S&Ds back the first step to build a European Defence Fund

Today the industry committee in the European Parliament backed the final compromise reached with the EU Council on the European Defence Industry Development Programme (EDIDP). It is a watershed pilot programme designed to lay the foundation for the future European Defence Fund and it will run from 2019 to 2020.

The PKEE inaugurates a series of conferences on the capacity market in the European capitals

First Madrid, then Paris and Rome, and the summary in Brussels.  The Polish Electricity Association has inaugurated in the Spanish capital a series of conferences on the capacity market.

Polish Electricity Association talks in Paris about the experiences of the functioning of the capacity markets in the European Union

Dozens of experts took part in the Euractiv debate in Paris co organised by the PKEE. This was already the second international discussion on the European electricity market. The series of events organised in countries with functioning capacity markets commenced with a Tuesday debate in Madrid. The expert debates are intended to contribute to the negotiation process on the regulation of the Union’s electricity market that should be completed during the Austrian Presidency in the second half of 2018.

Council must move ahead to secure the rights of parents and carers across the EU without further delay, say S&Ds

In an open letter, ahead of the Employment and Social Affairs Council meeting of 21 June, S&D Euro MPs are calling on EU ministers to unblock the negotiations on the Work-Life Balance Directive and adopt an ambitious and meaningful position to improve the lives of working parents and carers across the Europe.
S&D Group president, Udo Bullmann, stated:

ETUCE, EFEE and COMMUNIA advocate for a better EU-level Copyright Reform

Following the joint high-level conference on 11 April 2018 on the topic of “A better copyright for quality higher education and research in Europe and beyond”, ETUCE, EFEE and COMMUNIA have issued joint conclusions directed towards the EU institutions in the context of the upcoming EU Copyright Directive.

EucoLight congratulates the European Union for the publication of the Circular Economy Package

Circular Economy Package: EucoLight congratulates the European Union for the publication of the Circular Economy Package and the inclusion of minimum requirements for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

15 June 2018

PES calls on all member parties to support Tsipras-Zaev agreement

The Party of European Socialists calls for all progressives and its member parties to support the historic agreement on the decade-long name dispute and for the governments of Athens and Skopje that reached it.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

20 June - Together in Solidarity: World refugee day with Syrian ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh

20 June - Together in Solidarity: World refugee day with Syrian ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh
On the initiative of the S&D Group, the European Parliament will host a cultural event to celebrate World Refugee Day on 20 June 2018 on the Esplanade, in front of the Europe Parliament in Brussels. The event is part of a wider initiative to highlight the positive role refugees are playing in European societies.

Broad road safety coalition commits to work for zero traffic fatalities

Major players in the European mobility sector signed a road safety pledge to contribute to achieving zero traffic fatalities by 2050. The coalition includes the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), the association of national motoring organisations (FIA Region I), with strong support from the Dutch Bicycle and Automotive Industry Association (RAI Vereniging) and the Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB).


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