On 20 July 2021, the European Commission presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU’s anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules.
The complex issue of tackling dirty money flows is not new. The fight against money laundering and terrorist financing is vital for financial stability
and security in Europe. Legislative gaps in one Member State have an impact on the EU as a whole.
That is why EU rules must be implemented and supervised efficiently and consistently to combat crime and protect our financial system.
The ground-breaking End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) launched on 11 September 2018 and closed exactly a year later, having gained over 1.6 million signatures calling for a ban on cruel caged farming in the EU.
Following the required signature validation period, the ECI easily exceeded the required threshold of 1 million signatures, with a total of 1.397.113 validated signatures across Europe submitted on 2 October 2020. It also outstripped the minimum
number of signatures threshold in 18 EU member states, out of the seven required.
Following the proposal for a Brexit Adjustment Reserve the Commission put forward on 25 December, the Commission has today proposed a €4.24 billion increase (equal to €4 billion in 2018 prices) of the EU’s 2021 budget. This will ensure sufficient resources are available this year to support EU countries in addressing the immediate effects of Brexit.The total amount for the Brexit Adjustment Reserve is €5 billion in 2018 prices, or €5.37 billion in current prices for the MFF 2021-27. This would bring the budget to €168.5 billion in commitments and €170.3 billion in payments.
It is reported that around 1,400 bears have been killed by trophy hunters since hunting was banned in Romania in 2016.
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