Why would I care if someone had my personal information? I have nothing to hide... Makes sense no? Well maybe you haven't considered all the consequences. Check out this clever video from Birgit Sippel explaining why privacy matters after all ⇊
Energy poverty works in vicious ways. For many reasons, poor households often end up paying the highest price for their electricity and gas bills, and don’t necessarily benefit from the best available tariffs. The complexity of energy deals makes it sometimes impossible to figure out what’s best for you. That’s why we propose to apply automatic social tariffs for all low-income citizens in...
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No, robots won't be upset if we tax them. This smart proposal was originally put forward by S&D MEP Mady Delvaux in her report voted by the European Parliament last week.

The idea is based on two assumptions:

1⃣ Robots are taking people's jobs, therefore it's essential to support or retrain those workers put out of a job by robots;

2⃣ Human workers are taxed for their work and therefore...
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"The politics of demonization is breading fear and division" - that's the assessment of the Amnesty International Annual Report released today.

Human rights are never something we can take for granted. Progress is not inevitable, it's hard fought and must be protected. The global trend is clear: the politics of fear is on the rise around the world, but also here in Europe. If we don't...
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One step closer to bringing down the established system that has been cheating Europeans out of their tax money for years. EU finance ministers met today in Brussels to continue the fight for fair taxation throughout the Union. And the results look promising.
As a Group, we have been campaigning for better regulations, for a blacklist of European tax havens and for appropriate punitive...
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Today is World Social Justice Day. It should be a day of celebration, but the harsh reality reminds us that there is still so much to be done. So we must pursue the fight. Every day, we must work hand in hand to advance equality, respect and justice, at every level. Because we were not all born equal, because no society can thrive at the expense of others, because too many people still...
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Every woman should have the right to decide when and whether to become a mother or not. But in a world tanged in extreme poverty, conservative beliefs and violence, many teenage girls and women are not given that choice. Today, like every other day, more than 100 women will die of unsafe abortion, while many more will die of pregnancy complications and infections.

Trump’s insane decision to...
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Let's face it, the EU is in the middle of an existential crisis. Populist and nationalist forces are a threat to the survival of the European project. We're not naive, we know the EU is not without its faults, but only a united Europe can tackle tax evasion. Only a united Europe can ensure the social rights of our citizens in a fast changing economy. Only a united Europe can act as a...
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Many of us can relate to these stories. Energy poverty affects over 50 million Europeans. Energy should be a basic social right for every citizen. Join us in the fight to #EndEnergyPoverty!
It was a week marked by intense debates and important votes on our future: from CETA, to the impact robots will have on our lives, until how to reform the European Union. Watch your MEPs in action ⬇
Poland’s ultra-conservative government is taking another dangerous stance against women’s rights! This time, it wants to restrict access to the morning-after pill - which helps prevent undesired pregnancies - by making it available by prescription only. A total nonsense given that such pill needs to be taken without delay to be efficient. But the Polish government knows this very well. This...
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60 years after the Treaty of Rome and the birth of European Economic Community, we are ready to open a new phase to make the European Union more democratic, more efficient, and closer to its citizens.

We need to reconnect the European Union with the people and this can happen only if we make sure that the EU can answer their concerns and the many challenges we face in the world.

In a few...
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There are 14,000 bankers, lawyers and tax advisors behind the Panama Papers scandal. Yet, very few of them faced the consequences of their immoral, sometimes illegal, acts. Last week, we heard from former bankers and lawyers how they were explicitly instructed not to ask questions on their clients’ identities and activities. Operating in the shadows is tax fraudsters and criminals’ favourite...
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Let’s follow the basic rules: banks and intermediaries should know their customers

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The robot revolution is underway. As technology advances, robots are bound to take an ever more important role in our daily lives; whether at work, in our homes and in the streets. This brings of course a whole lot of societal, ethical and legal questions: How far can we push artificial intelligence? What legal responsibility can robots ever have? What impact will robots have on jobs and...
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The debate on the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA) in our Group has been very intense and marked with a strong mix of ideas. Today, a majority of our MEPs decided to vote in favour of CETA. Indeed, it is not perfect but thanks to the constant pressure of progressive movements and concerned citizens in Europe and in Canada, we managed to make it the most progressive trade agreement ever. Not...
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Nobody wants to go back to the crisis we faced in the summer of 2015. Since those turbulent days the Greek people have made extraordinary strides to get their economy back on track under very difficult circumstances. Greece has more than done its part, now it's time for the lenders to do theirs. Today, during a European Parliament debate on the subject, we called for a swift conclusion to the...
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Live from Strasbourg, S&D President Gianni Pittella on CETA, Greece and more.
Ever heard about the ETS? Well, it’s Europe’s most practical tool to fight climate change. The Emission Trading System (ETS) regulates and limits the amount of greenhouse gas that heavy industries can emit within a certain cap. Companies receive or buy emission allowances, and can trade with one another. The cap is reduced over time so that total carbon emissions fall.

This week, we’ll vote...
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Wherever, whenever! In case of emergency within the EU, you should always dial 112. The European emergency number was introduced in 1991 but according to a recent survey, only about 30% of Europeans know about it. Worse; about 30% do not know any emergency number at all. Because sometimes a few minutes can save a life, it’s essential we let everybody know it exists. Whether for police, medical...
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