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Press release – COVID-19: Boosting aid for farmers from the EU rural development fund

The emergency measure, approved in the Parliament by 636 votes in favour to 21 against, with 8 abstentions, will allow EU member states to use EU money remaining from their rural development programmes to pay out a one-off lump-sum in compensation to farmers and small rural businesses particularly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This targeted liquidity support from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) should help them stay in business. More money and time to make payments The compensation payable to the worst-hit farmers could be as high as €7,000, which is €2,000 more than proposed by the EU Commission. The ceiling for the support for agri-food SMEs should remain at the level of €50,000, in line with the Commission’s original proposal. The amount to finance the li...
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Press release – Protection of transported animals: Parliament establishes inquiry committee

The new inquiry committee, established by 605 votes in favour to 53 against, with 31 abstentions, should investigate alleged violations in the application of European Union law on the protection of animals during transport and related operations within and outside the EU, including by air, road, rail and sea. It will focus on how EU rules are being implemented by member states and whether the EU Commission is enforcing them properly, says the adopted decision. The committee will look into the EU Commission’s alleged failure to act upon the evidence that EU rules on moving live animals across the EU and to third countries are being seriously and systematically infringed. It will investigate a suspected lack of implementation and enforcement of EU provisions on space allowance and headroom f...
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Press release – Parliament sets up special and inquiry committees and a permanent subcommittee

Following a proposal by the Conference of Presidents (president and chairs of political groups), plenary set out the responsibilities, numerical strength and term of office of the new bodies. Lists of members will be announced in a subsequent plenary session. Tax subcommittee After a series of special committees and a committee of inquiry, created to delve into the various tax leaks and scandals of recent years, Parliament today established a more permanent setup to shed light on the matter. The subcommittee on tax matters will be composed of 30 members. It will deal particularly with the fight against tax fraud, tax evasion and tax avoidance, as well as financial transparency for taxation purposes. All details on the committee’s competences are available here (click on Thursday 18 June). ...
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Article – Brexit negotiations: deciding new EU-UK relations

The European Parliament will play a key role in determining the outcome of this negotiation. A majority of voters in the UK voted in favour of taking their country out of the EU on 23 June 2016. The government triggered the official process on 29 March 2017 by invoking article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which sets out the negotiations for a withdrawal agreement to define the country’s future relationship with the EU. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. This flexible extension was supported by Parliament's political leadership. On 15 January 2020, MEPs adopted a resolution stating assurances are needed on the protection of citizens’ rights to ensure Parliament's support for the withdrawal agreement. On 29 January 2020, MEPs voted in favour of the withdrawal agreement with the UK. Following...
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Press release – 2019 European elections: Record turnout driven by young people

The results of the post-electoral Eurobarometer survey, one of the most comprehensive quantitative surveys on the last European elections publicly available, show that the turnout increase was powered mostly by the younger generation across the EU. Specifically young citizens under 25 years (+14 percentage points) as well as the 25–39 year-olds (+12 percentage points) turned out in greater numbers than before. Overall turnout at European elections was 50.6% - the highest since 1994. 19 Member States registered increases in voter turnout since 2014, especially Poland, Romania, Spain, Austria, Hungary and Germany as well as Slovakia and Czechia, where turnout is traditionally very low. Meanwhile turnout fell in only eight countries, though by less than 3 percentage points. Voting is compulso...
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Press release – European Parliament: President Sassoli to meet Macron, Merkel, and Johnson

On his first European tour, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli will meet the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron on Monday 7 October at the Elysée. On 8 October, he will continue to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and will finish with a meeting in London with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In Paris, on Monday morning, President Sassoli will visit the Restos du Cœur before heading to the National Assembly where he will meet the President Richard Ferrand at noon. The meeting with Emmanuel Macron will take place in the Elysée at 15.30. President Sassoli will be in Berlin on Tuesday, where he will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel at 11:00 followed by a meeting at the Bundestag with President Wolfgang Schäuble. On Tuesday afternoon, he will ar...
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Press release – European Parliament President David Sassoli’s speech to the European Council

This is the first time he has attended the Council in his role as President of the European Parliament. Key extracts from the speech are below. The full text is available here. Brexit “We welcome the agreement reached with the government of the United Kingdom. The European Parliament will examine closely the terms and substance of the agreement to verify that it is consistent with the interests of the European Union and its citizens. Parliament will continue to act with the sense of responsibility that we have shown to date.” Future of Europe “The European Parliament is the basis of legitimacy for the European democratic system. Citizens issued a call for a new Europe, which is more attentive to their needs, greener, more resolute in safeguarding the rule of law, more protective of social ...