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Ceta: “This trade deal is based on best practices on both sides of the Atlantic”

Others External/international trade24-01-2017 - 15:59
MEP Pabriks about CETA  

Ceta, the EU-Canada trade deal, was approved by the international trade committee on 24 January. The agreement, which would remove tariffs on most traded goods and services, will be put to a final vote by all MEPs next month. Speaking in a Facebook Live interview, Artis Pabriks, the MEP responsible for steering the deal through Parliament, said: “The prime motivation is to ensure more wealth from trade. Ceta is a really good example of how good trade deals should be made.” (Read more: Ceta: “This trade deal is based on best practices on both sides of the Atlantic” )

 

The EU Commission should table a plan in 2017 to cut delays in EU-funded projects that aim to reduce disparities among EU regions by stimulating growth and job creation, say Regional Development Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. (Read more: Cut cohesion policy red tape, urge Regional Development Committee MEPs )

 

CETA: Trade Committee MEPs back EU-Canada agreement

INTA External/international trade24-01-2017 - 10:38

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the International Trade Committee on Tuesday. The full House is to vote on the deal in February. (Read more: CETA: Trade Committee MEPs back EU-Canada agreement )

 

Waste: more ambitious targets towards a circular economy

Others Environment23-01-2017 - 16:07
Woman putting banana peel in recycling bio bin in the kitchen. ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

Parliament’s environment committee votes on Tuesday 24 January to amend a European Commission proposal on waste management, the so-called waste package, which is a priority for the EU for this year. In previous resolutions Parliament has called for more ambitious targets. This vote is the first step towards entering negotiations with the Commission and Council. (Read more: Waste: more ambitious targets towards a circular economy )

 

After Ceta: the EU trade agreements that are in the pipeline

Others External/international trade23-01-2017 - 15:07
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The international trade committee votes on 24 January on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement or Ceta, but this free trade agreement with Canada is far from the only deal the EU is working on. Various deals are currently being negotiated right across the globe, but they can only enter into force if the European Parliament approves them. Read on for an overview of the negotiations in progress and an explanation of how the process works. (Read more: After Ceta: the EU trade agreements that are in the pipeline )

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

This week members of Parliament’s international trade committee vote on whether to approve Ceta, the EU-Canada trade deal. The environment committee votes on measures on waste reduction and recycling. Newly-elected Parliament President Antonio Tajani opens an event on Wednesday marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Read more: In Parliament this week: Ceta, waste reduction and Holocaust remembrance )

 

Plenary highlights: new president, workers' rights, emergency aid for refugees

Plenary Session Institutions / Justice and home affairs / Economic and monetary affairs / Social policy20-01-2017 - 09:57
 

Antonio Tajani was elected as the president for the second half of the parliamentary term during this week's plenary session while MEPs also chose 14 new vice-presidents. In addition they called for emergency aid to help refugees cope with freezing temperatures and told the European Commission to redraw its lists of countries at risk of money laundering as it was too limited. Read about this and more in our article. (Read more: Plenary highlights: new president, workers' rights, emergency aid for refugees )

 

Workers' rights: "Labour laws need updating to cover new forms of employment"

Plenary Session Social policy19-01-2017 - 14:18
Rapporteur Maria João Rodrigues answered our questions on Europe’s social dimension.  

Workers' rights are increasingly coming under pressure due to developments such as global competition and the digital revolution. The European Commission is working on plans to improve the situation. On 19 January MEPs adopted a report stating that workers in new type of jobs should be covered by labour laws. We talked to report author Maria João Rodrigues, a Portuguese member of the S&D group, on how to create fair and functioning labour markets and welfare systems. (Read more: Workers' rights: "Labour laws need updating to cover new forms of employment" )

 

Statement by President Tajani on the recent earthquakes in Italy

Plenary Session Institutions19-01-2017 - 14:01

The newly elected President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani expressed Parliament's solidarity with the victims and their families of a number of recent earthquakes in Italy and the avalanche which engulfed a hotel on Wednesday. (Read more: Statement by President Tajani on the recent earthquakes in Italy )

 

European Social Rights: workers’ protection needs to be extended to new jobs

Plenary Session Employment policy19-01-2017 - 13:35

All workers should have their basic rights guaranteed, whatever their form of employment and contract, said MEPs approving their recommendations on Thursday for the forthcoming proposal on the “European Pillar of Social Rights”. (Read more: European Social Rights: workers’ protection needs to be extended to new jobs )