Rules on how customs officials confiscate, store and destroy imports of counterfeit or pirated goods that infringe intellectual property rights were clarified by Parliament in a vote on Tuesday.
Parliament decided on Monday to postpone a vote on the EU patent, following a move by member states to modify the agreement previously reached with MEPs by deleting three key articles of the legislation. MEPs called this move a "striking break" with procedure, which could lead to an EU Court of Justice case.
A deal with the Council on a major overhaul of the EU standardisation system was unanimously endorsed by Internal Market Committee MEPs on Thursday. Under this deal, EU firms should get faster access to standard solutions to technical problems, enabling them to cut production costs, boost competitiveness and drive growth. Parliament also inserted a provision to step up the involvement of small firms and other stakeholders in developing standards, to ensure that they meet their needs.
A new deal with the Council on a major overhaul of the EU standardisation system was unanimously endorsed by Internal Market Committee MEPs on 21 June. Standardisation helps to drive growth, by enabling firms to reduce paper work, cut production costs and get innovative products to market faster. It also ensures that these products are compatible and safe for consumers to use.
The Internal Market Committee voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to make watercraft safer and greener, with tougher exhaust emission limits. It also called for misleading names of boat design categories to be scrapped in order to give consumers clearer information.
On Thursday, 21 June and Friday, 22 June, the Digital Agenda Assembly will bring together MEPs, member states, EU institutions, the research community, and citizens' and industry representatives to assess progress and emerging challenges of the Digital Agenda for Europe – the EU's roadmap for a digital society and economy.
A provisional deal with the Council to strengthen the hand of EU countries negotiating bilateral energy agreements with non-EU ones and pave the way for a common EU energy policy was endorsed by the Energy Committee on Tuesday.
On Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. and Tuesday morning, MEPs discuss six draft legislative reports on the "Horizon 2020" programme to boost research and innovation in the EU. The framework programme for 2014-2020 sets out proposals for legislation on goals, funding, participation, dissemination of results, specific implementing arrangements, Euratom research and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology.
A provisional deal on the proposed new EU energy efficiency directive was struck by MEPs and Council negotiators on Thursday 14 June. This directive would require EU Member States to save energy in specific ways, e.g. by renovating buildings and stipulating the size of energy savings to be delivered by utilities. The EU aims to improve energy efficiency by 20% by 2020 (from 1990 levels), but European Commission figures suggest that without these measures, it would achieve only half that.
A provisional deal on the proposed energy efficiency directive was struck by MEPs and Council negotiators on Thursday, after months of negotiations. The directive would require Member States to set themselves indicative national targets and save energy in specific ways, such as renovating buildings and stipulating the size of energy savings to be delivered by utilities.