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Investor-state dispute settlement proposals debated with Commissioner Malmström

INTA External/international trade06-05-2015 - 19:10

A lively debate on the proposal for “reformed system” to resolve disputes between foreign investors and states in the Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership (TTIP) deal, currently being negotiated between the EU and the United states, took place between Trade Committee MEPs and EU Trade Commissioner Malmström on Wednesday afternoon. (Read more: Investor-state dispute settlement proposals debated with Commissioner Malmström )

 

Digital single market – committee chairs welcome proposal

IMCO JURI ITRE Free movement of goods06-05-2015 - 14:53

The proposed Digital Single Market strategy is needed to build trust in the online world, boost growth and protect the rights of citizens, creators and companies. These were among the first reactions from the chairs of the three committees that will work intensively on today's Commission proposal. This afternoon and tomorrow morning, the Commissioners responsible will visit Parliament to discuss the proposal with MEPs. (Read more: Digital single market – committee chairs welcome proposal )

 

EU asylum applications for unaccompanied minors should be processed in the EU country where the child is present, even if this is not where the child first applied, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Wednesday. Processing where children are present is usually in their best interests, and avoids moving them unnecessarily between member states, say the committee’s amendments to the Dublin Regulation, which determines which member state should examine asylum applications. (Read more: Unaccompanied minors’ asylum applications: process where the kids are, say MEPs )

 

Fair trials: MEPs strengthen EU-wide standards for legal aid

LIBE Fundamental rights06-05-2015 - 12:24

People who are suspected or accused of a crime, or are named in a European Arrest Warrant, but cannot afford a lawyer or court proceedings, should have access to EU member state funding and assistance for both “provisional” and "ordinary” legal aid, say Civil Liberties MEPs in amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a proposed EU directive on fair trial rights. (Read more: Fair trials: MEPs strengthen EU-wide standards for legal aid )

 

April guest photographer contest topic: health

Others Development and cooperation06-05-2015 - 12:16
"The joy of health"  

Take part in our new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September we will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to make a photo reportage. (Read more: April guest photographer contest topic: health )

 

ETS market stability reserve: MEPs strike deal with Council

ENVI Consumers06-05-2015 - 12:11

A draft law to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), by reducing the surplus of carbon credits available for trading into order to support the price, was informally agreed upon by MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers on Tuesday. The surplus reserve would start operating in 2019. (Read more: ETS market stability reserve: MEPs strike deal with Council )

 

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 )