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A draft decision to raise diesel car emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 110%, along with the introduction of the long-awaited Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure, is neither explained nor justified, and would undermine the enforcement of existing EU standards, said Environment Committee MEPs, in a resolution, voted on Monday, which objects to the draft. Parliament has a right to veto the proposal. (Read more: Environment MEPs oppose relaxing diesel car emission test limits )

 

Finland and Ireland should get EU aid worth €2.6 million to help find new jobs for 1,200 redundant Finnish IT workers and over €400,000 for 108 redundant Irish aircraft repair workers, following a vote by the budgets committee on Thursday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole and by the Council of the EU. (Read more: €3 million in job search aid for redundant Finnish and Irish workers )

 

EU Passenger Name Record (PNR): Civil Liberties Committee backs EP/Council deal

LIBE Justice and home affairs10-12-2015 - 10:43

The provisional deal reached by Parliament and Council negotiators last week on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was endorsed by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on Thursday by 38 votes to 19, with 2 abstentions. The draft directive will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole early next year. (Read more: EU Passenger Name Record (PNR): Civil Liberties Committee backs EP/Council deal )

 
COP21  

The Paris climate change agreement should not leave out aviation and shipping, two sectors whose emissions are rocketing and, if left unregulated, could account for up to 40% of all global emissions by 2050, (according to a European Parliament study), said the EP delegation on Tuesday. MEPs also advocate earmarking carbon market revenues as a possible solution for financing climate efforts. (Read more: MEPs call for a strong Paris deal on carbon markets, aviation and shipping )

 

MEPs close deal with Council on first ever EU rules on cybersecurity

IMCO Information society07-12-2015 - 23:38

Transport and energy companies will have to ensure that the digital infrastructure that they use to deliver essential services, such as traffic control or electricity grid management, is robust enough to withstand cyber-attacks, under new rules provisionally agreed by internal market MEPs and the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers on Monday. Online marketplaces like eBay or Amazon, search engines and clouds will also be required to ensure that their infrastructure is secure. (Read more: MEPs close deal with Council on first ever EU rules on cybersecurity )

 

Commission should speed up and expand Google competition investigation, MEPs say

ECON Economic and monetary affairs07-12-2015 - 18:57

The EU Commission should investigate why Google offers its “Android” operating system only in conjunction with other Google services and also why manufacturers allegedly may not pre-install rival products; MEPs say in a response to the Commission’s annual competition report for 2014. (Read more: Commission should speed up and expand Google competition investigation, MEPs say )

 

EU PNR: EP's rapporteur welcomes Home Affairs Ministers green light to deal

LIBE Justice and home affairs04-12-2015 - 15:17

Following the Justice and Home Affairs Council confirmation of the deal on the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive, the Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee lead negotiator, Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK), said: (Read more: EU PNR: EP's rapporteur welcomes Home Affairs Ministers green light to deal )

 
COP21  

A delegation of 15 MEPs will take part in the UN climate conference in Paris, France, from Monday to Friday. The European Parliament says that the 2015 Protocol must be legally binding and ambitious from the outset, with five-year commitment periods. In a resolution voted in October, MEPs also proposed that a share of revenues from the EU carbon market allowances should be earmarked for climate finance, and that aviation and shipping sectors should initiate measures to curb their emissions. (Read more: COP21 climate change talks: MEPs in Paris to push for 2°C target )

 

Parliament and Council close to deal on EU Passenger Name Record directive

LIBE Justice and home affairs02-12-2015 - 16:06

A provisional deal on EU rules regulating the use of air passengers' data to fight terrorism and serious crime came within sight at the fifth "trilogue” (three-way talks between Parliament, Council and Commission negotiators) on Wednesday afternoon. (Read more: Parliament and Council close to deal on EU Passenger Name Record directive )

 

All MEPs to have access to all confidential TTIP documents

INTA External/international trade02-12-2015 - 13:52

All Members of the European Parliament will have access to all categories of confidential documents relating to the EU’s Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA, under a European Parliament/European Commission agreement approved by the College of Commissioners on Wednesday. The accessible documents will include the so-called “consolidated texts”, which reflect the US position. (Read more: All MEPs to have access to all confidential TTIP documents )