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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 )

 
 

Reactions of MEPs to Greece elections

Others Institutions / Justice and home affairs26-01-2015 - 18:47
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the radical left main opposition party Syriza, celebrates in front of his supporters as winner of the Greece general elections in Athens, 25 January 2015. ©BELGA/AFP/ArisMessinis  

The legislative elections in Greece on 25 January brought to power Syriza, a left-wing group which campaigned on an anti-austerity platform. We asked Parliament's president Martin Schulz as well as representatives of the various political groups to share their views and expectations after the vote. Read on to find out what they had to say, and click on the names to watch our short video clips. (Read more: Reactions of MEPs to Greece elections )

 
 

Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs26-01-2015 - 18:06
Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen discuss the proposed fund for strategic investments with the EP Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee  

The European Commission calculates that the Juncker Plan for a European Strategic Investments Fund will create 1.3 million jobs, said Commissioner for Growth and Jobs Jyrki Katainen in a debate with Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. If projects incur losses, the public share of their funding will take the first blow. "That's why they are interesting for private investors", he said. (Read more: Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs )

 
 

Foreign Affairs MEPs discuss Ukraine following Mariupol attack

AFET External relations26-01-2015 - 14:27

The Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the situation in Ukraine with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, and representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) on Monday at 16.00. This follows the dramatic escalation of violence in the Donbas region in recent days, including the shelling of Mariupol on Saturday, which left more than 30 civilians dead. (Read more: Foreign Affairs MEPs discuss Ukraine following Mariupol attack )

 
 
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

How has the EU been promoting human rights across the world? What can be done to improve the EU´s consistency when it comes to balancing human rights and foreign policy? These are some of the questions that the annual reports on human rights and the state of democracy in the world try to answer. Members of Parliament's foreign affairs committee discuss the 2013 draft report and amendments today. Follow it live to find out what the main challenges to the Union´s foreign policy are. (Read more: Live: MEPs discuss the situation of human rights and democracy worldwide )

 
 
EP this week  

Parliamentarians meet in their committees this week, and on Wednesday in plenary, to discuss Commission president Juncker's investment plan, anti-terrorism measures and the international climate agreement. Meanwhile German and Italian finance ministers Wolfgang Schäuble and Pier Carlo Padoan will review rules for economic governance in the Parliament, and president Martin Schulz will take part in the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Prague. (Read more: EP this week: anti-terrorism measures, economic governance, climate agreement )