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Proposals of the EU Commission: Election of the President of the Commission must not be returned to the back room – Council needs more transparency

Tomorrow, the European Commission will present a proposal for reform of the EU institutions. POLITICO reported today in advance that the proposal on the EU’s ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ envisages the candidate „who first obtains a majority in the European Council and then in the European Parliament in accordance with the Treaty“ to be elected President of the […]

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Energising European Democracy: Time for Transnational Lists – Open Letter

Transnationale Listen könnten den Charakter der Europawahl entscheidend verbessern: als europäische Wählen, die ihren Namen verdienen, statt als Summe aus 28 nationalen Wahlen. Dieser offene Brief richtet sich an die Europaabgeordneten, die am Mittwoch 7. Februar abstimmen, ob transnationale Listen als Meilenstein für eine stärkere Europäische Demokratie kommen. Meinen herzlichen Dank für große Unterstützung bei […]

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Tough Malta mission report of the European Parliament

Today, the European Parliament published the report of its “rule of law” mission to Malta. The report followed the implications of members of the current government in the Panama Papers, the murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and concerns over the rule of law in Malta. The common report of a cross party […]

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INVITATION: Europe’s new rules for Green Finance

8th of January – 18:00h to 21:00 – Dompfarrsaal: Domplatz 12, 60311 Frankfurt am Main   Link to PDF version: http://bit.ly/greenfinance-18Jan18 Europe is designing new rules for Green and sustainable finance. The European Parliament’s report on Sustainable Finance is currently being prepared under Green party rapporteurship. Join this event to discuss the report’s first draft […]

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SAVE THE DATE: Europe’s new rules for Green Finance

18th of January – 18:00h to 21:00 – Dompfarrsaal: Domplatz 12, 60311 Frankfurt am Main Link to PDF version: http://www.sven-giegold.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/17-12-27-SAVE-THE-DATE_updated-version.pdf Europe is designing new rules for Green and sustainable finance. The European Parliament’s report on Sustainable Finance is currently being prepared under Green party rapporteurship. Join this event to discuss the report’s first draft directly […]

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Panama Papers Inquiry Committee: European governments assisted in aggressive tax competition. European Parliament demands U-turn in the fight against tax dumping and money laundering.

Today, by a large majority, the European Parliament adopted in plenary the final report and the recommendations of the Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA). In the final report, MEPs accuse Member States of serious failures in combating money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. In the recommendations, MEPs […]

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EU lobby register: Council entering negotiations is a chance for coherent lobby transparency

Today, the Council of Member States, in the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER), adopted its position for negotiations on the EU Transparency Register for lobbyists. The Commission had drafted a new Inter-Institutional Agreement (IIA) in September 2016. The Council now asked for amendments to this draft and proposed its own commitments in a separate draft […]

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Reform of the Eurozone: Commission supports Macron instead of Merkel

Today, the Commission presented its so-called „St. Nicholas package“ on the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union. The proposal includes the creation of a European Monetary Fund (EMF), integrated into the legal framework of the EU. The EMF shall emanate from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and help out Member States and banks facing […]