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Plenary highlights: Ceta, robots, counter-terrorism, future of the EU

Plenary Session Institutions / External/international trade / External relations / Economic and monetary affairs17-02-2017 - 11:00
 

MEPs approved Ceta during this week's plenary session followed by a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telling them how the EU-Canada trade deal was not just about commerce, but also about improving people's lives. Newly-elected Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen also addressed the Parliament, while MEPs adopted new anti-terrorism measures and set out their ideas for the future of the EU. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Ceta, robots, counter-terrorism, future of the EU )

 

Greece: MEPs say it's time to act on debt crisis

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs14-02-2017 - 17:07
Greece debate  

Greece and its debt problem are back on the EU’s agenda. A team of EU officials and representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are expected to return to Athens to evaluate whether the country has implemented the latest reforms agreed under the current bailout, a necessary step for further international support. MEPs discussed the situation during a debate on Tuesday 14 February and called for urgent action to help improve the situation. (Read more: Greece: MEPs say it's time to act on debt crisis )

 

European Parliamentary Week 2017: how to ensure economic growth benefits all

Others Economic and monetary affairs / Economic and monetary union30-01-2017 - 11:23
"Employees, Innovation, Income" on a chart ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

Although investment has picked up and the economy has created new jobs, not everybody is yet sharing equally in the benefits of growth. During the annual European Parliamentary Week in Brussels from 30 January to 1 February, MEPs meet their counterparts from the member states and other high-level policy makers to debate how to boost growth and employment and increase fairness. (Read more: European Parliamentary Week 2017: how to ensure economic growth benefits all )

 

European Parliamentary Week: MPs and MEPs to debate EU’s economic future

BUDG ECON EMPL Budget / Economic and monetary affairs / Employment policy27-01-2017 - 10:50

National MPs from across Europe will join MEPs in Brussels next week to debate the European Semester Cycle 2017 (Monday), Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union (Tuesday) and national growth and jobs creation and financial assistance programmes (Wednesday). The events are part of the 2017 edition of the European Parliamentary Week (#EPW17). (Read more: European Parliamentary Week: MPs and MEPs to debate EU’s economic future )

 

Plenary highlights: new president, workers' rights, emergency aid for refugees

Plenary Session Institutions / Justice and home affairs / Economic and monetary affairs / Social policy20-01-2017 - 09:57
 

Antonio Tajani was elected as the president for the second half of the parliamentary term during this week's plenary session while MEPs also chose 14 new vice-presidents. In addition they called for emergency aid to help refugees cope with freezing temperatures and told the European Commission to redraw its lists of countries at risk of money laundering as it was too limited. Read about this and more in our article. (Read more: Plenary highlights: new president, workers' rights, emergency aid for refugees )

 

MEPs reject EU Commission blacklist of states at risk of money laundering

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs / Economic and monetary affairs19-01-2017 - 13:26

MEPs have voted to return to the EU Commission its blacklist of countries deemed to be at risk of money laundering and terrorist financing. The list is too limited, and should be expanded, e.g. to include territories that facilitate tax crimes, they said before voting the resolution on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs reject EU Commission blacklist of states at risk of money laundering )

 

Parliament demands better protection for small investors

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs01-12-2016 - 12:00

Small investors need better information about the possible risks and fees for investment products they might buy, say MEPs. They voted on Thursday, by 561 votes to 9 with 75 abstentions, to delay the introduction of a key explanatory document supplied by investment providers to consumers, while the EU Commission comes up with better proposals. (Read more: Parliament demands better protection for small investors )

 

EP agreed to delay draft investor protection rule to allow time for improvements

Economic and monetary affairs29-11-2016 - 17:55

Small investors need to be much better informed about possible risks and fees related to investment products they might buy, say MEPs. On Thursday they agreed to delay implementation of new rules under which investment companies have to provide a consumer-friendly document to guide prospective investors of “packaged retail and insurance-based investment products” (Priips). (Read more: EP agreed to delay draft investor protection rule to allow time for improvements )

 

Workplace pensions: MEPs back clearer rules for schemes to move across borders

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs24-11-2016 - 12:19

Providers of workplace pension schemes wanting to move their operations across national borders will now have to get the approval of a majority of their members, as well as the backing of regulators in both the host and recipient country, under new rules approved by MEPs on Thursday. (Read more: Workplace pensions: MEPs back clearer rules for schemes to move across borders )

 

VAT reform: how MEPs intend to tackle the €50 billion a year fraud

Plenary Session Taxation23-11-2016 - 15:02
 

Fraud involving VAT on goods exported to other member states costs EU tax payers an estimated €50 billion a year. The European Commission has come up with an action plan to clamp down on VAT fraud and update current VAT rules that have been left unchanged since 1993. MEPs debate the action plan on Wednesday 23 November and vote on it the following day. Read on to find out more about Parliament's position and watch our video for an explanation of how VAT fraud works. (Read more: VAT reform: how MEPs intend to tackle the €50 billion a year fraud )