The European Parliament (EP) is working to improve EU democracy ahead of 2024 elections. Amongst other things, potential reforms include lowering the minimum voting age to 16.
"One thing is clear: Whatever the outcome, there has to be – and there will be – a clear difference between being a full member of the Union and being just a valued partner." - Von der Leyen
Brincat said that resilience and agility are crucial for Europe to overcome the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. He explained that the biggest challenge during the pandemic was to find new methods and practices that would speed up the processes of decision-making during the crisis to address the new challenges.
Recovery and Resilience Facility: MEPs ready to start negotiations
The European Commission has agreed to buy up to 300 million doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
Europe accounts for almost a quarter of the deaths globally, and even its well-equipped hospitals are feeling the strain.
The Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees adopted the objectives, financing and the rules for providing funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility, RRF, with 73 votes to 11 and 15 abstentions.
The Council of Finance ministers also gave their backing for the Commission to harmonise EU anti-money laundering rules and provide coordination and support for national Financial Intelligence Units of EU countries.
In a resolution on sustainable Single Market approved by 20, MEPs have called on the Commission to grant consumers a “right to repair” by making repairs more appealing, systematic, and cost-efficient.