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The 4th railway package

Transport27-04-2016 - 19:00
©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

The 4th railway package, tabled by the European Commission in January 2013, aims to improve the competitiveness of the rail sector and quality of rail services by removing administrative costs, introducing more competition in domestic passenger services and ensuring a level playing field for operators. (Read more: The 4th railway package )

 

New EU data protection legislation aims to create a uniform set of rules across the EU fit for the digital era, improve certainty as to the law and boost trust in the digital single market for citizens and businesses alike. Clear and affirmative consent to data processing, the right to be forgotten and tough fines for firms breaking the rules are some of the new features. (Read more: Q&A: new EU rules on data protection put the citizen back in the driving seat )

 

EP asks that TiSA talks open up new markets for EU firms

External/international trade03-02-2016 - 13:32

Talks 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, social protection and data protection, say MEPs’ recommendations to EU negotiators, voted on 3 February 2016. (Read more: EP asks that TiSA talks open up new markets for EU firms )

 

EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal: an overview

Justice and home affairs14-12-2015 - 12:32

The provisional deal reached by Parliament and Council negotiators on 2 December 2015 on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was endorsed by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on 10 December 2015 by 38 votes to 19, with 2 abstentions. (Read more: EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal: an overview )

 

Parliament extends "package" holiday traveller protection

Free movement of persons / Tourism / Transport20-10-2015 - 10:05

Holidaymakers putting together their own “package” holidays from travel services sold on the internet or elsewhere need extra protection, as they are unlikely to get the same “all-in” cover as those buying from traditional travel agents, say MEPs. (Read more: Parliament extends "package" holiday traveller protection )

 

29th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session

External relations05-06-2015 - 14:23

The 29th plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Suva from 15 to 17June 2015. The session will be opened formally by its co-presidents Louis Michel for the European Parliament and Fitz A. Jackson (Jamaica) for the ACP. (Read more: 29th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session )

 

The European Parliament and the TTIP

Institutions / External/international trade24-02-2015 - 14:59
Flags of The United States and EU on banknotes  

Talks between the EU and US on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could lead to the world's largest bilateral free-trade area. Increased market access and trading opportunities and the removal of unnecessary regulation and red tapecould help boost economic growth and create jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. However, there are also concerns about possible adverse impacts. (Read more: The European Parliament and the TTIP )

 

The 28th plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Strasbourg from 1 to 3 December 2014. The session will be opened formally by its co-presidents Louis Michel for the European Parliament and Fitz A. Jackson (Jamaica) for the ACP. (Read more: 28th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session 1 - 3 December 2014, Strasbourg )

 

"This time it's different" - Parliamentary hearings

Institutions12-09-2014 - 11:41
Anointed as Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker lays out the EU's priorities and commitments for the coming years with a focus on energy, welfare and prosperity.  

Before the commissioners-designate as presented by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker can take office and start work, members of the European Parliament will exercise their power of democratic scrutiny enshrined in the Treaty by holding hearings to quiz the 27 candidates on their skills and their qualifications for the posts proposed to them. (Read more: "This time it's different" - Parliamentary hearings )

 

The first act of the newly-elected European Parliament when it meets on 1 July will be to elect its President. The acting President, Gianni Pittella, who has been re-elected to Parliament, will preside over the election of the new President, under Rule 14 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure. (Read more: Election of new EP President, 14 Vice-Presidents and five Quaestors )