It’s that time of year that the political parties and their foundations are being audited for their expenditures by the European Parliament’s DG Finance and then rubber stamped by the European Parliament’s Political Bureau. A very important task for accountability and indeed democracy as citizens’ taxes are given to European political parties as grants and spent under specific terms and conditions – such as expenditure having to be for projects with a European dimension, and that projects cannot be carried out to further national politics of a particular party. At the top of the administrative pyramid that sees the money European political parties are dependent on to keep functioning is the European Parliament’s Secretary-General, Klaus Welle. The implementation of the checks and balances is under the management of the Director–General for Finance, Didier Klethi. Kassandra has found that sadly, the process is more politics than procedure. … [Read more...] about Is the European Parliament money machine cracking down on Salvini?
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Zeynep Bilgehan – BRUSSELS Miltiadis Kyrkos, the vice-chair of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, opened an exhibition called “Faces of Turkey: Civil Society” at the European Parliament in Brussels on Jan. 8. Kyrkos hopes the exhibition will change the ideas of EU lawmakers favoring an end to Turkey’s accession talks. The exhibition comes amid a potential new tension that could erupt between Turkey and the EU as the European Parliament is set to vote on a report in the next couple of weeks prepared by the Turkey rapporteur of the parliament, Kati Piri, in which she recommends the freezing of Turkey’s accession process to the union. “I want the MPs to reevaluate their decisions once more with this exhibition,” he told daily Hürriyet. The exhibition has brought 11 NGOs together which have outstanding success stories and work on issues such as early diagnosis of autism, leukemia, women’s shelters, … [Read more...] about Greek MP opens exhibition on Turkey at European Parliament
He’s been convicted of tax fraud, barred from public office in Italy due to his criminal record and dogged by reports of his “bunga bunga” sex parties. But, at what he described as “my lovely age of 82”, the billionaire former Italian prime minister and media mogul, Silvio Berlusconi, has announced his intention to stand for the European parliament. “I’ve decided out of a sense of responsibility to head for Europe, where there is a lack of deep thinking about the world,” he said in Quartu in southern Sardinia. Berlusconi served a community service order for corporate tax fraud in 2015, and has been embroiled in a long series of court cases over his career, not least having his conviction overturned on appeal for paying an underage woman for sex. It appears that Berlusconi regards the EU’s parliament as a possible way back into the corridors of power and is set to run for a seat in the 23-26 May European elections. Berlusconi, as … [Read more...] about Silvio Berlusconi plans to stand for European Parliament
The European Parliament has been working hard on the EU’s social policy, voting in favour of establishing a “European social watchdog” and coordinating social security systems on 20 November. EURACTIV France reports. European measures on social issues have gained momentum. They now include the directive on the posting of workers, the reform of labour law for hauliers, the debate over a minimum wage, the “überisation” of work and harmonisation of the social security systems. This is why, in his State of the Union Address in September 2017, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wanted to “make sure that all EU rules on labour mobility are enforced in a fair, simple and effective way by a new European inspection and enforcement body.” “It is absurd to have a banking authority to police banking standards but no common labour authority for ensuring fairness in our single market. We will create such an authority.” This promise was … [Read more...] about European Parliament strengthens European social pillar
On Thursday the European Parliament voted to reject a bank data sharing deal with the United States. The parliamentarians resisted appeals from the US to continue a nine-month interim agreement allowing US authorities to access financial transaction date from SWIFT, an international banking transfer system. The US says the data-sharing is for investigations into terrorist activity, but many European politicians expressed concern that it failed to protect the privacy of EU citizens. SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, facilitates trillions of dollars in financial transactions across the world each day. Until recently, some of its servers were located on US soil, giving American authorities the jurisdiction needed to access the information on them. But at the end of 2009, the servers were moved to Europe. A temporary agreement with the US was ratified by EU member countries in November - just one day before the European Parliament would have taken on … [Read more...] about European parliament rejects SWIFT deal for sharing bank data with US