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An EU scheme offering EU member states technical help with structural reforms needed to boost growth and jobs was backed by the Regional Development Committee on Tuesday. (Read more: Regional Development MEPs approve EU help scheme for growth enhancing reforms )

 

Watch your online films anywhere in the EU: MEPs back cross-border portability

JURI Free movement of services29-11-2016 - 12:00

New rules to enable EU citizens subscribing to services that give access to online music, games, films or sporting events, to enjoy this content while abroad in another EU country were approved by the Legal Affairs Committee in a vote on Tuesday. (Read more: Watch your online films anywhere in the EU: MEPs back cross-border portability )

 

Caps on the wholesale prices that telecoms operators charge each other for using their networks to carry cross-border “roaming” calls were agreed by industry MEPs on Tuesday. This brings the abolition of roaming charges for consumers a step closer. (Read more: End of roaming charges: Industry MEPs cap wholesale prices for use of networks )

 

EU-US deal on law enforcement data transfers backed by Civil Liberties Committee

LIBE Justice and home affairs24-11-2016 - 11:01

The EU-US data protection framework, known as the “Umbrella Agreement” was backed by a large majority in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning. The deal will ensure high, binding data protection standards for data exchanged by police and law enforcement authorities across the Atlantic. (Read more: EU-US deal on law enforcement data transfers backed by Civil Liberties Committee )

 

Foreign affairs MEPs call for more unity and trust in EU external actions

AFET External relations24-11-2016 - 10:14

Diplomacy, development and defence should be the pillars of EU foreign policy, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They call on member states to show more unity and trust, and to speak with one voice, so as to make the EU a global player. MEPs also advocate a more realistic strategy on Russia and a “less for less” policy towards countries that try to throw democracy into reverse. (Read more: Foreign affairs MEPs call for more unity and trust in EU external actions )

 

Conflict minerals: MEPs secure mandatory due diligence for importers

INTA External/international trade22-11-2016 - 19:07

All but the smallest EU importers of tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold and their ores will have to do "due diligence" checks on their suppliers, and big manufacturers will also have to disclose how they plan to monitor their sources to comply with the rules, under a draft EU regulation on “conflict minerals” agreed by MEPs, ministers and the EU Commission on Tuesday in Strasbourg. It aims to stop the financing of armed groups and human rights abuses through trade in minerals from conflict areas. (Read more: Conflict minerals: MEPs secure mandatory due diligence for importers )

 

EU member states should “refrain from inciting fear and hatred in their citizens towards migrants and asylum-seekers for political gains”, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs voting a resolution on fundamental rights in the EU on Thursday. The rights to free movement and life-saving abortion are also stressed in the text, which will now be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole. (Read more: Don’t incite fear and hatred of migrants and refugees, MEPs urge EU countries )

 

MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for unemployed youngsters and additional funds to boost key initiatives supporting SMEs, transport infrastructure projects, research and Erasmus+ student mobility. The provisional deal on the EU Budget 2017 with the Council was reached in the early hours of Thursday. After Budget MEPs and Council have formally endorsed the agreement, the new EU budget will be voted in plenary in December. (Read more: EU Budget deal: EP achieves best support for youth and growth initiatives )

 

There needs to be a “comprehensive global approach” against secret tax structures, says the Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, who called for “zero tolerance”. Speaking to Parliament’s Panama Committee on Wednesday, the former advisor to the Panamanian government suggested that secrecy in tax affairs should be treated like a disease which needs to be isolated. (Read more: Zero tolerance against tax secrecy, says former Panamanian advisor Stiglitz )

 

The EU needs a European register of beneficial owners of companies, consistent definition - and handling - of suspicious transactions and enforced transnational cooperation like the US Financial Investigation Unit, experts on anti-money laundering enforcement in Belgium and Germany told Parliament’s Panama Papers Inquiry Committee on Monday. (Read more: Beneficial company owners register vital to combat money laundering, experts say )