EU urged to spend more on military
European NATO members must spend more on defence or risk losing US support. The ultimatum came last Wednesday during US Defence Secretary James Mattis's first visit to the NATO headquarters in Brussels since he was sworn in last month.
Brussels proposes changes to EU decision-making process
The Commission proposed last Tuesday changes to the EU's decision-making process, in a bid to increase transparency and accountability in procedures for implementing legislation, the EU press service reported.
Cutting emissions allowances, funding low-carbon innovation
Plans to boost greenhouse-gas emission curbs through the EU carbon market (EU ETS), so as to bring EU climate policy in line with the aims of the Paris agreement, were last Wednesday backed by Parliament.
Protect whistle-blowers across Europe, MEPs urge
An “effective and comprehensive European whistle-blower protection programme” should be proposed immediately by the Commission, Parliament urged in a resolution voted last Tuesday, the EP press service reported.
Frontex: 2016 migration high
In 2016, migration pressure at Europe's external borders remained high with the detection of over half a million illegal border-crossings, European border agency Frontex states in its annual report, published last Wednesday.
Hungary to 'container' migrants
Hungary announced last week a new plan to house all refugees in shipping containers clustered into camps along its borders.
Romanian parliament agrees anti-corruption referendum
Romania's parliament unanimously endorsed last week a plan to hold a national referendum on anti-corruption reforms after mass street protests made the government back-pedal over a controversial corruption decree, news wires reported.
Moscovici: Talks advance, Grexit is no longer threat
Greek bailout talks are making progress and Grexit is no longer a threat, but more work is needed to bridge the gap between the negotiating parties, the Economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said last Wednesday.
MEPs recommend fundamental reforms
Three resolutions which clarify Parliament’s position on the future of the EU were approved by Parliament last Thursday.
Fast-tracking approval of low-risk pesticides
Low-risk biological pesticides, including those made from bio-organisms, pheromones or essential oils, could replace conventional ones that are suspected of harming the environment and human health.
EU-wide rules on robots needed
EU-wide rules are needed for the fast-evolving field of robotics, e.g. to enforce ethical standards or establish liability for accidents involving driverless cars, MEPs said in a resolution voted last Thursday.