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Easier for small firms and citizens to recover debts across borders

JURI Justice and home affairs11-02-2014 - 12:38

Firms or citizens recovering debts across EU borders could be able to get the debtor's bank account frozen under a draft law agreed with Council and endorsed by legal affairs MEPs on Tuesday. The European Account Preservation Order (EAPO) should be quicker and cheaper to use than national proceedings. The EP amended the proposal to prevent abuse and safeguard alleged debtors. (Read more: Easier for small firms and citizens to recover debts across borders )

 
 

Internal Market MEPs back life-saving eCall system for cars

IMCO Information society11-02-2014 - 12:36

"eCall" devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes should be fitted to all new car models by October 2015, said the Internal Market Committee amending a draft law to this end on Tuesday. This system, using the 112 emergency call number, would enable the emergency services to reach the crash scene faster, saving lives and reducing injuries, MEPs note. (Read more: Internal Market MEPs back life-saving eCall system for cars )

 
 

The European Council - EU heads of state and government - should honour the citizens’ choice when proposing a candidate for Commission President, to be elected by Parliament under the new Lisbon Treaty arrangements, says a report voted by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Tuesday. As many members of the next Commission as possible should be chosen from among MEPs, it adds. (Read more: EP elections: candidate for Commission President should reflect voters’ choice )

 
 

Ukraine, Central African Republic, Cuba: MEPs to quiz Ashton

AFET External relations11-02-2014 - 10:03

Foreign affairs MEPs will debate yesterday’s Foreign Affairs Council with the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, at 15.00. The political crisis in Ukraine, EU military operation in the Central African Republic amidst escalating violence and the forthcoming negotiations with Cuba topped the Council agenda. MEPs are also expected to raise the situation in the southern neighbourhood and in Syria. (Read more: Ukraine, Central African Republic, Cuba: MEPs to quiz Ashton )

 
 

Lautenschläger: no strong bank supervision without single bank resolution system

ECON Economic and monetary affairs04-02-2014 - 09:51

The new bank EU supervisory structure will do away with "biased national practices", but the system for dealing with troubled banks must be ambitious, too. "Banking union needs two legs to be strong", said European Central Bank Executive Board member Sabine Lautenschläger told the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Monday, as she presented her credentials to become Vice-Chair of the ECB-led EU bank supervisor. (Read more: Lautenschläger: no strong bank supervision without single bank resolution system )

 
 

EU-wide plans to tackle invasive alien species

ENVI Environment30-01-2014 - 18:28
Asian hornet hunting at a beehive  

Plans to ban invasive alien species, such as plants, animals or insects that can carry or cause diseases, harm the environment or cause economic losses, from entering the EU and to improve efforts to address the threat posed if they do spread through the EU were backed by environment MEPs on Thursday. Under the draft rules, species declared "of Union concern" would be banned. (Read more: EU-wide plans to tackle invasive alien species )

 
 

Updated rules on air navigation services giving national regulators more independence and industry more say in designing more efficient airspace navigation were overwhelmingly backed by the transport and tourism committee in a vote on the Single European Sky II+ package on Thursday. (Read more: Single European Sky: transport MEPs back more efficient air navigation services )

 
 

Civil Liberties MEPs oppose merging Europol with police training college

LIBE Police cooperation30-01-2014 - 11:04

Europol should not be merged with the European Police College (CEPOL) because the two EU bodies should work separately, said the civil liberties committee on Thursday in a vote on new operating rules for Europol. It also strengthened Europol's data protection obligations and suggested setting up a body of MEPs and national MPs to monitor Europol's activities and its respect for fundamental rights. (Read more: Civil Liberties MEPs oppose merging Europol with police training college )

 
 
A fishing boat on the way back to the harbor ©BELGA/EASYFOTOSTOCK  

Draft rules for allocating European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) aid to help fishermen comply with the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) requirements were informally agreed on Tuesday, after several three-way meetings between Parliament, the Council and the Commission. The rules should now be approved at the first reading, before the end of this Parliament. (Read more: Financing the new fisheries policy: political agreement on Fisheries Fund )

 
 

Spanish finance minister pitches a "country on the mend" scenario to MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs28-01-2014 - 18:43
Spanish Minister of economy and competitiveness Luis de Guindos takes the floor during an ECON meeting at the EP  

Spain's finance minister Luis De Guindos painted a bright picture of Spain's economic progress in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, on Tuesday, saying that reforms under way allowed a "moderately optimistic" outlook. Labour and housing market weaknesses had been corrected, external debt was falling and foreign direct investment was up, he said, adding that banking sector reforms made him "extremely confident" that Spain's banks would pass the European Central Bank's upcoming tests. (Read more: Spanish finance minister pitches a "country on the mend" scenario to MEPs )