S&Ds: those responsible for the torture and brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi must face justice

Following the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the European Parliament adopted today - at the initiative of the Socialists and Democrats - a strong resolution, in which it calls for an independent, international investigation into the circumstances of Khashoggi’s death, sanctions against all implicated in his savage murder and finally for an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia.

Oleg Sentsov is the Sakharov Prize 2018 laureate. S&Ds congratulate all the finalists

European Socialists and Democrats welcomed today’s decision of the Conference of Presidents to awards the Sakharov Prize for 2018 to Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker convicted to 20 years in prison in Russia on absurd terrorism charges. We hope this award will help increase international pressure on the Russian Federation to immediately release him.

All democrats need to stand together in face of neo-fascist violence

The European Parliament today backed a resolution aimed at curbing the rise of neo-fascist violence in Europe. The vote comes after a worrying rise of violence and terrorist attacks from far right groups and individuals.
S&D Group leader Udo Bullmann said:

S&Ds want fairer and greener charge road users

The high impact of road transport on the environment as well as the degradation of road infrastructure have a cost for society.

Fair tax must be Council's priority until the European elections

In light of recent revelations about the scope of CumEx tax fraud in Europe, and in view of an upcoming coordination meeting tomorrow between the finance ministers of France and Germany, S&D Group president Udo Bullmann calls on EU member states to make swift progress on EU taxation files in view of next year’s election.
S&D Group president Udo Bullmann stated:

MEPs reject discriminatory Commission proposal to over-tax certain beer styles

Members of the European Parliament have voted against the European Commission’s discriminatory proposals to over-tax flavoured, typically low-alcohol, beers.
 

European Parliament must have a say in future locations of agencies, say S&Ds

The Socialists and Democrats led today in the plenary a vote to relocate the European Banking Authority from London to Paris after Brexit.
S&D Group spokesperson on economic and monetary affairs and co-rapporteur, Pervenche Berès MEP, stated:

S&Ds: We secured another tool to improve animal health and combat antimicrobial resistance

Medicated feed is one of the routes of oral administration of veterinary medicines to a group of animals and the safest way because it ensures an accurate dosage of the veterinary medicine. This is crucial when thinking about our work in fighting against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

S&Ds: the EU Parliament adopted a pro-European budget 2019. The Council must demonstrate its commitment to live up to EU citizens’ expectations

Following today’s vote in Plenary, which confirmed the adoption of the Parliament position on General Budget 2019, the Conciliation phase will now start. The final agreement between European Parliament, European Commission and the Council is due to be reached by November 2018.
Budget rapporteur, S&D MEP, Daniele Viotti stated:

S&Ds: the EU Parliament adopted a pro-European budget 2019. The Council must demonstrate its commitment to live up to EU citizens’ expectations

Following today’s vote in Plenary, which confirmed the adoption of the Parliament position on General Budget 2019, the Conciliation phase will now start. The final agreement between European Parliament, European Commission and the Council is due to be reached by November 2018.
Budget rapporteur, S&D MEP, Daniele Viotti stated:

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