Europe needs to come up with a more effective strategy in managing migration and tackling the root of the problem: the key message of a high-level conference organised by the European Parliament, that brought together high representatives of the EU and the United nations, as well as international experts and MEPs.
Imports from outside the EU reached €468.2 billion in the first quarter of 2017. To avoid unfair competition for European businesses and workers, fines are imposed on third countries deemed to be “dumping” goods into the EU market. The European Parliament is looking at a new methodology for calculating anti-dumping duties, where “significant market distortions” are the basis for calculations.
The European Parliament will be tackling issues from anti-dumping duties, the EU's space strategy, the first-ever cooperation agreement with Cuba, and more.
Five numbers to take away from the plenary: new energy labelling, 30 years of Erasmus, gendre pension gap, European Capitals of Culture and European subsidies.
EU Member States are facing employment shortages in a number of key sectors: Europe could need up to 756,000 skilled ICT workers and around a million healthcare professionals by 2020. A revised EU Blue Card aims to attract the world's best and brightest.
Why should it cost extra to call friends and family from another EU country? As of June 2017, roaming surcharges are abolished in Europe. The European Parliament has fought for this ban by consistently capping charges since 2007. Now you can call, text or surf from anywhere in the EU for the same price as at home.
It is the end of a 10-year battle for MEP Viviane Reding. She succeeded in getting roaming fees scrapped, a campaign she started when she was the Information Society and Media commissioner.
The European Union has set ambitious targets in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. European lawmakers are poring through the EU’s largest climate tool, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). This law covers some 60% of the EU’s greenhouse gases.