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Climate change: MEPs discuss roadmap to Paris conference

Plenary Session Environment28-01-2015 - 20:16
The logo of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, the Cop 21 summit in Paris, on January 14, 2015. ©BELGA/AFP/J.Demarthon  

The roadmap to the 21st UN climate conference, in Paris (France) in December, was debated by MEPs, the Latvian Presidency and Commissioner Arias Cañete on Wednesday. The conference of parties (COP21) to the UN Convention on Climate Change aims to deliver a worldwide climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol. (Read more: Climate change: MEPs discuss roadmap to Paris conference )

 
 

Juncker plan welcomed by most political groups

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs28-01-2015 - 19:33
Euro illustration  

The Commission vice-president for growth and investment, Jyrki Katainen, called on Parliament on Wednesday to do its utmost to ensure the Juncker plan for strategic investment would be up and running by June. He stressed the importance of the plan's three pillars: the fund itself, the project pipeline and the completion of the internal market. (Read more: Juncker plan welcomed by most political groups )

 
 

Parlement bespreekt anti-terrorismemaatregelen

Plenaire vergadering Justitie en binnenlandse zaken28-01-2015 - 18:58
MEPs give their views on measures to tackle terrorism during a debate with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos today in the EP hemicycle  

Het Parlement heeft woensdag in het debat met Commissaris Dimitris Avramopoulos van Binnenlandse Zaken gesproken over Europese maatregelen tegen terrorisme. Onder meer de rol van Europol, een betere uitwisseling van inlichtingen, het voorkomen van radicalisering en de Europese Agenda voor Veiligheid kwamen aan de orde. Parlementariërs stemmen tijdens de komende plenaire zitting van 9-12 februari over de betreffende resolutie. De Raad vergadert op 12 februari over anti-terrorismemaatregelen. (Lees meer: Parlement bespreekt anti-terrorismemaatregelen )

 
 

Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council

ECON Economic and monetary affairs27-01-2015 - 15:53

The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users. (Read more: Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council )

 
 

Money laundering: company owner lists to fight tax crime and terrorist financing

Others Justice and home affairs / Economic and monetary affairs27-01-2015 - 15:30

The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to help to fight money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved. (Read more: Money laundering: company owner lists to fight tax crime and terrorist financing )

 
 

“Solidarity should not replace necessary decisions”, Schäuble tells MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs27-01-2015 - 13:40
Wolfgang Schäuble, german  and Pier Carlo Padoan italian Finace minsters at ECON  

EU solidarity should not replace decisions that must be taken in countries suffering economic difficulties, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in Tuesday’s special debate on the review of the economic governance framework. His Italian colleague Pier Carlo Paduan, vehemently rejected criticism of measures to bring down Italy’s deficit and stressed the need to better coordinate reform policies. (Read more: “Solidarity should not replace necessary decisions”, Schäuble tells MEPs )

 
 

A new, improved EU Transparency Register was launched on Tuesday with the aim of making EU-decision-making and the activities of lobbyists more transparent and more accountable while also giving lobbyists more incentives to register and making the database easier for lobbyists and the public to access. (Read more: Commission and Parliament implement new rules on Transparency Register )

 
 

MEPs to discuss investor protection and regulatory aspects of TTIP

INTA JURI External/international trade27-01-2015 - 10:56

Investor protection, including investor-to-state disputes, and regulatory aspects in the forthcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be discussed on Tuesday, at a joint hearing with the trade and legal affairs committees. (Read more: MEPs to discuss investor protection and regulatory aspects of TTIP )

 
 

Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs26-01-2015 - 18:06
Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen discuss the proposed fund for strategic investments with the EP Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee  

The European Commission calculates that the Juncker Plan for a European Strategic Investments Fund will create 1.3 million jobs, said Commissioner for Growth and Jobs Jyrki Katainen in a debate with Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. If projects incur losses, the public share of their funding will take the first blow. "That's why they are interesting for private investors", he said. (Read more: Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs )

 
 

Foreign Affairs MEPs discuss Ukraine following Mariupol attack

AFET External relations26-01-2015 - 14:27

The Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the situation in Ukraine with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, and representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) on Monday at 16.00. This follows the dramatic escalation of violence in the Donbas region in recent days, including the shelling of Mariupol on Saturday, which left more than 30 civilians dead. (Read more: Foreign Affairs MEPs discuss Ukraine following Mariupol attack )