Slovak Presidency priorities discussed in committee


The priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Slovak ministers at a series of meetings taking place in July, August and September. (Loe lähemalt)


Conflict minerals: MEPs secure mandatory due diligence for importers

INTA 16-06-2016 - 13:29

All but the smallest EU firms importing tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold and their ores will have to do "due diligence" checks on their suppliers, to stop this trade being used to help fund conflicts and human rights abuses, says a political understanding reached by MEPs, ministers and the EU Commission on Wednesday. Due diligence will also be mandatory for smelters and refiners. The EU Commission will press big manufacturers to disclose details of products that might contain conflict minerals. (Loe lähemalt)


TTIP and CETA talks: re-watch follow-up debates in EP Trade Committee

INTA 14-03-2016 - 12:58

Stocktaking debates on progress in EU trade talks with two major partners – Canada and the USA – were discussed in the International Trade Committee on Monday afternoon. The recently updated investment rules in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) deal with Canada and latest developments on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), with the US, including the follow-up to Parliament’s requests, were the key topics of debate. (Loe lähemalt)


Dutch Presidency priorities discussed in committee

CULT DEVE INTA IMCO TRAN 26-01-2016 - 15:39

The priorities of the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Dutch ministers at a series of meetings, between 11 and 14 January and continuing this week. (Loe lähemalt)


Trade MEPs back emergency plan to import 70,000t of Tunisian olive oil duty free

INTA 25-01-2016 - 18:33

A proposed emergency measure to import 70,000 tonnes of olive oil from Tunisia duty free, to help boost the struggling Tunisian economy, hit not least by terrorist attacks of 2015, was backed by the EP Trade Committee on Monday. To meet the concerns of the EU olive oil producers, they nonetheless inserted an amendment that allows the measure to be reviewed and corrected mid-way, should it harm the EU economy. (Loe lähemalt)


TiSA talks: Trade MEPs recommendations

INTA 18-01-2016 - 20:49

Negotiations on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), with countries representing 70% of world trade in services, should deliver international rules and more opportunities for EU firms to supply services such as transport and telecoms in third countries. But "nothing should prevent EU, national and local authorities from maintaining, improving and applying their laws", notably on labour and data protection, say international trade MEPs in recommendations, voted on Monday, to EU negotiators. (Loe lähemalt)


All MEPs to have access to all confidential TTIP documents

INTA 02-12-2015 - 13:52

All Members of the European Parliament will have access to all categories of confidential documents relating to the EU’s Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA, under a European Parliament/European Commission agreement approved by the College of Commissioners on Wednesday. The accessible documents will include the so-called “consolidated texts”, which reflect the US position. (Loe lähemalt)


Trade in services deal: MEPs to hammer out their demands

INTA 15-10-2015 - 09:32

As talks on the plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) advance between 25 parties, including the EU, international trade MEPs will hold their first debate on Parliament’s draft recommendations to the Commission negotiators on Thursday morning. The aim is to ensure that the views of European citizens, represented by Parliament, can be taken on board before the deal is concluded. (Loe lähemalt)


Anti-torture rules: Trade MEPs call for bans on goods marketing and EU transit

INTA 22-09-2015 - 15:01

Goods or substances that may be misused for torture or execution should not be promoted for export, so as to prevent their spread, said the International Trade Committee, voting on Tuesday to strengthen EU “Anti-torture” rules. MEPs want to widen today’s EU ban to include services, e.g. marketing in expos or online catalogues, but also finance, transport and insurance. They also want to ban transit of prohibited goods via the EU and add a “catch-all” clause to allow checks on dubious new ones. (Loe lähemalt)


TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments

INTA 29-06-2015 - 18:24

International Trade Committee MEPs on Monday paved the way for a plenary vote on the European Parliament’s draft recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership (TTIP) negotiators, by retabling the June plenary amendments which had been referred back for reconsideration. The committee took the decision in two separate votes –one to retable the plenary amendments, and the other to retable requests for split or separate votes. (Loe lähemalt)