The next Committee Meetings will be held on Thursday 4 June (09.00 - 12.30) in József Antall (4Q1).
The issue 59 of the IMCO newsletter is now available in the newsletter section! This issue addresses the items on the agenda of committee meetings on 6-7 May and 4 June 2015 and reports last committee meeting of 23 April 2015.
The legislative report on Deployment of the eCall in-vehicle system was voted on 28 April in Plenary. To help mitigate the consequences of serious road accidents, the EU has committed to putting in place an emergency call system. The eCall will dial 112 - the Europe's single emergency number and communicate the vehicle's location to emergency services, even if the driver is unconscious or unable to make a phone call. It could save up to 2500 lives a year.
The proposed Digital Single Market strategy is needed to build trust in the online world, boost growth and protect the rights of citizens, creators and companies. These were among the first reactions from the chairs of the three committees that will work intensively on today's Commission proposal. This afternoon and tomorrow morning, the Commissioners responsible will visit Parliament to discuss the proposal with MEPs. (Read more)
Travellers putting together their own package holidays online will get the same protection as those buying from traditional travel agents under a provisional deal struck by MEPs and Council negotiators on Tuesday. The deal also strengthens holidaymakers’ rights, by enabling them to cancel a package deal contract if its price rises by more than 8%, get help if they encounter difficulties or get transport home if a tour operator goes bust. (Read more)
Carbon monoxide can kill, so gas ovens should be professionally installed and maintained. But oven gloves need not be subject to EU safety rules unless they are labelled “protective”, said Internal Market Committee MEPs voting on draft EU rules on Thursday. (Read more)
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The Assessment of Scientific and Technological Policy Options for the European Parliament.