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The EU must do more to help farmers to earn a fair return from the food supply chain, introduce better tools for dealing with market disturbances and help farmers to find new outlets for produce shut out of the Russian market, MEPs say in two non-binding resolutions voted on Tuesday. Member states should help them join forces in producer organisations to boost their bargaining power, they add. (Read more: Milk, fruit, vegetables: help farmers earn fair incomes and resist market shocks )

 

Integrated ticketing for travel across EU borders using more than one mode of transport would increase the use of public transport, said MEPs on Tuesday. They call on EU countries to improve and connect timetables and on providers to develop multimodal cross-border "journey planners". If there is no progress by 2020 they will call for legislation. (Read more: Boost efforts to provide single ticketing for trips across EU borders, say MEPs )

 

Parliament approves an extra €69.6 million to help cope with migrants

Plenary Session Budget07-07-2015 - 13:41

Three agencies managing migration flows into the EU and two EU funds for migration measures should get a €69.6 million budget boost for extra staff and other expenses for this year, after Parliament backed a European Commission proposal on Tuesday. Parliament has been calling for the bigger budgets in the wake of the April tragedies that cost the lives of around 1,200 migrants. (Read more: Parliament approves an extra €69.6 million to help cope with migrants )

 

€66.5 million for flood damage repairs in Romania, Bulgaria and Italy

Plenary Session Budget07-07-2015 - 13:35

Romania, Bulgaria and Italy will receive €66.5 million in total for compensation to cover part of the cost of emergency measures taken during the 2014 floods, after Parliament approved a Commission proposal for this on Tuesday. The aid is covered by the European Solidarity Fund. (Read more: €66.5 million for flood damage repairs in Romania, Bulgaria and Italy )

 

EU response to Greece dominates debate on outgoing Latvian presidency

Plenary Session Institutions07-07-2015 - 11:36
Weber, Pittella, Zile _Verhostadt, Harms, Nuttall_ Buonanno, Straujuma, Junker  

Greece and the referendum on the bail-out proposals were the focus of the 7 July plenary debate on the outgoing Latvian presidency of the Council. Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma also discussed the challenges and the achievements of the outgoing Council presidency with MEPs and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission (Read more: EU response to Greece dominates debate on outgoing Latvian presidency )

 

Opening: remembering Srebrenica

Plenary Session Institutions06-07-2015 - 18:46
Plenary opening July 2015_  

The massacre of 8,000 men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica 20 years ago was commemorated by EP President Martin Schulz in his opening address and in a minute’s silence. (Read more: Opening: remembering Srebrenica )

 

Bernd Lange on TTIP: "We have to be transparent"

Plenary Session External/international trade06-07-2015 - 17:58
Press conference of Bernd Lange on the EU-US trade deal  

Parliament is finalising its recommendations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). They will be debated by MEPs on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday. The vote on the EP recommendations was postponed in June due to the large number of amendments. Now it seems a compromise could be possible. We talked to German S&D member Bernd Lange, chair of the international trade committee and responsible for drafting the Parliament's recommendations, to find out more. (Read more: Bernd Lange on TTIP: "We have to be transparent" )

 

ETS reform: everything you need to know in a nutshell

Others Environment06-07-2015 - 16:17
The EP’s environmental committee backs the reform of the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). © BELGA_AGEFOTOSTOCK  

The EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) was set up to reduce gas emissions and fight climate change, but it is not working as efficiently as it could be. MEPs discuss on 7 July an informal deal with member states to reform the scheme and will then vote on it the following day. The legislation would tackle the imbalances of supply and demand of emission allowances, which is holding back investment in green technologies. Read on to find out what the reform is all about. (Read more: ETS reform: everything you need to know in a nutshell )

 

Circular economy: the importance of re-using products and materials

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs03-07-2015 - 12:30
 

The average European consumes 14 tonnes of raw materials and generates five tonnes of waste a year. These figures look alarming considering our resources are limited, but there might be a solution. Many products and materials can be reused or repaired, thus reducing waste. On Monday MEPs debate a report that calls on the European Commission to put forward an ambitious proposal to facilitate a transition towards a circular economy, where products are designed in order to facilitate reuse. (Read more: Circular economy: the importance of re-using products and materials )

 

Health literacy: how technology can help to empower patients

Others Public health02-07-2015 - 13:06
An illustration image of an helth mobile app ©BELGA_EASYFOTOSTOCK  

Patients are becoming more independent as they can monitor their own health using mobile applications, not only for monitoring serious cases such as kidney failure, but also to quit smoking, drink more water or exercise more. On 1 July the EP’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) unit organised a workshop with experts to learn how new technologies can empower patients and improve health literacy. (Read more: Health literacy: how technology can help to empower patients )