Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 10 December 2020, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2020/2033[1]. The Council renewed the existing restrictive measures for a further twelve months, until 12 December 2021, and amended the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures as set out in the Annex II to Decision 2010/788/CFSP. The Candidate Countries the Republic of North […]

Article – Plenary highlights: vaccines, new US president, right to disconnect

Article - Plenary highlights: vaccines, new US president, right to disconnect

Covid-19 vaccines During a plenary debate on Tuesday, most MEPs expressed support for the EU’s common approach towards vaccination. However, they called for more solidarity and transparency regarding the contracts with pharmaceutical companies. EU-US relations On Wednesday, MEPs discussed the political situation in the US and welcomed the inauguration of the new president. This is […]

A new consultation warns: many EU governments are excluding regions and cities from the preparation of post-COVID recovery plans

A new consultation warns: many EU governments are excluding regions and cities from the preparation of post-COVID recovery plans

​The CoR-CEMR work points out that only a few countries took on local-regional authorities’ input, thereby threatening the successful implementation of the Recovery Plan for Europe. The results of the joint consultation were presented during the meeting of the Commission for Economic Policy (ECON) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). Members of the ECON […]

Press release – EU help for Croatia after devastating earthquakes

Press release - EU help for Croatia after devastating earthquakes

The European Commission, together with other European and Croatian institutions, should minimise the administrative requirements to access help and support for people on the ground, MEPs say in the resolution on mitigating the consequences of the earthquakes in Croatia. They warn that Croatian authorities are under considerable financial pressure and that the extremely serious situation […]

Article – Parliament calls for action to solve housing crisis

Article - Parliament calls for action to solve housing crisis

Lack of affordable housing is increasingly becoming a problem in the EU, with housing prices and rents steadily growing relative to incomes over the years. On 21 January, Parliament adopted a resolution calling on EU countries to recognise adequate housing as a fundamental human right that is enforceable through legislation. Everyone should get equal access […]

Parliament demands significantly tighter EU sanctions against Russia

Parliament demands significantly tighter EU sanctions against Russia

In a resolution, adopted with 581 votes in favour, 50 against and 44 abstentions, Parliament calls on EU member states to take an active stance on the arrest of Alexei Navalny and many of his followers at their next meetings and to “significantly strengthen the EU’s restrictive measures vis-à-vis Russia”. This includes sanctioning the “individuals […]

Press release – MEPs: Access to adequate housing should be a fundamental European right

Press release - EU help for Croatia after devastating earthquakes

The resolution – adopted by352 votes in favour, 179 against and 152 abstentions on Thursday – states that decent housing includes access to clean and high-quality drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities, as well as connection to sewage and water networks. The right to adequate housing is a fundamental human right that should be […]

Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025: Parliament’s reaction and input

Press release - EU help for Croatia after devastating earthquakes

In their report adopted by 464 votes in favour, 119 against and 93 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs describe the Commission’s 2020-2025 Gender Equality Strategy as ambitious but regret that it is sometimes too vague and lacks defined targets to be reached by 2025 and clear monitoring tools. Combatting violence against women With regard to the […]

Press release – Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Turkey and Vietnam

Press release - EU help for Croatia after devastating earthquakes

The crackdown on the democratic opposition in Hong Kong Parliament calls for the immediate and unconditional release of representatives of the democratic opposition and activists arrested in Hong Kong in the first two weeks of 2021, as well as all those previously detained on charges of subversion under the National Security Law for Hong Kong. […]