Archive for: June, 2014

Refugee figures exceed 50 million for first time since world war II

According to a new UN report, the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people across the world has surpassed 50 million people for the first time since world war II.

EU laws to become ‘lighter, simpler and less costly’

The commission’s regulatory fitness and performance programme (Refit) includes many new initiatives, plus the introduction of an ‘annual scoreboard’ to assess their progress.

Schulz elected as S&D group president

Martin Schulz has been elected as S&D group leader and has called on the European council to give Jean-Claude Juncker a mandate for EU commission president.

Claude France Arnould – career advice for young professionals

Federalists and EPP group back Juncker for president

The Union of European Federalists has urged the European council to propose candidate Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European commission.

Mixed reaction to council’s agreement on GMO cultivation

European environment ministers have agreed to allow the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a move which has divided policymakers and stakeholders.

Syed Kamall elected as chair of ECR group

London MEP Syed Kamall has been elected as leader of parliament’s European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group.

Commission launches European week of sport

The European commission has announced plans for a European week of sport, launching in 2015, which aims to promote health and wellbeing through sport.

Commission to tackle ‘plague of illegal fishing’ in Pacific

The European commission has given the Philippines and Papua New Guinea a “yellow card” in response to analysis which suggests that the two nations are “not acting sufficiently to fight illegal fishing”.

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