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Conflict minerals: the bloody truth behind your smartphone

Plenary Session External/international trade21-03-2017 - 13:10
 

High-tech equipment such as smartphones, tablets and cars are able to run thanks to minerals and metals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. However, as their mining and illegal trade are often controlled by armed groups, they also help to feed a vicious circle of conflicts.On 16 March MEPs voted in favour of making EU companies take responsibility for the origin of the minerals they import. Watch our video for more details. (Read more: Conflict minerals: the bloody truth behind your smartphone )

 

March plenary: safe food, melting ice caps and a prejudice that won’t go away

Plenary Session External/international trade / Environment / Food safety17-03-2017 - 11:03
 

Modern threats and ancient prejudices dominated Parliament’s March 2017 plenary session. The need to ensure that our food is safe was debated as were the threats and opportunities of melting polar ice. At the same time, the inequality still facing women in the workplace was underlined and an MEP who berated women punished, while most MEPs called on Europe to step in and replace the funds the United States is withdrawing from NGOs offering abortions in developing countries. (Read more: March plenary: safe food, melting ice caps and a prejudice that won’t go away )

 

Conflict minerals: MEPs secure due diligence obligations for importers

Plenary Session External/international trade16-03-2017 - 12:21
African gold mine  

A draft EU regulation to prevent the minerals trade from funding conflict and human rights violations was approved by MEPs on Thursday. This “conflict minerals” law will oblige all but the smallest EU importers of tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold to do "due diligence" checks on their suppliers, and big manufacturers will also have to disclose how they plan to monitor their sources to comply with the rules. (Read more: Conflict minerals: MEPs secure due diligence obligations for importers )

 

Using EU trade tools to combat wildlife trafficking

Plenary Session External/international trade02-03-2017 - 12:05
Elephant in National park of Kenya  

Recommendations on how to make better use the EU’s trade tools to fight an unprecedented surge in wildlife trafficking were approved by MEPs on Thursday. (Read more: Using EU trade tools to combat wildlife trafficking )

 

Ceta: “This deal is important for Europe geopolitically as well as economically”

Others External/international trade20-02-2017 - 15:31
Interview with Artis Pabriks, rapporteur on CETA  

Ceta passed a crucial hurdle on 15 February when MEPs voted to back the landmark EU-Canada trade deal. The agreement removing more than 99% of tariffs can provisionally enter into force as early as April. Speaking following the vote, Artis Pabriks, Parliament's lead MEP on Ceta, said: “Europe cannot survive without free and fair trade and high-quality interaction with other global players.” He also described Ceta as “the gold standard for future trade deals”. (Read more: Ceta: “This deal is important for Europe geopolitically as well as economically” )

 

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 )

 

CETA: MEPs back EU-Canada trade agreement

Plenary Session External/international trade15-02-2017 - 12:41
CETA vote result  

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The landmark trade deal could apply provisionally from as early as April 2017. (Read more: CETA: MEPs back EU-Canada trade agreement )

 

Ceta: creating opportunities for EU businesses in Canada

Plenary Session External/international trade14-02-2017 - 19:09
 

Negotiated for nearly five years and four months, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada is now ready for the final vote by the European Parliament. After MEPs backed it on Wednesday 15 February, the agreement could already provisionally apply from April. In 2015 EU-Canada trade accounted for more than €60 billion and Ceta is expected to boost this by 20%. Read on and watch our video to find out more about the difference the trade deal could make. (Read more: Ceta: creating opportunities for EU businesses in Canada )

 

MEPs back import surge safeguards for EU banana growers

Plenary Session External/international trade02-02-2017 - 11:52

Rules to protect EU banana growers against any surge in imports from Ecuador after its accession to the EU-Colombia/Peru trade deal were approved by MEPs on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs back import surge safeguards for EU banana growers )

 

Ceta: “This trade deal is based on best practices on both sides of the Atlantic”

Others External/international trade24-01-2017 - 15:59
MEP Pabriks about CETA  

Ceta, the EU-Canada trade deal, was approved by the international trade committee on 24 January. The agreement, which would remove tariffs on most traded goods and services, will be put to a final vote by all MEPs next month. Speaking in a Facebook Live interview, Artis Pabriks, the MEP responsible for steering the deal through Parliament, said: “The prime motivation is to ensure more wealth from trade. Ceta is a really good example of how good trade deals should be made.” (Read more: Ceta: “This trade deal is based on best practices on both sides of the Atlantic” )