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Trade secrets: freedom of expression must be protected, say legal affairs MEPs

JURI Citizens' rights / Competition16-06-2015 - 12:52

Plans to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets were backed by the legal affairs committee on Tuesday. The committee clarified the draft rules to ensure respect for freedom of expression and information, including media freedom, and provide adequate protection for whistle-blowers. (Read more: Trade secrets: freedom of expression must be protected, say legal affairs MEPs )

 

New TTIP timeline: Trade Committee to decide fate of 116 amendments on 29 June

INTA External/international trade16-06-2015 - 11:21

Parliament's International Trade Committee will hold an extraordinary meeting on 29 June in Brussels to decide whether the 116 amendments tabled to Parliament's draft recommendations to Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiators should be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole, the political groups represented in the committee decided on Monday. (Read more: New TTIP timeline: Trade Committee to decide fate of 116 amendments on 29 June )

 

"Ball now in Greek camp" Mario Draghi tells economic and monetary affairs MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs15-06-2015 - 18:40
On Monday, 15 June, from ECON welcomed ECB's President Mario Draghi for the second Monetary Dialogue of this year.  

The European Central Bank is doing all it can to facilitate a successful outcome of the ongoing talks with Greece, ECB President Mario Draghi assured Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. But he also made it crystal clear that ultimately, disbursing any further financial assistance to Greece is "a political decision that will have to be taken by elected policymakers, not by central bankers". (Read more: "Ball now in Greek camp" Mario Draghi tells economic and monetary affairs MEPs )

 

Parliament looks forward to starting talks with ministers soon on reform to give the EU high common standards of data protection fit for the digital era, said its key negotiators on Monday, welcoming the Council's announcement that it had approved its negotiating mandate. The first meeting between the institutions is scheduled for 24 June and will be followed by a joint press conference. (Read more: Data protection: Parliament’s negotiators welcome Council negotiating brief )

 

MEPs regret that multinationals – the usual beneficiaries of tax rulings – seem unable to find time to discuss their tax practices in public before the European Parliament’s Tax Rulings Committee, despite its best efforts to accommodate them, they said on Tuesday. The companies invited, and their replies so far, are listed in the link to the right. (Read more: MEPs regret that multinationals are “unable” to meet the Tax Rulings Committee )

 

Seal products: internal market MEPs strengthen EU trade ban

IMCO Free movement of goods04-06-2015 - 12:00

An exception to the EU ban on trade in seal products was deleted by the Internal Market Committee on Thursday. MEPs ruled out EU sales of seal products from “maritime resource management” hunts, in line with a 2014 World Trade Organisation ruling. But another exception, for the Inuit community, whose way of life depends on these products, remains. (Read more: Seal products: internal market MEPs strengthen EU trade ban )

 
 

Measures to prevent and treat animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever were informally agreed by MEPs, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the European Commission on Monday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals and potentially to humans too, will merge and update many scattered items of old legislation, so as to help prevent and halt new outbreaks and keep pace with scientific progress. (Read more: Transmissible animal diseases: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal )

 

"I am proud of what has resulted from my case, including the establishment of this special committee. I see it as a recognition for my decision to go public", said Antoine Deltour in a hearing with members of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings on Monday. (Read more: Luxleaks whistle-blower Deltour wins broad support in Parliament )

 

Development MEPs call for action to target tax evasion in developing countries

DEVE Development and cooperation01-06-2015 - 18:01

Development MEPs called on companies in all countries to adopt country-by-country reporting and make all information public in order to fight tax evasion and illicit money flows in developing countries, in a resolution adopted on Monday afternoon. It also called on the EU's financial institutions to ensure that companies receiving EU support do not participate in tax evasion and avoidance. (Read more: Development MEPs call for action to target tax evasion in developing countries )

 

The European Parliament's special committee on tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect has initiated its work a few months ago and it has already organised many hearings at the European Parliament as well as several delegations in various Member States in order to gather as much information as possible. (Read more: Tax rulings and similar measures: committee invites contributions )