposal will launch a revamped cooperation programme, removing barriers to development and fostering innovation and joint strategies to help border regions find solutions to the issues they face in common, emphasising their proximity rather than their location in different countries.

On Thursday morning, Members attention turns to another opportunity to assist EU regions, specifically those facing the greatest challenges to surmount the transition to climate neutrality. The public sector loan facility within the EU Just Transition Mechanism, part of the InvestEU scheme (a key financial element of the EU Green Deal), aims at mobilising €25‑30 billion in public investment through grants and loans during the 2021‑2027 period. Members are expected to vote on formal agreement of a compromise that incorporates many of Parliament’s demands, including beneficiaries’ compliance with EU values, and a greater share of the loans for the poorest regions.

Achieving climate neutrality by 2050, however, is going to take concerted effort. The EU has proposed measures that should both assist the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and ensure that climate ambitions become reality. The European Green Deal provides an action plan for these efforts, and the proposed European Climate Law creates the legal framework underpinning the measures. On Thursday morning, Members are expected to consider adoption of the compromise agreed with the co-legislators. The agreement reflects Parliament’s consistent demands for a higher net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2030, particularly as it states that the EU should advance the volume of reductions and removals of greenhouse gases, possibly to a net reduction of 57 %, by 2030.

As other human activities also threaten biodiversity, Parliament is keen to encourage realistic measures to protect endangered species, such as the Greenland shark, as well as to ensure responsible management of cod fisheries. Parliament has therefore negotiated a provisional agreement with the Council setting out EU compliance with the conservation and enforcement measures for the Northwest Atlantic fisheries. Under the agreement, EU fishing vessels will respect conservation measures when fishing outside national waters in the region. These include seasonal closure and bans on bottom-fishing in some locations. Members are expected to vote on the compromise on Wednesday evening.

In a debate on Wednesday afternoon on the preparation of the next European Council, Members will hear statements from the Council and Commission on the preparation of the European Council meeting scheduled for later in the week, on 24‑25 June 2021.

Finally, the European Ombudsman is the EU’s independent guardian of accountability and transparency, ensuring EU institutions adhere to principles of good administration and respect EU citizens’ rights. In its 27 years’ existence, the role has developed considerably, leading to a need to revise the underpinning Statute, last amended in 2008. Following Parliament’s debate and vote to adopt a new statute for the European Ombudsman during the June I plenary session, and the Council’s subsequent consent, the plenary is expected to formally adopt the revised European Parliament regulation governing the role of the Ombudsman on Wednesday evening. This completes the procedure begun in 2019 to further strengthen and improve the Ombudsman’s role and effectiveness.

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112/2021 : 22 June 2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-872/19 P

European Court of Justice (News) - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 10:19
Venezuela v Council
External relations
Venezuela has standing to bring proceedings against a regulation which introduces restrictive measures against it

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111/2021 : 22 June 2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-719/19

European Court of Justice (News) - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 10:16
Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid
Citizenship of the Union
A Union citizen who has been the subject of an expulsion decision cannot enjoy a new right of residence in the territory of the host Member State until he or she has genuinely and effectively terminated his or her residence there.

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110/2021 : 22 June 2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-718/19

European Court of Justice (News) - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 10:14
Ordre des barreaux francophones and germanophone and Others
Citizenship of the Union
Measures to enforce a decision to expel a Union citizen and family members on grounds of public policy or public security constitute restrictions on the right to movement and residence, which may be justified if they are based exclusively on the personal conduct of the individual concerned and comply with the principle of proportionality

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109/2021 : 22 June 2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-439/19

European Court of Justice (News) - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 10:11
Latvijas Republikas Saeima (Points de pénalité)
Approximation of laws
EU data protection law precludes Latvian legislation which obliges the road safety authority to make the data relating to the penalty points imposed on drivers for road traffic offences accessible to the public

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108/2021 : 22 June 2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Joined Cases C-682/18,C-683/18

European Court of Justice (News) - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 09:58
YouTube and Cyando
Approximation of laws
As currently stands, operators of online platforms do not, in principle, themselves make a communication to the public of copyright-protected content illegally posted online by users of those platforms

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Spanish government to pardon jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Euractiv.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 08:31
The Spanish government is poised to issue pardons for nine Catalan politicians jailed for their involvement in the illegal and ill-fated referendum and declaration of independence in 2017, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
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Priority dossiers under the Slovenian EU Council Presidency

Written by Lucienne Attard (The Directorate-General for the Presidency).

© tanaonte / Adobe Stock

Slovenia will, in the second half of 2021, hold its second Presidency of the Council of the EU since joining the EU in 2004. It will conclude the work of the Trio Presidency composed of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia.

Slovenia is a democratic parliamentary republic with a proportional electoral system. The Slovenian parliament is bicameral, made up of the National Assembly (composed of 90 members) and the National Council (composed of 40 members). In the National Assembly, there are 88 representatives of political parties and two representatives of the Italian and Hungarian national communities, the latter two elected to represent their interests.

The National Assembly elects the Prime Minister and the government. The current government is a four-party coalition, made up of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS); the Modern Centre Party (SMC), the Democratic Party of Slovenian Pensioners (DeSUS) and New Slovenia—Christian Democrats (NSi). The Prime Minister, Mr Janez Janša from the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), was elected to office on 3 March 2020. The next general elections in Slovenia will take place no later than 5 June 2022.

Other political parties represented in parliament are the List of Marjan Šarec (LMS), Social Democrats (SD), Party of Alenka Bratušek (SAB), The Left, and the Slovenian National Party (SNS).

Read this complete briefing on ‘Priority dossiers under the Slovenian EU Council Presidency‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

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Britain begins negotiations to join trans-Pacific trade deal

Euractiv.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 08:29
Britain will begin negotiations on Tuesday (22 June) to join a trans-Pacific trade deal that it sees as crucial to its post-Brexit pivot away from Europe and towards geographically more distant but faster-growing economies.
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Turkey holds key to EU migration pact deadlock

Euractiv.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 08:24
In today's edition of the capitals find out more about the European Commission giving the green light for both Austria's and Slovakia's recovery plans and the Swedish government losing the no-confidence vote, these stories and so much more...
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Kosovo’s president: Turkey’s support crucial to gain global recognition

Euractiv.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 08:01
Kosovo’s president, Vjosa Osmani, has emphasised the importance of Turkey’s continued support for her country to gain recognition and membership in international organisations. “We will be in touch with Turkish institutions to make sure that every single effort that we...
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EU top diplomat briefs ministers on Belgrade-Pristina talks

Euractiv.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 08:01
EU High Representative Josep Borrell said on Monday that he had briefed EU foreign ministers on last week’s round of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the plans to hold the next session in July. Summarising the outcome of the session in...
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Croatian PM attends anti-fascist Struggle Day commemoration for the first time

Euractiv.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 08:00
Anti-fascist activists have welcomed Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković’s decision to attend the commemoration of the anti-fascist Struggle Day for the first time. Franjo Habulin, the head of the Alliance of Anti-fascist Fighters and Antifascists (SABA), said that over the...
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EU slaps fresh sanctions on Myanmar junta

Euractiv.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 08:00
The European Union on Monday (21 June) imposed a third round of sanctions on Myanmar officials and state companies over the military coup on Feb. 1 that overthrew elected leader Aung Suu Kyi and sent the country tumbling into chaos.
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Russian tourists allowed to visit Bulgaria again

Euractiv.com - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 08:00
Russian authorities have allowed the local air operator Pegasus Tourist to operate charter flights to Burgas and Varna, Bulgarian media reported on Monday. The flights will reportedly start at the end of June. There are currently no flights from Russia to the Bulgarian Black...
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