EU firms could save billions of euros thanks to draft EU rules that would enable them to re-use public data instead of producing them from scratch. These rules, approved by the Parliament on Thursday, would apply to public information such as maps, statistics and weather data. MEPs ensured that any fees will be low and that firms will find it cheap and easy to complain if access is denied.
EU firms could save billions of euros thanks to draft EU rules that would enable them to re-use public data instead of producing them from scratch. These rules, approved by the Industry Committee today, would apply to public information such as maps, statistics and weather data. MEPs ensured that any fees will be low and that firms will find it cheap and easy to complain if access is denied.
The need for a more integrated system at EU level for promoting renewables, the issue of adopting new targets for the period after 2020 and possible solutions that could help boost investments were highlighted in the non-binding resolution on renewable energy, adopted today by the Energy Committee.
A provisional deal on proposed legislation for the safety of offshore oil and gas operations was struck by MEPs and Council negotiators on Thursday. Before oil and gas firms could get a licence to drill, the directive would require them to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans and prove their ability to remedy any environmental damage caused.
Here is a summary of the priorities of Ireland's Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers, as presented by Irish ministers to European Parliament committees. These presentations were all made in the week of 21-25 January, except for agriculture (31 January).
Corridors for Trans-European energy network projects and the criteria that they must meet to qualify for fast-track approval are set out in a draft regulation endorsed by the Energy Committee on Tuesday. The corridors and criteria deal was struck informally by Parliament and Council negotiators in November.
Draft legislation designed to increase the competitiveness of Europe's SMEs by improving their access to finance and promoting entrepreneurship under the EU's next long-term budget was beefed up by the industry committee on Thursday, with a view to negotiations with the Council.
Six draft laws on the EU's framework research programme, Horizon 2020, to be financed under the new long-term budget for 2014 to 2020, won broad support in the industry committee on Wednesday. Investment in research and innovation should reflect the EU's future challenges, MEPs stressed.
Professors Peter Higgs and François Englert, who predicted the existence of the "Higgs boson" particle, briefed MEPs on Tuesday on its discovery. The boson, detected by CERN on 4 July, helps to explain how the universe got its mass. The occasion was a panel held by Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) unit on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.
Offshore oil and gas firms would have to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans before getting a licence to drill under a draft law approved by the Energy Committee on Tuesday. Licences would be granted only if the firm could prove it has enough cash to remedy any environmental damage caused. The draft will now be negotiated with the Council.