High Parliamentary expectations ahead of energy informal Council

S&Ds and The Greens call on EU energy ministers to raise the 2030 targets on efficiency and renewables.
 
EU energy ministers will meet in Sofia on Thursday 19 April in order to take stock of ongoing trilogue negotiations related to the Clean Energy Package. Ahead of these discussions, José Blanco López, Miroslav Poche, Michèle Rivasi and Claude Turmes declared the following:
 

CCIA Welcomes Objectives of EU E-Evidence Proposals, Encourages Further Improvements

Brussels, Belgium - The European Commission today issued its package to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence. The package includes two legislative proposals, including a “Regulation on cross-border access to e-Evidence” and a “Directive on appointing a Legal Representative”.

S&Ds: we need to restart political negotiations on Syria

Today, the European Parliament hold the debate on the escalating war in Syria, after the chemical  weapons attack in Douma - a suburb of Damascus.
 
Victor Boștinaru, S&D vice-president responsible for foreign affairs, said:
 

Strong pressure and sanctions on North Korea allow for cautious optimism

Ahead of two key events: the inter-Korean summit later this month and a North Korean-US summit in May, the European Parliament debated tonight the efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
 
Victor Boștinaru, S&D vice-president responsible for foreign affairs said:
 

S&Ds: high time for Albania & FYR of Macedonia to start EU accession talks

The Socialists and Democrats welcome the Commission’s recommendation to open accession negotiations with both Albania and the FYR of Macedonia. In recognition of efforts made by both countries to carry out reforms, we call on the member states to approve the Commission’s recommendation. We are disappointed by the status quo over Turkey.
 
Commenting on the Enlargement package Victor Boştinaru, S&D vice-president responsible for foreign affairs, said:
 

EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe

S&Ds criticise the two-face approach of EU member states on emissions and climate change

Socialists and Democrats are strongly committed to delivering on the promises made in Paris at the COP 21 UN summit on climate change. The S&D Group is pushing for ambitious binding targets on greenhouse gas emissions reductions, as well as for more precise mechanisms for monitoring and reporting emissions. However, when it comes to the Effort Sharing Regulation the EU Council was not willing to come close to the Parliament's ambitious position that was negotiated by S&Ds and other progressive groups.
 

S&Ds: the EU Parliament wants to set up a strategy for the promotion of protein crops. It is now high time for the Commission to act

The European Parliament has today approved, by an overwhelming majority, the Denanot report which underlines the agricultural, economic and environmental benefits of leguminous crops. The Parliament calls now on the Commission to finally come up with an adequate legislative proposal in the framework of the Reform of the Common Agriculture Policy post-2020 negotiations as vegetable proteins are closely linked to the transition from traditional practices to sustainable farming.

Bullmann to Macron: Monsieur le président, you have the choice to show us if you are a progressive European!

Today, S&D Group president Udo Bullmann challenged the French president Emmanuel Macron on his speech for a ‘rebirth of Europe’ delivered in the EP plenary session in Strasbourg.
 
S&D Group president Udo Bullmann said:
 
“It is not enough to play the Ode to Joy and walk on red carpets chanting the hymn. No, the European rebirth must happen through concrete political action serving the people, based on joint, responsible and above all European actions!
 

Energy-efficient buildings will save money and improve people’s quality of life in Europe

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption in Europe and therefore making them efficient is crucial, both to save money and to achieve the EU 2030 energy and climate goals. Today the European Parliament adopted the final deal with the EU Council for a new directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings.
 

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