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MEPs refer new rules on re-registering cars back to committee

Plenary Session Transport16-04-2014 - 15:33

Draft rules to simplify re-registering of car or motorbike when the owner moves to a new EU country were referred back to the Internal Market Committee on Wednesday for further discussion, because the Council of Ministers was not yet ready to close a deal on them. (Read more: MEPs refer new rules on re-registering cars back to committee )

 
 

Never again? Debate to mark WW1 centenary

Plenary Session Institutions16-04-2014 - 14:55
From L to R_Martin Schulz EP President, Evangelos Venizelos European Coucil representative, José Manuel Barroso EC President, Joseph Daul EPP, Hannes Swoboda S&D, Guy Verhofstadt ALDE, Daniel Cohn-Bendit VERTs, Martin Callanan ECR, Gabriele Zimmer GUE/NGL, Nigel Farage EFD  

One century ago Europe was on the brink of one of history's deadliest conflicts that would change our world forever. MEPs commemorated the centenary of the Great War during a debate on 16 April, warning that peace and stability should never be taken for granted. They also called for more integration and stressed the importance of fighting nationalism to ensure peace, stability and security in Europe. (Read more: Never again? Debate to mark WW1 centenary )

 
 

Debate on future financing of the EU budget at 15.00

Plenary Session Budget16-04-2014 - 13:44

MEPs are set to debate at 15.00 how the EU budget should be put together. A large majority of MEPs believes that the budget relies too heavily on member states’ contributions (these now make up 64%) and want them replaced by real “own resources” as prescribed by the Treaty. (Read more: Debate on future financing of the EU budget at 15.00 )

 
 

Parliament backs EU-wide plans to stem the spread of invasive alien species

Plenary Session Environment16-04-2014 - 13:29
Asian tiger mosquito feeding on a human blood.  

Measures to stop invasive alien species of plants animals or insects getting into the EU, or limit the ecological and economic damage caused by those that do, were backed by Parliament on Wednesday. The legislation bans species declared to be of “Union concern” and requires more and better-coordinated action by member states to tackle the threat. (Read more: Parliament backs EU-wide plans to stem the spread of invasive alien species)

 
 

New rules on funding EU political parties and foundations

Plenary Session Institutions16-04-2014 - 13:19

Plans to reform the funding arrangements and legal status of European political parties and their affiliated foundations were backed by Parliament on Wednesday. The new rules, informally agreed with Council, will clarify the finances of these bodies and enhance their European character. A method 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 )

 
 

MEPs clamp down on wasteful use of plastic carrier bags

Plenary Session Environment16-04-2014 - 13:14
A shopper with carrier bags as ministers have made a "complete mess" of moves to introduce a 5p charge on carrier bags in England  

EU countries would have to reduce the use of the most common and most polluting plastic bags by at at least 80% by 2019, under draft rules backed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs recommend using taxes and levies, marketing restrictions or bans. Plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem, known to pollute water bodies and aquatic eco-systems in particular. (Read more: MEPs clamp down on wasteful use of plastic carrier bags )

 
 

MEPs confirm call for tougher measures against unfair imports

Plenary Session External/international trade16-04-2014 - 13:12

The EU should raise anti-dumping tariffs against dumped or subsidized imports from third countries and do much more to help small firms take advantage of EU measures to combat them, said Parliament on Wednesday, confirming its position on plans to update EU trade defence instruments. It also wants tougher tariffs against environmental or social dumping, and against dumping assisted by third country export subsidies. (Read more: MEPs confirm call for tougher measures against unfair imports )

 
 

Migrants: Parliament approves search and rescue rules to prevent deaths at sea

Plenary Session Fundamental rights / Immigration16-04-2014 - 13:01
Boat with full of refugees  

New search and rescue rules to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants and where they should disembark them were approved by Parliament on Wednesday. The regulation, already informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators, should enter into force before this summer. (Read more: Migrants: Parliament approves search and rescue rules to prevent deaths at sea)

 
 

Better enforcing posted workers’ rights

Plenary Session Social policy / Employment policy16-04-2014 - 12:57
Construction workers do their job on the site of the European Central Bank's (ECB) new headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany  

Workers posted abroad temporarily to provide services would be better protected by a draft law already informally agreed with the Council, and endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. Parliament's negotiators strengthened the draft by clarifying the rules to distinguish genuine posting from attempts to circumvent the law but also gave EU member states some flexibility to carry out checks. Building industry contractors and subcontractors would be jointly and severally liable for abuses of labour law. (Read more: Better enforcing posted workers’ rights)

 
 

Invasive alien species: "The damage and costs continue to increase"

Plenary Session Environment16-04-2014 - 11:36
Asian hornet preying on a bee  

One of the worst threats to Europe's biodiversity and ecosystems is plant and animals species coming from other countries and continents, which often cause the near extinction of native species. On 16 April MEPs approved new rules to tackle this issue. “Invasive alien species are the second most significant threat to biodiversity after habitat loss and they are also recognised as a major cause of species extinction,” said Pavel Poc, the MEP responsible for steering the proposal through the EP. (Read more: Invasive alien species: "The damage and costs continue to increase")