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Groundbreaking decision of the EU Parliament: Sanctions to defend democracy and the rule of law in the member states

Today at noon, the European Parliament has adopted a new instrument to defend democracy and the rule of law in the Member States. Those who undermine systematically the rule of law shall no longer benefit from EU funds. A broad pro-European majority (397 yes vs 150 no) of Christian-Democrats, Social-Democrats, Liberals and Greens supported the […]


Invitation: Conference on Brexit and the future of tax havens

Brexit must become an exit from British tax dumping. The rejection of the Brexit agreement by the British House of Commons has made the modalities of the Brexit even more incalculable. However, for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament it is clear that any future agreement between Britain and the EU must put an […]


European Parliament: Lobby transparency must not be a secret matter

On 31st January, the European Parliament will vote for the first time on binding rules for the lobbying transparency of MEPs, as part of a reform to amend the European Parliament’s rules of procedure. Last Wednesday, the Christian-Democrat EPP Group decided to vote by secret ballot on this change to the Rules of Procedure. Politico […]


Greece: Manfred Weber behaves irresponsibly and fainthearted regarding Macedonia

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will ask the Greek Parliament for a vote of confidence tomorrow. The reason for this call is the resignation of Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, chairman of the coalition partner of the right-wing populist party „Independent Greeks“ (Anel), who resigned over the debate of renaming of Macedonia. The Macedonian parliament approved […]


Parliament strengthens European financial supervision, sustainable finance and consumer protection

The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) today voted on the European Commission’s proposals to reform the European system of financial supervision. The legislative package includes the Regulation of the three European Supervisory Authorities (European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and European Securities and Markets Authority), several pieces of […]


Banca Carige: In depth state aid investigation needed

The ECB took over control of the Italian lender Banca Carige after several attempts to stabilize the struggling bank failed.   MEP Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group commented:   “The take over of the management of Banca Carige raises serious questions which need a European investigation. Only a few […]


Excessive deficit procedure against France: Oettinger’s demand is premature showmanship

The German EU commissioner Günther Oettinger (CDU) has demanded via FOCUS interview the initiation of an excessive deficit procedure against France because of its planned higher deficit for 2019. At the same time, the EU Commission has been encouraging the Italian government to make substantial short-term concessions to its new spending plans through robust talks. […]


Cum-Ex-Resolution for reading

Dear Interested, Dear opponents of financial crime,   In the meantime, the services of the European Parliament have published the resolution passed last Thursday including all the amendments. A very broad majority was in favour. The resolution contains on green initiative among other things the demand for a European investigation of dividend arbitrage deals such […]


Cum-Ex scandal: European Parliament resolution of 29 November 2018 on the cum-ex scandal: financial crime and loopholes in the current legal framework

European Parliament resolution of 29 November 2018 on the cum-ex scandal: financial crime and loopholes in the current legal framework (2018/2900(RSP)) The European Parliament, –  having regard to the cum-ex revelations made by a consortium of investigative journalists led by the German non-profit media organisation CORRECTIV on 18 October 2018, –  having regard to Regulation (EU) No […]