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Parliament approves €401.3 million more for migration

Plenary Session Budget14-10-2015 - 19:41

An extra €401.3 million in EU funding to manage the refugee crisis was endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. The funds, proposed by the EU Commission and approved by Parliament’s Budgets Committee on Monday, would go to the EU countries hardest hit by the refugee inflow, to non-EU countries hosting most Syrian refugees and to three EU agencies handling most refugee-related tasks. (Read more: Parliament approves €401.3 million more for migration )


Refugee crisis: member states urged to deliver fast on their financial pledges

Plenary Session European Council / Institutions14-10-2015 - 18:09

A comprehensive long-term approach on migration and asylum policies, in cooperation with third countries, as well as immediate delivery on agreed urgent measures, must take centre stage at Thursday’s meeting of EU leaders, said MEPs in a debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Luxembourg's presidency representative Nicolas Schmit on Wednesday. (Read more: Refugee crisis: member states urged to deliver fast on their financial pledges )


Zahájení říjnového zasedání: bombový útok v Ankaře a Safe Harbour

Plenární zasedání Instituce14-10-2015 - 16:46
EP President Martin Schulz opens October plenary session in Brussels  

Předseda EP Martin Schulz v úvodu plenárního zasedání odsoudil brutální teroristický útok na pokojné demonstranty v Ankaře, který označil za útok na demokracii. Vyjádřil rovněž znepokojení nad rostoucím násilím a polarizací v Turecku před volbami. (Přečtěte si více: Zahájení říjnového zasedání: bombový útok v Ankaře a Safe Harbour )


Mass surveillance: EU citizens' rights still in danger, MEPs say

LIBE Fundamental rights13-10-2015 - 19:39

Too little has been done to ensure that citizens' rights are protected following revelations of electronic mass surveillance, say civil liberties MEPs in a resolution passed on Tuesday. They urge the Commission to come up immediately with alternatives to Safe Harbour, following the ruling by the European Court of Justice. They are also concerned about the surveillance laws in several EU countries. (Read more: Mass surveillance: EU citizens' rights still in danger, MEPs say )


The EU Commission proposal to make it mandatory for EU member states to exchange information on their tax rulings received only a lukewarm welcome in Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday. However, the report by Markus Ferber (EPP, DE), voicing dismay at the directive’s limited scope and late entry into force, has already been overtaken by last week's ECOFIN Council deal, which watered down the Commission proposal even further. (Read more: Mandatory exchange of tax rulings proposal: a "missed opportunity” say MEPs )


Digital single market needs consumers' trust, say MEPs

IMCO ITRE Industry / Free movement of goods / Free movement of services13-10-2015 - 17:52

Building consumers trust in online goods and services, improving infrastructure and promoting innovation are keys to unlocking the potential of the EU digital single market, which could generate €415 billion each year, Internal market and Industry MEPs said during a debate on Tuesday. Several MEPs also underlined the need to ensure net neutrality and avoid unnecessary red tape. (Read more: Digital single market needs consumers' trust, say MEPs )


Organic farmers, processors, traders and importers must meet higher but realistic sustainability criteria and undergo strict food fraud checks to boost trust in the EU organic label, said agriculture MEPs on Tuesday. They introduced measures to avoid contamination of organic food, including on mixed organic and conventional farms, and endorsed plans to help small farmers turn organic. (Read more: Organic food: boosting EU production and enhancing consumer trust )


The budgets committee on Tuesday demanded more funds to handle the migration and refugee crisis, help young people into jobs, and fully offset the cuts to the EU's research and transport networks programs, in a political resolution on the 2016 budget. The committee had earlier reversed all the Council's cuts to the Commission's initial proposal. (Read more: Budgets MEPs want more money for migration and jobs in 2016 )


Environment MEPs oppose national GMO import bans proposal

ENVI Food safety13-10-2015 - 10:33
GMO's tomatoes? ©AP images/European Union - EP  

A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was opposed by Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. Members are concerned that the proposal might prove unworkable and lead to the reintroduction of border controls between pro and anti-GMO countries. The recommendation will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole at the 26-29 October plenary session in Strasbourg. (Read more: Environment MEPs oppose national GMO import bans proposal )

A mother carries her 8 months old son towards the village of Sikaminea in Lesbos after arriving on the shores of the island in an inflatable boat from Turkey. © UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis  

Budget MEPs on Monday endorsed the Commission's proposal for new funds of €330.7 million and a redeployment of €70.6 million in commitment appropriations to cope with the refugee crisis. At the same time, the committee said a long-term solution to finance migration measures must be found when the EU's multiannual budget is reviewed in 2016. (Read more: Budget MEPs approve extra €401.3 million for migration in 2015 budget )