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Air quality legislation: MEPs strike deal with Council

ENVI Environment01-07-2016 - 16:58

Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, were informally agreed by MEPs and the Dutch presidency of the Council on Thursday. Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU per year. The agreement now needs to be endorsed by the Environment Committee and Parliament as a whole. (Read more: Air quality legislation: MEPs strike deal with Council )

 

MEPs and ministers struck a deal on a ban on fishing below a depth of 800 meters in the North-East Atlantic. The ban, agreed on Thursday afternoon, will apply to bottom trawling and would also restrict deep-sea fishing to the area where it took place between 2009 and 2011. (Read more: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal to ban deep sea fishing below 800 metres )

 

The EU needs to update its long-term spending plan to cope with unforeseen crises such as mass migration, terrorism and youth unemployment, says the Budgets Committee in a resolution voted on Wednesday. The text is intended as an input to the forthcoming EU Commission’s proposal to revise the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. The update should also tackle the recurring backlog of overdue EU payments, and look beyond 2020, add MEPs. (Read more: Update EU’s long-term spending plan to cope with crises, urges Budgets Committee )

 

Debate on Brexit and its consequences

Plenary Session Constitution / Institutions / Treaties28-06-2016 - 13:41
UK referendum: European Parliament debate on outcome and consequences  

Opening the extraordinary session, European Parliament President Martin Schulz noted that this was the first time that a plenary session had been convened at such short notice, but also that the UK citizens’ decision to leave the EU was equally unprecedented. He warmly welcomed Lord Hill and thanked him for his work in the EU Commission and deciding to step down, having campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU. His statement was followed by standing ovations from both MEPs and Commissioners. (Read more: Debate on Brexit and its consequences )

 

MEPs call for swift Brexit to end uncertainty and for deep EU reform

Plenary Session Constitution / Institutions28-06-2016 - 12:54

The UK must respect the wish of a majority of its citizens, entirely, fully and as soon as possible, by officially withdrawing from the EU before any new relationship arrangements can be made, says the European Parliament in a resolution voted after an extraordinary plenary debate on Tuesday. MEPs also stress the urgent need for reforms to ensure that the EU lives up to its citizens’ expectations. (Read more: MEPs call for swift Brexit to end uncertainty and for deep EU reform )

 

EP President Martin Schulz, European Council President Donald Tusk and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met Friday morning in Brussels at the invitation of EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. They discussed the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum and made the following joint statement: (Read more: Joint statement by Schulz, Tusk, Rutte and Juncker on UK referendum outcome )

 

President Schulz and political leaders' statements on UK referendum outcome

Others Future of Europe/European integration24-06-2016 - 12:48

European Parliament President Martin Schulz and EP political group leaders made statements to the press on 24 June following an extraordinary meeting of Parliament's Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) on the outcome of the UK's EU membership referendum on 23 June. (Read more: President Schulz and political leaders' statements on UK referendum outcome )

 

Extraordinary plenary session Tuesday 28 June

Others Institutions24-06-2016 - 12:17

To follow up the UK’s EU membership referendum, Parliament's Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) decided on Friday morning, to convene an extraordinary plenary session for 28 June at 10:00. During this session, MEPs will vote a resolution analysing the outcome and ways forward. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Council representatives will take part. (Read more: Extraordinary plenary session Tuesday 28 June )

 

European travel document: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal

LIBE Justice and home affairs23-06-2016 - 17:09

A new standard European travel document to speed the return of non-EU nationals staying "irregularly" in EU member states without valid passports or identity cards was informally agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on Thursday evening. A key goal during the talks has been to increase third countries’ acceptance of the document through improved technical details. To enter into force, this informal deal needs to be formally endorsed by the full Parliament and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: European travel document: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal )

 
Solar panels  

The EU's renewable energy target - 20% of total consumption by 2020 - has already been hit by many EU member states. But others lag behind and must do more, MEPs urge in a resolution, voted on Thursday, on the EU Commission's “renewables progress report." To achieve the EU's energy efficiency target - a 20% gain by 2020 – member states need to implement EU legislation faster, and in full, says a second resolution, also voted on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs call for more ambitious and consumer-focused energy targets beyond 2020 )