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Pittella: Parliament backs radical asylum reform, finally removing first country of entry principle

The European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee today backed a fundamental change to the EU’s asylum rules. Under the current system, in most cases, the asylum seeker...
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Pittella: Everything possible must be done to find those responsible for death of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Following the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, S&D Group president Gianni Pittella said: “The murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has caused a wave of...
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S&Ds: Resettlement of refugees must not be conditional on co-operation on border control

The European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee today voted in favour of a report on new proposals for rules on resettling refugees to the EU. Following pressure from...
Catalonia: Gianni Pittella and Enrique Barón Crespo call for dialogue within the law

Catalonia: Gianni Pittella and Enrique Barón Crespo call for dialogue within the law

The president of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, is closely following the unfolding of events in Catalonia. Today he met Enrique Barón Crespo, former...
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Everyone should live up to the Paris climate agreement, say leading S&Ds

Today the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the full implementation of the agreement reached in Paris, ahead of the next UN climate summit. The Conference of the Parties (COP23)...
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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...
Two years of internal border controls will put one of EU's greatest achievements at risk, say S&D MEPs, Gianni Pittella, Birgit Sippel, control checks and border queues, Schengen,

Pittella in letter to Tusk: Romania and Bulgaria must finally become full members of Schengen

The S&D Group today demanded, in a letter addressed to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk to take all the necessary steps to enable Bulgaria and Romania to join the Schengen area...

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