Institutional Affairs

MEPs earn millions on the side

13.10.14 @ 09:57

Over half of the MEPs have activities outside the European Parliament, earning between €5.8 and €18.3 million on top of their regular salaries, according to a database pooling their declarations of financial interests.

Highlights

Slovene commission nominee to be sent home

08.10.14 @ 09:29

MEPs are Wednesday to decide on the five commissioners who failed to get the green light after parliamentary hearings, with the Slovene nominee set for the axe.

Decision day for EU's at-risk commissioners

07.10.14 @ 09:28

On the last day of commissioner hearings, MEPs will decide what to do with remaining at-risk candidates after rejecting Hungary's Navracsics on culture.

Polish EU commissioner: 'I'm lobbyist-proof'

02.10.14 @ 18:27

Poland’s next commissioner has defended EU plans to take a more business-friendly approach to healthcare.

Mogherini more hawkish on Russia in EP hearing

07.10.14 @ 09:29

The EU’s next foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, was more hawkish on Russia in an EU parliament hearing which satisfied most MEPs.

MEPs ask wobbly commissioners near-impossible questions

03.10.14 @ 12:24

MEPs gave three commissioner nominees a Sunday-evening deadline to answer a list of near-impossible questions.

Polish female economists: Apply now for EU job

02.10.14 @ 19:14

The next human resources commissioner has promised to be “more proactive” in recruiting staff from under-represented member states.

MEPs prepare 'lively' hearings for new commissioners

25.09.14 @ 07:52

MEPs are preparing "lively" hearings for the new commissioners-to-be, with the Spanish, British, Slovenian, and Hungarian candidates likely to have the hardest time of it.

Catalonia to press ahead with referendum after Scottish No

19.09.14 @ 16:06

Catalan leader Artur Mas has said the Scottish referendum has reinforced his plan to hold a similar vote at home.

EP gears itself up for hearings of new commissioners

17.09.14 @ 17:04

The European Parliament is preparing a set of "obstacle course" hearings for incoming EU commissioners with recent past form showing that at least one of the designates will fall by the wayside.

Greek to front Juncker's new media strategy

11.09.14 @ 10:03

Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed a Greek EU official as his main spokesperson, part of his revamped media strategy for the new EU commission.

Ombudsman vows 'robust' action against EU secrecy

23.09.14 @ 17:46

EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly wants more transparency from EU institutions on letting officials switch to the private sector, negotiating trade agreements, and allowing medicines onto the European market.

Voting under way in Scottish independence referendum

18.09.14 @ 09:29

Over 4 million people are to cast their vote in favour or against Scottish independence on Thursday, with Spain calling it a "torpedo" against EU integration.

Catalans turn out en masse to ask for independence vote

12.09.14 @ 09:27

Almost 2 million Catalans took to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday calling for the right to vote on independence from Spain. A consultative vote is planned for 9 November.

New commission sees greater role for Juncker deputies

10.09.14 @ 14:57

The new EU commission will have a less centralised power structure, with Jean-Claude Juncker delegating more responsibilities to his deputies.