Batteries are crucial for the transition to a sustainable economic model, both at the industrial level, but also for households and transport. However, around 80% of batteries in the world are produced in Asia.
Today, during a hearing in the financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance committee, S&D MEPs called for more EU wide action to tackle money laundering linked to golden visa schemes in the EU. The S&Ds examined, together with experts from the OECD and Global Witness, the possible money-laundering risks posed by the practice of golden visa programmes.
On the occasion of the conference “Election Interference in the Digital Age”, taking place in Brussels today and tomorrow, S&Ds repeat their calls for immediate action against the threat of digital manipulation. Speakers at the conference include the former Secretary-General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, EU Commissioners Mariya Gabriel, Julian King, and Věra Jourová, as well as Bogusław Liberadzki, vice-president of the European Parliament and Member of the S&D Group, and Avaaz-founder Ricken Patel.
For years, chemical companies in the European Union have marketed hundreds of harmful chemicals that without properly checking if they are toxic, eco-toxic or have the potential to cause cancer, impair fertility and inhibit the development of unborn children.
Under pressure from the automobile industry and the German government in particular, EU environment ministers agreed late yesterday evening on weak targets for CO2 emissions from cars and light commercial vehicles and demanded only a marginal improvement to the EU Commission’s proposal.
Following the publication of the annual report by the European Fiscal Board (EFB) severely criticising the European Commission’s role in the development and implementation of the EU fiscal policy, S&D Group president Udo Bullmann stated:“We regret that the last EFB annual report is strongly criticising the changes the European Commission applied to its fiscal policies from 2015 onwards in order to mobilise investments and lend support to the recovery of the EU economy. These innovations, which make use of the flexibility in the existing fiscal rulebook, were instrumental in fighting the economic and social crisis in Europe and a key request from the S&D Group. We continue to consider that it has been the right choice to end austerity in the EU.”
EPP Group believes that digitalisation and technological innovation are strong drivers of sustainable development and inclusive growth.
Following the publication of the IPCC climate change report today and ahead of the Environment Council’s meeting tomorrow, S&D Euro MPs call for urgent additional measures to fulfil the Paris Agreement pledges. The report of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that there is only 12 years to be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C and avoid a catastrophic environmental breakdown. The Paris Agreement signed in 2015 set the ambitious goal to maintain temperatures between 1.5°C and 2°C.
EPP Group members call on European Commission to act on long-awaited common charger for mobile equipment in the EU.
We can achieve the Paris climate target of 1.5c global warming if governments act now, according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its upcoming special report on global warming.
The new scientific report on climate change shows that limiting global warming well to 1.5°C is still possible but that it will require action and a lot of political courage. In Europe, climate impacts are more and more tangible and yet the majority of politicians continue to support dirty energies, this despite of the fact that many alternatives do exist. European governments and particularly Poland that will lead the next UN Climate negotiations in December must show that they are serious about the future and the safety of their citizens. In this event, the Greens will look at the latest science of climate change, assess the latest effort done at EU level and discuss one of the most pressing issues: the quick phasing out of coal in a green and just way.
Left MEPs are urging the European Commission and German Minister President Laschet to prevent the cutting of the Hambacher Forest in North Rhine Westphalia.
The European Commission has asked the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European “policeman” of banks, to investigate whether Danish and Estonian authorities did not respect EU law in the Danske Bank’s money laundering scandal.
“All sides need to avoid that the Brexit debate descends into some second-rate theatre show where both sides throw barbs while blaming each other for not progressing. The future of millions of citizens depend on this deal. Both sides need to put all their efforts into the negotiations instead of making unqualified statements in the press.”