30th May 2023


EP body appoints new Italian secretary-general in a 'rush'

The bureau of the European Parliament, consisting of president Roberta Metsola, the vice-presidents and the queastors, appointed Alessandro Chiocchetti, Metsola's head of cabinet, as the new secretary general of the parliament's administration. He'll take up his new position in January. His appointment has been criticised as a result of backroom deals. Green MEP Heidi Hautala, one of the vice-presidents, said the rushed process "is bound to damage the parliament's reputation".

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Equatorial Guinea: a 'tough nut' for the EU

The relationship between one of Africa's smallest countries, run by the world's longest-serving dictator, remains difficult — especially after the European Parliament broke its 20-year silence on human rights in the country.


How the EU's money for waste went to waste in Lebanon

The EU led support for the waste management crisis in Lebanon, spending around €89m between 2004-2017, with at least €30m spent on 16 solid-waste management facilities. However, it failed to deliver.

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