S&D MEPs express solidarity with the families of the victims of the recent violence in Nicaragua

Nicaragua has experienced a peak of violence in recent days, as a result of which at least 17 people have been killed in the cities of Diriamba and Jinotepe and dozens of people have been assaulted, including representatives of the Catholic Church. The latter were performing mediation tasks in the two affected cities, which were besieged by alleged supporters of the Nicaraguan Government.
 

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Despite rapid approach of Brexit, UK SMEs are failing to go global

 
  • More than a quarter (26%) of UK small businesses (SMEs) are not participating in international trade
  • In the run up to Brexit, 46% of UK SMEs feel more information and support on potential opportunities would encourage them to participate in international trade and 41% feel the Government securing new trade deals would.

S&Ds: let’s stop being bullied by Unfair Trading Practices in the food chain. Consumers’ health and small producers’ rights come first

Following today’s presentation in the agriculture committee of the draft report on Unfair Trading Practices (UTP) in the food supply chain, rapporteur and S&D MEP, Paolo De Castro, stated:
 

Parliament backs new rules to crack down on money laundering and organised crime

The European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, today backed two reports designed to make it harder for organised criminals and terrorists to access their illegally gained funds. The proposals will make it easier for authorities to freeze and confiscate illegally obtained assets across borders and crack down on money laundering. An agreement between the Council, Commission and Parliament was reached on the new laws last week.
 

Electrification the key to decarbonising Europe's economy

Electrification is the key to decarbonising Europe’s economy, according to WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson, who was speaking today at a European Commission event on long-term emissions reductions.
 

Key committees back the deal reached by S&Ds on Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Today, the industry and environment committees backed the deal on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, negotiated by S&D MEPs Miroslav Poche and José Blanco respectively.
 
The final agreement with the EU Council sets a binding target of 32.5% improvement of energy efficiency by 2030, and a binding target of 32% share of renewable energy in the EU by 2030.
 

The EU approval system for pesticides must improve to better protect human health, say S&Ds

Today the environment committee voted on a report by S&D MEP Pavel Poc, which calls for a better approval system for pesticides in the EU.  
 
It is part of the scrutiny by the European Parliament on the implementation of the EU Regulation on the placing of plant protection products on the market. The recent controversy related to the renewal of the approval of the active substance glyphosate further highlighted that trust in the authorisation process has been seriously undermined.
 

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