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TTIP talks: EP committees discuss their recommendations for negotiators

DEVE INTA External/international trade / Development and cooperation24-02-2015 - 18:58

Concern about the lack of tangible progress in TTIP talks were voiced by International trade MEPs who on Tuesday debated their draft recommendations for the TTIP negotiators. Lively discussion concerned the investor-to-state dispute-settlement clause, dubbed unnecessary by the chair, Bernd Lange (DE, S&D). Meanwhile, the development committee adopted an opinion stressing the impact of TTIP on developing countries and calling for the deal to have an explicit reference to development policy. (Read more: TTIP talks: EP committees discuss their recommendations for negotiators )

 

Environment Committee backs switchover to advanced biofuels

ENVI Environment24-02-2015 - 17:16
Biofuels Intro story illu  

A draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as seaweed and waste, was approved by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the growing use of agricultural land to produce biofuel crops. (Read more: Environment Committee backs switchover to advanced biofuels )

 

Environment Committee backs ETS market reserve, advocates early start

ENVI Consumers / Environment24-02-2015 - 17:11

A draft law to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), by reducing the surplus of carbon credits available for trading into order to support the price, was backed by Environment Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. They advocated introducing the mechanism early, by the end of 2018, and also proposed preventing the automatic return to the market, from 2019, of a portion of allowances “back loaded” last year in a separate vote. (Read more: Environment Committee backs ETS market reserve, advocates early start )

 

The EU has yet to unleash its full potential to shape the international and security environment, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs said on Tuesday. In a vote on the annual report on Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), they called for a more ambitious, proactive, credible and strategic EU foreign policy based on a shared vision of EU key interests and values and a common perception of threats to the Union. (Read more: EU must unleash its internal potential to shape international politics, MEPs say )

 

Eurogroup President cautiously optimistic on euro zone economy and Greek reforms

ECON Economic and monetary affairs24-02-2015 - 14:20
J. Dijsselbloem at ECON debate _  

The state of play in Eurogroup talks with Greece dominated the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee’s regular debate with Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Tuesday morning. (Read more: Eurogroup President cautiously optimistic on euro zone economy and Greek reforms )

 

MEPs demand more thorough checks on EU spending, more efficient measures to claw back EU funds lost through fraud or irregular spending and vigorous anti-corruption policies in member countries in a resolution passed by the budgetary control committee on Tuesday. (Read more: Check spending better and claw back more lost funds, say budget control MEPs )

 

Foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday welcomed the resumption of high-level talks between Kosovo and Serbia and called for the full normalisation of relations. However, they pointed to continuing problems in Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with the rule of law, corruption, anti-discrimination, the pace of structural reforms, and the polarisation of politics. (Read more: MEPs assess reform efforts of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and FYROM in 2014 )

 

Russia must admit it is part of the conflict, MEPs tell Alexey Pushkov

AFET External relations10-02-2015 - 10:08

Russia must acknowledge it is directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine and the interna-tional law must be restored, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs told Alexey Pushkov, Chair of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs on Monday evening. In the debate, they also questioned Mr Pushkov on why his country has not respected its obligations under the September Minsk protocol. (Read more: Russia must admit it is part of the conflict, MEPs tell Alexey Pushkov )

 

Europa armoniza los derechos de los menores en procedimientos judiciales

LIBE Derechos fundamentales06-02-2015 - 10:47

Los menores europeos, sospechosos o acusados de haber cometido un delito, serían asistidos por un abogado con los mismos derechos en todos los Estados miembros, en virtud de un borrador de ley aprobado hoy por la comisión de Libertades. (Más…: Europa armoniza los derechos de los menores en procedimientos judiciales )

 

No tax hike to fund the EU, say MEPs

BUDG Budget05-02-2015 - 13:38

EU budget funding must be reformed, but not by adding to the burden on taxpayers, urged Budgets Committee MEPs in Thursday’s debate on the first report by the High Level Group on Own Resources (HLG). Headed by former Italian prime minister Mario Monti, the HLG is working on proposals for a simpler, fairer, more transparent and more democratically accountable system, which the European Parliament has been advocating since 2006. (Read more: No tax hike to fund the EU, say MEPs )