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Around 2,500 redundant workers of the former French road haulage company Mory-Ducros, which closed in 2014, should get EU aid worth €6 million to help them back into work, said Budgets Committee MEPs in a vote on Wednesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund aid still needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for redundant workers at French trucking firm Mory-Ducros )

 

Economic affairs MEPs target conflicts of interest in benchmark setting

ECON Economic and monetary affairs31-03-2015 - 12:10

A draft EU law to make the benchmarks used to price EU citizens’ mortgages, loans and bonds more trustworthy was backed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The text (lead MEP Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, ALDE, NL) aims to clean up the benchmark-setting process, by curbing conflicts of interest like those that led to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) rigging scandals of recent years. (Read more: Economic affairs MEPs target conflicts of interest in benchmark setting )

 

Fair trials: MEPs beef up draft EU law on presumption of innocence

LIBE Judicial cooperation31-03-2015 - 10:46
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Draft EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is fully respected in member states were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. MEPs inserted amendments to prevent statements by public authorities that might suggest a suspect is guilty before a final conviction, ensure that the burden of proof stays with the prosecution and guarantee the rights to remain silent, not to incriminate oneself and to be present at trial. (Read more: Fair trials: MEPs beef up draft EU law on presumption of innocence )

 

Democracy and values are problematic in DRC, says Denis Mukwege

DROI Human rights / External relations26-03-2015 - 12:31
Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) of the European Parliament exchange of views with Denis Mukwege, Sakharov Prize Laureate 2014  

Dr Denis Mukwege, the 2014 Sakharov Prize laureate, described political problems in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and his difficulties in tackling the problem of sexual abuse of women and even small children, in a Human Rights Subcommittee debate on Thursday. MEPs discussed how the EU could best support Dr Mukwege’s work, and some called for legally-binding rules on trade in conflict minerals. (Read more: Democracy and values are problematic in DRC, says Denis Mukwege )

 

Arutelu Moscoviciga: saadikud toetavad õiglasemat maksupoliitikat

Täiskogu istung Maksundus26-03-2015 - 10:16
EU budget revision illustration  

ELi liikmesriigid peavad maksuotsustes olema rohkem läbipaistvad, sest ebaõiglane maksukonkurents võib ettevõtete vahelist konkurentsi moonutada, hoiatasid paljud saadikud. (Loe lähemalt: Arutelu Moscoviciga: saadikud toetavad õiglasemat maksupoliitikat )

 

Commission to clarify whether minimum wage may apply to foreign lorry drivers

Plenary Session Employment policy / Transport25-03-2015 - 22:32

The question of whether Germany’s minimum pay rules should apply to foreign lorry drivers using its roads divided MEPs evenly in a debate with transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc on Wednesday evening. The European Commission is still assessing the implications of these rules, which the Germany partially suspended (for transit drivers) early this year, but they must in any event comply with EU law, she said. (Read more: Commission to clarify whether minimum wage may apply to foreign lorry drivers )

 

Terror attacks targeted Tunisia's democratic path: MEPs call for more EU support

Plenary Session External relations25-03-2015 - 21:39

The 18 March terrorist attacks on the Tunis Bardo museum were clearly directed against Tunisia’s transition to democracy, as the “lone success story of the ‘Arab Spring’”, said MEPs in a debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday evening. All speakers insisted on the need to maintain or beef up EU support for Tunisia, so to in encourage it to pursue its democratic transition and not be intimidated by attempts to cause anarchy and chaos. (Read more: Terror attacks targeted Tunisia's democratic path: MEPs call for more EU support )

 

EP takes stance on tax transparency, burdens, avoidance and evasion

Plenary Session Taxation25-03-2015 - 20:19

Tackling tax evasion should be a top EU priority. EU countries and the European Commission should play a leading role in discussing how to fight tax fraud and aggressive tax planning in the OECD and other relevant fora, says Parliament in its resolution on tax, voted on Wednesday. (Read more: EP takes stance on tax transparency, burdens, avoidance and evasion )

 

Euroopa Parlament kiitis heaks 1,8 miljardi eurose laenu Ukrainale

Täiskogu istung Väliskaubandus / Rahvusvaheline kaubandus25-03-2015 - 19:49
Men push a cart over the destroyed Putilovka bridge near Donetsk airport on March 21, 2015.  

Kolmapäeval toetasid saadikud täiskogul ELi plaane laenata Ukrainale 1,8 miljardit eurot, et aidata vähendada lühiajalist maksebilansi puudujääki. Makromajandusliku finantsabi laene rahastatakse ELi poolt kapitaliturgudelt võetavate laenude abil. Vahendid laenatakse sama intressiga edasi abivajavatele riikidele. Abi andmise tingimuseks on struktuurireformide jätkamine. (Loe lähemalt: Euroopa Parlament kiitis heaks 1,8 miljardi eurose laenu Ukrainale )

 

Parliament approves EU aid for redundant workers in Greece and Ireland

Plenary Session Budget25-03-2015 - 19:16

More than 2,000 workers made redundant in Greece and Ireland in 2014 will receive EU aid worth €11.3 million to help them find jobs, Parliament decided on Wednesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid has already been approved by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: Parliament approves EU aid for redundant workers in Greece and Ireland )