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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 )

 
 

EP-leden reageren op opkoopprogramma ECB

overig Economische en monetaire zaken23-01-2015 - 12:22
 

Op 22 januari kondigde de Europese Centrale Bank (ECB) haar programma voor kwantitatieve versoepeling aan om iedere maand voor 60 miljard euro aan obligaties van de staat en de privésector op te kopen tot minstens september 2016. Met deze actie probeert de ECB de inflatie te vergroten en de economie aan te zwengelen. De maatregel wordt door sommigen bekritiseerd omdat dit niet het juiste middel zou zijn. (Lees meer: EP-leden reageren op opkoopprogramma ECB )

 
 
Panorama van Budapest  

De recente inperkingen van non-gouvernementele organisaties (ngo’s) en de media en de mogelijkheden voor de EU om toezicht te houden op de grondrechten in de lidstaten, waren de belangrijkste kwesties die tijdens de hoorzitting over de mensenrechtensituatie in Hongarije aan bod kwamen. De hoorzitting vond plaats op 22 januari in de commissie Burgerlijke vrijheden, justitie en binnenlandse zaken met vertegenwoordigers van ngo's, internationale organisaties en de Hongaarse regering. (Lees meer: Ngo’s, persvrijheid en rol van EU staan centraal in mensenrechtendebat Hongarije )

 
 

Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFET AGRI CULT DEVE ECON AFCO EMPL ENVI FEMM IMCO INTA ITRE JURI LIBE PECH REGI TRAN Institutions22-01-2015 - 14:32

The priorities of Latvia’s EU Council Presidency will be outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Latvian ministers in a series of meetings to be held during the last two weeks of January. (Read more: Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )