[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

terça-feira, 28 de novembro de 2017

EU’s ‘efficiency first’ principle on the line in crucial Parliament vote

EPP MEP Markus Pieper will hope his gamble on courting the far-right pays off in today's vote.
[European Parliament]

The result is still too close to call after the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) courted the far-right for support in the vote, taking place in the European Parliament’s  committee on industry, transport, research and energy (ITRE).

Going into today’s vote, the progressive factions led by the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group look set to throw their weight behind rapporteur Adam Gierek’s call for a binding 40% target, while conservative forces back Markus Pieper’s (EPP) indicative 30%.

While the former enjoys the support of the liberal ALDE and Greens/EFA groups, the latter can count on the ECR group and the far-right Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), which has Marine Le Pen’s National Front among its ranks.

This unlikely alliance between centre-right and far-right means the vote is finely balanced, with sources familiar with the file predicting that there could actually be only one vote separating the two groups’ amendments.

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