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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 16-20 May 2022

19 May 2022, 22:54 CET
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Article - Press freedom: the European Parliament in support of journalists

Press freedom is under pressure in the EU and across the world. Find out how the European Parliament supports the work of journalists.


Press release - Albania and North Macedonia: MEPs demand EU starts accession talks

The Parliament urges the Council to open negotiations on EU membership with Albania and North Macedonia, especially in the geostrategic context of war in Ukraine.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Press release - EU must strengthen support for citizens and businesses and help for Ukraine

MEPs call for funding to deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine, by confiscating Russian oligarchs' assets, new EU own resources, and using the existing EU budget fully.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs


Press release - Ukraine: MEPs want a special international tribunal for crimes of aggression

The special international tribunal should investigate Russian leaders and military commanders and their allies for the crime of aggression against Ukraine.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Press release - Rule of Law: MEPs critical of Commission's annual report, suggest improvements

Parliament says Commission's assessment of the rule of law in the EU is useful but has significant room for improvement.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - MEPs: All EU sanctions against Russia must apply to Belarus

MEPs strongly condemn the support that the Belarusian regime under dictator Aliaksandr Lukashenka has provided to Russia's unprovoked war in Ukraine.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Press release - Global minimum corporate tax rate: MEPs push for quick adoption

On Thursday, MEPs approved a Commission proposal implementing the recent international agreement on a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15%.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Subcommittee on Tax Matters


Press release - Parliament endorses Eurojust's new powers to support war crime investigations

MEPs greenlit new rules that will allow Eurojust to safely store and analyse evidence related to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Article - Press freedom: the European Parliament in support of journalists

Press freedom is under pressure in the EU and across the world. Find out how the European Parliament supports the work of journalists.


Press release - MEPs approve suspension of EU duties on all Ukrainian exports

On Thursday, Parliament backed a one-year suspension of EU import duties on all Ukrainian exports, to support the country's economy.
Committee on International Trade


Press release - Deal on EU plans to restock gas reserves before winter

The draft legislation aims to refill Europe's strategic gas reserves more quickly, so that households and businesses have enough gas for the next heating season.
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy


Press release - EP TODAY

Thursday, 19 May


Article - How the EU is supporting Moldova

The Moldovan President addressed the Parliament on 18 May. Discover how the EU is supporting the country, especially following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


Press release - Social Climate Fund to help those most affected by energy and mobility poverty

Parliament committees back setting up a new fund to help vulnerable citizens cope with the increased costs of the energy transition.
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Press release - President Metsola calls on Iran to set Ahmadreza Djalali free

At the opening of the session, President Metsola expressed Parliament's opposition to the death penalty and called on Iran to stop the execution of Professor Djalali.


Press release - "Moldova belongs in the European Union" says President Maia Sandu

In a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday, Moldovan President Maia Sandu called on EU countries to rally behind her country's European aspirations.


Press release - EP TODAY

Wednesday, 18 May


Press release - Climate change: MEPs push for accelerated EU action and energy independence

MEPs adopt their position on key EU draft laws to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 % by 2030 and to protect jobs and citizens.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Press release - Press conference by EP President Metsola and President Sandu of Moldova

Following the address by President of Moldova, Maia Sandu in plenary, EP President Roberta Metsola and Ms Sandu will hold a joint press conference tomorrow at around 15.40.


Press release - European Green Bond Standard: new measures to reduce green washing

MEPs seek to better regulate the green bond market, improve its supervision, reduce greenwashing, and add clarity when money goes to gas or nuclear.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs


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