Season’s greetings from the European Parliament
As a difficult year draws to a close, everyone at the European Parliament wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Covid-19 pandemic changed lives: "2020 has been an immensely difficult year for all of us. The pandemic and our response reminded us of the importance of focusing not just on our individual needs but also of putting mutual care and support at the centre, preserving the dignity of people, and the principles of cooperation and solidarity,” said David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament. “These are values which should determine how we think and talk about Europe in the year to come.”
When Europe and the world locked down, the Parliament found new ways of working online and at a distance so that MEPs could approve urgent measures to tackle the pandemic and work on long-term priorities.
Find out more about 10 things the EU is doing to support the economic recovery after Covid-19.
As the EU continues to work to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, it will also focus on key issues such as climate change and a digital future. Find out about some of the key issues coming up during 2021 in our article at the beginning of January.
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Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Turkey and Vietnam22/01/2021 16:33:00
On Thursday, Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Hong Kong, Turkey and Vietnam.
EU tax haven blacklist is not catching the worst offenders22/01/2021 15:25:00
MEPs adopted a resolution pushing for the system used to draw up the EU list of tax havens to be changed, as it is currently “confusing and ineffective”.
Council agrees on strengthening the use of rapid antigen tests and on the mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results22/01/2021 14:33:00
Member states yesterday unanimously agreed, by written procedure, on a Council recommendation setting a common framework for the use of rapid antigen tests and the mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results across the EU.
Commission welcomes agreement on additional financial support for the most deprived under REACT-EU22/01/2021 13:25:00
The European Parliament has voted through the political agreement reached by the co-legislators on the Commission's proposal to provide more funds to support the most deprived in Europe in the recovery phase.
Parliament demands significantly tighter EU sanctions against Russia22/01/2021 12:38:00
Following the recent imprisonment of Alexei Navalny, MEPs call on EU countries to significantly strengthen sanctions against Russia.
Foreign and security policy: MEPs call for unity and strategic autonomy22/01/2021 11:33:00
The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for Europe, which needs a stronger, more united and more assertive foreign and security policy, MEPs highlighted on Wednesday.
Human rights and COVID-19: MEPs denounce measures taken by authoritarian regimes22/01/2021 10:38:00
Parliament is deeply concerned that many authoritarian regimes around the world have used the pandemic to repress civil society and critical voices.
Guidelines for military and non-military use of Artificial Intelligence22/01/2021 09:25:00
Artificial Intelligence must be subject to human control, allowing humans to correct or disable it in case of unforeseen behaviour, say MEPs.
Joint Statement by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the United States re-joining the Paris Agreement21/01/2021 16:33:00
Joint Statement given yesterday by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the United States re-joining the Paris Agreement.