29th Nov 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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The EU's 'no added sugars' fruit-juice label sleight-of-hand

The Food Information to Consumers package would have finally regulated the health or nutrition claims companies make on their products, claims like "heart-healthy" "30-percent less fat" or "no added sugar". Legislation on these claims is now 15 years overdue.

Member states stall on EU ban on forced-labour products

More than two years after the EU Commission first proposed a law on forced labour, inter-institutional negotiations have not started because member states cannot reach agreement — risking the text's adoption before the 2024 European Parliament elections.

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