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Schulz sobre a Ucrânia: É necessário evitar uma escalada do conflito

Outros Conselho Europeu20-03-2014 - 19:40
Martin Schulz  

A crise na Crimeira deve ajudar a União Europeia a repensar as suas relações com a Rússia e os seus vizinhos, defendeu Martin Schulz, Presidente do Parlamento Europeu, esta quinta-feira, no início da cimeira que reúne os chefes de Estado e de Governo dos Estados-Membros da UE. Schulz sublinhou que a crise na Crimeia “é uma enorme ameaça ao sistema de segurança” e que “as pessoas temem o início de uma nova Guerra Fria.” (Ler mais: Schulz sobre a Ucrânia: É necessário evitar uma escalada do conflito)

 
 

Parliament and Council agree on basic bank accounts for all

ECON Economic and monetary affairs20-03-2014 - 13:14
A man withdraws money at a cash point ATM ©BELGA/Imageglobe/J.Hamers  

Anyone legally residing in the EU should have the right to open a basic payment account, and this right should not be denied on grounds of nationality or place of residence, Parliament's negotiators and the Council representatives agreed on Thursday. Fees and rules for all payment accounts should be transparent and comparable and it should be easy to switch to another payment account that offers better terms, under the agreed new rules. (Read more: Parliament and Council agree on basic bank accounts for all)

 
 
To get gas guzzlers off Europe’s roads, MEPS voted on new rules to give greener fuels a kick start.  

To boost the take-up of alternative fuels in transport, EU countries will have to ensure that enough refuelling and recharging stations are available to enable cars, trucks and ships using alternative fuels, such as natural gas and electricity, to move freely on EU roads and waterways, under an informal agreement reached by Council and Parliament negotiators on Thursday. (Read more: Deal struck on promoting use of alternative fuels on roads and waterways)

 
 

EU budget fraudsters to face tougher criminal penalties

LIBE CONT Justice and home affairs / Budgetary control20-03-2014 - 11:12

Rules on prosecuting and punishing fraud against the EU budget were voted by the Budgetary Control and Civil Liberties committees on Thursday. In amendments to a draft anti-fraud law, MEPs clearly defined the offences for which member states would have to introduce criminal penalties, such as fraud, passive and active corruption, money laundering or dishonest bidding for public procurement contracts. Fraud costs the EU budget an estimated €600 million each year. (Read more: EU budget fraudsters to face tougher criminal penalties)

 
 

Parliament negotiators rescue seriously damaged bank resolution system

ECON Economic and monetary affairs20-03-2014 - 11:12

European Parliament negotiators on Thursday reached a deal with their member state counterparts on the single resolution mechanism to deal with failing banks. Many elements fell into place early in the morning after 16 hours of talks. The elements agreed will help to ensure that the system cannot become a hostage to political power games and can deliver swift and credible decisions. (Read more: Parliament negotiators rescue seriously damaged bank resolution system)

 
 

Trade Committee backs plan to remove EU tariffs on imports from Ukraine

INTA External/international trade20-03-2014 - 11:06

About 98% of the customs duties that Ukrainian goods exporters pay at EU borders would be removed by a proposal backed by the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee on Thursday. This unilateral measure would boost Ukraine’s struggling economy by saving its manufacturers and exporters €487 million a year. (Read more: Trade Committee backs plan to remove EU tariffs on imports from Ukraine)

 
 
Imagem de um cabo de internet a ligar ao planeta ©BELGA_SCIENCE  

Esperar em frente a um ecrã à espera que um conteúdo seja descarregado da Internet pode irritá-lo ou mesmo prejudicar a sua empresa. A lentidão pode dever-se ao congestionamento da rede em horas de ponta, mas também pode acontecer se o operador de telecomunicações decidir limitar o acesso a certos serviços e aplicações como, por exemplo, as do seu concorrente. A 18 de março a comissão da indústria votou a favor da proibição deste tipo de práticas que violam o princípio da neutralidade da rede. (Ler mais: Eurodeputados votam a favor da proteção da neutralidade da Internet)

 
 
Entrevista com Alejandro Cercas  

Em dezembro do ano passado, o Parlamento Europeu iniciou um período de debate no LinkedIn sobre o projeto de relatório dedicado ao impacto social das políticas da Troika nos países em resgate na zona euro. O objetivo era incluir as preocupações dos cidadãos no texto final. Após três meses de consultas diretas do relator Alejandro Cercas aos cidadãos, os eurodeputados adotaram o relatório a 13 de março. O eurodeputado espanhol do S&D fala-nos da experiência. (Ler mais: Redes sociais: Cercas sobre a participação dos cidadãos na avaliação da Troika)

 
 
File photo dated 22/09/09 of an Environment Agency worker inspecting a shipping container filled with refuse.  ©BELGA_PRESSASSOCIATION  

Draft EU rules that would require EU member states to clamp down on illegal waste shipments within the EU and to non-EU countries were backed by the Environment Committee on Wednesday. These rules, informally agreed with EU ministers, would close legal loopholes and entail more inspections. Member states would have to include in their inspection plans a minimum number of physical checks, and inspectors would be given more powers. (Read more: Illegal waste shipments: Environment Committee backs plan to step up checks)

 
 

Draft plans to exempt intercontinental flights' greenhouse gas emissions from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) until the start of 2017 were rejected by Environment Committee MEPs on Wednesday, even though they had been informally agreed with EU ministers. Parliament as whole will vote on the file on Thursday, 3 April. (Read more: Aviation emissions: Environment MEPs reject informal deal with EU ministers)