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4th Mar 2024

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Parliament to discuss 73 vacant UK MEP seats

The European Parliament's constitutional affairs committee is set to discuss for the first time, on Tuesday, what to do with the 73 MEP seats in the assembly after Brexit. Polish centre-right MEP Danuta Huebner and Portuguese Social Democrat MEP Pedro Silva Perreira are in charge of the talks on electoral reform ahead of the 2019 elections, with the ultimate decision to be taken by the European Council.

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EU docks €32m in funding to UN Gaza agency pending audit

The European Commission will release €50m out of €82m in funds for the UN aid agency (UNRWA) operating in Gaza. The remaining €32m will come pending an audit. The commission has received no evidence to support Israeli allegations against UNRWA.

'Outdated' rules bar MEP from entering plenary with child

During a plenary session in Strasbourg, an MEP was denied access to the chamber because he was carrying his young child, due to unforeseen circumstances. The episode shows parliament's rules need to be updated, several MEPs told EUobserver.

Commission plays down row over Rwanda minerals pact

The European Commission has played down a diplomatic row over its recent minerals agreement with Rwanda, after Congolese president Felix Tshishekedi, who accuses Rwanda of plundering his country's natural resources, described the deal as a "provocation in very bad taste".

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Why are the banking lobby afraid of a digital euro?

Europeans deserve a digital euro that transcends the narrow interests of the banking lobby and embodies the promise of a fairer and more competitive monetary and financial landscape.

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