Copernicus, the EU’s new Earth Observation System, was approved by the Industry Committee on Thursday. Replacing the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, it will have a €3.79 billion budget for 2014-2020. Its data will serve many purposes, including monitoring climate change and protecting public security.
A draft law to make broadband infrastructure cheaper to build, by enabling broadband firms to share plans and costs with firms in other sectors, such as gas, sewage and transport, was approved by the Industry Committee on Thursday. MEPs also suggest introducing a voluntary "broadband-ready” label for houses.
Companies, citizens and public authorities wanting to strike cross-border deals should have access to easy and trustworthy ways to sign and certify documents, said Parliament's Industry Committee on Monday. To this end, it endorsed a draft EU law that would require EU member states to recognise each other's electronic identification systems.
Transport and Industry MEPs approved an agreement on the "Connecting Europe Facility" (CEF), the EU's new funding mechanism for infrastructure projects of common interest for trans-European transport, energy and telecoms networks, at a joint committee meeting on Monday. The CEF should have a budget of about € 29.3 billion for 2014-2020 (at 2011 prices). The agreement is still subject to approval by the full house of the Parliament.
Attracting new participants, strengthening support for small firms and better controlling EU spending are the key aims achieved by Industry and Research Committee MEPs on Thursday when they approved the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 and the SMEs programme COSME.
The following is a summary of the priorities of the Lithuanian Council Presidency outlined to the different parliamentary committees by Lithuanian ministers this week, from 8 to 12 July. This text is going to be updated daily
"Roaming" fees for making mobile phone calls, sending text or downloading data while abroad must end by 2015, said the Industry Committee on Tuesday. "Unbalanced profit margins on roaming" not only create excessive costs for users but also hamper growth and prosperity . They are one reason why there is not yet a single telecoms market, MEPs say.
MEPs provisionally agreed rules on the "Connecting Europe Facility" (CEF) – the EU's mechanism to fund infrastructure projects for trans-European transport, energy and telecoms networks – with the Irish Presidency of Council on Thursday. The deal on the package still needs to be confirmed by member states.
An informal deal on a package of laws to establish the EU's next research and innovation programme, "Horizon 2020" (2014-2020) was reached by negotiators for Parliament and the Irish Presidency of the Council on Tuesday, It still needs to be confirmed by member states and MEPs.
The EU should boost the use of advanced types of biofuels by setting mandatory targets but a reliable model for measuring indirect land use change (ILUC) must be found before including it in legislation, said Energy Committee MEPs in a vote on fuel quality and renewable energy legislation on Thursday. The committee's proposed changes will be put to a vote in plenary, along with amendments to be adopted by Environment Committee, which has the lead on this file.