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EU:n avoimuusrekisteriä aiotaan uudistaa. Euroopan komissio on käynnistänyt julkisen kuulemisen ehdotuksesta tehdä rekisteröityminen pakolliseksi kaikille, jotka pyrkivät vaikuttamaan Euroopan unionin instituutioihin. Euroopan parlamentin varapuhemies Sylvie Guillaume ja komission varapuheenjohtaja Frans Timmermans järjestivät asiantuntijakeskustelun 2.5. parlamentin tiloissa Brysselissä. (Lue lisää: Parlamentti järjesti konferenssin pakollisesta avoimuusrekisteristä )

 
Parlamentissa tällä viikolla valiokuntien ja poliittisten ryhmien kokouksia.  

Maanantaina MEPit ja sidosryhmien edustajat keskustelevat mahdollisuudesta perustaa pakollinen ns. avoimuusrekisteri edunvalvojille. Parlamentin puhemies Martin Schulz luovuttaa tämänvuotiset Kaarle Suuri -nuorisopalkinnon Aachenissa tiistaina, ja sunnuntaina parlamentti avaa ovensa yleisölle Eurooppa-päivän kunniaksi. Samaan aikaan poliittiset ryhmät valmistelevat ensi viikon Strasbourgin täysistuntoa. (Lue lisää: Parlamentissa tällä viikolla: avoimet ovet, Kaarle Suuri -nuorisopalkinto )

 

Pope Francis to be awarded Charlemagne Prize on 6 May

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions02-05-2016 - 14:37

The award ceremony will take place at the Vatican on 6 May at 12:00. It will be introduced by “laudatio” speeches by European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk. On the previous day, the three EU Presidents will take part in a panel debate about the state of the EU, preceded by an address by Italian PM Matteo Renzi. (Read more: Pope Francis to be awarded Charlemagne Prize on 6 May )

 

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
A nurse giving food to a senior man ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

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
Upset child sitting on staircase ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

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 )