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Albrecht on data protection reform: People will be better informed

Others Fundamental rights17-06-2015 - 14:47
 

Parliament and the Council are set to embark on informal talks to come up with a compromise on a reform of data protection rules. Although MEPs already adopted their position in March 2014, member states have only agreed an approach now. We talked to German Greens/EFA MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, who will be leading negotiations on behalf of Parliament, what the benefit of the new rules will be for consumers and companies and what issues still need to be resolved. (Read more: Albrecht on data protection reform: People will be better informed )

 
Animal cloning process. Illustration of the stages in cloning an animal.  

Should cloning for food be banned because of animal welfare concerns? The environment and agriculture committees vote today on amendments to a European Commission proposal to ban the cloning of farm animals in the EU. The MEPs in charge of steering the plans through Parliament support the ban, but want to add provisions on the offspring of cloned animals and the marketing of their products coming from countries outside the EU. Watch the vote live from 15.00 CET. (Read more: Cloning for food: parliamentary committees vote on plans to ban the practice )

 

29th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: problems of Pacific under spotlight

Others Delegations / External relations17-06-2015 - 12:41

The specific problems of the Pacific region, such as climate change, fisheries, maritime security and regional integration, as well as the generation of fiscal revenues in ACP countries, were discussed by the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly at its 29th session, which closed on Wednesday in Suva (Fiji). (Read more: 29th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: problems of Pacific under spotlight )

 
 

Europe is an important market for drugs, supported by both domestic production and drugs trafficked from elsewhere, according to the 2015 report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). The report will be discussed by the civil liberties and justice committee and EMCDDA Director Wolfgang Götz on Wednesday 17 June from 9.00 CET. Watch it live online and check out our infographic and article for the report's main findings on drug use in Europe. (Read more: 2015 drug report: cannabis still popular in Europe, heroin use declining )

 

"There can be no cultural relativism where human rights are concerned," said Louis Michel (ALDE, BE) on Monday, at the start of the 29th meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, in Suva, Fiji. He said human rights could not be breached in the name of cultural diversity, adding that this issue was at the heart of discussions in Europe, as well as in the ACP states. (Read more: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: opening of the 29th session in Suva )

 

Live: legal affairs committee votes on new copyright approach

Others Justice and home affairs / External/international trade / Information society15-06-2015 - 17:16
1506_Copyright_data_infographics  

Nearly half of all people have failed to use streaming services from their own country while on holiday abroad. This practice known as geo-blocking is because of copyright protection. Current copyright rules date from 2001, but the European Commission will propose an update by the end of the year. German Greens/EFA member Julia Reda has drafted a report to serve as Parliament's input to the new legislation. The legal affairs committee votes on it on Tuesday 16 June. Watch it live on our website. (Read more: Live: legal affairs committee votes on new copyright approach )

 

EP this week: cloning, capital markets, copyright

Others Institutions15-06-2015 - 11:33
Parliament building in Brussels  

A possible ban on cloning farm animals, copyright protection and capital markets are only some of the topics being dealt with by Parliament this week. An EP delegation is also participating in the ACP-EU Joint Assembly in Suva, while EP President Martin Schulz is visiting London to meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron. In addition the international trade committee is meeting on Monday evening to decide what should happen regarding Parliament's recommendations on EU-US trade deal TTIP. (Read more: EP this week: cloning, capital markets, copyright )

 

European Parliament negotiations with the Council and Commission on an Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Regulation should open officially soon. ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstadt will conduct the talks on Parliament’s behalf. (Read more: Talks on an Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Regulation to open soon )

 

EP vote and debate on TTIP recommendations postponed: what’s next?

Others Constitutional affairs / External/international trade11-06-2015 - 10:32
Debate on TTIP postponed  

The debate and vote on Parliament's recommendations on the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations were postponed because of the high number of amendments tabled. What does this mean and what happens next? (Read more: EP vote and debate on TTIP recommendations postponed: what’s next? )

 
Rapporteur and Vice-President of the European Parliament Ioan Mircea PAŞCU  

Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea has also raised questions about the strategic military situation in the Black Sea Basin. As MEPs prepare to vote on a resolution on this on Thursday 11 June, we spoke to report author and EP Vice-President Ioan Mircea Paşcu about the situation. The Romanian S&D member told us: "The deployment and the aggressive modernisation of the fleet put forward by Russia is a security challenge, which cannot be ignored or left entirely to Nato." (Read more: Paşcu: Black Sea security challenge cannot be ignored or left entirely to Nato )