Brexit Day is here. It is a sad day for the European Institutions and for us.

The Member representing the UK in our Institution has already ceased its participation according to the European law whilst its place has been legally filled in by Croatia.

We thank the UK Representative for its excellent collaboration and support in so many years with us.

 

Parliament's seven political groups

Following Brexit the European Parliament counts 705 members. Read on to find out in which of the seven political groups your MEP sits. One of the seats allocated to Spain has yet to be filled, so there are currently 704 sitting MEPs. MEPs organise themselves into political groups, which bring together representatives from different EU countries based on their political affinities. According to Parliament rules, a political group must be composed of at least 25 MEPs from at least one-quarter of member states (at the moment that would mean from at least seven countries). MEPs can belong to only one political group, but may choose not to belong to any; they are then called non-attached. Currently, 29 MEPs have opted not to join a political group.(European Pariliament News)

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EU mobilises €10 million more to respond to severe Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa

The European Commission has announced today €10 million more to respond to one of the worst Desert Locust outbreak in decades in East Africa. The outbreak could have devastating consequences on food security in an already vulnerable region where 27.5 million people suffer from severe food insecurity and at least 35 million more are at risk. Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, stressed: “This crisis shows, once again, how fragile food systems can be when facing threats. The EU's approach, in line with the Green Deal, puts sustainability at its heart. We must enhance the capacity to collectively respond to these threats and we also have a responsibility to step in now with resolve to avoid a major crisis, tackle the root causes of this natural disaster, and protect livelihoods and food production.”

(European Commission)

Entrada em vigor do Acordo de Parceria e Cooperação Reforçado UE-Cazaquistão em 1 de março

A 1 de março de 2020, entra em vigor, o Acordo de Parceria e Cooperação Reforçado União Europeia-Cazaquistão, agora ratificado por todos os Estados-Membros da UE e pelo Parlamento Europeu. Isto representa um marco importante em mais de 25 anos de relações UE-Cazaquistão. O alto representante da União Europeia para os Negócios Estrangeiros e a Política de Segurança / Vice-Presidente da Comissão Europeia, Josep Borrell, disse: “Desde que o Cazaquistão se tornou o primeiro país da Ásia Central a assinar um Acordo de Parceria e Cooperação Aprimorados com a União Europeia, que a amplitude e a profundidade do nosso relacionamento progrediram imensamente.(...)"

(Comissão Europeia)

European Semester: The Winter Package explained

The analysis in the country reports reflects the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy, presented in December 2019, focusing on competitive sustainability with the aim to build an economy that works for people and the planet. Implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and performance on its accompanying social scoreboard is also assessed for each Member State. The country reports focus on four dimensions: environmental sustainability, productivity gains, fairness and macroeconomic stability.

(European Commission)

European Commission News

EU paves the way for a stronger, more ambitious partnership with Africa

09 - 03- 2020

The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today proposed the basis for a new strategy with Africa. The communication sets out proposals to intensify cooperation through partnerships in five key areas: green transition; digital transformation; sustainable growth and jobs; peace and governance; and migration and mobility. Based on this document, Europe will engage discussions with African partners towards a new joint strategy to be endorsed at the European Union – African Union Summit in October 2020.

Gender Equality Strategy: Striving for a Union of equality

05 - 03 - 2020

Today, the European Commission presented its strategy for equality between women and men in Europe. While the EU is a global leader in gender equality and has made significant progress in the last decades, gender-based violence and stereotypes continue to persist: one in three women in the EU was subject to physical and/or sexual violence. Even though more women graduate from universities, they earn on average 16% less than men do and only 8% of CEO's of the EU's largest companies are women.

Committing to climate-neutrality by 2050: Commission proposes European Climate Law and consults on the European Climate Pact

04- 03 - 2020

Today, the Commission presents a proposal to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people. The European Climate Law sets the 2050 target and the direction of travel for all EU policy, and gives predictability for public authorities, businesses and citizens. At the same time, the Commission is launching a public consultation on the future European Climate Pact. Through this consultation the public will be involved in co-designing this instrument.

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