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The new European Solidarity Corps deserves its own budget – it should not be funded at the expense of the Erasmus+ or Europe for Citizens programmes, urge Culture and Education Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Offering young people an opportunity to take part in solidarity schemes all over Europe would help them to gain experience for future long-term jobs, they add. (Read more: EU Solidarity Corps not to be funded with Erasmus+ budget, urge culture MEPs )

 

A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced to keep pace with technological progress, agreed the Parliament’s and Council’s negotiators on Tuesday. (Read more: A to G energy scale for home appliances: EP/Council strike informal deal )

 

Citizens’ Parliament: the people say how they see the future of the EU

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions / Treaties21-03-2017 - 17:42

People from across Europe gathered in the European Parliament on Tuesday to share their views on the future of the European Union with MEPs. This event, called the Citizens’ Parliament, contributes to ongoing reflection on the EU as an asset for future, ahead of the EU heads of state or government meeting in Rome on 25 March. (Read more: Citizens’ Parliament: the people say how they see the future of the EU )

 

MEPs say unregistered lobbyists should be denied entry to Parliament’s premises

AFCO Constitutional affairs / Institutions21-03-2017 - 11:53

All EU lobbyists looking to influence legislation, should be required to sign the transparency register before being allowed to enter the European Parliament, says a resolution approved by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Tuesday. (Read more: MEPs say unregistered lobbyists should be denied entry to Parliament’s premises )

 

E-commerce: EU-wide rules to protect consumers better and stop rogue traders

IMCO Free movement of goods / Free movement of services21-03-2017 - 11:37

New powers for national authorities to check whether e-commerce websites geo-block consumers, track down rogue traders or even, subject to safeguards inserted by MEPs, order that websites hosting scams be shut down, were approved by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee on Tuesday. (Read more: E-commerce: EU-wide rules to protect consumers better and stop rogue traders )

 

Rule of law in Poland: Civil Liberties Committee to debate state of play

LIBE Fundamental rights21-03-2017 - 11:20

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will question Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans about the respect of the rule of law in Poland on Wednesday, at 16:45. The Commission began investigating the situation in Poland under the "Framework for addressing systemic threats to the Rule of Law" on 13 January 2016. The purpose of the meeting is to assess the progress of the investigation procedure and discuss possible further developments. (Read more: Rule of law in Poland: Civil Liberties Committee to debate state of play )

 

Textile imports: development MEPs call for rules to curb worker exploitation

DEVE Development and cooperation21-03-2017 - 10:00
Relatives of Rana Plaza victims hold photos of their loved ones. A year ago this week, more than 1,100 factory workers died when the eight-story Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed into a heap of bricks and fabric bolts. @Rohat Ali Rajib  

The EU Commission should propose rules obliging all players in the textile and clothing industry supply chain to respect the labour and human rights of their workers, say Development Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They also advocate introducing EU tariff preferences and labels for sustainably-produced textiles. (Read more: Textile imports: development MEPs call for rules to curb worker exploitation )

 

Id-dibattitu ewlieni tal-plenarja: Konklużjonijiet tas-Summit u futur tal-UE

Seduta plenarja Kunsill Ewropew / Istituzzjonijiet16-03-2017 - 16:14
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L-MEPs ewlenin tal-gruppi politiċi taw ir-reazzjonijiet tagħhom l-Erbgħa għall-Kunsill Ewropew tal-ġimgħa li għaddiet u ppreżentaw il-prijoritajiet tagħhom għad-dikjarazzjoni ta’ Ruma li ser tiffoka fuq il-futur tal-Ewropa. Il-maġġoranza tal-MEPs saħqu li jeħtieġ li l-Istati Membri jqiegħdu lill-UE fuq rotta fejn il-ħtieġijiet immedjati taċ-ċittadini jiġu indirizzati. (Aqra iktar dwar dan: Id-dibattitu ewlieni tal-plenarja: Konklużjonijiet tas-Summit u futur tal-UE )

 

Arctic: ban oil drilling and mitigate tensions, urge MEPs

Plenary Session External relations / Environment16-03-2017 - 12:44
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Climate change is bringing new environmental and security challenges in the Arctic, as the melting ice cap opens up new navigation and fishing routes, and competition for its natural resources heats up, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They call for measures to protect the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem, ban oil drilling there and keep it a low-tension and cooperation area. (Read more: Arctic: ban oil drilling and mitigate tensions, urge MEPs )

 

MEPs welcome 2016 reform efforts in Montenegro

Plenary Session External relations16-03-2017 - 12:34

Montenegro made further progress in its EU accession negotiations last year, topping the list of the most advanced EU accession countries, but corruption and organised crime remain a serious concern, said MEPs on Thursday. MEPs also highlight Russia’s attempts to influence developments in Montenegro, as it pursues Euro-Atlantic integration. (Read more: MEPs welcome 2016 reform efforts in Montenegro )