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2022

Russia’s war against Ukraine has strengthened public support for the EU, the EP Spring Eurobarometer survey published today finds.
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The UK Contact Group co-Chairs David McAllister, Bernd Lange and Nathalie Loiseau issued the following statement on Tuesday after a meeting with Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič.
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MEPs and UK parliamentarians will gather in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to discuss the state of EU-UK relations and the war in Ukraine.
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On Thursday, MEPs adopted measures to continue supplying medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, as well as to Cyprus, Ireland and Malta.
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From Monday to Thursday, Parliament is organising the “Ukraine Solidarity Days” to show its support for Ukraine's parliament following the Russian invasion.
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“Our way of life is worth defending. It is worth a cost. For the next generation, for all those in Ukraine and around the world who believe in Europe. For all those who want to be free.”
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Parliament’s President and group leaders adopted the following statement on Russia’s military attack on Ukraine, and announced an extraordinary plenary session for next Tuesday.
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Leading MEPs strongly condemn the recognition of the non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine as independent entities.
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Statement by UKCG co-Chairs and other leading MEPs following the unilateral move by Northern Ireland’s Minister of Agriculture.
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On Tuesday, 18 January 2022,  MEPs elected Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) as President of the European Parliament until 2024, with 458 votes in the first round.
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European Parliament President David Sassoli passed away on 11 January. The Parliament will honour his memory in a ceremony on Monday in Strasbourg.
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2021

MEPs have awarded Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny the European Parliament’s 2021 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
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On Thursday, the EP Conference of Presidents will discuss the implementation of the EU-UK agreements with Commission Vice-President Šefčovič.
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At 9.00 CET/8.00 BST on Wednesday 15 September, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will deliver her State of the European Union address, followed by a three hour debate with MEPs.
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Statement by David McAllister and Bernd Lange on the UK government’s new ‘command paper’ titled “Northern Ireland Protocol: the way forward”.
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MEPs are set to put solidarity in action to empower parliamentarians facing serious dangers, including unfair criminal proceedings, intimidation and violence.
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On Saturday 19 June, the inaugural Plenary meeting of the Conference on the Future of Europe was held in Strasbourg © EP.
The European Parliament’s new journalism prize in tribute to murdered Maltese investigative journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia, has opened for submissions.
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On Saturday 19 June, the inaugural Plenary meeting of the Conference on the Future of Europe was held in Strasbourg.
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EU legislators reached a political agreement on Thursday on the 5 billion euro Brexit Adjustment Reserve, paving the way for a first payment by December.
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The European Commission should amend its draft decision on UK data protection to ensure EU standards for citizens’ privacy are respected.
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MEPs will vote on giving their consent to the agreement that sets the rules for the future EU-UK relationship, on Tuesday, with the result announced on Wednesday morning. They will also debate and vote on a resolution assessing the agreement, in which they insist on its full implementation along with the Withdrawal Agreement, and stressing Parliament's role in scrutinising the practical application of the deals. The result of the votes will be announced at 9:00 on Wednesday.
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2020

Provisional implementation is to remain a unique exception, said EP leaders. Parliamentary oversight will start soon to adopt the EP position before the end of the provisional application.
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The Conference of Presidents of Parliament’s political groups issued the following statement after meeting EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday.
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European Parliament wants to guarantee safe operation of the railway tunnel connecting France and the UK. ©AdobeStock/Elles Rijsdijk   
European Parliament wants to guarantee safe operation of the railway tunnel connecting France and the UK. ©AdobeStock/Elles Rijsdijk
Parliament supports legislation that aims to ensure the tunnel railway connecting continental Europe and the UK continues to operate safely and efficiently.
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The UKCG and the European Parliament political group leaders issued the following statement after meeting with Chief EU Negotiator Michel Barnier and Joint Committee Co-Chair Maroš Šefčovič, on Friday, 11th September.
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European Parliament regrets that differences remain substantial, with little time left to reach an agreement on the future EU-UK relationship.
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Statement following meeting between Presidents of European Council, Commission, Parliament and UK PM Boris Johnson
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• UK needs to give guarantees on full reciprocity for fingerprint data exchange with EU countries   • Concerns over UK meeting EU data protection standards after the transition period MEPs want   • Council to wait for framework for future relationship with UK to be put in place
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EU funds to cover increased needs of member states’ healthcare systems due to pandemic Stock-piling and distribution of medical supplies across Europe Financial package contains additional funds, e.g. to help Greece tackle migratory pressures
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The EU has approved emergency measures to help farmers and fishermen affected by the coronavirus pandemic
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MEPs want to see a massive recovery package to support the European economy after the COVID-19 crisis, including recovery bonds guaranteed by the EU budget.
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Maximum flexibility to channel EU structural funds not yet used to fight impact of COVID-19 on citizens Enhanced support to EU fishers, aquaculture farmers and agri-food producers Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived will continue to provide assistance where it is most needed
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Statement by David McAllister, Chair of Parliament’s UK Coordination Group, following the start of EU-UK negotiations on a future partnership on Monday 2 March.
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- The integrity of the EU Single Market and Customs Union must be preserved - There should be a “dynamic alignment” of EU-UK rules - The EU must protect its most sensitive sectors 
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The United Kingdom will remain a special and essential partner of the European Union after Brexit. The European Parliament’s Liaison Office in the UK will continue to operate after the UK's withdrawal from the EU.
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"A new dawn for Europe" - Op-ed article by Presidents David Sassoli, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen
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UK Withdrawal Agreement cleared the second-to-last hurdle before entering into force Qualified majority vote in the Council to conclude the process, Brexit set to take place on 31 January 2020 
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The Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed on Thursday to recommend that the EP plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms.
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- Concerns about the UK EU Settlement Scheme and the set-up of the independent authority - Freedom of movement, the length of the transition period and limiting the damage to EU and UK citizens’ lives at the heart of the debate 
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- First ever EU rules on collective redress - Consumers to be better protected in “mass harm” situations such as Dieselgate, Ryanair - Safeguards against abusive lawsuits (“loser pays principle”) 
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