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Budget Committee MEPs reversed all the cuts proposed by the Council to the draft 2017 EU budget to meet the needs of the migration crisis and slow economic growth, in a vote on Wednesday. They also boosted funding to fight youth unemployment and increased spending on research and infrastructure projects. The full plenary will vote on 26 October on a proposed budget amounting to €161.8bn in commitments, €4.13bn more than the original Commission proposal. (Read more: MEPs reject EU Budget 2017 Council cuts: more funds for migration, jobs, youth )

 

Cleaner cars: Internal Market MEPs to debate changes to type-approval rules

IMCO Free movement of goods / Consumers / Environment28-09-2016 - 16:05

MEPs’ plans to tighten up EU car “type approval” rules, in the wake of the VW scandal, will be outlined in 196 amendments to the EU Commission proposal to overhaul the current system, to be debated in the Internal Market Committee on Thursday at 11.00. These include stricter supervision of tests done before a car can be placed on the market and more stringent obligations on EU member states to check that those already on the road meet all EU safety, environmental and production requirements. (Read more: Cleaner cars: Internal Market MEPs to debate changes to type-approval rules )

 

Transparency register: an eagerly-awaited strengthening

Others Institutions28-09-2016 - 11:10

After five years’ existence, the transparency register, of independent organisations and people whose business is to influence EU decision-taking processes, is to evolve into a mandatory system covering all EU institutions. This is "an eagerly-awaited reform", said European Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume, welcoming the proposed inter-institutional agreement tabled by the European Commission on 28 September. (Read more: Transparency register: an eagerly-awaited strengthening )

 

Debate on possible suspension of structural funds for Spain and Portugal

ECON REGI Economic and monetary affairs / Regional policy27-09-2016 - 17:39

Should EU Structural and Investment Funds for Spain and Portugal be suspended, following Council’s 12 July decision to trigger the “excessive deficit” procedure? MEPs from the Regional Development and Economic Affairs committees will debate a possible suspension of structural funds for Spain and Portugal with the EU Commission in Strasbourg on Monday 3 October, in room Louise Weiss N1.3, starting at 18.00. (Read more: Debate on possible suspension of structural funds for Spain and Portugal )

 

The European Parliament is sending a delegation of MEPs to Colombia this week to accompany and observe its referendum on the newly signed peace agreement. MEPs “expect and hope” that on Sunday 2 October Colombian voters will back the peace agreement reached by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). (Read more: European Parliament delegation to observe Colombia’s peace deal referendum )

 

Chair Werner Langen kicked off Tuesday’s hearing with the investigative journalists behind the Panama Papers revelations by announcing that the inquiry committee will also look into the recent Bahama Leaks affair and the case of former Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who failed to declare a directorship in an offshore firm while she held the competition portfolio. (Read more: Chairman Werner Langen: Panama Papers committee will also look into Bahama Leaks )

 

Bilancio dell'UE: come renderlo più efficiente e flessibile

Altro Bilancio27-09-2016 - 11:05
Budget lines ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Da anni il bilancio dell'UE è oggetto di critiche per il fatto di dipendere eccessivamente dai contributi degli Stati membri e di non essere affatto flessibile quando si verificano crisi impreviste. I deputati al Parlamento europeo hanno discusso la questione con i loro omologhi nazionali nel corso di una conferenza, svoltasi dal 7 all'8 settembre, sulle modalità di finanziamento del bilancio dell'UE. (Seguito: Bilancio dell'UE: come renderlo più efficiente e flessibile )

 

Apple: "Attrarre investimenti concludendo accordi fiscali nell'UE è illegale"

Altro Affari economici e monetari27-09-2016 - 10:52
ITW with Markus Ferber  

La decisione della Commissione secondo cui Apple deve versare all'Irlanda 13 Mrd EUR di imposte ha riacceso la discussione in merito all'entità delle imposte dovute dalle grandi imprese. Abbiamo parlato con l'on. Ferber, uno dei maggiori esperti fiscali tra i deputati, che conferma il sostegno del Parlamento a tale decisione. Afferma inoltre che i paesi UE devono capire che attrarre investimenti concludendo accordi fiscali è illegale conformemente alle norme UE stabilite dagli Stati membri. (Seguito: Apple: "Attrarre investimenti concludendo accordi fiscali nell'UE è illegale" )

 
#EYE2016 Report  

In maggio 7 000 giovani europei si sono riuniti a Strasburgo in occasione del secondo Evento europeo per i giovani (European Youth Event – EYE), per discutere di come affrontare al meglio le numerose sfide cui deve far fronte l'Europa. Cinquanta delle migliori idee sono state raccolte in una relazione, che è stata presentata al Parlamento il 6 settembre. Alcune delle idee saranno trasmesse alle commissioni parlamentari, che a partire dall'11 ottobre ne discuteranno con i giovani partecipanti. (Seguito: Fare la differenza: i giovani presentano 50 idee per un'Europa migliore )

 

Euro area economy showed resilience after UK referendum, Mario Draghi tells MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs26-09-2016 - 18:36

The recovery in the euro area is expected to continue at a moderate and steady pace, but slower than envisaged in June due to a lower foreign demand outlook, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee members on Monday. On the positive side, he said that the euro area economy showed resilience to global and political uncertainty, notably following the UK referendum outcome. (Read more: Euro area economy showed resilience after UK referendum, Mario Draghi tells MEPs )