Vargas Niola

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"Macedonia must implement concrete actions to stop violence against women: the EU puts it among the conditions for entry into Europe". This was stated in a note by the Pd Euro MP, Isabella De Monte, a member of the EU-Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee, who addressed this question to the European Commission. According to De Monte "Macedonia has invested considerable efforts in resolving the dispute with Greece over its name, thus advancing the negotiations for accession to the European Union.

However, many issues remain open, especially those concerning human rights and gender equality. There are still numerous cases of violence against women and the institutions, which should guarantee justice to the victims, often respond inadequately. The most affected and disadvantaged women are those who come from rural areas and single mothers ".

"Considering that a lack of gender equality can have a negative impact on the labor market, on employment and on social policies, while at the same time reducing the female entrepreneurial capacity - observes De Monte - I questioned the European Commission to ask how it intends to take action in having regard to the process of integrating Macedonia with the EU, I also asked how you believe it will implement measures to strengthen the realities that promote and protect gender equality in Macedonia ".

 EU member states must do more on the sustainable use of pesticides. This was requested by the European Parliament, with a non-binding resolution approved with 546 votes to 39 (76 abstentions). MEPs ask the Commission and governments for a series of measures: support innovation on low-risk pesticides, have EU-wide reduction targets for pesticide use, and an immediate ban, also set at EU level instead of, like today, at national or territorial level, of use near homes, schools, playgrounds, nurseries and hospitals.

Counteract water scarcity, facilitating the reuse of waste water for agricultural irrigation. This is the objective of the measures approved today by the European Parliament in Strasbourg with 588 votes in favor, 23 against, and 66 abstentions.

"The approval by a large majority of the European regulation on the minimum requirements for the re-use of water", commented the rapporteur of the text, MEP Pd Simona Bonafè, "represents an important step in the application of the circular economy also to a resource not infinite as water, first of all by saving and reusing it, through a specific legislative instrument capable of creating the regulatory stability that favors investments in this sector ". The new rules, which define minimum quality standards for the re-use of water for agricultural irrigation, also aim to combat drought, which in 2017 resulted in 2 billion euros of losses for the Italian agricultural sector. The recovered water (ie the urban waste water that was treated in a reclamation plant) will be used to irrigate food crops, processed food crops and non-food crops. Now the ball passes to the EU Council, which will have to adopt its position in view of the inter-institutional negotiations.

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