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Parliament vetoes energy drink “alertness” claims

Plenary Session Public health07-07-2016 - 12:55

EU Commission plans to allow claims that sugary drinks and energy drinks containing caffeine boost “alertness” or “concentration” were vetoed by the European Parliament on Thursday. Displaying these claims on drinks cans would have led to higher sugar consumption among adolescents, who are the largest group of energy drink consumers, said MEPs in their resolution. (Read more: Parliament vetoes energy drink “alertness” claims )

 

Human rights: albinos in Malawi, activists in Bahrain and Rohingya in Myanmar

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations07-07-2016 - 12:21

Parliament condemns recent crimes and widespread discrimination against albinos in Malawi, ongoing restrictions of fundamental democratic rights in Bahrain and practices that discriminate against Myanmar’s Muslim minority, in particular the Rohingya, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: albinos in Malawi, activists in Bahrain and Rohingya in Myanmar )

 

EU must provide legal protection to whistle-blowers, urge MEPs

Plenary Session Human rights / Citizens' rights / External relations07-07-2016 - 09:45

Whistle-blowers leaking information in the public interest play a crucial role in upholding democracies, and must therefore be better protected from prosecution, reprisals and threats. This was the key message voiced by many MEPs in Wednesday evening’s debate with Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Ivan Korčok from the Slovak Presidency of the Council on how to improve legal safeguards for people revealing illegal or unethical activities in the public or private sectors. (Read more: EU must provide legal protection to whistle-blowers, urge MEPs )

 

Slovak Presidency debate: EU must unite to regain trust and fight nationalism

Plenary Session Institutions06-07-2016 - 15:00

The EU must come together and deliver tangible results, with clear benefits for its citizens, to regain their confidence and fight growing populism and nationalism across the continent, agreed Slovak Prime Minister Róbert Fico and most MEPs in Wednesday morning’s debate on the priorities of the incoming Slovak Presidency in the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: Slovak Presidency debate: EU must unite to regain trust and fight nationalism )

 
New European Union energy label ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced, to keep pace with technological progress, said MEPs voting on an EU Commission proposal on Wednesday. Most appliances on the market now meet the “class A” requirements first set in 2010, so ever more pluses (A+, A++, A+++) are being added, note MEPs, who argue that setting tougher requirements will create incentives to improve energy efficiency still further. (Read more: Energy efficiency of home appliances: MEPs call for more ambitious A to G scale )

 

Jobs, social rights and security must top the 2017 EU agenda, say MEPs

Plenary Session Institutions06-07-2016 - 14:49

Parliament set out its recommendations for the European Commission's 2017 Work Programme in a non-legislative resolution voted on Wednesday. Before the vote, MEPs debated EU priorities with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans. The need to reflect on what direction the EU should take in the aftermath of the UK’s EU membership referendum was the leitmotiv of this debate. (Read more: Jobs, social rights and security must top the 2017 EU agenda, say MEPs )

 

Wednesday debates on EU’s global strategy, Middle East peace process and China

Plenary Session External relations06-07-2016 - 14:00

MEPs are to debate a new EU “global strategy”, setting out the EU’s core interests and principles in the world, with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday at 15.00. This debate will be followed by another on new Middle East peace process initiatives and a third on the EU’s engagement with China for the next five years. (Read more: Wednesday debates on EU’s global strategy, Middle East peace process and China )

 

MEPs call for tax haven blacklist, patent box rules, CCCTB and more

Plenary Session Taxation06-07-2016 - 13:57

Parliament’s recommendations for making corporate taxation fairer and clearer were voted on Wednesday. MEPs call for an EU register of beneficial owners of companies, a tax havens blacklist, sanctions against non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, action against abuse of “patent box” regimes, a code of conduct for banks and tax advisors, tax good governance rules in EU trade agreements, a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) and a withholding tax on profits leaving the EU. (Read more: MEPs call for tax haven blacklist, patent box rules, CCCTB and more )

 

The EU needs to update its long-term financing plan to cope with new priorities and challenges such as mass migration, internal security and youth unemployment, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. The text sets out political recommendations for the EU Commission’s forthcoming proposal to revise the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. The update should also tackle the recurring backlog of overdue EU payments, and look beyond 2020, add MEPs. (Read more: Revise EU’s long-term budget to cope with today's challenges, urge MEPs )

 

MEPs back plans to pool policing of EU external borders

Plenary Session Immigration06-07-2016 - 13:27
Frontex at work during a rapid intervention rescue operation @European Union 2016 - Frontex  

Plans to set up an EU border control system, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border management authorities, were endorsed by MEPs on Wednesday. Under these plans, national authorities will still manage their borders on a day-to-day basis but, if their EU external borders are under pressure, they will be able to seek help from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCG), to rapidly deploy pooled border guard teams to those borders. (Read more: MEPs back plans to pool policing of EU external borders )