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An extra €150 million for urgent humanitarian aid and food assistance and €37 million for the Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights for this year was approved by Parliament’s Budgets Committee on Thursday. This will enable the European Commission to pay the most urgent bills, but payment problems in the external action field will surely recur in the course of this year, MEPs said. (Read more: Budgets Committee approves an extra €187 million for urgent humanitarian aid )

 
 

Noise-related operating restrictions at EU airports would continue to be set by regional and national authorities, but people living nearby should be better informed and noise-related health problems should be given more consideration, thanks to a deal between Parliament and the Council of Ministers endorsed by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Thursday. Parliament as a whole will now vote on the deal at the April plenary session. (Read more: Transport MEPs back deal on noise-related operating restrictions at EU airports )

 
 

European Parliament hearing on “One of Us” European Citizens’ Initiative

DEVE PETI JURI ITRE Citizens' rights / Petitions / Development and cooperation / Industry09-04-2014 - 15:13

The “One of Us” European Citizens’ Initiative campaign to ban EU funding for activities that “presuppose the destruction of human embryos” will get a public hearing in the European Parliament on Thursday 10 April at 09.00. Its petition has been signed by 1.7 million EU citizens. (Read more: European Parliament hearing on “One of Us” European Citizens’ Initiative )

 
 
Blue ripe grapes in a vineyard.©BELGA_EASYFOTOSTOCK_H.Schneider  

A deal with the EU Council of Ministers on measures to boost sales of EU farm produce within the EU and abroad and to restore consumer confidence in the event of market disruptions was approved by the Agriculture Committee on Monday. (Read more: Agriculture MEPs endorse deal with Council on promoting EU farm produce )

 
 

Key things small investors should be told – EP/Council deal

ECON Economic and monetary affairs01-04-2014 - 18:44

Draft EU rules on key information small investors should be given before signing a contract were agreed by Parliament's negotiators and Council of Ministers representatives on Tuesday. Clear, comparable and complete information on investment products is to be provided in a mandatory, three-page A4 Key Information Document (KID). Parliament will put the agreed rules to a plenary vote in April. (Read more: Key things small investors should be told – EP/Council deal )

 
 

1400 Italian and Spanish workers should get EU support to try and get back on to the labour market after losing their jobs. Parliament's budgets committee approved €5 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund on Tuesday. The decision still needs to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets committee approves €5 million aid to redundant workers Spain and Italy )

 
 

Investor-state disputes: debate on settlement clauses in EU trade deals

INTA External/international trade31-03-2014 - 17:25

MEPs will debate investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) rules in EU trade and investment agreements at a workshop on Tuesday, 1 April, 9-11h. These rules, allowing investors to sue foreign governments, are a key issue for the proposed trade and investment deal (TTIP) with the US. The EU Commission launched a public consultation last Thursday, following the suspension of the investment chapter in the on-going TTIP talks. (Read more: Investor-state disputes: debate on settlement clauses in EU trade deals )

 
 

The recent mass sentencing of 529 Muslim Brothers to death, the run-up to the 26-27 May presidential elections and continuing concerns over the democratic transition and the human rights situation in Egypt will be raised by the foreign affairs committee with the Egyptian foreign minister, Nabil Fahmi, on Tuesday in a debate starting at 10.30. (Read more: MEPs to quiz Egyptian foreign minister over sentencing of 529 Muslim Brothers )

 
 

Parliament and Council agree on basic bank accounts for all

ECON Economic and monetary affairs20-03-2014 - 13:14
A man withdraws money at a cash point ATM ©BELGA/Imageglobe/J.Hamers  

Anyone legally residing in the EU should have the right to open a basic payment account, and this right should not be denied on grounds of nationality or place of residence, Parliament's negotiators and the Council representatives agreed on Thursday. Fees and rules for all payment accounts should be transparent and comparable and it should be easy to switch to another payment account that offers better terms, under the agreed new rules. (Read more: Parliament and Council agree on basic bank accounts for all )

 
 
To get gas guzzlers off Europe’s roads, MEPS voted on new rules to give greener fuels a kick start.  

To boost the take-up of alternative fuels in transport, EU countries will have to ensure that enough refuelling and recharging stations are available to enable cars, trucks and ships using alternative fuels, such as natural gas and electricity, to move freely on EU roads and waterways, under an informal agreement reached by Council and Parliament negotiators on Thursday. (Read more: Deal struck on promoting use of alternative fuels on roads and waterways )