10th Jun 2023


EU ministers all-but agree Belarus jet-leasing ban

EU foreign ministers meeting Monday provisionally decided to block jet-leasing firms from working with Belarusian airline Belavia because Minsk was shuttling migrants from the Middle East and pushing them into Europe, diplomatic sources said. "We have a political agreement," a source said, after Ireland, which leases jets, had raised objections. EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said it was "unacceptable" that Belarus was "weaponising poor people" to attack the EU.

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Negotiations on asylum reform to start next week, says MEP

The European Parliament is seeking to launch negotiations on key asylum reforms with member states as early as next week. The demand follows Thursday's breakthrough political agreement in Luxembourg among EU interior ministers.

EU gig workers compromise dubbed ‘a disaster for workers’

After several attempts to reach a common position, the EU Council could finally reach an agreement on the platform workers' rules at the upcoming ministerial meeting — but disagreements over the employment status of these workers remain sharp.

EU's proposed ethics body 'toothless', say campaigners

Transparency campaigners say the new ethics body proposed by the European Commission will do little to prevent corruption at the EU institutions. The proposal comes six months after allegations of a Qatari corruption affair involving a former European Parliament vice-president.

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