Commenting on the democratic aspirations of the European Parliament, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, said in an interview with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, “The difference between the Parliament and those who really decide is very clear to citizens.”
"Europe has taken a small but significant step to enhance the role of political parties at the European level", the Secretary General of the European Green Party commented. The Giannakou report, which introduces a European legal Status for European political parties and foundations, was supported by a large majority in the European Parliament.
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The European Parliament has voted on new rules for FRONTEX (the European border agency) and how it operates at sea. The new rules put in place more safeguards for migrants trying to reach Europe's shores. However, there are some crucial limitations to the rules which effectively legalise push back, and leaves out some crucial protections for people fleeing from persecution.
The European Parliament this evening voted to approve an agreement on revising EU legislation on markets in financial instruments. The Greens have welcomed provisions which would curb speculation on food, energy and other commodity markets, as well as stronger rules on consumer protection, market transparency and high-frequency trading.
Dany Cohn-Bendit has given his last plenary speech in the European Parliament. Dany, Co-President of the Green Group, first entered the European Parliament in 1994, and has been elected on both German and French Green lists.
In general, lobbyists are paid to influence the legislative process. Today, the European Parliament aimed to tame this process, and took steps to make it more transparent with a register of lobbyists. Despite some progress, only small steps towards full transparency were made.
The third and most explicit report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been published – the message of the international experts is clear: We can stop a climate catastrophe and it is affordable for the global economy. However, we must act now. The longer we wait, the more it will cost, and the more difficult it will get.
Yesterday, during the first live television debate for the upcoming European elections, Social Democrat Martin Schulz (PES) and Centre-right Jean-Claude Juncker (EEP), the two top rival candidates discovered their common traits. "What distinguishes you from each other?" the host asked. Neither Schulz nor Juncker could come up with an answer: the awkward silence confirmed there is no real difference between the big established parties.