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MEPs set priorities for a new impetus in development

DEVE Development and cooperation25-01-2017 - 10:01

The EU’s development policy needs new impetus to tackle new climate change, migration and security challenges, Development Committee MEPs say in a resolution voted on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs set priorities for a new impetus in development )

 
Dumping of solid urban waste ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

The share of waste to be recycled should be raised to 70% by 2030, from 44% today, while landfilling, which has a big environmental impact, should be limited to 5%, said Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday, as they amended the draft EU “waste package” legislation. They also advocate a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030. (Read more: Waste: boost recycling, cut landfilling and curb food waste, say MEPs )

 

The EU Commission should table a plan in 2017 to cut delays in EU-funded projects that aim to reduce disparities among EU regions by stimulating growth and job creation, say Regional Development Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. (Read more: Cut cohesion policy red tape, urge Regional Development Committee MEPs )

 

CETA: Trade Committee MEPs back EU-Canada agreement

INTA External/international trade24-01-2017 - 10:38

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the International Trade Committee on Tuesday. The full House is to vote on the deal in February. (Read more: CETA: Trade Committee MEPs back EU-Canada agreement )

 

Following an exchange of views with the members of the Committees on Budgets, Budgetary Control and Legal Affairs, a majority of the committees’ coordinators were satisfied that Commissioner Günther Oettinger is in a position to assume the portfolio that is transferred to him and look forward to a close working relationship. (Read more: Committees satisfied that Oettinger is in a position to assume budget portfolio )

 

Robots: Legal Affairs Committee calls for EU-wide rules

JURI Industry12-01-2017 - 12:27
Robot and human hands in handshake  

EU rules for the fast-evolving field of robotics, to settle issues such as compliance with ethical standards and liability for accidents involving driverless cars, should be put forward by the EU Commission, urged the Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday. (Read more: Robots: Legal Affairs Committee calls for EU-wide rules )

 

Progress in transferring asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other EU countries under an intra-EU deal and from third countries to EU territory will be assessed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Thursday. They will also discuss the results of the March 2016 deal with Turkey to improve the management of migration and refugee flows. (Read more: Refugees: MEPs to assess progress on transfers among EU countries )

 

An “effective and comprehensive European whistle-blower protection programme” should be proposed “immediately” by the EU Commission, urged the Budgetary Control Committee on Monday. (Read more: Budgetary Control Committee MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers )

 

Three parliamentary committees will quiz Commissioner Günther Oettinger about his new portfolio for Budget and Human Resources, which Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has asked him to take over from former Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. (Read more: MEPs to quiz Commissioner Oettinger on new budget portfolio )

 

Car emissions: first committee findings and draft recommendations

EMIS Transport / Consumers / Environment / Public health19-12-2016 - 16:24

Evidence of law enforcement shortcomings in EU member states as regards car emissions is set out in the draft report by the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurement in the Automotive Sector (EMIS), published on Monday. The report and draft recommendations were prepared jointly by co-rapporteurs Jens Gieseke (EPP, DE) and Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE, NL). EMIS will have a first public debate on the text on 12 January. (Read more: Car emissions: first committee findings and draft recommendations )