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Agreement on opening up of the EU passenger railway market

TRAN Transport20-04-2016 - 16:05
 

A provisional agreement to open up the EU market for domestic passenger rail transport and to ensure equal conditions for railway companies was reached by European Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday evening. It aims to boost the quality of services offered to passengers and to improve the performance of the rail sector. (Read more: Agreement on opening up of the EU passenger railway market )

 

Gun control: MEPs debate changes to firearms proposal to make it fit for purpose

IMCO Justice and home affairs / Free movement of goods20-04-2016 - 14:52

Amendments tabled by Parliament's lead MEP to a Commission proposal to revise the EU firearms directive were discussed in the Internal Market Committee on Wednesday. Concern to close loopholes in European gun laws and strike a balance between the right to own certain types of firearms and appropriate risk controls shaped the changes tabled by committee chair and rapporteur on this file, Vicky Ford (ECR, UK). (Read more: Gun control: MEPs debate changes to firearms proposal to make it fit for purpose )

 

Foreign fighters: Civil Liberties Committee debates how to tackle the phenomenon

LIBE Justice and home affairs20-04-2016 - 14:24
Eurojust’s report on the phenomenon of foreign fighters (Report on the Phenomenon and the Criminal Justice Response) debated by the Civil Liberties Committee with Eurojust President Michèle Coninsx.  

Links between organised crime and terrorism, how to handle people returning from conflict zones, de-radicalisation and the need for a common definition of terrorism and means to prove terrorist intent were among the issues raised in the Civil Liberties Committee’s “foreign fighters” debate with Eurojust President Michèle Coninsx on Wednesday. On Thursday MEPs will debate plans for external border checks on EU citizens. (Read more: Foreign fighters: Civil Liberties Committee debates how to tackle the phenomenon )

 

The European Commission managed its 2014 EU budget funds according to the rules, so Parliament should grant it a 'discharge' (i.e. approval), for that year, the Budgetary Control Committee said on Thursday. Parliament’s own management of EU funds in 2014 was also approved, in a separate vote. (Read more: EU budget management: Commission and Parliament spending for 2014 approved )

 

Civil Liberties MEPs quizzed the Commission on the conditions in the Greek reception facilities, the number and background of staff carrying out asylum interviews, returns and conditions for refugees in Turkey during this morning's debate on the EU-Turkey migration deal. MEPs also stressed the need to respect international law and live up to EU standards. (Read more: EU - Turkey migration deal: Civil Liberties MEPs push for answers )

 

Three joint private sector-EU technology projects must do better justifying their use of EU funds in 2014 before the European Parliament approves their accounts, said Budgetary Control Committee MEPs on Tuesday. Parliament should also postpone granting “discharge”, that is, approving the spending of the Council of Ministers and the European Council (EU leaders) for the same year, the committee recommended to the full House. (Read more: EU budget management: ARTEMIS, ENIAC and ITER projects fail 2014 discharge test )

 

MEPs reiterate call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk

ENVI Public health / Food safety22-03-2016 - 17:52

Food safety MEPs reiterated their support for introducing mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk, in a non-binding resolution voted on Tuesday. Mandatory labelling would help maintain consumer confidence in food products by making the food supply chain more transparent, they say. (Read more: MEPs reiterate call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk )

 

Grand Mufti of Egypt condemns Brussels terror attacks in debate with MEPs

AFET Human rights / External relations22-03-2016 - 16:47
Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim ALLAM, Grand Mufti of Egypt, at the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs  

Grand Mufti of Egypt Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam strongly condemned the 22 March terrorist attacks in Brussels and talked about his work challenging extremist propaganda in an exchange of views with Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. They praised his efforts, but called for more dialogue within Islam and for the rule of law to be strengthened in Egypt. (Read more: Grand Mufti of Egypt condemns Brussels terror attacks in debate with MEPs )

 

Glyphosate herbicide: don’t renew its authorisation, urge MEPs

ENVI Public health22-03-2016 - 14:34

So long as serious concerns remain about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, which is used in hundreds of farm, forestry, urban and garden applications, the EU Commission should not renew its authorisation. Instead, it should commission an independent review and disclose all the scientific evidence that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) used to assess glyphosate, said Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. (Read more: Glyphosate herbicide: don’t renew its authorisation, urge MEPs )

 

Foreign affairs MEPs assess reform progress in Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina

AFET Enlargement / External relations22-03-2016 - 12:03

The key political and administrative reforms needed in Albania are progressing, but have yet to reach a stage at which EU accession negotiations could start, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. Bosnia and Herzogovina’s recent EU membership application was welcomed by MEPs, in a separate resolution, also voted on Tuesday. (Read more: Foreign affairs MEPs assess reform progress in Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina )