While Russian convoys of military trucks and armed vehicles are crossing the border into the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, groups in the European Parliament are calling for the EU to act as soon as possible. Many condemn Putin’s actions and are calling for new sanctions.
The shaping of Europe as we know it was inaugurated 30 years ago in Maastricht. The Maastricht Treaty, or Treaty of the European Union (TEU), although inheriting from structures of the former European Communities (EC) as we shall see in a bit, essentially set out the transition from European undertakings to a fully-fledged European Union. It paved the path for a true union as well as the introduction of the euro, amongst other remarkable changes.
Defending democracy, social justice, freedom of speech, and the protection of human rights are the most important of EU citizens. These are the insights from the European Parliament’s recent Eurobarometer survey conducted in Autumn 2021. Other significant factors are public health, poverty, social exclusion, and climate change.
The socialists (PS) reinforced their power in the Portuguese elections, being able to govern alone in the four upcoming years. This is the third election where the Portuguese elections result in an absolute majority.
The European Commission is planning to adopt the controversial ‘taxonomy’ proposal on Wednesday. It is a step towards classifying which energy sources can be labeled green for investment in the energy sector. The Commission is planning to classify nuclear and gas as green and environmentally sustainable, which has sparked a heated debate amongst the climate campaigners, scientists, German and Austrian greens, and some investors. The taxonomy draft was presented on 31 December 2021.
The European Ombudsman has criticised the The EU’s politically independent executive arm. It is responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council. […]
During a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers the council condemned what they call ‘Russia’s continued aggressive actions and threats against Ukraine’. The Council of the EU calls for Russia to de-escalate the situation and abide by international law.
In this very first episode of Speaking of Europe’s Plenary Podcast Yves Lacroix and Lena Tomalik talk about the European Parliament’s plenary meeting of December 2021. On the agenda: The Sakharov Prize, the Digital Markets Act and sexual harassment in the EU institutions.
The stage is set for the upcoming presidential elections in Italy on 24 January 2022. The Italian parliament together with the regional representatives will cast their votes through a secret ballot to elect the country’s next president. The choice is crucial as it will have far-reaching effects not just for Italy but also for the European Union.
Roberta Metsola from the conservative EPP group is the new President of the European Parliament. The Maltese MEP won the race on Tuesday, 18 January, in the first round of voting, reaching an absolute majority of 458 out of 690 votes cast. She succeeded against two other candidates, Alice Bah Kuhnke from the Greens/EFA and Sira Rego running for the Left.