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Operating rules for European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) aid to help fishermen to comply with new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) requirements were endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. EMFF aid will help fishermen to observe the discard ban, e.g. by buying more selective fishing gear, but will also be used to improve safety and working conditions, data collection and port infrastructure. All this will help to make EU fisheries more sustainable. (Read more: New Fisheries Fund, signed and sealed, concludes EU fisheries policy reform)

 

EU aid to EU and EU candidate countries hit by flooding or other natural disasters should be delivered faster and more efficiently thanks to EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) rule changes approved on Wednesday. These changes, already agreed with EU ministers, include extending the deadline for applying for natural disaster aid from 10 to 12 weeks, paying 10% of the aid in advance, and simplifying aid approval criteria for smaller, “regional”, disasters. (Read more: EU aid for disaster-stricken countries to arrive faster, with less red tape )

 

Draft rules to simplify re-registering of car or motorbike when the owner moves to a new EU country were referred back to the Internal Market Committee on Wednesday for further discussion, because the Council of Ministers was not yet ready to close a deal on them. (Read more: MEPs refer new rules on re-registering cars back to committee )

 

One century ago Europe was on the brink of one of history's deadliest conflicts that would change our world forever. MEPs commemorated the centenary of the Great War during a debate on 16 April, warning that peace and stability should never be taken for granted. They also called for more integration and stressed the importance of fighting nationalism to ensure peace, stability and security in Europe. (Read more: Never again? Debate to mark WW1 centenary )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

The share of EU member states’ budget contributions that is based on gross national income (GNI) should be cut from 64% to 40% of total EU revenue and replaced by real “own resources”, says Parliament in three resolutions voted on Wednesday. Value-added tax based revenue, which today provides 11% of the EU budget, also needs drastic reform, it adds. (Read more: EU “own resources” should cut member states’ contributions to EU budget)

 

Measures to stop invasive alien species of plants animals or insects getting into the EU, or limit the ecological and economic damage caused by those that do, were backed by Parliament on Wednesday. The legislation bans species declared to be of “Union concern” and requires more and better-coordinated action by member states to tackle the threat. (Read more: Parliament backs EU-wide plans to stem the spread of invasive alien species)

 

Plans to reform the funding arrangements and legal status of European political parties and their affiliated foundations were backed by Parliament on Wednesday. The new rules, informally agreed with Council, will clarify the finances of these bodies and enhance their European character. A method to monitor compliance and impose penalties for breaches is also part of the deal. (Read more: New rules on funding EU political parties and foundations )

 

EU countries would have to reduce the use of the most common and most polluting plastic bags by at at least 80% by 2019, under draft rules backed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs recommend using taxes and levies, marketing restrictions or bans. Plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem, known to pollute water bodies and aquatic eco-systems in particular. (Read more: MEPs clamp down on wasteful use of plastic carrier bags )

 

The EU should raise anti-dumping tariffs against dumped or subsidized imports from third countries and do much more to help small firms take advantage of EU measures to combat them, said Parliament on Wednesday, confirming its position on plans to update EU trade defence instruments. It also wants tougher tariffs against environmental or social dumping, and against dumping assisted by third country export subsidies. (Read more: MEPs confirm call for tougher measures against unfair imports )

 

New search and rescue rules to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants and where they should disembark them were approved by Parliament on Wednesday. The regulation, already informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators, should enter into force before this summer. (Read more: Migrants: Parliament approves search and rescue rules to prevent deaths at sea)

 
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Press release (16-04-2014 - 15:33pm): MEPs refer new rules on re-registering #cars back to committee: http://t.co/nay53ab07d
Press release (16-04-2014 - 13:29): Parliament backs EU-wide plans to stem the spread of invasive alien species: http://t.co/9njI28dppk
Press release (16-04-2014 - 13:14pm): MEPs clamp down on wasteful use of #plastic carrier #bags: http://t.co/mDoKoqFJgn
#Eplenary debate on #Ukraine & #Russia continues live @ http://t.co/ZUkYmpn5Eo
AFET chair #Brok: "all peaceful means incl. sanctions" must be used, "we must resist attempts to change the post-Helsinki security order"
MEP #HelmutScholz: our policy in #Ukraine has been consistent but wrong. oligarchs & looming socio-economic issues need to be addressed
#olegorlov @EP_HumanRights about situation in prisons in #Russia http://t.co/J2JlguoBbP
#Tolokonnikova from #pussyriot tells prison experience in #Russia & welcomes #magnitsky list to be requested by EP http://t.co/6pCcregwY0
Debate on #russia prisons with #pussyriot and #Sakharov laureate #olegorlov live now @blochbihler Live now http://t.co/ikDiiepm2w
#Horn of #Africa - @EP_Defence discusses w/ @EUCAPNESTOR Head E.#dePoncins & @eu_eeas #CPCC G.#Janvier LIVE http://t.co/BuZPTcEeJs
#EU @NATO relations btw summits:@EP_Defence hears NATO H.#Brauss &R.#Froh & @EUDefenceAgency R.#Goos @3pm LIVESTREAM http://t.co/VwOSiToPO7
What next after Dec EU summit? @EP_Defence meets w/ @EUDefenceAgency & #EUMC chair Gen.de #Rousiers @10am LIVESTREAM http://t.co/9V6pqXBLLO
hearing on #Oneofus citizens' initiative. Agenda: http://t.co/jg4oBzvbdx Watch: http://t.co/QpESzFKCT8 #ECI
Child marriages, local development in Africa, future of humanitarian aid @EP_Development today. Starts now: http://t.co/PkXt13HQRz
Missed the press conference on the European Year for Development? Recording here: http://t.co/oaCk3CVpKE
MEPs today approved EUR 300 million in loans for #Tunisia, to complement #IMF programme. 488 votes to 51 and 17 abstain,rapp @vitalmoreira09
MEPs set out rules on handling dispute settlements in trade deals - 535 votes to 119 and 9 abst #ISDS @ZalewskiPawel http://t.co/mNEB0E60m7
EP confirms 1st reading on the update of EU Trade Defence instruments by 553/85/24 rapp @fjellner, press release http://t.co/II3NlOERmo
187 millions d'euros supplémentaires pour l'aide humanitaire d'urgence approuvés par la @EP Commission des Budgets: http://t.co/OspEqREjgb
#EU humanitarian aid at risk due to lack of 2014 funds to match promises: http://t.co/wSZelrszoU
EU must not let humanitarian aid bills go unpaid, lives are at risk: @Ep_budgets MEPs hear @KGeorgievaEU. More here: http://t.co/GLlk81CUnz
What do @Ep_BudgControl MEPs think of EU spending in 2012? Check the outcome of #discharge2012 votes: http://t.co/P5oGy2hJnH
.@EP_BudgControl granted approved #EC spending in #discharge2012, albeit with political reservations. More to follow.
.@EP_BudgControl MEPs grant discharge to all agencies but electronic communications regulators in Riga. More here: http://t.co/D4kntSBNHu
RT @SharonBowlesMEP: Just attended my last signing of ECON legislation. One more 'last' ticked off. Weird feeling, life outside trialogues!…
#SRM it will not work - @SharonBowlesMEP answers why it can http://t.co/qBNfkjlln7
RT @FT: Front page of the Financial Times US for Wednesday, April 16 http://t.co/482fKqVVfD
Parliament approved deal on #posted workers. Read press release: http://t.co/qBea3TlcXn
Posting of Workers: Member States' representatives approved deal. More details on the agreement: http://t.co/igP7GimFHB
Posting of Workers: Parliament and Council reach a deal - Read press release:http://t.co/4OCqCmNJqE
Status of #GMO #pollen in #honey - #EPlenary adopts report by @juliegirling w. 283 votes to 248 and 45 abs.
#MEPs back EU-wide plans to stem the spread of #invasivespecies http://t.co/etwbD8Xkpn Lead MEP @pavelpoc
#MEPs clamp down on wasteful use of #plasticbags http://t.co/cSMODfu9tW Lead MEP @MargreteAuken
#Eplenary just adopted #Innovation investment package/joint undertakings. Final texts & vote results will come here: http://t.co/TLRf5MrB5B
#Eplenary just adopted Herczog report on cutting costs for #broadband deployment: 639/18/20. Final text: http://t.co/OYEZSKuwh9
#EPlenary starting now. Votes on Tuesday #broadband costs & #Innovation http://t.co/APHuUqv9ET live http://t.co/66q2WAZ9BP
Frustrated with deadlock in Council #EPlenary moves vote on @ToineMandersEP report on car reregistration to next term http://t.co/kBF6PdEavZ
Watch the press conf. with @SchaldemoseMEP, @spietikainen & Malcolm Harbour on #ProductSafety & #MarketSurveillance: http://t.co/KP9S0y0L5G
Press conf. on #ProductSafety & #MarketSurveillance Wednesday morning at 9.30 with @SchaldemoseMEP, @spietikainen & Malcolm Harbour
Parliament approves report on weights and dimensions, pushes for safer and greener #trucks http://t.co/7jN8gMLqeK
Informal agreement on the decision for deployment of EU-wide eCall approved in TRAN committee with 23 in favour, 7 against, 2 abstentions
Informal agreement on framework for maritime spatial planning approved in TRAN committee with 26 in favour, 4 against, 2 abstentions
Faster #EU aid in case of natural disasters: the new #EUSF http://t.co/1OlNNOmjAp #REGI #EPlenary
#EUSF agreement adopted w/ 525 votes in favour, 12 against, 41 abst. http://t.co/h2OsKgG1WK #REGI #EPlenary
STARTING NOW - Press conf on #EUSF w/ @JHahnEU @danutahuebner & rapporteur Ms Estaràs http://t.co/GMbLipHdrf Info: http://t.co/JvC5zfiHff
Press conf on combating #foodwaste in the #EU with @paolodecastro & @Groote. Watch live at 16.00: http://t.co/trFATVq0Eq
#EPlenary approves stronger measures to tackle #animaldiseases & #pests. Read more: http://t.co/X6hDU4f1T3
Pressconf on stronger measures to tackle #AnimalDiseases & tighter controls to fight #foodfraud: Watch live at 15.30: http://t.co/gfStUNvWa4
RT @AlainCadec: Grande satisfaction après l'adoption de mon rapport sur le #FEAMP. Un fonds de 6,4 M € pour une pêche compétitive http://t.…
RT @ECspokesHelene: EU's Fisheries reform means radical changes for fishermen and the whole sector - the fund is there to help them http://…
#EMFF concludes #CFPreform, press release http://t.co/lUsnnUS77e Don't miss the press conf w/ @AlainCadec at 7pm http://t.co/MneuObZUiu
Agreement on EU action & selection process for the European capitals of Culture (Scurria report) approved by plenary http://t.co/1wXIiLddVN
New rules facilitating restitution of illegally removed cultural objects adopted in plenary 626 in favor, 40 against http://t.co/R3Ufb2DpmU
Vote ce matin en CULT sur la restitution d'objets culturels, vote final à Strasbourg 16/4 - l'essentiel resumé ici http://t.co/t9u3SNDkz4
New rules for non-financial #reporting backed by MEPs. Read more: http://t.co/wyVOWFPbcm
#EPlenary votes next week on #EAPO, non-financial #reporting, number of Judges at General Court... Agenda: http://t.co/YTAuCykSV7
EU budget fraudsters to face tougher criminal penalties: draft rules on #fraud against #EUbudget adopted #EPlenary 577 votes to 36, 28 abst
#Euro #counterfeiting: EU-wide penalties for forgers & distributors approved by #EPlenary by 545 votes in favour, 8 against, 21 abstentions
#DataRetention: next steps after #ECJ discarded current EU directive on storing data. Follow #Eplenary live from 7pm: http://t.co/PMO4nOY3RZ
Press release - Call for new investigatory powers for #MEPs http://t.co/yVNq6w92SA #EP right of #inquiry
Press release - New rules on funding #EU political parties and foundations http://t.co/2GIuymLaNz
Press release - New measures to encourage lobbyists to sign the EU #TransparencyRegister http://t.co/j2U6q1xS6j
#RomaDay: EU countries must end illegal expulsions & ethnic profiling, MEPs demand http://t.co/4moIqH2Ssb
Watch @EP_GenderEqual @ 10 am live: presentation of study gender mainstreaming: http://t.co/GMRbuHesIW
Hearing live @15h Work-life Balance & Gender Equality. Live: http://t.co/KXTzdGhGGN Infographic shows why http://t.co/GWJnGuZis4
In 30 min: hearing on #Oneofus citizen's initiative. Agenda: http://t.co/JGfcTRWR6Y Watch live http://t.co/eWdCfkmMpH #ECI @EP_Petitions
Reminder: register before 6 April for #EP hearing on Citizens’ Initiative #oneofus (10 April at 9am) http://t.co/IzvpH6Xit7 #ECI
EP hearing on Citizens’ Initiative #oneofus to be organised 10 April. Info & register: @EP_Petitions webpage http://t.co/MGSQfgKEkw #ECI
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