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Human rights: Sahel, Philippines and Iran

Plenary Session Human rights15-06-2012 - 11:17

The European Parliament on Thursday expressed serious concerns over deteriorating human rights situations in the African Sahel region, the Philippines and Iran. (Read more: Human rights: Sahel, Philippines and Iran)

 
 

Chemical accidents: stepping up inspections and public information

Plenary Session Environment14-06-2012 - 13:32

Sites containing dangerous chemicals will be subject to more regular inspections, under rules approved by MEPs on Thursday. The so-called "Seveso III" legislation also boosts the public's access to information on installations and their emergency plans. (Read more: Chemical accidents: stepping up inspections and public information)

 
 

Breast implants: Parliament proposes stricter safety checks

Plenary Session Public health14-06-2012 - 13:24

A breast implant register, more stringent safety checks, improved product traceability, and a pre-market authorisation system are among the measures proposed by the European Parliament on Thursday to prevent a recurrence of the PIP defective breast implants case. The relevant EU legislation is to be revised this year. (Read more: Breast implants: Parliament proposes stricter safety checks)

 
 

Parliament adopts new rules for baby milks and gluten-free food

Plenary Session Food safety14-06-2012 - 13:04

Rules on the labelling and contents of baby milks and food for people with special medical needs would be better defined to protect consumers and give clarity to the food industry, under draft legislation adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday as a negotiating position with the Council. The special rules would also cover gluten intolerance and certain low-calorie diets. (Read more: Parliament adopts new rules for baby milks and gluten-free food)

 
 

We must invest in jobs for people, says Parliament

Plenary Session Employment policy14-06-2012 - 12:52

MEPs call for investment measures to tap the potential for jobs and growth in the green economy, health and social services and the new technologies, in a resolution passed on Thursday, They welcome the Commission's recent policy paper on a job-rich recovery, which advocates setting minimum wages to help the working poor. (Read more: We must invest in jobs for people, says Parliament)

 
 

Open up the single market to unlock economic growth, say MEPs

Plenary Session Industry14-06-2012 - 12:41

There are the big gains in growth to be captured if all single market opportunities are used effectively in fields such as energy, transport, retail, R&D, labour mobility and financial services, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. Proper and timely implementation of existing laws and measures, as well as cutting unnecessary administrative burdens and laws could also spur the EU's economic growth, they add. (Read more: Open up the single market to unlock economic growth, say MEPs)

 
 

Parliament demands action on human rights in Tibet

Plenary Session Human rights14-06-2012 - 12:33

Parliament criticises human rights abuses in Tibet in a resolution passed on Thursday demanding that China reveal the whereabouts of all the victims of self-immolation and calling for unrestricted access for media and human rights monitors. It asks EU foreign policy chief Ashton to step up efforts to tackle the abuses and appoint a special EU coordinator for Tibet. (Read more: Parliament demands action on human rights in Tibet)

 
 

EU-Japan trade talks: MEPs fear for EU car market

Plenary Session External/international trade13-06-2012 - 15:17

MEPs voiced concerns on Wednesday that a free-trade deal in the pipeline with Japan could harm the European car industry. In a resolution adopted by a huge majority they tell the Council to wait for Parliament's proposals before launching negotiations on the deal – which will have to be approved by Parliament. (Read more: EU-Japan trade talks: MEPs fear for EU car market)

 
 

MEPs say EU support for elections in DR Congo depends on reforms

Plenary Session External relations13-06-2012 - 13:59

Parliament says the EU's financial support for the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) should be tied to reforms, in a resolution passed on Wednesday. It calls on the DRC to strengthen democratic institutions and guarantee security and the rule of law in time for the next elections. (Read more: MEPs say EU support for elections in DR Congo depends on reforms)

 
 

MEPs want human rights pledge before backing trade pact with Peru and Colombia

Plenary Session External/international trade13-06-2012 - 13:52

Peru and Columbia should pledge to protect human rights, labour rights and the environment before Parliament grants its consent for a trade pact with them in October - and the protection should preferably take effect before the pact does, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs want human rights pledge before backing trade pact with Peru and Colombia )

 
 
 
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