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Investor-state dispute settlement proposals debated with Commissioner Malmström

INTA External/international trade06-05-2015 - 19:10

A lively debate on the proposal for “reformed system” to resolve disputes between foreign investors and states in the Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership (TTIP) deal, currently being negotiated between the EU and the United states, took place between Trade Committee MEPs and EU Trade Commissioner Malmström on Wednesday afternoon. (Read more: Investor-state dispute settlement proposals debated with Commissioner Malmström )

 

Digital single market – committee chairs welcome proposal

IMCO JURI ITRE Free movement of goods06-05-2015 - 14:53

The proposed Digital Single Market strategy is needed to build trust in the online world, boost growth and protect the rights of citizens, creators and companies. These were among the first reactions from the chairs of the three committees that will work intensively on today's Commission proposal. This afternoon and tomorrow morning, the Commissioners responsible will visit Parliament to discuss the proposal with MEPs. (Read more: Digital single market – committee chairs welcome proposal )

 

EU asylum applications for unaccompanied minors should be processed in the EU country where the child is present, even if this is not where the child first applied, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Wednesday. Processing where children are present is usually in their best interests, and avoids moving them unnecessarily between member states, say the committee’s amendments to the Dublin Regulation, which determines which member state should examine asylum applications. (Read more: Unaccompanied minors’ asylum applications: process where the kids are, say MEPs )

 

Fair trials: MEPs strengthen EU-wide standards for legal aid

LIBE Fundamental rights06-05-2015 - 12:24

People who are suspected or accused of a crime, or are named in a European Arrest Warrant, but cannot afford a lawyer or court proceedings, should have access to EU member state funding and assistance for both “provisional” and "ordinary” legal aid, say Civil Liberties MEPs in amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a proposed EU directive on fair trial rights. (Read more: Fair trials: MEPs strengthen EU-wide standards for legal aid )

 

ETS market stability reserve: MEPs strike deal with Council

ENVI Consumers06-05-2015 - 12:11

A draft law to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), by reducing the surplus of carbon credits available for trading into order to support the price, was informally agreed upon by MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers on Tuesday. The surplus reserve would start operating in 2019. (Read more: ETS market stability reserve: MEPs strike deal with Council )

 

Updating payment service rules: MEPs do deal with the Council

ECON Economic and monetary affairs05-05-2015 - 18:31

EU rules on payment services would be updated to improve security, widen consumer choice and keep pace with innovation under an informal deal struck by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council on Tuesday. The updated rules aim to stimulate competition to provide payment services and foster innovative payment methods, especially for online payment services. They still need to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole and the Council. (Read more: Updating payment service rules: MEPs do deal with the Council )

 

Package holiday protection: MEPs strike a deal with Council

IMCO Free movement of persons05-05-2015 - 16:26

Travellers putting together their own package holidays online will get the same protection as those buying from traditional travel agents under a provisional deal struck by MEPs and Council negotiators on Tuesday. The deal also strengthens holidaymakers’ rights, by enabling them to cancel a package deal contract if its price rises by more than 8%, get help if they encounter difficulties or get transport home if a tour operator goes bust. (Read more: Package holiday protection: MEPs strike a deal with Council )

 

Why did the EU Commission take so long to launch investigations into member states’ tax rulings? Is its strategy to go only after small countries, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Ireland? Will the instruments available to it suffice? And if not, what would it take to do away with unfair tax competition? These questions were raised by MEPs in Tuesday’s Special Tax Rulings Committee debate with competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. (Read more: Tax rulings: “We need a common corporate tax base”, says Commissioner Vestager )

 

Russia has transformed Black Sea military landscape, say foreign affairs MEPs

Others Security and defence05-05-2015 - 14:38

If Russia does not apply the Minsk ceasefire deals in full and return Crimea to Ukraine, the EU should step up sanctions and consider the possibility of providing Ukraine with defensive arms, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday. Returning Crimea is vital to the EU’s long-run cooperation with Russia and EU countries must also step up their own defence capabilities, says the text, which looks at Black Sea Basin military changes since Russia illegally annexed Crimea. (Read more: Russia has transformed Black Sea military landscape, say foreign affairs MEPs )

 

Festival of Europe - European Parliament open days

Others Institutions01-05-2015 - 10:30

On Saturday 2 May in Strasbourg and on Saturday 9 May in Brussels and Luxembourg, the European Parliament and other EU institutions will open their doors to the general public in order to celebrate Europe Day in a fun and festive way for the whole family. (Read more: Festival of Europe - European Parliament open days )