European Parliament backs EU-wide protection for whistleblowers

The European Parliament today backed a proposal to create a horizontal framework for EU-wide protections for whistleblowers who expose misconduct. Speaking after the vote, S&D MEP and author of the report Virginie Rozière, said: “Whistleblowers and investigative journalists play a vital role in our societies. As the LuxLeaks and Panama Papers show, they can help […]

European Commission must act now to protect whistle-blowers in Europe

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee today voted in favour of a report calling for horizontal EU-wide legislation to protect whistle-blowers in Europe. Speaking after the vote, S&D MEP and author of the report Virginie Rozière, said: “It is only because of whistle-blowers acting in the public interest that we know the extent of dodgy […]

New rules ensure consumers can access their content anywhere in EU

The European Parliament today backed new rules to ensure customers can access their online content and subscriptions when they travel to another EU country. S&D Group spokesperson for the portability file, Victor Negrescu said: “We have voted today to ensure citizens can access their content wherever they are in the EU, while also not damaging copyright […]

S&Ds: Parliament backs visa liberalisation for Ukraine

The S&D Group today backed visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens visiting the EU. S&D vice-president Tanja Fajon said: “The S&D Group has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine and the visa-free travel of its citizens to the EU. We welcome this resolution, which makes clear Parliament’s support for visa-free travel for 45 million Ukrainian citizens. […]

Shareholder rights directive: victory for long-term investment over financial players just looking to make a quick buck

The European Parliament in Strasbourg today approved the Shareholder rights directive, which sets new rules for investors and listed companies in Europe. It puts the interests of the long-term economy ahead of financial players just looking to make a quick buck. It will help to improve stability, increase corporate transparency and boost long-term investment. S&D […]

Robots can facilitate our lives but we must recognise challenges

The European Parliament voted on its first ever report on robots today in Strasbourg. The report focuses on the many legal and ethical questions that the widespread deployment of robots will bring, but unfortunately ignores possible negative impacts on labour markets. S&D MEP and author of the report Mady Delvaux-Stehres said: “Over the next few […]

Better regulation should not be an excuse for deregulation

As the European Commission today in Brussels presented a much-welcomed new set of proposals to improve effectiveness and transparency throughout the EU’s legislative procedure (the so-called ‘Better Regulation package’), the S&D Group warned that “better regulation should not be an excuse for more deregulation.” S&D vice president Enrique Guerrero Salom MEP stated: “We welcome the […]

European Public Prosecutors must be independent from member states

The future European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) must work independently from any influence of the member states, and the European Parliament should have a say in the European Prosecutors’ appointments, according to a report adopted today in Strasbourg, with the support of the 190-strong S&D Group. The EP report was passed to influence the member […]