Published on December 6th, 2018

#EUNews - Let’s talk about what the EU actually does 🔊 AFCO on fire making EP2019 the hot topic of the week

📌Standards of Conduct: MEPs propose more transparent legislative drafting and use of allowances 📚👩‍⚖️📅
📌EU Elections: MEPs back new rules to prevent breaches of data used to influence elections 😡🗳️💻
📌 EP2019: EP and the EESC to cooperate on campaign 🗳️🤝📰

Standards of Conduct: MEPs propose more transparent legislative drafting and use of allowances 📚👩‍⚖️📅
➡️ The key changes adopted by the Constitutional Affairs Committee relate to Members’ standards of conduct, including transparency rules and measures to prevent harassment. MEPs would have to publish all scheduled meetings with interest representatives falling under the scope of the Transparency Register online. The new rules also provide that MEPs must refrain from “improper behaviour” (e.g. displaying banners at the plenary sittings) and offensive language, as well as from any type of psychological or sexual harassment.
🔜 The approved changes voted on in January would enter into force after the 2019 elections.

EU Elections: MEPs back new rules to prevent breaches of data used to influence elections 😡🗳️💻
➡️ The Constitutional Affairs Committee backed a draft law that would introduce financial sanctions on European political parties or foundations that infringe data protection rules deliberately to influence or attempt to influence the outcome of European elections. The new provisions are aimed at protecting the electoral process from online disinformation campaigns based on misuse of voters' personal data. Some recent cases showed how the vulnerabilities of data protection systems may undermine democratic debate and free elections.
🔜 The Plenary will have to approve the mandate for inter-institutional negotiations.

EP2019: EP and the EESC to cooperate on campaign 🗳️🤝📰
➡️ The European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) have agreed to undertake a series of actions to raise awareness about the European elections. The EESC is a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups and others a formal platform to express their points of view on EU issues. Its opinions are addressed to the EU institutions; it thus has a key role to play in the Union's decision-making process.
🔜 Common projects include awareness-raising campaigns as part of all major activities organised by the EESC, including in the Citizens’ Convention to be held early in 2019, the 2019 edition of "Your Europe, Your Say" focused on the elections and youth participation as well as a seminar for journalists with a focus on civil society in an election year.

🔥 If you want to be updated, too, we suggest the European Parliament's press service http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room and the European Commission's news room https://europa.eu/newsroom/home_en