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Environment MEPs vote to curb off-road engine pollution

ENVI Environment15-09-2015 - 20:27
Ship with smoke emission and air pollution from the chimney ©AP Images/EP  

Draft rules to cut emissions of major air pollutants from non-road mobile machinery (NRMM), ranging from lawn mowers to bulldozers, tractors and inland waterway vessels, were backed by Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. NRMM engines account for about 15% of all NOx and 5% of particulate emissions in the EU. (Read more: Environment MEPs vote to curb off-road engine pollution )

 

"This is the Parliament for the Eurozone", Mr Moscovici tells MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary union15-09-2015 - 14:40

The European Parliament should play a greater role in Eurozone governance, said Commissioner Pierre Moscovici in a debate with Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. Economic and monetary union calls for democratic deepening, he added, stressing that "This is not something that can wait. We need more regular exchanges with the Parliament. The European Parliament is the Parliament of the Eurozone and we want to give this political impetus." (Read more: "This is the Parliament for the Eurozone", Mr Moscovici tells MEPs )

 

Migration and refugee crisis: MEPs’ debate with UNHCR Guterres and EU Commission

LIBE AFET DROI Human rights / Asylum policy / Humanitarian aid15-09-2015 - 14:30

Measures to deal with the migration and refugee crisis as well as the situation in transit countries in the Mediterranean region were debated at a joint hearing held by the Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Human Rights committees on Tuesday morning. MEPs expressed disappointment at the outcome of Monday’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting and urged EU to shoulder its responsibilities. (Read more: Migration and refugee crisis: MEPs’ debate with UNHCR Guterres and EU Commission )

 

Refugees: EU ministers failed to act, says Civil Liberties Committee Chair

LIBE Immigration / Asylum policy15-09-2015 - 10:09

"Member states have yet again failed to make tough decisions and provide a compassionate response to the refugee crisis", said the Chair of the European Parliament's Committee responsible for migration and asylum, Claude Moraes. "We are running out of time - the meeting on 8 October is the EU's final chance to agree an organised response to the biggest refugee crisis since World War II in Europe", he added. (Read more: Refugees: EU ministers failed to act, says Civil Liberties Committee Chair )

 

Bulgaria and Greece should get €16.3 million in EU aid to help repair damage done to public and private infrastructure by exceptionally severe weather conditions early in 2015, said the Budgets Committee on Monday. This European Solidarity Fund aid still needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole in October. (Read more: Budgets Committee approves €16.3 million in disaster aid for Bulgaria and Greece )

 

The agriculture committee on Thursday rejected the Commission's draft law that would give member states the power to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GM food or feed on their territory. It fears that arbitrary national bans could distort competition on the EU's single market and jeopardise the Union's food production sectors which are heavily dependent on imports of GM feed. (Read more: Agriculture committee opposes national bans on Imports of GM food and feed )

 
Lux Prize 2015  

The three films competing for the 2015 LUX Prize were announced on 24 July in Rome by EP vice-president Antonio Tajani and culture committee chair Silvia Costa, at the Venice Days press conference. The films are: Mediterranea by Jonas Carpignano (Italy, United States, Germany, France, Qatar), Mustang, by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar) and Urok (The Lesson) by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria, Greece). (Read more: Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (The Lesson) shortlisted for the 2015 Lux Prize )

 

A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was strongly opposed by MEPs from all political groups in a debate on Wednesday. Members were concerned that the draft did not include an impact assessment, that member state measures might not be compatible with single market or WTO rules and that the proposal might prove unworkable. (Read more: GMO imports: MEPs object to draft law allowing national bans, call for plan B )

 

Economic and Monetary Affairs MEPs debate Euro Summit deal with Greece

ECON Economic and monetary affairs16-07-2015 - 13:26

The rescue package for Greece agreed at the 12-13 July Eurozone Summit on Greece was debated in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Thursday. Members gave their views on the deal struck by Greece and its creditors, the functioning of the Eurozone, the role played by the European Parliament and on Parliament’s future involvement in monitoring the implementation of the agreement. (Read more: Economic and Monetary Affairs MEPs debate Euro Summit deal with Greece )

 
Refugees at the Mytilini harbour short time before they enter a ferry boat with the destination Athens-Piraeus  

A binding emergency mechanism to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states was backed by civil liberties MEPs on Thursday. An upcoming permanent scheme, on which Parliament will decide jointly with the Council, must be based "on a more substantial contribution to solidarity and responsibility-sharing among member states", MEPs say. (Read more: MEPs want a binding and permanent scheme to distribute asylum seekers in the EU )