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All MEPs to have access to all confidential TTIP documents

INTA External/international trade02-12-2015 - 13:52

All Members of the European Parliament will have access to all categories of confidential documents relating to the EU’s Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA, under a European Parliament/European Commission agreement approved by the College of Commissioners on Wednesday. The accessible documents will include the so-called “consolidated texts”, which reflect the US position. (Read more: All MEPs to have access to all confidential TTIP documents )

 

Permanent relocation scheme and list of safe countries of origin: state of play

LIBE Immigration / Asylum policy01-12-2015 - 19:16
Refugees walk, at the Köszke's train station, Hungary, to take a train, chartered by the hungarian authorities, to go to the austrian border, on september 14, 2015. ©UNHCR/Olivier Laban-Mattei  

Two legislative proposals to tackle the migration and refugee crisis, one on a permanent mechanism for relocating people in need of international protection among EU member states under extreme pressure and another on an EU common list of safe countries of origin, were debated by the Civil Liberties Committee with the EU Commission, Council of Ministers, European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) on Tuesday afternoon. (Read more: Permanent relocation scheme and list of safe countries of origin: state of play )

 

EU PNR: lead MEP optimistic on prospects of a deal meeting Parliament's concerns

LIBE Justice and home affairs01-12-2015 - 18:23

Civil Liberties Committee MEP Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK), who is leading three-way talks with the Council and Commission on the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal on the use of air passengers' data to fight terrorism and serious transnational crime, briefed the committee on their progress on Tuesday. The rapporteur who listed the key issues in the ongoing negotiations, was optimistic that a deal addressing Parliament’s concerns could be struck by the end of this year. (Read more: EU PNR: lead MEP optimistic on prospects of a deal meeting Parliament's concerns )

 

Environment MEPs oppose new GM maize authorization

ENVI Environment01-12-2015 - 16:52

The Commission should not authorise the use of glyphosate-tolerant GM maize NK603 x T25 in food and feed, says a resolution adopted by the environment committee on Tuesday. The Commission should suspend any authorisations for GM food and feed as long as the procedure, currently under review, has not been improved, say MEPs. (Read more: Environment MEPs oppose new GM maize authorization )

 

Economic affairs MEPs ask EU Commission to table corporate tax measures

ECON Economic and monetary affairs01-12-2015 - 11:14

The EU Commission is asked to table measures to improve corporate tax transparency, coordination and EU-wide policy convergence in legislative recommendations voted by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday. These recommendations build on the work of Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax Rulings, set up in the wake of the “Luxleaks” revelations, whose recommendations were approved at the 26 November plenary session. (Read more: Economic affairs MEPs ask EU Commission to table corporate tax measures )

 

Data protection reform: lead MEPs optimistic about reaching a deal by year’s-end

LIBE Fundamental rights / Justice and home affairs30-11-2015 - 18:59

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs negotiating the EU data protection reform (regulation and directive) in three-way “trilogue” talks with the Council and Commission briefed the committee on their progress on Monday evening. Both rapporteurs aim to reach a deal on these files by the end of 2015. (Read more: Data protection reform: lead MEPs optimistic about reaching a deal by year’s-end )

 
Europol: Assisting Member States in fighting international crime ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

The EU police agency Europol will be able to step up efforts to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other criminal offences and respond faster, thanks to a deal struck by Parliament and Council on new governance rules endorsed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday. The new powers come with strong data protection safeguards and democratic oversight. (Read more: Europol: deal on new powers to step up EU police cooperation and fight terrorism )

 

Make it easier for migrants to complain about Frontex border guards, MEP say

LIBE PETI Fundamental rights24-11-2015 - 11:45
Frontex rescue operation in action in the Mediterranean sea.  

The EU’s Frontex border agency should set up a mechanism to process individual complaints about alleged breaches of the fundamental rights of migrants and asylum seekers, say MEPs in a joint resolution voted by the Civil Liberties and Petitions committees on Monday. MEPs want the the European Commission to include provisions for this mechanism in a review of the Frontex regulation, due in December. (Read more: Make it easier for migrants to complain about Frontex border guards, MEP say )

 

Terrorist attacks: MEPs demand more information-sharing and coordination in EU

LIBE Justice and home affairs19-11-2015 - 13:15

The urgent need to step up information-sharing among EU member states and between them and Europol to fight terrorism, the work on the Passenger Name Records data (EU PNR) proposal and the de-radicalisation of EU citizens joining terrorist organisations were among the topics discussed by MEPs with Europol chief Rob Wainwright and Council and Commission representatives on Thursday. (Read more: Terrorist attacks: MEPs demand more information-sharing and coordination in EU )

 

MEPs called on Wednesday for more focus on migration and security and more flexibility in the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), after foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and neighbourhood policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn presented their proposals for a new ENP to the foreign affairs committee. (Read more: Revised EU Neighbourhood Policy must focus on security and migration, say MEPs )