Italy to have a cabinet of change
The leaders of Italy's two political upstarts, the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League, announced last week they have agreed on the final draft of a “contract for a government of change”.
Bulgarian road hauliers: Mobility Package kills us
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, EU Mobility and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and representatives of Bulgaria's road haulage industry talked for more than three hours in Sofia on 14 May. As a result, the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency drafted a proposal on the key points of the EU Mobility Package that displease the Bulgarian road transport companies, which was immediately sent for consideration to the European Commission. A day later, the EC returned the texts with its amendments.
Tightening cooperation to counter cyber-attacks
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Cyber-attacks on civilians and military targets are increasing and the EU countries have to cooperate more closely to counter the threats. This said MEPs from the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence in a non-legislative resolution, backed by 45 votes to 8, with 8 abstentions, on 16 May.
Money laundering rules amended
The EU Council adopted last Monday a directive strengthening EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing as part of an action plan launched after a spate of terrorist attacks in Europe in 2016, the EU press service reported.
How effectively EU spends on migrants, border controls
If the EU isn't to become an indifferent fortress, the human rights monitoring of how funds are used is vital, said Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman. She was the keynote speaker at a public hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels on 16 May dedicated to assessing the flow of EU migration funding within the Union.
Radical separatist elected as new Catalan leader
Quim Torra, a fierce campaigner for Catalonia's independence, was appointed regional president last Monday, pledging to keep fighting for a break from Spain, news wires reported.
Czech Republic makes step toward coalition government
The Czech centrist ANO party approved last week a coalition agreement for a new government with the centre-left Social Democrats, but still the deal has to be approved by Social Democrat party members, which is far from certain.
Bavaria introduces contested police legislation amid protests
The local parliament in the southern German state of Bavaria passed controversial police legislation last Tuesday extending police powers, with critics warning of an infringement of civil liberties.
Blockchain model to cut SMEs costs
Applying the 'blockchain' model to areas like energy use, supply chains and governance would cut costs for firms and empower citizens, the Industry Committee said in a non-binding resolution voted last Wednesday.
Protecting citizens' privacy
Few days ahead of the entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May, the Commission presented a set of concrete actions needed to protect citizens' privacy and make the EU's Digital Single Market a reality before the end of 2018.