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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 )

 
 

Plans to prevent the introduction or halt the spread of “invasive alien species” of plants, animals or insects that cause ecological and economic damage were agreed by MEPs and the Greek Presidency of the Council on Wednesday. The draft legislation, which would require EU member states to coordinate their efforts, provides for a ban on species declared to be of “Union concern”. (Read more: Invasive alien species: MEPs reach agreement with the Greek Presidency )

 
 

MEPs lay out final offer on bank single resolution mechanism

ECON Economic and monetary affairs05-03-2014 - 14:53

The lead MEPs in charge for the second pillar of banking union, the single resolution mechanism, have begun preparing texts for Parliament’s April plenary vote. These texts will take on board concerns of some member states in a spirit of compromise, while at the same time maintaining a credible and fair system, able to reach the fundamental goals. The MEPs restate that they will not sign up to a system with serious and evident flaws. (Read more: MEPs lay out final offer on bank single resolution mechanism )

 
 

International Women’s Day: preventing violence against women across the EU

FEMM Women's rights/Equal opportunities05-03-2014 - 09:34

MEPs and national MPs will debate how to make EU and national measures to prevent violence against women work better across the EU at a European Parliament Women’s Rights Committee conference, to be held today to mark this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March. The conference takes place from 15.00 to 18.30 in room JAN 2Q2. (Read more: International Women’s Day: preventing violence against women across the EU )

 
 

EU has to pay its humanitarian aid bills, said budget MEPs

DEVE BUDG Development and cooperation / Budget04-03-2014 - 12:58

The EU must honour its promises to pay humanitarian aid bills by all possible means and make full use of the budget flexibility secured by Parliament, said speakers during a debate on Tuesday in the budgets committee on the funding difficulties affecting EU humanitarian aid. Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said the EU humanitarian aid portfolio needs a further €400 million. (Read more: EU has to pay its humanitarian aid bills, said budget MEPs )

 
 

840.000 euros para despedidos del sector textil valenciano

BUDG Presupuesto04-03-2014 - 10:41

La comisión de Presupuestos del Parlamento Europeo ha dado luz verde este martes a una ayuda de 840.000 euros procedentes del Fondo Europeo de Adaptación a la Globalización (FEAG) para 300 trabajadores del sector textil que han perdido su empleo en la Comunidad Valenciana, con el fin de contribuir a su reincorporación al mercado laboral. La movilización del fondo todavía tiene que recibir el visto bueno del pleno de la Eurocámara y del Consejo. (Más…: 840.000 euros para despedidos del sector textil valenciano )