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Deal on voluntary EU help scheme for growth-enhancing reforms

REGI Regional policy08-02-2017 - 18:24

An EU scheme offering member states technical help – such as expertise, studies, and working visits - with structural reforms needed to boost growth and jobs was informally agreed upon by MEPs and Council negotiators on Wednesday. The €142.8 million Structural Reform Support Programme would run until 2020. The deal still needs to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole. (Read more: Deal on voluntary EU help scheme for growth-enhancing reforms )

 

The EU Commission should table a plan in 2017 to cut delays in EU-funded projects that aim to reduce disparities among EU regions by stimulating growth and job creation, say Regional Development Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. (Read more: Cut cohesion policy red tape, urge Regional Development Committee MEPs )

 

Car emissions: first committee findings and draft recommendations

EMIS Transport / Consumers / Environment / Public health19-12-2016 - 16:24

Evidence of law enforcement shortcomings in EU member states as regards car emissions is set out in the draft report by the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurement in the Automotive Sector (EMIS), published on Monday. The report and draft recommendations were prepared jointly by co-rapporteurs Jens Gieseke (EPP, DE) and Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE, NL). EMIS will have a first public debate on the text on 12 January. (Read more: Car emissions: first committee findings and draft recommendations )

 

EU ports: MEPs back rules on clear user fees and public funding

Plenary Session Transport14-12-2016 - 13:09

The fees and funding that EU ports get from shipping lines and governments should become clearer thanks to new rules backed by MEPs on Wednesday. (Read more: EU ports: MEPs back rules on clear user fees and public funding )

 

MEPs back new rules to boost rail travel

Plenary Session Transport14-12-2016 - 13:00
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Public contracts to supply domestic passenger rail services in EU countries will normally have to be put out to tender under new rules backed by Parliament on Wednesday. These rules also aim to boost investment and the development of new commercial services. (Read more: MEPs back new rules to boost rail travel )

 

Transport MEPs back reform of domestic rail services

TRAN Transport05-12-2016 - 17:33

Easier access for all rail operators to domestic rail markets should give rail passengers more choice and better quality services under draft rules backed by Transport and Tourism Committee on Monday. (Read more: Transport MEPs back reform of domestic rail services )

 

An EU scheme offering EU member states technical help with structural reforms needed to boost growth and jobs was backed by the Regional Development Committee on Tuesday. (Read more: Regional Development MEPs approve EU help scheme for growth enhancing reforms )

 

Plans to update EU civil aviation safety rules to address emerging risks were amended and approved by Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs on Thursday. The updated EU regulation will also introduce the EU-level requirements for drones, to ensure safety and privacy. (Read more: Aviation safety: transport MEPs back draft EU rules on drones and emerging risks )

 

MEPs say no to suspending EU structural funds for Spain and Portugal

REGI ECON Economic and monetary affairs / Regional policy08-11-2016 - 19:31

EU structural funding for Spain and Portugal should not be suspended, as this would only undermine investment, harm their economies and alienate their citizens from the EU project, MEPs agreed with Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos and Portuguese finance minister Mário Centeno at a joint meeting of the Regional Development and Economic Affairs committees on Tuesday. (Read more: MEPs say no to suspending EU structural funds for Spain and Portugal )

 

Green light to prolong top-up in EU funding for projects in Greece and Cyprus

Plenary Session Regional policy25-10-2016 - 12:17

Plans to prolong a 10% increase in the EU contribution towards regional and social project costs in Greece until 30 June of the year after its economic adjustment programme ends were approved by Parliament on Tuesday. MEPs also approved a special provision whereby the EU would pay up to 85% of project costs in Cyprus until the current regional and social policy programming period ends in 2020. (Read more: Green light to prolong top-up in EU funding for projects in Greece and Cyprus )