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Big data: MEPs look at risks and opportunities

Others Institutions27-09-2016 - 11:53
Online Security Technology ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Big data refers to large quantities of data collected from sources such as sensors and the internet. They can be used to improve decision-making and create better products, however they also pose challenges to fundamental rights such as privacy and data protection. Parliament's civil liberties committee discussed the risks and opportunities of using big data on Monday, while MEP Ana Gomes is drafting an own-initiative report on the issue, which MEPs will vote on during a future plenary session. (Read more: Big data: MEPs look at risks and opportunities )

 

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 )

 

Plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens entering the Schengen area were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. If approved by Parliament and Council, it will allow Ukrainians who have a biometric passport to enter the EU area without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes. (Read more: Civil liberties MEPs back plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainians )

 

Civil Liberties MEPs quiz Gilles de Kerchove on counter-terrorism measures

LIBE Justice and home affairs26-09-2016 - 17:34

In the wake of this summer’s terrorist attacks in Europe, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove debated trends revealed by such attacks and EU counter-terrorism measures with Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday afternoon. (Read more: Civil Liberties MEPs quiz Gilles de Kerchove on counter-terrorism measures )

 
Map of Panama ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Parliament's inquiry committee investigating the Panama papers starts its work on Tuesday 27 September with a hearing featuring the journalists behind the initial revelations. These members of the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism will discuss their work on the files. In addition the committee's working programme will be presented after the hearing. Follow the hearing and the presentation of the working programme live on our website. (Read more: Panama papers: investigative journalists discuss their work in Parliament )

 

In Parliament this week: Panama papers, roaming, EU budget

Others Institutions26-09-2016 - 11:35
Parliament building in Brussels  

The inquiry committee investigating the Panama papers starts its work this week by holding a hearing with the journalists who unveiled how tax evaders have been hiding their funds in overseas tax havens. The industry committee discusses the European Commission's new proposal to prevent consumers abusing the abolition of roaming charges in June 2017. (Read more: In Parliament this week: Panama papers, roaming, EU budget )

 

Roaming: new “fair use” proposals are a good start, say Industry Committee MEPs

ITRE Free movement of services26-09-2016 - 10:05

Draft “fair use” safeguards to prevent mobile phone users from taking unfair advantage of EU rules on “roaming” charges were debated in the Industry Committee on Monday 26 September afternoon. (Read more: Roaming: new “fair use” proposals are a good start, say Industry Committee MEPs )

 
LIBE delegation to Lebanon  

From Syrian refugees on their way to being resettled to Europe to Palestine refugees who have been living in camps for years: members from the civil liberties committee delegation got to speak to many different people during their fact-finding mission to Lebanon on 19-22 September. They were there to assess the situation to help prepare future rules on the resettlement of refugees. They also spoke to representatives of local NGOs and large international organisations. (Read more: Better EU resettlement tools are needed to help Lebanon deal with refugee crisis )

 

What future for the Jewish communities in Europe?

Others Institutions23-09-2016 - 12:21

The current situation in Europe of Anti-Semitism and future prospects for Europe’s Jewish communities will be debated at a conference hosted by EP President Martin Schulz and First Vice-President Antonio Tajani in Parliament’s premises on Tuesday afternoon. Anti-Semitism and attacks against Jews in Europe have grown in recent years. (Read more: What future for the Jewish communities in Europe? )

 

Schulz discusses challenges of EU-UK negotiations with Theresa May

Others Institutions23-09-2016 - 11:57
President Schulz and Theresa May _  

Once Brexit negotiations begin the European Parliament will be a responsible and active partner, Martin Schulz told UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The Parliament President met her during a visit to London on 22-23 September. He said the greatest challenges would be trade and the issue of preserving the freedom of movement of goods, people, services and capital. He also discussed why the Parliament believes article 50 should be triggered as soon as possible. (Read more: Schulz discusses challenges of EU-UK negotiations with Theresa May )