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# EU Parliament

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January 2023
# graft scandal
EU Parliament chief moves to lift two MEPs' immunity amid corruption scandal
It comes after four suspects were arrested last month during a series of police raids in which at least €1.5 million in cash was seized.
Last year
# EU Parliament
Four arrested in Brussels over suspected corruption by Qatari officials at EU parliament
Belgian investigators were looking into “corruption” and “money laundering” ahead of the arrests.
# Ukraine War
'Pro-Kremlin group’ launches cyber attack on EU Parliament website after Russia ‘terrorism’ vote
The move by the European legislators is a symbolic political step with no legal consequences.
EU Parliament rejects emissions trading reform over 'watering-down' by right-wing parties
MEPs also voted to back a European Commission proposal for a total ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035.
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# Blocked
EU investment deal with China formally frozen until sanctions are lifted, after landslide vote
The resolution passed by 599 votes in favour, 30 against with 58 abstentions.
# where's the beef
'Deliberately misleading': Farmers' group calls for ban on use of 'burger' and 'steak' on vegan products
The European Parliament will vote this week on terminology used for vegan products.
# Europe
Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh selected as MEP candidate for Fine Gael
Walsh won the Rose of Tralee in 2014.
# EU Parliament
EU parliament president shocked at 'hotbed of harassment' claims
More than a dozen women spoke to the Sunday Times this week and accused politicians of harassment.
Drones will face new rules to cut risks
“Drones have a place in modern society but they must be regulated,” says Fine Gael MEP.
# efdd
Nigel Farage's Eurosceptic EU parliament group has collapsed
It puts UKIP at risk of losing millions of euros in funding from Brussels.
# good hearing
Laughter and applause for Phil Hogan, as Sinn Féin challenge falls flat
Big Phil’s anticipated ‘Big Grilling’ failed to materialise at the EU Parliament this morning, and the agriculture committee has now voted to back him as commissioner.
# on the trail
Running 3 FG candidates may have been a mistake, but the campaign's on now --- Seán Kelly
“The decision was made a number of months ago. Whether I agreed or disagreed with it, it’s over and done with…”
# bust banks
"End to the era of massive bailouts" as EU reaches deal to complete banking union
MEPs now say that a problem bank can be closed down in the space of a weekend to avoid markets turmoil on a Monday.
# Election 2014
Childers will run in European elections "barring something serious happening"
Former Labour MEP Nessa Childers says she has not made a final decision on her candidacy and is facing a “dilemma”.
# flight time
Pilot flight hours restricted by EU vote but unions not happy
Rest days have been increased and night flights shortened but unions in Ireland and Britain say it could effectively increase flight times in some states.
# Tobacco
Menthol ban part of compromise EU deal on tobacco control
65 per cent of packaging will be covered by warnings as opposed to the 75 per cent advocated by anti-tobacco lobby and the 50 per cent pushed for by those in the industry.
# Italy
€670 million in EU aid for Italy earthquake victims approved
Earthquake victims in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region are to receive get €670 million in EU solidarity aid.
# digital citizens
MEPs call for better online protections for children
MEPs have called for children, parents and teachers to be given education in new digital media for young people.