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Interview with Giovanni La Via  

Het eerste universele en juridisch bindende mondiale klimaatakkoord werd in Parijs in december vorig jaar door 195 landen goedgekeurd tijdens de COP21 conferentie. Het Parlement wil dat de EU het Parijse klimaatakkoord zo spoedig mogelijk ratificeert om ervoor te zorgen dat het snel in werking kan treden. We spraken met de voorzitter van de milieucommissie, Giovanni La Via, over de betrokkenheid van het Parlement bij de uitvoering van het klimaatakkoord en toekomstige uitdagingen. (Lees meer: Klimaatakkoord van Parijs: "We werken aan een snelle inwerkingtreding" )

 

Cleaner cars: Internal Market MEPs debate changes to type-approval rules

IMCO Free movement of goods / Consumers / Environment29-09-2016 - 13:19

MEPs’ plans to tighten up EU car “type approval” rules, in the wake of the VW scandal, were discussed in the Internal Market Committee on Thursday. These include stricter supervision of tests done before a car can be placed on the market and more stringent obligations on EU member states to check that those already on the road meet all EU safety, environmental and production requirements. (Read more: Cleaner cars: Internal Market MEPs debate changes to type-approval rules )

 

Budget Committee MEPs reversed all the cuts proposed by the Council to the draft 2017 EU budget to meet the needs of the migration crisis and slow economic growth, in a vote on Wednesday. They also boosted funding to fight youth unemployment and increased spending on research and infrastructure projects. The full plenary will vote on 26 October on a proposed budget amounting to €161.8bn in commitments, €4.13bn more than the original Commission proposal. (Read more: MEPs reject EU Budget 2017 Council cuts: more funds for migration, jobs, youth )

 

Transparency register: an eagerly-awaited strengthening

Others Institutions28-09-2016 - 11:10

After five years’ existence, the transparency register, of independent organisations and people whose business is to influence EU decision-taking processes, is to evolve into a mandatory system covering all EU institutions. This is "an eagerly-awaited reform", said European Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume, welcoming the proposed inter-institutional agreement tabled by the European Commission on 28 September. (Read more: Transparency register: an eagerly-awaited strengthening )

 

Debate on possible suspension of structural funds for Spain and Portugal

ECON REGI Economic and monetary affairs / Regional policy27-09-2016 - 17:39

Should EU Structural and Investment Funds for Spain and Portugal be suspended, following Council’s 12 July decision to trigger the “excessive deficit” procedure? MEPs from the Regional Development and Economic Affairs committees will debate a possible suspension of structural funds for Spain and Portugal with the EU Commission in Strasbourg on Monday 3 October, in room Louise Weiss N1.3, starting at 18.00. (Read more: Debate on possible suspension of structural funds for Spain and Portugal )

 

The European Parliament is sending a delegation of MEPs to Colombia this week to accompany and observe its referendum on the newly signed peace agreement. MEPs “expect and hope” that on Sunday 2 October Colombian voters will back the peace agreement reached by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). (Read more: European Parliament delegation to observe Colombia’s peace deal referendum )

 

Chair Werner Langen kicked off Tuesday’s hearing with the investigative journalists behind the Panama Papers revelations by announcing that the inquiry committee will also look into the recent Bahama Leaks affair and the case of former Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who failed to declare a directorship in an offshore firm while she held the competition portfolio. (Read more: Chairman Werner Langen: Panama Papers committee will also look into Bahama Leaks )

 

Euro area economy showed resilience after UK referendum, Mario Draghi tells MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs26-09-2016 - 18:36

The recovery in the euro area is expected to continue at a moderate and steady pace, but slower than envisaged in June due to a lower foreign demand outlook, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee members on Monday. On the positive side, he said that the euro area economy showed resilience to global and political uncertainty, notably following the UK referendum outcome. (Read more: Euro area economy showed resilience after UK referendum, Mario Draghi tells MEPs )

 

Plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens entering the Schengen area were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. If approved by Parliament and Council, it will allow Ukrainians who have a biometric passport to enter the EU area without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes. (Read more: Civil liberties MEPs back plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainians )

 

Deze week: Panama papers, roaming, EU-begroting

overig Instellingen26-09-2016 - 17:56
Parliament building in Brussels  

De enquêtecommissie naar de Panama papers begint deze week haar werkzaamheden met een hoorzitting met journalisten die onthulden hoe belastingontduikers hun geld in belastingparadijzen verborgen. De industriecommissie bespreekt het nieuwe voorstel van de Europese Commissie om misbruik van de afschaffing van roamingtarieven te voorkomen. (Lees meer: Deze week: Panama papers, roaming, EU-begroting )