10th Dec 2019


Eight EU states want to raise 2030 climate target

Environment ministers from France, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, and Luxembourg have signed a letter calling on incoming EU climate commissioner, Frans Timmermans, to increase the EU's emissions-cut target from 40 percent to 55 percent by 2030, Reuters writes. The text urges the EU to take climate action "to underpin the European Green Deal, to drive the in-depth transformation and bold measures needed across all sectors".

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EU must manage climate and industry together

For Romanian centre-right MEP Adina-Ioana Valean, the previous chair of environment committee and current chair of industry, research and energy (ITRE), climate and industrial policy-making must go hand-in-hand to bring sustainability and prosperity to Europe.


Does Malta's Labour Party now belong in S&D?

The Maltese Labour Party is a curious creature. No minister, MEP, MP, president, or former president has yet criticised Joseph Muscat publicly and outright over the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Human rights abusers to face EU blacklists

Human rights abusers worldwide will, in future, face EU asset freezes and travel bans under new-model sanctions agreed by foreign ministers in Brussels.

Zahradil 'conflict of interest' probe may flounder

The European Parliament's internal body, designed to sanction MEPs for conflicts of interests, has failed to deliver any meaningful verdicts. Some are hoping a future proposal for a new independent ethics body will help hold MEPs accountable.


Data watchdog raps EU asylum body for snooping

The European Asylum Support Office combed through social media to monitor refugee routes to Europe for three years. The agency sent weekly reports on its findings to member states, the EU Commission and institutions such as UNHCR and Interpol.

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