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Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs26-01-2015 - 18:06
Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen discuss the proposed fund for strategic investments with the EP Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee  

The European Commission calculates that the Juncker Plan for a European Strategic Investments Fund will create 1.3 million jobs, said Commissioner for Growth and Jobs Jyrki Katainen in a debate with Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. If projects incur losses, the public share of their funding will take the first blow. "That's why they are interesting for private investors", he said. (Read more: Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs )

 

Foreign Affairs MEPs discuss Ukraine following Mariupol attack

AFET External relations26-01-2015 - 14:27

The Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the situation in Ukraine with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, and representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) on Monday at 16.00. This follows the dramatic escalation of violence in the Donbas region in recent days, including the shelling of Mariupol on Saturday, which left more than 30 civilians dead. (Read more: Foreign Affairs MEPs discuss Ukraine following Mariupol attack )

 

Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

TRAN AFET AGRI CULT DEVE ECON AFCO EMPL ENVI FEMM IMCO INTA ITRE JURI LIBE PECH REGI Institutions22-01-2015 - 14:32

The priorities of Latvia’s EU Council Presidency will be outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Latvian ministers in a series of meetings to be held during the last two weeks of January. (Read more: Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )

 

Trade committee debate on new recommendations for TTIP talks

INTA External/international trade22-01-2015 - 10:23
European Parliament Committee on International Trade INTA chair Bernd Lange  

Parliament must use its influence on framing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) rules to ensure that they serve all EU citizens, not just a few economic players and must therefore insist that the talks are more democratic and more transparent, said trade committee chair, Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), on Wednesday (Read more: Trade committee debate on new recommendations for TTIP talks )

 

Food safety MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods

ENVI Environment / Food safety21-01-2015 - 19:17
Minced meat  

Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case for bovine fresh meat, said Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee MEPs on Wednesday. They call on the European Commission, which published a report on the issue in late 2013, to come up with legislative proposals in order to rebuild consumer confidence in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and other food fraud cases. (Read more: Food safety MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods )

 

Trade Committee Chair Lange welcomes publication of TTIP texts

INTA External/international trade07-01-2015 - 15:47

The EU Commission’s publication of legal texts proposed by the EU for eight chapters of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal was thanks to the European Parliament’s continuous and persistent demands for transparency, noted EP Trade Committee chair Bernd Lange (S&D, DE) on Wednesday. Mr Lange welcomed the publication as an “important first step towards a public debate based on facts rather than speculation”. (Read more: Trade Committee Chair Lange welcomes publication of TTIP texts )

 

MEPs secure deal to cap card payment fees

ECON Economic and monetary affairs17-12-2014 - 19:02

The fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers’ payments should be capped under uniform rules across in the EU following a deal struck by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Council negotiators on Wednesday. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should result in lower costs for consumers. (Read more: MEPs secure deal to cap card payment fees )

 

Money laundering: Parliament and Council negotiators agree on central registers

LIBE ECON Justice and home affairs / Economic and monetary affairs17-12-2014 - 09:47

The ultimate owners of companies would have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, accessible to people with a "legitimate interest", such as investigative journalists and other concerned citizens, under a deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on a draft EU anti-money laundering directive on Tuesday. The rules would also require banks, auditors, lawyers, real estate agents and casinos, among others, to be more vigilant about suspicious transactions made by their clients. (Read more: Money laundering: Parliament and Council negotiators agree on central registers )

 

Some 6,000 workers made redundant in France, Greece, Italy and Poland should receive EU aid worth €35.5 million to help them find or create jobs, recommended the Budgets Committee on Thursday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for redundant workers in France, Greece, Italy and Poland )

 

A provisional agreement on the European Union budget for 2015 and the means to settle this year’s most urgent unpaid bills was reached by negotiators for Parliament and the Council on Monday. The deal still needs to be endorsed both by the full Parliament and the Council. For payments, MEPs secured €4.8 billion more to pay bills for 2014-2015. For 2015, the negotiators agreed to a compromise of €145.3 billion in commitments and €141.2 billion in payments. (Read more: Parliament and Council negotiators agree to EU budget deal )