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Updating payment service rules: MEPs do deal with the Council

ECON Economic and monetary affairs05-05-2015 - 18:31

EU rules on payment services would be updated to improve security, widen consumer choice and keep pace with innovation under an informal deal struck by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council on Tuesday. The updated rules aim to stimulate competition to provide payment services and foster innovative payment methods, especially for online payment services. They still need to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole and the Council. (Read more: Updating payment service rules: MEPs do deal with the Council )

 

Call for help: Yazidis bear witness to violence by Islamic State

Others Human rights05-05-2015 - 18:04
Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil and the delegation of Islamic State (IS) victims which met EP President Martin Schulz  

Killed, enslaved, forced to flee: Iraq’s Yazidi minority has found itself on the receiving end of Islamic State (IS) ever since the jihadist organisation started conquering territory in Syria and Iraq. Representatives of the Yazidis made a plea for support during a meeting with Parliament President Martin Schulz. Vian Dakhil, the only Yazidi Kurd member of Iraq's parliament, told him: "We seek help in releasing the 5,000 Yazidi women, elderly men and children who have been kidnapped by IS." (Read more: Call for help: Yazidis bear witness to violence by Islamic State )

 

From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age

Others Information society05-05-2015 - 16:54
Digital Glossary: "cloud computing" ©BELGA_Zoonar_N_Menijes  

Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike. The European Commission presents its strategy for a digital single market on Wednesday 6 May. On the same day the EP's industry and research committee will discuss it with Andrus Ansip, who is the commissioner responsible for the strategy. Read on to find out more about the terminology and the remaining challenges. (Read more: From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age )

 

Package holiday protection: MEPs strike a deal with Council

IMCO Free movement of persons05-05-2015 - 16:26

Travellers putting together their own package holidays online will get the same protection as those buying from traditional travel agents under a provisional deal struck by MEPs and Council negotiators on Tuesday. The deal also strengthens holidaymakers’ rights, by enabling them to cancel a package deal contract if its price rises by more than 8%, get help if they encounter difficulties or get transport home if a tour operator goes bust. (Read more: Package holiday protection: MEPs strike a deal with Council )

 

Why did the EU Commission take so long to launch investigations into member states’ tax rulings? Is its strategy to go only after small countries, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Ireland? Will the instruments available to it suffice? And if not, what would it take to do away with unfair tax competition? These questions were raised by MEPs in Tuesday’s Special Tax Rulings Committee debate with competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. (Read more: Tax rulings: “We need a common corporate tax base”, says Commissioner Vestager )

 
 

The EU's cohesion strategy helps poorer regions catch up with richer ones by stimulating growth and employment. When European governments started to cut back spending due to the crisis, the EU's cohesion funding helped to support critical investment, according to the European Commission's sixth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion. The Parliament's regional development voted on its position on 4 May. Check out our chart to learn how the funding helped to make a difference. (Read more: Cohesion policy: helping poorer regions to kickstart employment and growth )

 

Russia has transformed Black Sea military landscape, say foreign affairs MEPs

Others Security and defence05-05-2015 - 14:38

If Russia does not apply the Minsk ceasefire deals in full and return Crimea to Ukraine, the EU should step up sanctions and consider the possibility of providing Ukraine with defensive arms, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday. Returning Crimea is vital to the EU’s long-run cooperation with Russia and EU countries must also step up their own defence capabilities, says the text, which looks at Black Sea Basin military changes since Russia illegally annexed Crimea. (Read more: Russia has transformed Black Sea military landscape, say foreign affairs MEPs )

 

EP this week: undeclared work, Crimea, digital single market

Others Institutions04-05-2015 - 11:27
Parliament building in Brussels  

MEPs vote this week on proposals to clamp down on undeclared work and a resolution on the military situation in the Black Sea. The tax rulings committee debates the recently launched investigations on state aid being given by a number of member states, while the industry, research and energy committee discusses the EU's strategy for a digital single market. (Read more: EP this week: undeclared work, Crimea, digital single market )

 

Festival of Europe - European Parliament open days

Others Institutions01-05-2015 - 10:30

On Saturday 2 May in Strasbourg and on Saturday 9 May in Brussels and Luxembourg, the European Parliament and other EU institutions will open their doors to the general public in order to celebrate Europe Day in a fun and festive way for the whole family. (Read more: Festival of Europe - European Parliament open days )

 

Mightier than the sword: Sakharov Prize laureates discuss press freedom

Others Citizens' rights30-04-2015 - 18:24
The cartoon represents a child drawing the future in the form of a new house with the sun shining on the ruins of the devastation and destruction caused by oppression in all its forms - including police repression of the media over a period of 50 years in Syria." © علي Ali Ferzat  

The European Parliament has awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to several journalists and advocates of freedom of press since it was launched in 1988. We talked to some of those laureates about their experiences, current challenges and the importance of the press ahead of World Press Freedom Day on Sunday 3 May. (Read more: Mightier than the sword: Sakharov Prize laureates discuss press freedom )