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Barnier and Nouy talk banking union and bank bonuses with MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs18-03-2014 - 13:57

Work on setting up the EU's bank supervisor and undertaking the planned asset quality review is "well on track", ECB bank supervisor chair Daniele Nouy told the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Legislators on all sides now need to show willingness to compromise in order to agree on a mechanism for winding down banks that can deliver rapid and reliable decisions and mobilise credible and readily accessible funding, she added. (Read more: Barnier and Nouy talk banking union and bank bonuses with MEPs )

 
 

New rules on funding EU political parties and foundations

AFCO Institutions18-03-2014 - 13:03

Plans to reform the funding arrangements and legal status of European political parties and their affiliated foundations were backed by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The new rules, already informally agreed with Council, should clarify the finances of these bodies and enhance their European character. A system to monitor compliance and impose penalties for breaches is also part of the deal. (Read more: New rules on funding EU political parties and foundations )

 
 

Measures to encourage lobbyists working with the EU to sign the EU’s public “Transparency Register” were backed by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Tuesday. MEPs reiterated their demand that the register be made compulsory and meanwhile approved new provisions to push interest groups to make their relations with the EU more transparent. (Read more: New measures to encourage lobbyists to sign the EU Transparency Register )

 
 
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Internet providers should no longer be able to block or slow down internet services provided by their competitors, says the Industry Committee which on Tuesday approved rules to protect net neutrality. Under the latest draft EU “telecoms” package legislation, MEPs also voted against "roaming charges", extra costs for using a mobile phone in another EU country. These charges should be banned from 15 December 2015, MEPs say. (Read more: Net neutrality:Industry MEPs want stricter rules against blocking rival services )

 
 

Posting of Workers: Employment Committee backs EP/Council deal

EMPL Employment policy18-03-2014 - 11:42

Workers posted abroad temporarily to provide services would be better protected under a Parliament/Council informal deal endorsed by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Parliament's negotiators strengthened the draft to clarify rules for companies, by distinguishing genuine posting from attempts to circumvent the law, but also gave EU member states some flexibility in carrying out compliance inspections. (Read more: Posting of Workers: Employment Committee backs EP/Council deal )

 
 

The EU should ban visas and freeze the EU assets of 32 Russian officials involved in the case of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, said the Foreign Affairs Committee in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Mr Magnitsky died in pre-trial detention in 2009, after allegedly having been tortured and deprived of medical care. The resolution names the officials. (Read more: Put 32 Russian officials on an EU „Magnitsky list”, urge Foreign Affairs MEPs )

 
 

Draft truck design rule changes, to allow designers to make it easier for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists and improve bodywork streamlining to cut pollutant emissions, were backed by Transport Committee MEPs on Tuesday. The rules would allow designs to exceed current maximum length and weight limits in order to improve performance in these areas. (Read more: Transport MEPs push for safer, more environmentally-friendly trucks )

 
 

Discharge 2012: Riga-based BEREC agency and Council fail discharge test

CONT Budgetary control17-03-2014 - 16:51

The European Commission’s management of EU funds in 2012 won the Budgetary Control Committee’s “budget discharge” seal of approval on Tuesday. Yet MEPs expressed reservations about the high error rate in agriculture and regional policy spending at national level. In separate votes, discharges to the Council and the Riga-based electronic communications regulatory body BEREC were postponed. (Read more: Discharge 2012: Riga-based BEREC agency and Council fail discharge test )

 
 

Bank resolution mechanism: MEPs welcome progress, signal crucial work remains

ECON Economic and monetary affairs12-03-2014 - 19:40

Below is a statement from the lead MEPs negotiating the bank single resolution mechanism legislation (Read more: Bank resolution mechanism: MEPs welcome progress, signal crucial work remains )

 
 

Environment MEPs clamp down on wasteful plastic carrier bags

ENVI Environment11-03-2014 - 11:18

EU states would have to reduce the consumption of most common and polluting plastic bags by 80% by 2019, under draft rules backed by the Environment Committee on Monday. To this end, MEPs recommend using economic instruments such as taxes and levies, marketing restrictions or bans. Plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental concern, known to affect water bodies and aquatic eco-systems in particular. (Read more: Environment MEPs clamp down on wasteful plastic carrier bags )