UK pushes button to start EU exit
British PM Theresa May is going to formally start the EU exit by triggering the Lisbon Treaty Article 50 on 29 March, the government spokesman announced last Monday. The move, which comes nine months after a referendum, will officially start the process of negotiations about Britain's EU exit.
New reform aims to better shield customers online
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Rules that will ensure effective detection and breaking online breaches of consumers’ rights across the EU were backed on 21 March with a wide majority by the members of the EP Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.
Giving people's say on Europe's future
Maria Koleva, Brussels
A few days before the official celebration of the Treaties of Rome in the Italian capital, the European Parliament in Brussels on 21 March hosted a unique session of the so-called “Citizens' Parliament”.
Multi-speed Europe proclaims unity on 60th anniversary
Amid a growing storm, the European Union celebrated at the week’s end in Rome the 60th anniversary from the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which set the foundation of the current bloc.
Hopes for TTIP talks revival
Negotiations for a mega US-EU trade deal are still alive, news wires reported, citing a senior US diplomat.
Frontex redirects resources to Bulgaria-Turkey border
Frontex is redirecting part of its resources in central Europe to the Bulgaria-Turkey border, announced the agency's executive director Fabrice Leggeri during a hearing on the European Border and Coast Guard Agency at the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee last week, BTA reported.
Two ECIs target citizens rights
The Commission registered last Wednesday two European Citizens' Initiatives (ECI) concerning the rights of Union citizens in the Brexit context and at the same time rejected a third proposal entitled 'Stop Brexit', the EU press service reported.
Macron wins first French presidential TV debate
Five leading presidential candidates laid down the gauntlet last Monday for the France’s first-ever candidates’ debate held before the first round of a presidential election.
National antitrust authorities to get serious power boost
The Commission set out last Wednesday new rules aimed at deepening the partnership with national competition authorities by enabling them to more effectively enforce the EU rules, the EU press service reported.
Curbing exploitation of textile workers
Development Committee MEPs backed on 21 March a resolution that calls on the Commission to table rules obliging all players in the textile and clothing industry supply chain to respect the labour and human rights of their workers.
Intellectuals appeal for new beginning
Over 300 European intellectuals, academics, think tanks directors, experts, and personalities from across the EU have signed an appeal entitled “A genuine EU to ensure welfare, security and democracy” with which they call upon the Heads of State and Government meeting in Rome on 25 March to open the way to a re-foundation of the EU, ANSA reported.
Compromise on Rome Declaration of 27 reached
Negotiations to agree on a text for the final declaration of the EU summit in Rome to be adopted on 25 March have ended successfully and the document will be signed by the leaders of al 27 Member States, ANSA reported last week.