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Legal affairs MEPs back plans to facilitate recovery of small debts

JURI Judicial cooperation16-04-2015 - 12:31

Plans to improve and broaden the use of a simplified procedure for low-value cross-border claims to recover money from abroad, so as to cut costs and paperwork for both consumers and businesses, were backed by the legal affairs committee on Thursday. (Read more: Legal affairs MEPs back plans to facilitate recovery of small debts )

 

Armenian genocide centenary: MEPs urge Turkey and Armenia to normalize relations

Plenary Session External relations15-04-2015 - 19:33
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is observed on April 24 ©BELGA_DPA_J.Kalaene  

Armenia and Turkey should use the centenary of the Armenian genocide to renew diplomatic relations, open the border and pave the way for economic integration, says the European Parliament in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs stress the need for Turkey to recognise the Armenian genocide, so as to pave way for “genuine reconciliation”. They also commend the statement by Pope Francis on 12 April honouring the centenary of the genocide. (Read more: Armenian genocide centenary: MEPs urge Turkey and Armenia to normalize relations )

 

EP backs carry-over of EU funding for late-starter national programmes

Plenary Session Budget15-04-2015 - 19:25

Parliament agreed to changes to ceilings in the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 on Wednesday, to help fund 300 state-managed programmes, in all EU member states, that started too late to qualify for EU funding in 2014. These changes would allow €21.1 billion in unused commitment appropriations to be carried over from 2014 to 2015-17. (Read more: EP backs carry-over of EU funding for late-starter national programmes )

 

MEPs urge end to Roma discrimination and recognition of Roma Genocide Day

Plenary Session Fundamental rights15-04-2015 - 19:12

Parliament called for more efforts to end discrimination, hate crime and hate speech against Roma people and for 2 August to be recognised as Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, to commemorate the Roma genocide in World War II, in a resolution passed on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs urge end to Roma discrimination and recognition of Roma Genocide Day )

 

Opening of April session in Brussels

Plenary Session Institutions15-04-2015 - 17:08
The session opened with a minute’s silence for the 400 migrants feared dead in the Mediterranean. "This repeated calamity must not lead us into apathy" says EP President Martin Schulz  

MEPs held a minute's silence for migrants drowned in Mediterranean and victims of the Al Shabab attack in Kenya at the start of the session. President Schulz called for international efforts to ease the plight of refugees in Yarmouk (Read more: Opening of April session in Brussels )

 
Happy children with healthy food ©BELGA_MASTERFILE_Norbert Kramer  

The EU and its member states must invest more effort and money in promoting healthy eating and the consumption of local foodstuffs amongst children, said the agriculture committee said on Tuesday when it amended draft rules on schemes to provide fruit, vegetables and milk in schools. (Read more: Milk and fruit in schools: agriculture MEPs promote healthy eating )

 

Health MEPs propose blueprint for safer healthcare

ENVI Public health14-04-2015 - 17:01

Suggested measures to improve patient safety, inter alia by tackling growing resistance to human and veterinary antibiotics by using existing treatments more responsibly and promoting innovation, are set out in a Health Committee resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs note that between 8 and 12% of patients admitted to hospitals in the EU suffer adverse events such as healthcare-related infections, which place a heavy burden on limited health service budgets. (Read more: Health MEPs propose blueprint for safer healthcare )

 

Commission's economic decision making needs to become more neutral, say MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs14-04-2015 - 15:29

The European Commission’s economic decision-making needs to become more neutral, MEPs said in an Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee debate with Commission Vice-President for the euro Valdis Dombrovskis and Economic and Financial affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Tuesday. MEPs also voiced concern about the low implementation of the Commission’s country-specific recommendations and asked what it would do about high current account surpluses in Germany and other exporting countries. (Read more: Commission's economic decision making needs to become more neutral, say MEPs )

 

Trade MEPs beef up rules to stem flow of conflict mineral money to armed groups

INTA External/international trade14-04-2015 - 15:19
A miner shows a rough emerald ©BELGA_AGEFOTOSTOCK_J.Sochor  

EU smelters and refiners importing „conflict” minerals and metals would have to be certified by the EU in order to help stem the flow of revenue to armed groups, under a draft law as amended by the International Trade Committee on Tuesday. Other amendments lay down conditions for EU recognition of industry self-certification schemes, and labelling requirements. All these amendments still need to be approved by Parliament as a whole. (Read more: Trade MEPs beef up rules to stem flow of conflict mineral money to armed groups )

 

Environment committee backs compromise on cleaner biofuels

ENVI Public health14-04-2015 - 14:05

MEPs and ministers moved a step closer on Tuesday to an agreement on plans to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as certain types of waste and residues and new sources such as seaweed, with the environment committee's vote backing a deal struck by legislators. The plan aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions caused by the growing use of farm land for biofuel crops. (Read more: Environment committee backs compromise on cleaner biofuels )