EU’s cities and regions share European Commission concerns over Polish government’s changes to laws on the judiciary

The European Committee of the Region has voiced its support for a decision by the European Commission to invoke Article 7 of the EU treaty against Poland, as there is "a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law”. In a resolution adopted on 1 February, the EU's assembly of local and … Continue reading EU’s cities and regions share European Commission concerns over Polish government’s changes to laws on the judiciary

Money laundering and terrorist financing: Presidency and Parliament reach agreement

On 20 December 2017, EU ambassadors confirmed the political agreement reached between the presidency and the European Parliament on strengthened EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. The draft directive has two main objectives: preventing the use of the financial system for the funding of criminal activities; strengthening transparency rules to prevent the large-scale concealment of funds. The aim … Continue reading Money laundering and terrorist financing: Presidency and Parliament reach agreement

The State of the Union 2017: Catching the wind in our sails

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2017 State of the Union Address, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, presenting his priorities for the year ahead and outlining his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025. He presented a Roadmap for a More United, Stronger and More Democratic … Continue reading The State of the Union 2017: Catching the wind in our sails

European Parliament President Speech at the Formal sitting of the EuroLat Parliamentary Assembly to mark the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty of Rome

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, delivered a speech at the formal sitting of the EuroLat Parliamentary Assembly marking the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. President Tajani's speech (check against delivery): “Mr Mayor, Mr President of the European component of EuroLat, Mr President of the Latin American component … Continue reading European Parliament President Speech at the Formal sitting of the EuroLat Parliamentary Assembly to mark the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty of Rome