The European Court ruled today against Hungary and Slovakia’s appeal against the EU decision to relocate refugees from Greece and Italy, stating that the scheme “actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the migration crisis and is proportionate”. Both Hungary and Slovakia had appealed to annul the decision, which foresaw the relocation of 120,000 asylum-seekers.
July's plenary session dealt with issues such as Turkey, the first ever EU-Cuba deal and anti-dumping measures. MEPs paid tribute to Simone Veil and adopted a resolution regarding accession talks with Turkey (M. Kyrkos voted against it). New anti-dumping rules were approved to help protect European firms from unfair practices outside the EU. The Parliament called on EU countries to use €6.4 billion left over from last year's EU budget to finance refugee relief measures.
A survivor of the Nazi concentration camps and central figure of feminism in Europe, Simone Veil became the first president of the directly elected European Parliament in 1979 and the first woman to hold the post. She was a French lawyer and politician who served as Minister of Health under Valery Giscard d'Estaing and member of the Constitutional Council of France. She passed away on 30 June 2017.