Published on January 17th, 2019

#EUNews - Letโ€™s talk about what the EP actually does ๐Ÿ”Š Plenary week was loaded with VIPs and budgetary decisions

๐Ÿ“Œ#FutureOfEurope: Spanish Prime Minister on Brexit, Womensโ€™ rights, Catalonia and global challenges ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป
๐Ÿ“Œ ESF+: MEPs want to EU to invest more in young people๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿ“Œ Rule of Law: MS jeopardising it will risk losing EU funds, proposals in defense should get fast-tracked for funding๐Ÿ“‰โš”๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš–๏ธ
๐Ÿ“ŒCouncil presidencies: Austria celebrating success, Romania presenting priorities to MEPs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿค๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น


#FutureOfEurope: Spanish Prime Minister on Brexit, Womensโ€™ rights, Catalonia and global challenges ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป
โžก๏ธ Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sรกnchez exchanged his views about the future of Europe with MEPs and the EU Commission. The PM urged Europe to protect its citizens through a rights-based Union that gives shelter to the most vulnerable, offers opportunities to youth and the unemployed, ensures citizensโ€™ safety, reaffirms its commitment against climate change and completes the Economic and Monetary Union.
๐Ÿ”œ next up is the Finnish PM Juha Sipilรค in the February plenary session

ESF+: MEPs want to EU to invest more in young people๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ
โžก๏ธ Parliament voted to increase the European Social Fund Plus funding in the EUโ€™s 2021-27 long-term budget by approximately 19% compared to the European Commissionโ€™s proposal. MEPs want to see more resources devoted to youth employability and to ensure equal opportunities for children at risk of poverty or social exclusion.
๐Ÿ”œ MEPs now urge the Council to adopt a general approach and start negotiations as soon as possible.

Rule of Law: MS jeopardising it will risk losing EU funds, proposals in defense should get fast-tracked for funding๐Ÿ“‰โš”๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš–๏ธ
โžก๏ธ. MEPs voted to reduce pre-financing or suspend EU budget payments to member states which interfere with courts or which do not tackle fraud and corruption. Parliament is also set to triple funding for the Rights and Values Programme promoting democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights across the EU. In exceptional cases, when there is a serious and rapid deterioration of the situation in a member state and the founding values are at risk, the European Commission may open a call for proposals, under a fast-track procedure, to fund civil society organisations to facilitate and support the democratic dialogue in the country.
๐Ÿ”œ MEPs are now ready to enter negotiations on the final wording of the regulation with the EU ministers, who have not adopted their position yet.

Council presidencies: Austria celebrating success, Romania presenting priorities to MEPs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿค๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
โžก๏ธ MEPs discussed the priorities of the incoming presidency with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dฤƒncilฤƒ, which are competitiveness, digitization, protection and the safety of citizens. MEPs pointed out that the Romanian government must do more to promote European values by being more politically stable and consistent. The outgoing Austrian presidency was evaluated as overall successful. While the EPP and ECR praised the excellent work and results of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, ALDE would have wished for more ambitious budget negotiations and S&D for more progress on the social pillar.
๐Ÿ”œ read more on the Romanian presidency https://yvote.eu/news/new-year-new-presidency-new-trio/

๐Ÿ”ฅ 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

Written by Katharina Krรผll

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Katharina is a 25-year old European Studies student. She joined AEGEE in 2012 and has been an active member of the association on both the local and European level. As a member of the Y Vote team, she now gets to participate in the project that, with its 2014 edition, made her understand the importance of Youth participation.