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The inquiry committee investigating the car emissions scandal votes today on its final report and recommendations, which call for stricter controls and implementation at EU level. “We learnt the lessons from the past and we will now do our homework ... so this scandal will never happen again,” said Jens Gieseke, one of the authors of the final report. Watch the video to learn more. (Read more: Car emissions scandal: inquiry committee votes on report and recommendations )

 

MEPs’ 2016 reform review of Montenegro and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

AFET Enlargement / External relations28-02-2017 - 11:48

Montenegro is the most advanced EU accession candidate country, which in 2016 had to face Russian attempts to discredit its achievements, noted Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. They also reviewed last year’s reform efforts in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, urging the future government to step up the pace of reform and stay on the EU track. (Read more: MEPs’ 2016 reform review of Montenegro and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia )

 

Foreign Affairs MEPs encourage Serbia and Kosovo to do more to improve ties

AFET Enlargement / External relations28-02-2017 - 11:29

The recent progress in normalising relations between Belgrade and Pristina, after months of little or none, was welcomed by MEPs on Tuesday. However, in two resolutions they call on both countries to show more commitment and sustained political will to achieve this goal, which is a condition for their accession to the EU. (Read more: Foreign Affairs MEPs encourage Serbia and Kosovo to do more to improve ties )

 

Citizens should get access to data on firm owners to fight money laundering

LIBE ECON Justice and home affairs / Economic and monetary affairs28-02-2017 - 10:13

EU citizens could access registers of beneficial owners of companies without having to demonstrate a “legitimate interest,” and trusts would have to meet the same transparency requirements as firms, under amendments, agreed by MEPs on Tuesday, to the EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive. (Read more: Citizens should get access to data on firm owners to fight money laundering )

 

Civil Liberties MEPs voted on Monday for stronger protection and a shorter retention period for data stored in the new EU entry/exit system, which is designed to modernise and step up checks on non-EU nationals travelling to the European Union. (Read more: EU borders: Civil Liberties MEPs vote to step up checks and data protection )

 

Fundamental rights in Hungary discussed in Civil Liberties Committee

LIBE Fundamental rights27-02-2017 - 18:32

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs discussed the fundamental rights situation in Hungary with Justice Minister László Trócsányi and civil society representatives on Monday afternoon. (Read more: Fundamental rights in Hungary discussed in Civil Liberties Committee )

 

Tajani in Berlin: "Europe should not allow itself to be torn apart"

Others Institutions27-02-2017 - 15:50
Angela Merkel meets President Tajani in Berlin_  

Parliament President Antonio Tajani discussed Europe's future and EU-Germany relations during meetings with chancellor Angela Merkel and president Joachim Gauck during a vsit to Berlin on 23-24 February. "It's important to look after the interests of Europeans," said Tajani at the end of his visit. "It is important that Europe stands together and not allows itself to be torn apart." (Read more: Tajani in Berlin: "Europe should not allow itself to be torn apart" )

 
Parliament building in Brussels. Photo of glass wall with large EU flag  

The rights of EU citizens living in the UK, access to medicine and visa reciprocity with the US will be dealt with during this week's plenary session in Brussels on Wednesday on Thursday. In addition committees discuss the reform of asylum legislation while the inquiry committee investigating the car emissions scandal presents its findings and recommendations. (Read more: In Parliament this week: medicine, car emissions, EU citizens in the UK )

 

Future of the EU: The European Parliament sets out its vision

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions24-02-2017 - 09:30
 

Is the EU still fit for purpose in its current form? With no shortage of challenges facing us the European Parliament has looked into how the EU can be improved. On 16 February MEPs adopted three reports setting out how they believe the EU needs to be reformed in order to boost its capacity to act, restore people’s trust and make the economy more resilient. (Read more: Future of the EU: The European Parliament sets out its vision )

 

Israel-Palestine: MEPs express their concerns about peace process

Others External relations23-02-2017 - 17:03
Maale Adumim Settlement Israel ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process is at a critical juncture and the EU and its member states should recognise Palestinian statehood, according to members of Parliament’s Palestine delegation. Led by delegation chair Neoklis Sylikiotis, the five members visited Jerusalem and the West Bank on 20-24 February. In addition MEPs discussed the Israeli government’s recent decision to retroactively legalise settlements illegally built on Palestinian land during a plenary debate on 14 February, (Read more: Israel-Palestine: MEPs express their concerns about peace process )