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United by energy concerns

Others Energy28-01-2015 - 18:26
Extraordinary meeting of the ITRE Committee: Creation of a European Energy Union, Presentation by the Vice-President of the Commission for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic  

The EU is at constant risk of energy supply disruption. Too much energy is wasted and 10% of households in the Union cannot afford proper heating, the Commission vice-president for energy union told Parliament's energy and environment committees this week. Maroš Šefčovič was presenting his vision for an energy union to tackle these and other challenges, and also listened to the priorities and concerns of MEPs. An inter-parliamentary seminar on energy security will be held in Turkey next month. (Read more: United by energy concerns )

 
 

MEPs give their views on measures to tackle terrorism

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs28-01-2015 - 16:56
MEPs give their views on measures to tackle terrorism during a debate with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos today in the EP hemicycle  

Anti-terrorism measures, including the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal, the role of EU police agency Europol, improving information exchange, preventing radicalisation and the upcoming European Agenda on Security, were addressed in a debate with home affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday. A resolution is to be put to a vote at the 9-12 February plenary session, ahead of the 12 February European Council dedicated to anti-terrorism measures. (Read more: MEPs give their views on measures to tackle terrorism )

 
 

Live: plenary debate on roadmap for Paris climate agreement

Plenary Session Environment28-01-2015 - 15:13
climate-change_EN  

MEPs discuss the roadmap towards a new international climate agreement with Council and Commission representatives today Wednesday. Member states need to negotiate a new agreement as the Kyoto Protocol runs out in 2020. During the UN climate talks in Lima before Christmas NGOs, experts and politicians started preparations on a new agreement to be finalised in Paris this coming December. Follow the debate and check out our infographic to find out more about the effect of greenhouse gases. (Read more: Live: plenary debate on roadmap for Paris climate agreement )

 
 

Live: members to debate new EU-wide anti-terrorism measures

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs28-01-2015 - 13:31
A passport been scanned at an airport border control ©BELGA_ZUMAPRESS  

The recent attacks in Paris have led member states and EU institutions to re-evaluate their security policy and propose new initiatives to step up the fight against terrorism. This afternoon in plenary MEPs and home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos debate anti-terrorism measures; including tackling radicalisation, the supply of illegal firearms, the European Agenda on Security for 2015-2020, and EU Passenger Name Record proposals. Follow the debate live on this website from 15.00 CET. (Read more: Live: members to debate new EU-wide anti-terrorism measures )

 
 

Parliament to debate practical details of Juncker Investment Plan on Wednesday

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs28-01-2015 - 12:17
Euro illustration  

MEPs are to debate the details of the European Fund for Strategic Investments - also known as the “Juncker Plan” - this afternoon with Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investments and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen. The debate is scheduled to start at around 16.30. (Read more: Parliament to debate practical details of Juncker Investment Plan on Wednesday )

 
 

Buttarelli: "The EU has to make existing data protection rights more effective"

Others Justice and home affairs27-01-2015 - 17:43
Data Protection Supervisor, Mr Buttarelli  

“The EU has to make existing data protection rights more effective in practice, and to allow citizens to more easily exercise their rights at a time when we all run our entire lives with our smartphones”, says Giovanni Buttarelli, newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor. He is working to ensure the protection of personal data and privacy, and to promote good practice in the EU institutions and bodies. We talked to him ahead of Data Protection Day on 28 January. (Read more: Buttarelli: "The EU has to make existing data protection rights more effective" )

 
 
Ceremony inside the European Parliament to celebrate the 70 years anniversary of the holocaust remembrance day  

Speaking in Prague, on 27 January, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Parliament's president Martin Schulz said: "Too many allowed hatred to grow, too many turned a blind eye, too many stood silent. We must never allow this to happen again." Meanwhile in Brussels MEPs and members of the Belgian Jewish community gathered to observe a minute's silence in memory of the millions of victims of the Holocaust. (Read more: Auschwitz anniversary: MEPs mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day )

 
 

Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council

ECON Economic and monetary affairs27-01-2015 - 15:53

The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users. (Read more: Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council )

 
 

Money laundering: company owner lists to fight tax crime and terrorist financing

Others Justice and home affairs / Economic and monetary affairs27-01-2015 - 15:30

The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to help to fight money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved. (Read more: Money laundering: company owner lists to fight tax crime and terrorist financing )

 
 

“Solidarity should not replace necessary decisions”, Schäuble tells MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs27-01-2015 - 13:40
Wolfgang Schäuble, german  and Pier Carlo Padoan italian Finace minsters at ECON  

EU solidarity should not replace decisions that must be taken in countries suffering economic difficulties, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in Tuesday’s special debate on the review of the economic governance framework. His Italian colleague Pier Carlo Paduan, vehemently rejected criticism of measures to bring down Italy’s deficit and stressed the need to better coordinate reform policies. (Read more: “Solidarity should not replace necessary decisions”, Schäuble tells MEPs )