Plenary focus - September

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  • Martin Schirdewan
    Martin Schirdewan

    GUE/NGL topical debate on privatisation of pensions

    The privatisation of retirement systems combined with the spread of badly paid jobs lead to old age poverty. In Germany, the consequences of these disastrous policies can already be felt with more than 20% of retirees at risk of poverty. Austria, where retirees get on average €800 more per month than in Germany, shows that this does not have to be the case. People should not be subjected to the whims of financial markets. Instead, policies should once more focus on strengthening a retirement system based on solidarity.

  • Cornelia Ernst
    Cornelia Ernst

    Personal data

    Three months on from GDPR becoming fully applicable in the EU, it is high time that EU institutions are - just like everyone else - bound by the same rules. As the Parliament’s Rapporteur, it was particularly important to me that the EU’s law enforcement agencies, Eurojust and Europol also follow the same rules as the police in the Member States. There can be no justification for EU institutions to have a lower level of protection of personal data and privacy

  • Martina Anderson
    Martina Anderson

    EU cohesion policy on North of Ireland

    The North of Ireland needs confirmation that EU cohesion funding will continue post-2020. This report does argue that some funding will be maintained post Brexit, and that is welcomed. However, given that the British government has said that Westminster will uphold cohesion funding until the end of the funding period, time is running out. In the North, we have good reasons not to trust the British when it concerns the needs of our people. The EP Brexit resolutions voted overwhelmingly to uphold the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts and that must include the need for the continuation of EU cohesion funding.