The EU cannot tolerate shameless discrimination of millions of its citizens on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs said on Friday, the International Day against Homophobia. EU member states must stop blocking the proposed anti-discrimination directive, they added.
Parliament wants a timely remedy for the 2013 budget shortfalls and is ready to intensify negotiations on the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF). These were the key conclusions of this morning's European Parliament Budgets Committee meeting.
On 24 January 2013 the Internal Market Committee adopted its position on draft rules setting out minimum EU requirements for the award by public authorities of "concession" contracts to procure works or services from private suppliers. These contracts are typically high-value, complex and long-term. These Q&A deal with certain aspects of the committee text, on which informal negotiations are now under way with the Council headed by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission.
The growing globalisation of data flows, via social networks, cloud computing, search engines, location-based services, etc, arguably increases the risk that people could lose control of their own data. MEPs are debating a major overhaul of current EU data protection rules which aims to put people in control of their personal data and to build trust both in social media and in online shopping and communication in general.
The EU Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) and Directive (CRD) aim to stabilise and strengthen the banking system by making banks set aside more and higher quality capital as a cushion against crises. The new rules should also foster a convergence of supervisory practices across the EU. Banks that are better able to withstand future crises should be more capable of financing investment and growth.
El proyecto español Europe on Track ha sido galardonado este mediodía con el Premio Europeo Carlomagno 2013. En una ceremonia celebrada en la Universidad de Aquisgrán (Alemania), el representante de AEGEE-Europe, Luis Alvarado, ha recogido el premio de manos del Presidente del Parlamento Europeo Martin Schulz.
El proyecto Europe on Track representará a España en el Premio Europeo Carlomagno de la Juventud 2013. Presentado por Luis Alvarado Martínez, Presidente de AEGEE-Europe, el jurado ha destacado que: "Europe on Track es un trabajo de investigación realizado por jóvenes europeos que anima a otros a expresar sus opiniones de forma constructiva, promociona el debate y analiza desde diferentes ángulos y puntos de vista los valores comunes de los europeos".
El concurso se centrará en el Año Europeo de la Ciudadanía 2013.