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KINAL MEP Eva Kaili elected Vice-President of European Parliament

Movement for Change (KINAL) MEP Eva Kaili was on Tuesday elected Vice-President of the European Parliament as a candidate of the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) party. Kaili  gathered 454 of the 690 votes total, thus securing her elected position as one of 14 European Parliament VPs in the first round …

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European Parliament President David Sassoli dies at 65

The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, died in the early hours of Tuesday (11 January) in hospital in Italy, his spokesperson announced on Twitter. Sassoli, who was 65-years-old had been in hospital since December 26, where he was being treated against a dysfunction of his immune system. Before …

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EP: EU Covid-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination

        The Covid-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination across the European Union, the European Parliament said after it adopted on Thursday its negotiating position on the proposal for a certificate to reaffirm the right to free movement in Europe during the pandemic. Universal, accessible, timely …

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+++ Golden Dawn convict Lagos arrested in Brussels after EP lifted his MEP immunity

Belgian police arrested Golden Dawn convict Ioannis Lagos, just a few hours after the European Parliament published the voting results to lift his immunity. The ex MEP was arrested in his home in Brussels Tuesday noon and he tweeted “from the police car” confirming his arrest. the Belgian authorities enforced …

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European Parliament in favor of lifting immunity of convicted far-right Lagos

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee approved a draft recommendation on Thursday that will lift immunity of convicted far-right , former Golden Dawn, MEP Ioannis Lagos. In favor of lifting immunity voted 22 and 2 against. For the issue of punishment for the Turkish flag copy Lagos teared apart 23 …

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European Parliament honors iconic Greek anti-fascist Manolis Glezos

The European Parliament will honor iconic Greek resistance fighter and symbol against WWII Nazis, Manolis Glezos. The EP’s Bureau has decided to give a meeting room in the Altiero Spinelli building in Brussels the name “Manolis Glezos.” The Greek politician who passed away at the age of 98 in March …

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European Parliament launches inquiry into Frontex & “violations of fundamental rights”

The European Parliament has launched an inquiry into “respect of fundamental rights” by the European Borders Agency Frontex. The new EP Frontex Scrutiny Working Group (FSWG) formally began its work on Tuesday 23 February with the appointment of its Chair and a rapporteur, the EP said in a statement issued …

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European values must prevail, even in a state of public emergency like Covid-19

The European Parliament voted a resolution last month, urging that the European values of democracy must prevail even in a state of public emergency like Covid-19. The EP warned against “abuse of power” and called on the EUropean Commission to step up its efforts by taking legal action where necessary. …

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FRONTEX Chief urged to resign over pushbacks following EP hearing

European Union lawmakers lashed out Tuesday at the head of Frontex Fabrice Leggeri over allegations that the border and coast guard agency helped illegally stop migrants or refugees entering Europe, calling for his resignation and demanding an independent inquiry. The lawmakers grilled Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri over an investigation in …

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European Parliament votes in favor of sanctions against Turkey

For the first time, the European Parliament, by a large majority, voted in favor of the strict imposition of sanctions on Turkey, adopting the amendment tabled by the Greek and Cypriot Delegations, at the initiative of Vangelis Meimarakis, Lefteris Christoforou and Loukas Fourlas. The result of the vote was 440 …

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Greece tells MEPs: Migration on islands “explosive, beyond manageable capacity

Greek Minister for Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrysochoidis, described with the grimiest colors the situation of the migration problem is Greece. The problem on the islands is “explosive and beyond any manageable capacity,” Chrysochoidis told the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament on Wednesday. “Even …

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EP President Antonio Tajani under fire for praising Mussolini

“If we must be honest, he built roads, bridges, buildings, he had trains come in time,” the far-right President oif the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said about Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in an interview on Wednesday. Tajani’s remarks triggered an outrage and he attacked his critics. Shame on those …

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EU Parliament adopted ban of single-use plastic, balloons “rescued” (poll)

The European Parliament voted to ban single-use plastic. With an overwhelming majority of 571 votes vs 53 against,  MEPs backed the proposal aiming to reduce the estimated 150-thousand tons of plastic waste from Europe that ends up in the sea every year. Completely banned are to be plastic straws, cotton …

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Head of EP information office in Athens suspended amid anti-fraud probe

The head of European Parliament information office in Athens has been suspended from duty amid an anti-fraud probe by the EU Anti-Fraud office OLAF. Together with Leonidas Andrikopoulos, suspended were reportedly also two other employees whose names and nationalities were not made public. The case was confirmed by Marjory van …

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