Brexit inches closer with parliament vote
The UK is largely on track to leaving the EU on schedule as last Wednesday PM Theresa May defeated the final challenges to her Brexit blueprint in parliament, news wires reported. MPs supported the government's position to reject amendments to the EU withdrawal bill that challenged May's commitment to leave the EU's customs union and single market. With the vote, the overall shape of her Brexit strategy was left intact, and that will transform Britain's trading relationships for decades.
New alerts to step up counter terrorism and boost returns
Maria Koleva, Brussels
An informal deal for three new regulations on the use of the Schengen Information System (SIS), concretely dedicated to boosting the fight against terrorism, cross-border crime and irregular migration, was struck by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament on Tuesday. It concerns the fields of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, border checks and the return of illegally staying third-country nationals.
Privacy Shield scraping urged
The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement should be suspended as it fails to provide enough data protection for EU citizens, the Civil Liberties Committee MEPs stressed last Tuesday, urging the Commission to suspend it. According to MEPs, the deal should be shelved unless the US complies with it by 1 September.
Stranded migrant rescue ship welcomed by Spain
A rescue ship with 629 migrants on board drifted last Monday in the Mediterranean after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock in its ports, news wires reported. The Aquarius, operated by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders, picked up the migrants from inflatable boats and rafts off the coast of Libya at the weekend.
Germany proposes Europe-wide unemployment insurance scheme
Germany bets on the creation of a Europe-wide unemployment insurance system to make the Eurozone more resilient to future economic shocks.
Greece submits reforms, aims at unlocking last bailout loans
The Greek government submitted last week to parliament reforms in the energy, pension and labour sectors in attempt to secure on time the last loans from its international bailout programme.
Common methodology to fight dual quality of food
New common methodology for comparing the quality of food products across the EU was last Thursday released by the Commission.
EC once again scorns Poland on courts' political control
Putting Polish courts under political control will not make them better and only violates Warsaw's obligations under EU treaties which Poland signed up to of its own will, Commission First VP Frans Timmermans said last Thursday during a debate on the rule of law in Poland at the EP plenary.