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Parliament to debate practical details of Juncker Investment Plan on Wednesday

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs28-01-2015 - 12:17
Euro illustration  

MEPs are to debate the details of the European Fund for Strategic Investments - also known as the “Juncker Plan” - this afternoon with Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investments and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen. The debate is scheduled to start at around 16.30. (Read more: Parliament to debate practical details of Juncker Investment Plan on Wednesday )

 
 

Climate change: roadmap to Paris conference to be debated Wednesday evening

Plenary Session Environment28-01-2015 - 12:13
The logo of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, the Cop 21 summit in Paris, on January 14, 2015. ©BELGA/AFP/J.Demarthon  

Steps to be taken on the way to the next UN climate conference (COP 21) in Paris in December 2015, will be discussed by MEPs, the Council and the Commission early on Wednesday evening. The road might be steep, as the most difficult questions, in particular climate mitigation, adaptation and finance, have been left open since the previous conference, last December in Lima. (Read more: Climate change: roadmap to Paris conference to be debated Wednesday evening )

 
 

Buttarelli: "The EU has to make existing data protection rights more effective"

Others Justice and home affairs27-01-2015 - 17:43
Data Protection Supervisor, Mr Buttarelli  

“The EU has to make existing data protection rights more effective in practice, and to allow citizens to more easily exercise their rights at a time when we all run our entire lives with our smartphones”, says Giovanni Buttarelli, newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor. He is working to ensure the protection of personal data and privacy, and to promote good practice in the EU institutions and bodies. We talked to him ahead of Data Protection Day on 28 January. (Read more: Buttarelli: "The EU has to make existing data protection rights more effective" )

 
 
Ceremony inside the European Parliament to celebrate the 70 years anniversary of the holocaust remembrance day  

Speaking in Prague, on 27 January, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Parliament's president Martin Schulz said: "Too many allowed hatred to grow, too many turned a blind eye, too many stood silent. We must never allow this to happen again." Meanwhile in Brussels MEPs and members of the Belgian Jewish community gathered to observe a minute's silence in memory of the millions of victims of the Holocaust. (Read more: Auschwitz anniversary: MEPs mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day )

 
 

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 )

 
 

Live: Are crowdsourcing and 3D printing set to revolutionise society?

Others Research and innovation27-01-2015 - 13:09
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

In the online world the borders are blurred. Experts from different parts of the world can come together and work on a project, citizens can invest and support innovative ideas on crowdsourcing web sites, and objects can be designed in one country and instantly printed in another. What could be the impact of such technologies on the economy? Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment panel (STOA) will discuss the issue today from 14:00 CET. Follow the event live here. (Read more: Live: Are crowdsourcing and 3D printing set to revolutionise society? )

 
 

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 )