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S&Ds secure stronger surveillance of the financial sector and better consumer protection at the European level

The Socialists and Democrats led the drive for better rules to tighten financial supervision, which were approved by the European Parliament today.
The European Parliament today approved new features to be introduced in new vehicles as of 2022 to further reduce the number of road fatalities. In 2017, 25,300 people died on EU roads and 135,000 were seriously injured.

A step forward in the protection of vulnerable workers. The Parliament has finally backed S&Ds call for crackdown on precarious contracts

Today the European Parliament has approved the final agreement reached earlier with the member states on measures that will boost the rights for workers, including those with on-demand, voucher-based and platform jobs, restricting the use of zero-hour contracts. The new law will provide 200 million workers in Europe with more transparent and predictable working conditions.

European Parliament finally backs S&Ds call to establish the European Labour Authority

Today the European Parliament gave its final green light to set up the European Labour Authority (ELA), in order to end labour exploitation, tackle undeclared work in Europe and ensure fair mobility of workers across the EU. This is a major success for the Socialists and Democrats who have been calling for such a body for many years. The Authority will start its work in 2019 and is expected to reach its full operational capacity with a staff of 144 people by 2024.

S&Ds say: No special treatment advocated by EPP-ECR-ENF alliance for MEPs in case of fraud suspicion. Who has nothing to hide, has nothing to fear

The S&D Group welcomes the adoption in plenary today of the report on the revision of Regulation concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) as regards cooperation with the European Public Prosecutor's Office and the effectiveness of OLAF investigations.
The S&D shadow rapporteur, Arndt Kohn, said:

European Parliament approves first EU-wide rules to protect whistleblowers

The European Parliament today approved new rules to protect whistleblowers. For the first time those who expose malpractice or wrongdoing at work will be protected wherever they are in the EU.
S&D MEP and European Parliament negotiator for the protection of whistleblowers Virginie Rozière said:

S&Ds back new restrictions on products that terrorists can use to make explosives

The European Parliament today voted to update laws on the sale and marketing of chemicals that can be used to make homemade explosives. The rules are part of a series of measures aimed at better protecting EU citizens against terrorism and other serious crimes.
S&D Group MEP and European Parliament negotiator for the new rules Andrejs Mamikins said:   

“Romanian flavours” - Romanian cuisine week at the Council of the European Union

During the second week of April, during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Romanian dishes were served at the Council’s restaurants (Justus Lipsius and Lex buildings). 

Snug Harbour with Claudiu M. Florian and Irina Dobrescu

Literature has always had a way of bringing people together.The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, together with local partners (Muntpunt Grand Café, Snug Harbour, Waterstones Brussels, Brussels Writers’ Circle), has developed projects for this exact purpose. 


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