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Cheaper mobile calls and open internet: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal

ITRE Free movement of services30-06-2015 - 12:42

An informal deal to ban surcharges ("roaming fees") for making mobile phone calls, sending text messages or using the internet while abroad in another EU country from 15 June 2017 was struck by MEPs and EU ministers in the small hours of Tuesday morning. MEPs also inserted guarantees that all internet traffic is treated equally, without discrimination. To enter into force, this informal deal needs to be formally endorsed by the full Parliament and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Cheaper mobile calls and open internet: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal )

 
 

EP President Martin Schulz said the EU institutions are appealing to the Greek people to vote in favour of their proposals during Sunday's referendum. Speaking about proposals made to continue economic support for the country, Schulz said yesterday this represented "a hand stretched to the Greek people", adding that the result of the referendum would prove "fundamental" to Greece's position in the euro zone. (Read more: President Schulz on EU proposals: "A hand stretched to the Greek people" )

 

Germanwings crash: how to improve aviation safety in the EU

Others Transport30-06-2015 - 11:25
Transport Committee MEPs discusses aviation safety with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Executive Director Patrick Ky and the European Commission on Monday afternoon, after the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps in March.  

The Germanwings disaster in the French Alps on 24 March raised important questions about air safety after investigators discovered the co-pilot has intentionally crashed the plane, killing 150 people. The transport committee discussed on 29 June how to prevent this from happening again with the European Commission and Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). They also discussed the recommendations of an EASA task force dedicated to the crash. (Read more: Germanwings crash: how to improve aviation safety in the EU )

 

TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments

INTA External/international trade29-06-2015 - 18:24

International Trade Committee MEPs on Monday paved the way for a plenary vote on the European Parliament’s draft recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership (TTIP) negotiators, by retabling the June plenary amendments which had been referred back for reconsideration. The committee took the decision in two separate votes –one to retable the plenary amendments, and the other to retable requests for split or separate votes. (Read more: TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments )

 

Extraordinary Conference of Presidents convenes to discuss Greece

Others Institutions29-06-2015 - 17:42
Extraordinary meeting of the Conference of Presidents to discuss the latest developments concerning Greece with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker  

Today the European Parliament's Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) discussed the latest situation on Greece with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Conference of Presidents then discussed the situation further and adopted a position on the immediate next step that should be taken. (Read more: Extraordinary Conference of Presidents convenes to discuss Greece )

 

Transport Committee MEPs will discuss aviation safety with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Executive Director Patrick Ky and the European Commission on Monday afternoon, after the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps in March. (Read more: MEPs debate air safety on Monday following Germanwings air crash in March )

 

Chinese Premier visits the European Parliament

Others Institutions29-06-2015 - 12:09
EP President Martin Schulz and  Li Keqiang, Premier of the People's Republic of China  

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited the European Parliement in Brussels today where he was welcomed by President Martin Schulz. Following the meeting they had, Schulz tweeted it had been "a very useful meeting on security, climate, trade, investment and the euro zone". (Read more: Chinese Premier visits the European Parliament )

 

EP this week: Greece, TTIP, corporate tax, aviation safety

Others Institutions29-06-2015 - 09:50
Parliament building in Brussels  

The situation in Greece will be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the Conference of Presidents, made up of the EP President and the political group leaders, at 14.15 CET today. In addition MEPs vote on how to deal with the amendments that have led to the postponement of the TTIP negotiations and discuss European Commission plans on corporate taxes. Parliamentary committees will also discuss lessons to be learnt from the Germanwings tragedy in March and how to tackle hate speech. (Read more: EP this week: Greece, TTIP, corporate tax, aviation safety )

 

The European Commission’s weak response to the first EU citizens’ initiative (ECI) petition, on the “Right2Water”, could discredit the ECI system, warn Environment Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. It “lacks any real ambition and failed to meet the demands of the organizers”, they add. ECIs enable citizens to ask the Commission to propose laws in areas within its competence, if they can muster at least one million signatures from at least a quarter of EU member states. (Read more: Right2water citizens’ initiative: Commission must act, say MEPs )

 
EP President Schulz press statement at the arrival of the European Council meeting, 25 of June 2015  

EP President Martin Schulz said he hoped a compromise on Greece would be reached shortly, allowing the country to stay in the euro zone. Speaking at the start of the European Council on 25 June, Schulz said: “We are called upon to carefully weigh the risks and choose the path least likely to make citizens liable for a crisis they have not caused.” He said a deal should also pave the way for improving the sustainability of Greek debt. (Read more: Schulz on need for Greece deal: “We're called upon to carefully weigh the risks” )