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Keep trade talks multilateral, MEPs and MPs urge WTO

INTA External/international trade05-12-2013 - 18:19

The multilateral approach of world trade talks must "maintain its focal role", and not give way to bilateral or regional deals, said European Parliament Trade Committee members and 270 other members of parliaments across the world in a joint statement approved at the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organization (PCWTO), held in parallel to the WTO 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali on 2 and 5 December. (Read more: Keep trade talks multilateral, MEPs and MPs urge WTO )

 
 

Foreign affairs MEPs called on Thursday on the Council to grant Albania EU candidate status without undue delay. In separate resolutions, they also assessed last year’s progress by Serbia, Kosovo and Iceland. While stressing their commitment to the pursuit of EU enlargement, MEPs underlined the need for greater involvement of civil society in these countries in the European integration process. (Read more: EU integration: progress reports for Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Iceland )

 
 

Daniele Nouy recommended as head of EU banking watchdog

ECON Economic and monetary affairs05-12-2013 - 14:16

Daniele Nouy got the green light from the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Thursday to chair the European Central Bank's Supervisory Board, the EU's newly-established watchdog tasked with directly overseeing the EU's largest banks as well as the work of national bank supervisors. (Read more: Daniele Nouy recommended as head of EU banking watchdog)

 
 

MEPs back new rules on foreign policy spending from 2014

DEVE AFET Enlargement / Development and cooperation / External relations05-12-2013 - 11:42

EU foreign-policy spending from 2014 will be more efficient, effective and democratically accountable, under new rules backed by foreign affairs MEPs on Thursday and development MEPs on Wednesday. The rules govern six foreign-policy funds for pre-accession, neighbouring and partner countries and peace-keeping, democracy and human-rights actions, worth over €51 billion. (Read more: MEPs back new rules on foreign policy spending from 2014)

 
 

Making cross-border crime investigations easier

LIBE Justice and home affairs05-12-2013 - 11:05

Judicial authorities asking their colleagues in another EU country to carry out criminal investigations there, e.g. by searching houses or interviewing witnesses, should get a faster and more favourable response thanks to a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. The agreement on the European Investigation Order (EIO) directive also includes provisions to ensure that fundamental rights are fully respected. (Read more: Making cross-border crime investigations easier)

 
 

Court of Auditors: Budgetary Control Committee endorses five nominees

CONT Budgetary control02-12-2013 - 17:54

The Budgetary Control Committee endorsed the nominations of the Greek, French, Luxembourgish, Dutch and UK candidates for the Court of Auditors in five secret ballots on Monday. A round of half-hour hearings had already been held on 7 November. The candidatures now go to the full Parliament for a final vote in December. (Read more: Court of Auditors: Budgetary Control Committee endorses five nominees )

 
 

WTO parliamentary session: Parliaments share responsibility for world trade

INTA External/international trade02-12-2013 - 13:09

The role and responsibilities of parliamentarians scrutinizing world trade talks were stressed at the opening of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Parliamentary Conference in Bali, Indonesia on Monday by MEP and conference co-chair Vital Moreira. His co-chair, Phairoj Tanbanjong of the Thai parliament, stressed that multilateral trade must be governed by ethical criteria such as equity, sustainability and transparency. The conference is taking place on 2 and 5 December. (Read more: WTO parliamentary session: Parliaments share responsibility for world trade)

 
 

European Parliament hosts Women in Parliaments Global Forum

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities29-11-2013 - 14:02
WIP - Women In Parliaments Annual Summit  

The European Parliament hosted the 2013 Annual Summit of the "Women in Parliaments Global Forum" (WIP), bringing together around 400 female members of parliament from more than one hundred countries and more than 600 high-profile politicians and activists in Brussels on 27-29 November. The conference discussed global issues from the perspective of female political leaders and possible change through female leadership. (Read more: European Parliament hosts Women in Parliaments Global Forum )

 
 

Industry Committee approves Copernicus, the EU’s new Earth Observation System

ITRE Environment / Civil protection28-11-2013 - 16:38

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. (Read more: Industry Committee approves Copernicus, the EU’s new Earth Observation System )

 
 

The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in 2014-2020 will be maintained at €3.5 billion, the same figure as in 2007-2013, under an informal deal concluded by Parliament and Council negotiators on Thursday. This should ensure that the Fund is fully operational from 1 January 2014. (Read more: Aid to the most deprived: EP and Council agree to €3.5 billion for 2014-2020)