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MEPs acknowledged Lebanon's struggle with the enormous migration flows and voiced their concerns about the internal crisis there and growing extremism across the region, in a Foreign Affairs Committee debate with its Prime Minister Tammam Saeb Salam on Tuesday afternoon. (Read more: Foreign Affairs Committee acknowledges Lebanon’s efforts to cope with migration )

 
 

Employment and trade MEPs quiz TTIP experts

EMPL Employment policy02-12-2014 - 15:24

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiators and experts were quizzed on safeguards for labour standards and public services, and how a TTIP deal could help to create high-quality jobs, at a joint public hearing held by the Employment and International Trade committees on Tuesday. (Read more: Employment and trade MEPs quiz TTIP experts )

 
 

Moscovici quizzed on extra time for three EU countries to hit Eurozone targets

ECON Economic and monetary affairs02-12-2014 - 15:05

Commissioner Pierre Moscovici was asked to account for the European Commission’s decision to give France, Italy and Belgium more time to hit Eurozone budgetary targets by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. MEPs urged that budget plan deadlines should be met and that criteria for applying rules more flexibly to some EU member states than others should be clear and detailed. (Read more: Moscovici quizzed on extra time for three EU countries to hit Eurozone targets )

 
 

Deal secured to boost infrastructure investment in the EU

ECON Economic and monetary affairs27-11-2014 - 09:46

A negotiating team led by Alain Lamassoure (EPP, FR) struck a political deal with the Council and the Commission on European Long Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) on Wednesday evening. These funds should boost non-bank financing for projects that deliver infrastructure, intellectual property or research results which benefit the real economy and society. (Read more: Deal secured to boost infrastructure investment in the EU )

 
 

Draft plans to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorization procedure for novel foods were approved by the Environment Committee on Monday. MEPs nonetheless amended the text and proposed a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food, based on the precautionary principle. They also added provisions for compulsory labelling of cloned food products. (Read more: Novel foods: MEPs call for moratorium on nano-foods and labelling of cloned meat )

 
 

The EU should provide aid worth €2.35 million to help find or create new jobs for workers made redundant by shipbuilders STX Finland Oy and the GAD abattoir in France, the Budgets Committee recommended on Thursday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former workers at Finnish shipyard and French abattoir )

 
 

Unpaid bills sink EU budget talks

BUDG Budget18-11-2014 - 00:21

Parliament wants to reduce the growing pile of unpaid bills, while Council’s proposal, revealed on the very last day of the budget talks, only aggravates the payment crisis, said Budgets Committee MEPs after conciliation talks between member states and the Parliament broke down on Monday night. The Commission will now present a new draft budget. (Read more: Unpaid bills sink EU budget talks )

 
 

“No time for complacency”, Draghi tells economic and monetary affairs MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs17-11-2014 - 19:52
ECB President Draghi met MEPs today to discuss financial market issues  

The European Central Bank will take unconventional monetary measures if the economic situation in the euro area requires them, ECB President Mario Draghi reiterated to economic and monetary affairs MEPs on Monday. As the Banking Union takes shape, risks could migrate from banks to the non-banking sector, he warned. Also, speaking as chair of the Systemic Risk Board, he added that there is "a vast scope for more coordination of sanctions against banks between the US and Europe". (Read more: “No time for complacency”, Draghi tells economic and monetary affairs MEPs )

 
 

Ebola crisis needs EU action plan with concrete measures, say development MEPs

DEVE Development and cooperation17-11-2014 - 19:49

The EU should come up with a detailed action plan to combat the spread of the Ebola virus, Development Committee MEPs told Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides on Monday, after he briefed them on his four-day trip to the affected countries. MEPs highlighted the need to invest in these countries' health systems and not to reduce the EU humanitarian aid budget. (Read more: Ebola crisis needs EU action plan with concrete measures, say development MEPs )

 
 

EP should consent to EU-Georgia association deal, says Foreign Affairs Committee

AFET External/international trade / External relations17-11-2014 - 17:50

The European Parliament should grant its consent to the EU-Georgia Association Agreement in December, the Foreign Affairs Committee said in a vote on Monday. The deal, signed on 27 June 2014, aims to establish deep political association and economic integration between the EU and Georgia, leading to the progressive opening up of their markets. It includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. (Read more: EP should consent to EU-Georgia association deal, says Foreign Affairs Committee )