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The EU police agency Europol will soon be able to step up efforts to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other criminal offences and respond faster, thanks to new governance rules endorsed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Thursday. The new powers come with strong data protection safeguards and democratic oversight. (Read more: Europol: MEPs endorse new powers to step up EU police counter-terrorism drive )

 

Recognizing rights of domestic workers and carers in the EU

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities28-04-2016 - 14:05
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Domestic workers and carers, most of whom are migrant women, should be given an official status in the EU. Recognizing their work as "real" jobs would discourage exploitation, forced labour and human trafficking, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs recommend establishing easy-to-manage models for legal employer-worker relationships, citing examples in Belgium and France, to end precariousness and undeclared domestic work. (Read more: Recognizing rights of domestic workers and carers in the EU )

 

Mepit: Lapsen edun oltava etusijalla rajat ylittävissä huoltajuuskiistoissa

Täysistunto Kansalaisten oikeudet / Oikeus- ja sisäasiat28-04-2016 - 13:43
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Euroopan parlamentti huomauttaa torstaina hyväksymässään päätöslauselmassa, että rajat ylittävissä huoltajuuskiistoissa ja adoptiopäätöksissä lapset kärsivät eniten, jos EU-maat eivät onnistu tekemään yhteistyötä ja suojaamaan lapsen etua. Mepit kehottavat EU-maita nimeämään niiden perhetuomioistuimiin erityisiä osastoja, jotta rajat ylittävien kiistojen käsittely nopeutuisi. (Lue lisää: Mepit: Lapsen edun oltava etusijalla rajat ylittävissä huoltajuuskiistoissa )

 

EU budget management: Commission spending for 2014 approved

Plenary Session Budgetary control28-04-2016 - 13:31

The European Commission managed its 2014 EU budget funds according to the rules, so Parliament granted it a “discharge” approval for that year, in a resolution voted on Thursday. Parliament’s own management of EU funds in 2014 was also approved. However, Parliament postponed approving spending by three joint private sector-EU partnerships in technology field, the Council of Ministers and the European Council. (Read more: EU budget management: Commission spending for 2014 approved )

 

No blank cheque for Turkey, say MEPs in debate on EU-Turkey deal

Täysistunto Euroopan tulevaisuus/yhdentyminen / Ulkosuhteet28-04-2016 - 12:06
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The implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement on migration, its legal aspects and democratic control were debated by MEPs, First Vice-President of the Commission Frans Timmermans and Dutch Minister for Immigration Klaas Dijkhoff on Thursday morning. MEPs stressed that there must be no bargaining on visa liberalisation criteria. (Lue lisää: No blank cheque for Turkey, say MEPs in debate on EU-Turkey deal )

 

Interest rates: final vote to ensure robust and transparent benchmark setting

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs28-04-2016 - 12:03

Benchmark interest rates that are critical to financial market stability across Europe, such as the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR), will become more reliable thanks to a new law voted in by Parliament on Thursday. This law aims to clean up the benchmark-setting process, improve transparency, and prevent conflicts of interest like those that led to the LIBOR rigging scandals of recent years. (Read more: Interest rates: final vote to ensure robust and transparent benchmark setting )

 

Rules designed to reduce the technical obstacles that differing national standards and procedures create for rail operators and rolling stock manufacturers were approved by the European Parliament on Thursday. The rules agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on the “technical pillar” of the 4th railway package will cut time and cost of certifying that operators, locomotives and carriages meet safety and technical standards. (Read more: Eliminating technical and administrative obstacles to boost European railways )

 

Täysistunnon avauksessa muistettiin Tshernobylin tapahtumia

Täysistunto Toimielimet27-04-2016 - 17:46
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Parlamentin puhemies Martin Schulz muisti täysistunnon avauksessa Tshernobylissä 30 vuotta sitten tapahtuneen ydinonnettomuuden uhreja ja sankareita. Räjähdys ja sitä seurannut ydinreaktorin sulaminen johti laajaan radioaktiiviseen pilveen, joka saastutti laajoja alueita Venäjällä, Valko-Venäjällä, Ukrainassa ja Keski-Euroopassa aina Nordkappissa asti. Tämä onnettomuus muistuttaa meitä velvollisuudesta varmistaa, että Euroopan ydinreaktorit ovat turvallisia, Schulz totesi. (Lue lisää: Täysistunnon avauksessa muistettiin Tshernobylin tapahtumia )

 

Inter-religious dialogue to defeat radicalisation

Others Institutions27-04-2016 - 10:32

How European Muslims deal with radicalisation and the role that women can play in countering it and promoting de-radicalisation were discussed in a conference held in the European Parliament on Tuesday. Projects on the ground and what to do to confront the phenomenon at national and EU levels were also debated with leading-edge experts. (Read more: Inter-religious dialogue to defeat radicalisation )

 

Towards emission curbs for off-road machinery

ENVI Environment26-04-2016 - 16:54

Plans to update EU type approval rules and emission limits for internal combustion engines in non-road mobile machinery (NRMM), such as lawn mowers, bulldozers, diesel locomotives and inland waterway vessels, were backed by the Environment Committee on Wednesday. These plans had already been agreed with the Dutch Presidency of the Council. NRMM engines account for about 15% of all NOx and 5% of particulate emissions in the EU. (Read more: Towards emission curbs for off-road machinery )