European soft drinks industry sets ambitions to make its plastic packaging more sustainable

By 2025 100% of soft drinks plastic packaging to be recyclable with PET bottles containing a minimum of 25% recycled content on average
 

We need an EU system to assess medicines and medical treatments, say S&Ds

Socialists and Democrats are at the forefront in the struggle for high quality public health systems that provide affordable and safe healthcare to all. The S&Ds have fought for a harmonised assessment system and for better quality and efficacy of health technologies.
 
In a report backed today by the environment and health parliamentary committee, S&Ds now call for the introduction of joint clinical assessments of health technologies at EU level.
 

Political, pragmatic, prospective: CEEP welcomes Juncker’s last state of the European Union

 
Reacting to the final “State of the European Union” speech by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, CEEP General Secretary Valeria Ronzitti commented:
 

S&Ds take lead in creating a single digital gateway to facilitate online access to information across the EU

oday, the S&D Group led a coalition in the European Parliament to establish a single digital gateway to reduce administrative burden for citizens and businesses across the EU. The gateway will facilitate the access of information on administrative procedures by lifting language barriers and physical presence restrictions. Citizens and business will now be able to access information and procedures in a single place, regardless of where they reside in the EU.
 

NGOs saving lives of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea - S&Ds nominees for the 2018 Sakharov Prize

Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament jointly nominated eleven NGOs that protect human rights and save lives of refugees and migrants across the Mediterranean Sea for the 2018 Sakharov Prize.
 

S&Ds welcome the Commission’s proposal to fight money laundering across borders and call for enhanced power and additional resources for the EU’s supervisory institutions

Following the publication of the European Commission’s proposal today to further strengthen the supervision of EU financial institutions, S&Ds called for additional resources to allow them to better fulfil their tasks. S&D MEPs welcomed the intention of the proposal to tackle money laundering and disrupt the financing of terrorist groups, but highlighted the need to fill the gaps in the EU supervisory framework.
 
S&D Group spokesperson on economic and monetary affairs, Pervenche Berès MEP, stated:
 

Udo Bullmann: Europe needs a radical change

Following the “State-of-the-Union” address by the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, S&D president Udo Bullmann calls for a radical change in Europe to overcome current crises and build a sustainable future for all Europeans: 
 

S&Ds propose a long-term vision for clean, profitable and socially sustainable transport

Technological advancements and the need to reduce C02 emissions in order to reverse global warming have unleashed deep transformation in the transport sector. Socialists and Democrats are committed to making this transformation an opportunity both for citizens and for the industry.
 

S&Ds back EU strategy to end plastic litter by 2030

Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are leading the transition to a circular economy, where all products are designed to be either recycled, re-used or remanufactured. S&D MEP Simona Bonafè was the author of four parliamentary reports for a circular economy, and she called on the Commission to present a specific strategy to phase out plastic waste. Tomorrow, the plenary of the European Parliament will vote on this new strategy.
 
S&D MEP Simona Bonafè said:
 

EU Terrorist Content Proposal, Good Intentions But Risks To Online Rights And Europe’s Tech Sector

Brussels, BELGIUM -- Today the European Commission presented its proposal for a regulation on ‘preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online.’ This proposal puts a range of new obligations on online companies which will disproportionate

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