Raising public awareness of EU emergency phone number could save lives this summer, said Parliament in a resolution passed on Tuesday. But the accuracy and reliability of caller information still need to be improved, it added.
The criteria that big infrastructure projects must meet to get "EU" status, and EU project bonds to finance them, are the key proposals in a resolution, passed by Parliament on Tuesday, on Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond.
Exportul deșeurilor nucleare către state terțe ar trebui interzis, dacă nu este exportat în scopul reciclării și apoi reimportat în UE, în timp ce exporturile în interiorul UE ar trebui permise doar când sunt reglementate de acorduri bilaterale.
Widely-divergent views as to the effectiveness of forthcoming EU-wide nuclear "stress tests" were voiced in a lively debate on Thursday. Many EPP group MEPs felt that the tests would improve safety, but Greens doubted that they would have any real effect. Most groups were unhappy that the tests are only voluntary. Several MEPs asked whether plants that fail the tests would be shut down.
EU Member States should be allowed to export radioactive waste to non-EU countries provided the waste is processed in accordance with new EU safety rules, said Parliament's Energy Committee on Thursday, as it voted on a draft directive on the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. MEPs also backed stricter rules for the protection and training of workers in the industry.
Plans to prevent abuse and manipulation of the wholesale energy market were endorsed by the EP Energy Committee on Thursday. However, MEPs want key changes to the proposed regulation. They say all large volume contracts must be included and minimum penalties for those who flout the rules must be standardised across the EU.
Consumatorii nu vor mai avea surpriza de a cumpăra accidental textile care conțin blană sau piele naturală, potrivit noilor reguli de etichetare aprobate miercuri de PE. Noile reglementări vor facilita apariția mai rapidă pe piață de noi fibre și produse inovatoare. Comisia va fi solicitată să contribuie, până în 2013, cu un raport de evaluare cu privire la oportunitatea introducerii unui sistem de etichetare a locului de origine, ce poate fi însoțit de o propunere legislativă.
Parlamentul a susținut cu hotărâre, miercuri, planurile de accelerare a răspândirii internetului mobil, dar membrii PE își doresc ca Europa să acționeze cu mai multă fermitate și să preia inițiativa pe plan mondial în domeniul acestei tehnologii.
EU citizens want measures to cut energy bills, integrate energy networks EU-wide, and make the 20% energy savings by 2020 target binding, says a survey commissioned by the European Parliament. Citizens are very keen to cut their household energy consumption, but less eager to invest in house insulation or eco-friendly cars when these measures are not subsidized. They also back Parliament's European Energy Community initiative.
Parliament and Council negotiators reached a compromise deal on a new EU regulation on textile labelling. Parliament ensured that any use of animal-derived materials will be stated on garment labels. The Council also agreed to ask the Commission to do an assessment report, by 2013, on a possible origin labelling scheme. This report may be accompanied by a legislative proposal.