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6th Jul 2020

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680,000 sign petition for Hungary to join EPPO

Some 680,000 signatures in Hungary have been collected to pressure Viktor Orban's nationalist government into joining the EU's new public prosecutor office (EPPO), set to launch next year. Hungary is one of six EU states that have so far refused to join the body, which will have powers to investigate and launch criminal charges in cross-border cases. Olaf, the EU's anti-fraud office, says Hungary needs to repay misspent EU funds.

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Agenda

Budget talks shift gear This WEEK

European Council president Charles Michel is expected to present his compromise proposal on the EU's long-term budget and the recovery fund to national capitals in the second half of the week.

Facial-recognition moratorium back on EU agenda

Members of the committee on civil liberties widely supported a moratorium on facial recognition for law enforcement purposes, just after the EU data watchdog backed earlier this week the ban on this technology in public spaces.

EU parliament chairs explain missing lobbyist meetings

MEPs in January 2019 agreed to a rule change in a bid for greater transparency. The rules included requiring committee chairs to publish their meetings with registered lobbyists. EUobserver spoke to six chairs, who haven't done so yet.

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