Free EU interrail tickets available to Irish teens

The leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, Sean Kelly MEP, is urging Irish young people to apply for DiscoverEU travel passes before Thursday 28th November.   “Almost 50,000 young people have been awarded a travel pass since the first application round of DiscoverEU in June 2018, which was championed by the EPP,” noted […]

MEPs block member states’ move to weaken bee protection from pesticides

MEPs want the impact of pesticides on bees to be properly tested Commission proposal watered down by member states Parliament wants new law to better protect bees MEPs sent the Commission back to the drawing board after member states watered down draft measures to protect bees. The European Commission’s draft proposal was intended to incorporate […]

European Parliament approves new copyright rules for the internet

Internet platforms are liable for content that users upload Some uploaded material, such as memes or GIFs, now specifically excluded from directive Hyperlinks to news articles, accompanied by “individual words or very short extracts”, can be shared freely Journalists must get a share of any copyright-related revenue obtained by their news publisher Start-up platforms subject […]

Europe in the palm of your hand: launch of a Citizens’ App

A new mobile application, designed by the European Parliament to help citizens to discover what the EU has done, is doing and plans to do, is now available.   With one eye on the upcoming European elections, the Citizens’ App enables everyone, everywhere to check the EU’s achievements, ongoing work, and future goals as well […]

Action Needed To Tackle Lyme Disease – Mairead McGuinness MEP

Mairead McGuinness MEP and First Vice-President of the European Parliament has welcomed the focus on Lyme disease and the very broad support among MEP that more need to be done to raise awareness, diagnosis and treatment, following a parliamentary vote in Strasbourg this week (Thursday). “Regrettably, knowledge about Lyme Disease is limited to those immediately […]

Seán Kelly secures EU support for proposals on new €650 billion fund

Seán Kelly MEP has secured the backing of the EU Parliament’s Industry Committee for the Invest EU Programme, on which the Ireland-South MEP is lead negotiator for the EPP Group. The new fund is expected to trigger more than €650 billion in additional investment across the EU over a seven-year period.   “The Industry Committee […]

The European Parliament launch, major grassroots election campaign, ‘This Time I’m Voting’

The campaign aims to demystify European elections and to energise young citizens in particular to vote The European Parliament has launched ‘This Time I’m Voting’, a campaign designed to motivate citizens to vote in the European elections next May, and to encourage their friends and family to do likewise. The platform thistimeimvoting.eu is now available in 24 […]

European Commission recommends to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in Brexit negotiations

The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have today reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement. All aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement have now been finalised and agreed at negotiator level. This agreement marks a decisive moment in the negotiations. The European Commission therefore recommended to the […]

Bord na Mona Workers Could Be In Line For EU Fund – Harkin

Workers to be made redundant in Bord na Mona could avail of assistance under the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).  This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin who was the chief negotiator for the European Parliament for the setting up of the current EGF. She said: “The priority right now is to concentrate on the workers […]

European Parliament Vote On CAP Cannot Be Ignored – Healy

IFA President Joe Healy said the vote in the European Parliament this week on the EU Budget shows there is strong momentum to reverse the cuts proposed by the Commission.   Joe Healy said IFA would be continuing its campaign to deliver a CAP Budget that supports farmers.   “Our members have been busy lobbying […]

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