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Last talks before Troika Inquiry findings are established

ECON Economic and monetary affairs13-02-2014 - 15:21

"Don't blame the fire brigade for fire damage", ECB Exective Board member Benoît Coeuré urged Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs at a hearing held on Thursday to assess the economic crisis recovery work of the ECB/EU Commission/IMF "Troika". This followed a committee debate on Wednesday about which findings to flag up in the Troika Inquiry report, which the committee will vote on in the last week of February. (Read more: Last talks before Troika Inquiry findings are established )

 
 

Troika: MEPs call for a jobs and social recovery plan

EMPL Employment policy13-02-2014 - 11:07

Growing unemployment - especially among the young, leading to their emigration – the loss of small firms and rising poverty rates, even among the middle class, are the key impacts of the economic crisis and adjustment measures designed by the ECB/EU Commission/IMF “Troika” for Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland, say Employment Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. It calls for a jobs and social recovery plan for these countries. (Read more: Troika: MEPs call for a jobs and social recovery plan )

 
 

NSA snooping: MEPs table proposals to protect EU citizens' privacy

LIBE Fundamental rights12-02-2014 - 20:11

The European Parliament should withhold its consent to an EU-US trade deal unless it fully respects EU citizens’ data privacy, says an inquiry report on US National Security Agency (NSA) and EU member states surveillance of EU citizens, approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday. It adds that data protection rules should be excluded from the trade talks and negotiated separately with the US. (Read more: NSA snooping: MEPs table proposals to protect EU citizens' privacy )

 
 

A proposed update of EU law to make environmental impact assessments clearer, build in biodiversity and climate change, and involve the public, was backed by the Environment Committee on Wednesday. This update, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, includes beefed up rules to ensure that decisions to authorize development projects are not influenced by conflicts of interest. (Read more: Committee MEPs back beefed-up environmental impact assessment directive )

 
 

Human rights and sports: hearing and press conference

DROI Human rights12-02-2014 - 16:32
The trophy of the upcoming World Cup Brazil 2014  

On Thursday 13 February the Subcommittee on Human Rights held a hearing on "sport and human rights, focussing on the situation of migrant workers in Qatar". (Read more: Human rights and sports: hearing and press conference )

 
 

MEPs to debate corruption across the EU with Commissioner Malmström

LIBE Justice and home affairs12-02-2014 - 10:52

The Civil Liberties Committee will debate the first ever EU Anti-Corruption Report with Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on Wednesday, 12 February, at 15.00. The report, presented on 3 February, explains what anti-corruption measures are in place in each EU member state, which ones are working well, what could be improved and how. (Read more: MEPs to debate corruption across the EU with Commissioner Malmström )

 
 

New legislation to tackle outbreaks of animal diseases, such as African swine fever, more effectively, restrict the introduction of dangerous new pests and enable the EU to act quickly but responsibly in emergencies was adopted by the agriculture committee in two separate votes on Tuesday. (Read more: Animal diseases and pests: MEPs call for stronger measures to boost food safety )

 
 

Package travel: MEPs vote to beef up consumer rights

IMCO Information society11-02-2014 - 15:44
Last minute propaganda at a travel agency  

Travellers should be guaranteed help getting home if their travel agency goes bust while they are on holiday in another country and travellers in difficulty should be able to get assistance, under new rules approved by internal market MEPs on Tuesday. MEPs also stress that organisers should not be able to change flight times or prices significantly after a sale is concluded. (Read more: Package travel: MEPs vote to beef up consumer rights )

 
 

Agriculture Committee rejects seed regulation

AGRI Agriculture11-02-2014 - 14:09

The Agriculture Committee rejected the Commission's proposed seed regulation by 37 votes to two on Tuesday amid concerns that it would give the Commission excessively wide powers and leave member states no room to adapt the rules to their needs. MEPs also said that the proposal failed to meet core objectives such as simplifying the rules and promoting innovation or to deal with plants viewed as generic resources. (Read more: Agriculture Committee rejects seed regulation )

 
 

Easier for small firms and citizens to recover debts across borders

JURI Justice and home affairs11-02-2014 - 12:38

Firms or citizens recovering debts across EU borders could be able to get the debtor's bank account frozen under a draft law agreed with Council and endorsed by legal affairs MEPs on Tuesday. The European Account Preservation Order (EAPO) should be quicker and cheaper to use than national proceedings. The EP amended the proposal to prevent abuse and safeguard alleged debtors. (Read more: Easier for small firms and citizens to recover debts across borders )