Plenary highlights: EU budget, steel tariffs and parcels 

 
 

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In a busy week in Strasbourg MEPs called for an ambitious EU budget, voted in favour of increasing transparency on parcel delivery prices and condemned new US tariffs on steel.

The EU’s next long-term budget should be reinforced with new sources of funding to meet fresh challenges, such as migration, security, defence and climate change, Parliament said in two resolutions adopted on Wednesday. The texts set out Parliament’s position upcoming negotiations with the Council on the EU's long-term budget.  

 

In a debate with MEPs on the future of Europe, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa backed Parliament’s views on increasing funding for the EU's long-term budget. “We cannot expect more from Europe without giving more to Europe,” he said on Wednesday.

New rules adopted by MEPs on Tuesday will enable consumers and retailers to compare prices when having a parcel shipped to another EU country.

 

MEPs supported two pieces of legislation on Thursday that aim to establish common rules for calculating the taxable profits of multinationals across subsidiaries in the EU and close loopholes that allow them to shift profits to member states with lower taxes.

 

In a plenary debate on Wednesday, MEPs condemned US plans to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. While MEPs called for dialogue, the EU has a number of options to counter trade restrictions that hurt European companies.

Brexit: an association agreement between the EU and the UK could be the right framework for future relations, said MEPs in a resolution on the ongoing negotiations.

 

The murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová requires an international investigation involving Europol, MEPs said in a debate on Wednesday. They called for EU measures to ensure the safety of journalists.

 

MEPs discussed concerns  about the transparency, integrity and accountability of Martin Selmayr’s appointment as European Commission Secretary-General with Commissioner Günther Oettinger on Monday.

 

The Syrian regime and its allies must stop killing civilians in the rebel-held enclave of Ghouta and allow for humanitarian relief, Parliament stated in a resolution adopted on Thursday.  

 

 

MEPs voted onThursday in favour of updating the rules on Europass, a scheme of standardised documents that makes it easier for Europeans to present their skills and qualifications to potential employers across the EU.

 

In a debate with Commissioner Andrus Ansip on Monday evening, MEPs urged the 11 member states that have yet to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on violence against women to do so.

 

Support for poorer EU regions should remain a priority for EU investment policies, Parliament said in a resolution adopted on Tuesday.

 

MEPs supported  the appointment of former Spanish Finance Minister Luis de Guindos as Vice-President of the European Central Bank, but  also expressed their wish for improvements in the selection procedure.