Tuesday, 18 December 2018
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[Ticker] EU negotiators agree CO2 targets for cars

Added: 18.12.2018 7:48 | 4 views | 0 comments

Negotiators from the European Parliament, national governments, and the European Commission decided on Monday a compromise by which cars should emit 37.5 percent less CO2 in 2030, compared to 2021. Vans should emit 31 percent less. Austrian environment minister Elisabeth Kostinger called it a "great success for climate protection in Europe", but NGO Transport & Environment called the compromise "progress but it's not fast enough to hit our climate goals".

[Ticker] Selmayr has no comment on MEPs' call to resign

Added: 14.12.2018 16:22 | 7 views | 0 comments

The European Commission's secretary-general Martin Selmayr did not want to comment yet on a European Parliament's resolution calling for his resignation. "Not today," he told EUobserver when asked to comment, after Friday's EU summit ended. On Thursday, 368 MEPs supported , which said that the procedure to appoint Selmayr caused reputational damage to the EU. Just 15 MEPs rejected the text, with 135 of them abstaining.

[Ticker] Report: French police kill Strasbourg attacker

Added: 13.12.2018 21:03 | 5 views | 0 comments

The French police on Thursday evening killed the alleged gunman who shot dead three people in Strasbourg , police sources told Reuters news agency. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday had commemorated the victims with a minute of silence. Speaking to the EU leaders earlier on Thursday, EU parliament president Antonio Tajani expressed "the European Parliament's solidarity with the French people and with president [Emmanuel] Macron".

[Ticker] Tajani: Italy budget row 'wasted money'

Added: 13.12.2018 15:57 | 7 views | 0 comments

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani said on Thursday that the budget row between the European Commission and Italy was a "needless power game" which "wasted an awful lot of money", with investors fleeing Italy and losses at the stock market. "I don't know whether to laugh or cry," said Tajani, a centre-right Italian politician. He said the Italian coalition of two eurosceptic parties "should have been a bit more serious".

[Ticker] MEPs demand end to EU funds for Czech PM company

Added: 13.12.2018 15:39 | 9 views | 0 comments

A broad majority in the European Parliament called on Thursday on the EU Commission to suspend all EU funding to Agrofert, a business empire linked to Czech prime minister Andrej Babis, until any . The was backed by 434 votes to 64 ,with 47 abstentions. The MEPs also demanded the commission recover any funds paid out irregularly.

[Ticker] EU institutions agree reform of citizens initiative

Added: 13.12.2018 8:11 | 7 views | 0 comments

The European Parliament and the Council agreed on Wednesday to revise the European Citizens' Initiative, which allows European citizens to ask the Commission to submit a legislative proposal, if they muster one million signatures. The reformed initiative will be more user-friendly, making it easier to participate in the democratic process, the commission has . Introduced in 2012, an estimated nine million Europeans have supported a European Citizens' Initiative.

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[Ticker] No renegotiation of Brexit deal, MEPs say

Added: 12.12.2018 16:24 | 10 views | 0 comments

The European Parliament on Theresa May's Brexit and leadership problems on Wednesday afternoon, explicitly stating there could be no renegotiation of either the withdrawal agreement or the political declaration, and that without an Irish 'backstop', there would be no deal. However, "all efforts to make clear [the backstop was a last resort] were welcomed", the statement from Conference of Presidents added.

[Ticker] EU set to spend 3.2 percent more in 2019

Added: 12.12.2018 7:58 | 7 views | 0 comments

The European Parliament is scheduled to vote on the 2019 EU budget on Wednesday, after the Council on Tuesday agreed to spending of €165.8bn next year, 3.2 percent more than the 2018 budget. The Horizon 2020 program will get €12.3bn to support research and innovation, up 9.8 percent. The is based on the premise that the UK will continue to contribute until the end of 2020.

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[UPDATE] At Least 4 Dead In Shooting At Christmas Market In Strasbourg, France

Added: 12.12.2018 0:26 | 15 views | 0 comments

At least four people were killed and eight people wounded Tuesday evening in a shooting near a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, according to the Associated Press, which cited police union officials. The 29-year-old French suspect was on a list of people suspected of radicalization, they said. The city center was locked down as authorities tried to locate the assailant, whose gunfire produced panic in the eastern French city that hosts the country’s largest Christmas market. The European Parliament — which was holding meetings at the time of the shooting — also went into immediate lockdown. The Paris prosecutor’s office, which oversees terrorism investigations for all of France,...

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