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Albania needs to implement EU-related reforms credibly, and ensure that its June parliamentary elections are free and fair, if it is to start EU accession negotiations, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. In a separate resolution, they also urged Bosnia and Herzegovina to overcome its ethnic and political divisions and remain united throughout the EU membership application evaluation process, to prove that it is a functioning state. (Read more: Foreign affairs MEPs assess reform efforts in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina )

 

European Parliamentary Week: MPs and MEPs to debate EU’s economic future

BUDG ECON EMPL Budget / Economic and monetary affairs / Employment policy27-01-2017 - 10:50

National MPs from across Europe will join MEPs in Brussels next week to debate the European Semester Cycle 2017 (Monday), Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union (Tuesday) and national growth and jobs creation and financial assistance programmes (Wednesday). The events are part of the 2017 edition of the European Parliamentary Week (#EPW17). (Read more: European Parliamentary Week: MPs and MEPs to debate EU’s economic future )

 

Maltese Presidency priorities discussed in committee

TRAN REGI LIBE JURI ITRE INTA IMCO ENVI EMPL DEVE CULT AGRI AFET AFCO Institutions26-01-2017 - 15:49

The priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Maltese ministers at a series of meetings taking place in January. (Read more: Maltese Presidency priorities discussed in committee )

 

EU gun law updated to close security loopholes while protecting legitimate users

IMCO Justice and home affairs / Free movement of goods26-01-2017 - 10:46

The provisional deal with the Council on the updated EU firearms directive was endorsed by Parliament’s Internal Market Committee on Thursday by 25 votes to nine, with two abstentions. The revised law tightens the controls on blank firing and inadequately deactivated weapons like those used in the Paris terror attacks. It also requires EU countries to have a monitoring system in place for the issuance or renewal of licences and to exchange information with one another. (Read more: EU gun law updated to close security loopholes while protecting legitimate users )

 

Give rabbits more space, urge Agriculture Committee MEPs

AGRI Agriculture25-01-2017 - 18:10
A young bunny in a big wood cage at farm ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

EU member states should encourage rabbit farmers to phase out conventional battery cages and replace them with healthier but affordable alternatives, such as park or pen farming systems, says the Agriculture Committee in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs argue that improving rabbits’ welfare and living conditions would help prevent disease, thus reducing the need for intensive use of antibiotics that might end up in the human food chain. (Read more: Give rabbits more space, urge Agriculture Committee MEPs )

 

MEPs set priorities for a new impetus in development

DEVE Development and cooperation25-01-2017 - 10:01

The EU’s development policy needs new impetus to tackle new climate change, migration and security challenges, Development Committee MEPs say in a resolution voted on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs set priorities for a new impetus in development )

 
Dumping of solid urban waste ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

The share of waste to be recycled should be raised to 70% by 2030, from 44% today, while landfilling, which has a big environmental impact, should be limited to 5%, said Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday, as they amended the draft EU “waste package” legislation. They also advocate a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030. (Read more: Waste: boost recycling, cut landfilling and curb food waste, say MEPs )

 

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 )

 

CETA: Trade Committee MEPs back EU-Canada agreement

INTA External/international trade24-01-2017 - 10:38

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the International Trade Committee on Tuesday. The full House is to vote on the deal in February. (Read more: CETA: Trade Committee MEPs back EU-Canada agreement )

 

Following an exchange of views with the members of the Committees on Budgets, Budgetary Control and Legal Affairs, a majority of the committees’ coordinators were satisfied that Commissioner Günther Oettinger is in a position to assume the portfolio that is transferred to him and look forward to a close working relationship. (Read more: Committees satisfied that Oettinger is in a position to assume budget portfolio )