FIFA World Cup 2022: MEPs to discuss workers’ rights with Qatari Labour Minister
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by neweuro
1y ago
On Monday, 14 November in the afternoon, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights will assess conditions for foreign workers in Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup. The world football body FIFA’s decision to grant Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup in men’s football has sparked controversy among human rights organisations and football fans alike. Data cross-checked by several human rights organisations with diplomatic missions in Doha indicate that thousands of foreign workers have died on construction sites or as a result of construction-related activities in the cou ..read more
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Make crucial traffic data available digitally, European Parliament Transport Committee says
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by neweuro
1y ago
Data on speed limits, roadworks or accidents should be available in digital format, to ensure road users are safer and better informed, the European Parliament’s Transport Committee has said. On Wednesday, Transport Committee MEPs voted on new intelligent road transport systems rules to boost digitalisation in the transport sector, to better connect different mobility apps, and to ensure wider data sharing. Intelligent transport systems (ITS) apply information and communication technologies, such as, journey planner or eCall, to make mobility safer, more efficient and comfortable. More data ..read more
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European Parliament takes formal step towards showing solidarity with Iranian protesters
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by Nicholas Waller
1y ago
Following an invitation from the Friends of Free Iran intergroup of the European Parliament, the Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi met several prominent EU Parliamentarians to discuss the recent uprisings in Iran, described by many observers as a new revolution.  The meeting anticipated the following day’s resolution outlining a prospective international response to the current uprising and associated crackdowns in Iran. Rajavi has been designated by the National Council of Resistance of Iran to serve as transitional president following the existing regime’s overthrow. As Iran’s dom ..read more
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MEPs call for quick deployment of offshore renewables to meet EU emission targets
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by kostisg
1y ago
Members of the European Parliament set out their recommendations on how to deploy offshore wind energy in Europe more quickly, as a means to contribute to the EU’s targets on reducing greenhouse emissions, in a report adopted on February 16. The report, voted on by MEPs in response to a European Commission communication, was adopted with 518 votes to 88, with 85 abstentions. The report stresses that meeting the 2030 and 2050 targets requires faster deployment of offshore renewable energy (ORE... This story is part of New Europe's Premium content. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sig ..read more
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MEPs want tougher EU rules for design and disposal of battery production
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by kostisg
1y ago
Members of the European Parliament said on February 11 new measures for batteries are crucial for the transition to a circular and climate-neutral economy and for EU’s competitiveness and strategic autonomy. The EU Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on February 10, with 74 votes in favour, 8 against and 5 abstentions, its position on proposed rules to govern the entire battery product life cycle, from design to end-of-life. According to ... This story is part of New Europe's Premium content. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign I ..read more
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Alisher Usmanov: The billionaire-turned-philanthropist who is essential to Uzbekistan’s global future
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by Nicholas Waller
1y ago
Uzbek tycoon Alisher Usmanov once quipped to a Western journalist that his life story would require more than a couple of vodka bottles to tell in full. A quick look at his biography, one that begins with his humble origins in Chust, a medium-sized city in Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley, to being ranked among the 100 wealthiest people in the world. Usmanov is unique amongst those from the former Soviet Union who made their fortunes in the wild 1990s following the collapse of the Communist command economy in that he accumulated his wealth through open market deals or by launching new businesses; a ..read more
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Waves of tributes pour in following the untimely death of EU Parliament President
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by kostisg
1y ago
David Sassoli, the Italian-born European Parliament president who had served in the position since 2009, passed away at the age of 65 on January 11 in Aviano, Italy, after having been hospitalized on December 26. A long-time member of the EU's halcyon days old guard, Sassoli was elected President of the European Parliament in July 2019, for the first half of a new mandate. Sassoli adopted extraordinary measures that enabled the European Parliament to carry out its duties and exercise its prer... This story is part of New Europe's Premium content. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sig ..read more
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MEPs want perpetrators of war crimes in Ukraine to be brought to justice
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by kostisg
1y ago
The special international tribunal should investigate Russian leaders and military commanders and their allies for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, Members of the European Parliament said in the resolution adopted on May 19. Just talking about Russian aggression is no longer enough, action is required. MEPs called on the European Union to take all necessary action in international proceedings and courts to support the prosecution of the Russian and Belarussian regimes for war crimes, ... This story is part of New Europe's Premium content. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sig ..read more
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EU taxonomy: No greenwashing of environment damaging activities
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by kostisg
1y ago
The introduction of the taxonomy is a great success for us Greens, future-oriented companies and civil society forces working on it for years. But the credibility of the taxonomy is crucial for its success. And fossil gas and nuclear power are neither ecologically or economically sustainable nor climate friendly energy sources. Some very short time before the new year 2022 – and in the middle of the Parliament’s winter break, the EU Commission has come up with a proposal that rings all alarm bells and sets a fatal sign for climate protection in the European Union contradicting the Green Deal ..read more
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MEPs want more environmental and social ambition for batteries
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by kostisg
1y ago
The European Parliament is ready to negotiate with EU governments on the final shape of the new rules governing the entire battery product life cycle, from design to end-of-life, the Parliament said. During the debate on March 9, MEPs underlined the crucial role that batteries have in the transition to a circular and climate-neutral economy and for the EU’s competitiveness and strategic autonomy. The draft legislation was adopted on March 10 with 584 votes in favour, 67 against and 40 abstent... This story is part of New Europe's Premium content. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sig ..read more
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