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TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments

INTA External/international trade29-06-2015 - 18:24

International Trade Committee MEPs on Monday paved the way for a plenary vote on the European Parliament’s draft recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership (TTIP) negotiators, by retabling the June plenary amendments which had been referred back for reconsideration. The committee took the decision in two separate votes –one to retable the plenary amendments, and the other to retable requests for split or separate votes. (Read more: TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments )

 

Transport Committee MEPs will discuss aviation safety with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Executive Director Patrick Ky and the European Commission on Monday afternoon, after the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps in March. (Read more: MEPs debate air safety on Monday following Germanwings air crash in March )

 

The European Commission’s weak response to the first EU citizens’ initiative (ECI) petition, on the “Right2Water”, could discredit the ECI system, warn Environment Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. It “lacks any real ambition and failed to meet the demands of the organizers”, they add. ECIs enable citizens to ask the Commission to propose laws in areas within its competence, if they can muster at least one million signatures from at least a quarter of EU member states. (Read more: Right2water citizens’ initiative: Commission must act, say MEPs )

 

MEPs close deal with Council on seal products

IMCO Free movement of goods25-06-2015 - 14:56

Trading in seal products from hunts hitherto conducted to protect fishing stocks will be banned in the EU in future but the exemption for the trade in products derived from seal hunts carried out by the Inuit community will remain, under the preliminary deal struck by internal market MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs close deal with Council on seal products )

 

Novel Foods: food safety MEPs back deal with Council

ENVI Food safety25-06-2015 - 14:25
scoops of superfood - healthy seeds and powders (white and black chia, flax, hemp, pomegranate fruit powder, wheatgrass, hemp and whey protein, maca root) on canvas. ©BELGA_AGEFOTOSTOCK  

Draft plans to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorisation procedure for novel foods, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, were endorsed by the Environment Committee on Thursday. In talks, MEPs insisted that foods from cloned animals must be clearly included in the scope of the regulation, as must the precautionary principle, measures to keep nanomaterials under scrutiny and animal testing restrictions. (Read more: Novel Foods: food safety MEPs back deal with Council )

 

Data protection: first round of talks to start Wednesday

LIBE Fundamental rights24-06-2015 - 09:29

Three-way talks between Parliament, the Council and the Commission with a view to striking a final deal on the new EU data protection regulation will start on Wednesday, after member states agreed their negotiating brief on 15 June. Immediately after the first round, at 14.00, Parliament's chief negotiators, justice ministers from the outgoing and incoming Council presidencies and the EU Justice Commissioner will give a joint press conference on the state of play of the talks and next steps. (Read more: Data protection: first round of talks to start Wednesday )

 

Medium combustion plants emissions: informal deal with Council

ENVI Environment / Public health23-06-2015 - 18:59

Draft plans to set sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission limits for medium-sized combustion plants, such as electricity generators or heating systems for domestic, residential or industrial use, were informally agreed by MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council on Tuesday. EU Member states will have to assess whether to introduce stricter limits in areas where these emissions breach EU air quality standards. (Read more: Medium combustion plants emissions: informal deal with Council )

 

The three EU agencies managing migration flows and various EU funds dealing with migration should get a €69.6 million budget boost , said the Budgets Committee on Tuesday as it approved proposed changes to this year's European budget. The budget increases still need to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Extra €69.6 million for migration measures approved in Budgets Committee )

 

Country-specific recommendations need national owners and social partners

EMPL ECON Economic and monetary affairs / Employment policy23-06-2015 - 17:56

The EU’s country-specific recommendations (CSRs) on economic policy should aim more at boosting growth and jobs and EU countries should feel that they “own” them. Moreover, the social partners must be involved in the process too, said MEPs in Tuesday’s debate with Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioners Marianne Thyssen and Pierre Moscovici. The event was jointly organised by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Employment and Social Affairs committees. (Read more: Country-specific recommendations need national owners and social partners )

 

More than 500 workers made redundant by electrical manufacturer Broadcom Communications Finland and two suppliers should get EU aid worth €1.36 million to help them find new jobs, said the Budgets Committee on Tuesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets MEPs back €1.36 million in EU aid for redundant workers in Finland )