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Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos welcomes EP role in monitoring reforms

ECON Economic and monetary affairs02-03-2016 - 18:21
Greek Finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos in ECON  

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos welcomes the European Parliament’s stronger involvement in monitoring the financial assistance programme for Greece, he told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in an economic dialogue meeting on Wednesday. "We need an honest broker, representing different views from different political perspectives, to examine the economic and social impact of the programme", he said, referring to the new EP working group on macro-economic adjustment programmes. (Read more: Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos welcomes EP role in monitoring reforms )

 

"Ukraine Week" opens new era of EP-Verkhovna Rada cooperation, says lead MEP

AFET Delegations / External relations02-03-2016 - 15:30

The EP-Verkhovna Rada high-level conference opened a new era of cooperation between the two parliaments, said lead MEP on capacity-building for the Ukrainian Parliament, Andrej Plenković (EPP, HR) at the close of the event on Wednesday. "We agreed to jointly implement the recommendations of the report of the Needs Assessment Mission and allocate adequate funds for the organisation of the follow up with our Ukrainian partners", he added. (Read more: "Ukraine Week" opens new era of EP-Verkhovna Rada cooperation, says lead MEP )

 

Car emissions: Kathleen Van Brempt to chair EMIS committee

EMIS Environment / Public health02-03-2016 - 10:16

The Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) elected its chair and four vice-chairs at a constituent meeting on Wednesday morning, thus officially starting its one-year mandate. (Read more: Car emissions: Kathleen Van Brempt to chair EMIS committee )

 

Apply Przhino deal in full to enhance EU prospects, urge MEPs

AFET Enlargement / External relations01-03-2016 - 10:33

It is of crucial importance to continue backing the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's progress towards EU membership, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. But only if the July 2015 "Przhino Agreement" to pave the way out of the country’s political crisis via elections is implemented in full and if substantial progress is also made on delivering urgent reform priorities, including media freedom, parliamentary control of interception of communications and fighting corruption. (Read more: Apply Przhino deal in full to enhance EU prospects, urge MEPs )

 

The Netherlands' Council Presidency wants to make rapid progress on the implementation of the OECD action plan against corporate tax base erosion and profit shifting (anti-BEPS), the Dutch State Secretary responsible for Taxation Eric Wiebes told members of the Special Committee for Tax Rulings II on Monday in a hearing on the Dutch plans in the field of corporate taxation. (Read more: Dutch Council Presidency: anti-tax avoidance package to be ready before summer )

 

Migration: debate on Coast guard and external border checks

LIBE Justice and home affairs29-02-2016 - 18:51

Plans to turn the EU’s Frontex border agency into a common border and coast guard, which in emergencies could be deployed even without the approval of the country concerned, were presented by the Commission and the Dutch Presidency and debated by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday. MEPs also debated legislative proposals on systematic checks at external borders and a European travel document. (Read more: Migration: debate on Coast guard and external border checks )

 

Refugees: EU-NATO coordination set to deepen, say Mogherini and Stoltenberg

SEDE AFET Institutions / External relations / Security and defence23-02-2016 - 18:57
AFET Committee Meeting. Exchange of views with VP/HR Federica MOGHERINI on the conflicts in the MENA region and the refugee crisis and with Nato Secretary General Jean Stoltenberg  

EU and NATO coordination has started to tackle the refugee crisis and will be further deepened, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told MEPs and national MPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday. (Read more: Refugees: EU-NATO coordination set to deepen, say Mogherini and Stoltenberg )

 

Firearms proposal: impact on law-abiding citizens dominates EP committee debate

IMCO Justice and home affairs / Free movement of goods23-02-2016 - 14:53

Concerns about the impact that a revised EU firearms directive could have on legal owners of guns in the EU, such as sport shooters, hunters, collectors and museums, were voiced by most MEPs in Internal Market Committee’s kick-off debate on the proposal on Tuesday. The draft revision was proposed by the EU Commission after the 13 November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. (Read more: Firearms proposal: impact on law-abiding citizens dominates EP committee debate )

 

Containing animal disease outbreaks: agriculture MEPs endorse deal with Council

AGRI Agriculture / Public health23-02-2016 - 11:03
 

Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever, informally agreed by MEPs and the Council in June 2015, were backed by the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals and potentially to humans too, will put more emphasis on prevention and help keep pace with scientific progress. (Read more: Containing animal disease outbreaks: agriculture MEPs endorse deal with Council )

 

Dijsselbloem pledges to strengthen EU Banking Union and tackle tax-avoidance

ECON Economic and monetary affairs18-02-2016 - 16:00
Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem in ECON  

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem will strive to strengthen the EU Banking Union, despite recent calls to loosen regulation in response to bank share volatility in in global markets, he told the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Thursday. "There should be no doubt of the European Union's determination to apply these rules", he said in his capacity as Eurogroup President and chair of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN). (Read more: Dijsselbloem pledges to strengthen EU Banking Union and tackle tax-avoidance )