EU Member States should be free to maintain their own rules on online gambling, but should also step up EU-wide cooperation to counter the black market and protect children and vulnerable consumers, say Internal Market Committee MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday.
An electronic "public procurement passport" could make tendering for public procurement contracts less cumbersome and costly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), say Internal Market Committee MEPs in a non-legislative resolution voted on Monday evening.
New rules to prevent abuses in wholesale energy trading, and thus protect end consumers, were adopted by Parliament on Wednesday. Wholesale trading will now be monitored independently across the EU, to enable Member States to prevent and punish anti-competitive behaviour.
From 2014, European satellite navigation system Galileo will provide satellite navigation signals for government users such as the police, military or security services in addition to signals for navigation devices for cars and shipping. On Tuesday Parliament approved detailed rules governing the future "public regulated service" of the Galileo, to be launched in mid-October.
Development of new gas or oil fields in European seas should only be allowed if the company has prepared an adequate emergency plan and has sufficient funds to repair possible damage to the environment, says a resolution passed by Parliament on Tuesday.
New rules to prevent abusive practices in the energy wholesale market, and thus protect final consumers all over Europe, were backed by the Industry, Research and Energy Committee on Tuesday. The rules have been agreed with EU Member State representatives, and will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole in September.
Site specific impact assessments and plans for environmental and safety procedures should be a precondition for all offshore oil and gas operations, believes Parliament's Energy Committee. Site-specific contingency plans should be submitted and approved prior to starting the drilling.
The European Parliament has launched two new online tools: the first mobile version of its website and a new feature on its Facebook page, which provides a complete set of links to MEPs' social media and online activities.
Raising public awareness of EU emergency phone number could save lives this summer, said Parliament in a resolution passed on Tuesday. But the accuracy and reliability of caller information still need to be improved, it added.
The criteria that big infrastructure projects must meet to get "EU" status, and EU project bonds to finance them, are the key proposals in a resolution, passed by Parliament on Tuesday, on Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond.