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Car emissions inquiry continues with Fiat-Chrysler

EMIS Environment / Public health17-10-2016 - 18:33

The inquiry committee into emission measurements in the car industry (EMIS) continued its work on Monday afternoon by hearing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Chief Technical Officer Harald Wester, who was quizzed mainly on possible “defeat devices” in Fiat diesel engines and gap between emission values in laboratory testing and real driving conditions. (Read more: Car emissions inquiry continues with Fiat-Chrysler )

 
Lone rhino standing on open area looking for safety from poacher  

Environment MEPs advocate a full and immediate EU-wide ban on ivory and rhinoceros horn trade, and call for common sanctions at EU level against wildlife trafficking, in a resolution voted on Thursday. Wildlife trafficking is worth an estimated €20 billion annually. It has grown in recent years, becoming one of the biggest and most profitable forms of organised cross-border crime. (Read more: Wildlife trafficking: Environment MEPs call for ivory trade ban and EU penalties )

 

An EU country facing an emergency gas shortage could call on other member states to supply it with gas via “supply corridors” that would link EU countries into seven transnational regions, under a draft law enshrining a “regional solidarity mechanism”, as amended and approved by the Energy Committee on Thursday. The committee also approved a separate draft law that would require member states to notify the EU Commission when they negotiate energy supply deals with third parties. (Read more: Gas: energy MEPs back draft law on emergency supply links between EU countries )

 

New rules to curb the growing influx into the EU of plant pests, such as olive grove killer Xylella fastidiosa, and better equip member states to tackle their spread, were endorsed by the Agriculture Committee on Thursday. The draft rules, informally agreed by MEPs and member states last year, will introduce new preventive and rapid response mechanisms for suspect plant imports, step up pest surveillance efforts in the EU and require all member states to draw up outbreak contingency plans. (Read more: Plant health: agriculture MEPs back deal to fight influx of pests to the EU )

 

MEPs debate CETA trade agreement with business, health, trade unions and farmers

INTA External/international trade12-10-2016 - 14:36

International Trade Committee MEPs, farmers, businesses, public health and trade union representatives debated the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada on Wednesday morning. CETA can only enter into force with the European Parliament’s approval. (Read more: MEPs debate CETA trade agreement with business, health, trade unions and farmers )

 

The Budgets Committee demanded more funds, in a vote on Tuesday, to help young people into jobs, to boost economic growth and assist third countries with a view to mitigating the migration crisis. MEPs had earlier reversed all the cuts proposed by the Council to the draft 2017 EU budget. Part of the additional funds are expected to be financed via new appropriations to be obtained through the ongoing mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). (Read more: EU needs more funds for jobs and youth in 2017 to honour its pledges, say MEPs )

 

Lux Prize: 10 years of film enlightenment

CULT Culture11-10-2016 - 10:50
Photo Ken Loach at the EP - CULT - 10 years of the Lux Prize  

Europe should continue to support film creation and distribution as important tools for our cultural diversity, MEPs and filmmakers underlined on Monday evening in a Lux Prize 10th anniversary debate. Translation and subtitling help to circulate works and promote European values, especially in time of crisis, they added. Film directors Ken Loach, Céline Sciamma and Andrea Segre participated in a very animated debate with Members of the Culture Committee on this occasion. (Read more: Lux Prize: 10 years of film enlightenment )

 

Plans to prolong a 10% increase in the EU contribution towards project costs in Greece until 30 June of the year following the end of its economic adjustment programme were approved by Regional Development Committee MEPs on Tuesday. MEPs also approved a special provision whereby the EU would pay up to 85% of project costs in Cyprus until the current programming period ends in 2020. (Read more: MEPs plan to prolong top-up in EU funding for projects in Greece and Cyprus )

 

Be aware of Russian and ISIS propaganda, warn foreign affairs MEPs

AFET External relations10-10-2016 - 18:23

Propaganda pressure on the EU from Russia and Islamic terrorist organisations is growing, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday. It seeks to distort the truth, incite fear, provoke doubt and divide the EU. However, this pressure should be countered, not with more propaganda, but with positive messaging, awareness raising and education to increase the information literacy amongst EU citizens, MEPs add. (Read more: Be aware of Russian and ISIS propaganda, warn foreign affairs MEPs )

 

Suspending EU funds for Spain and Portugal would be counterproductive, warn MEPs

REGI ECON Economic and monetary affairs / Regional policy04-10-2016 - 10:55

Suspending EU structural funding for Spain and Portugal would be counter-productive, because it would harm their most vulnerable citizens and regions, a vast majority of MEPs warned the EU Commission at a “structured dialogue” hearing yesterday. The suspension had been proposed under EU Stability and Growth Pact rules, because Spain and Portugal had run up excessive deficits. (Read more: Suspending EU funds for Spain and Portugal would be counterproductive, warn MEPs )