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MEPs and Euro group ministers debate path to a Euro zone budget

ECON BUDG Budget / Euro11-07-2016 - 15:11

Members of Parliament’s Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees debated the need for a euro area budget with finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Netherlands, also Euro Group President), Michel Sapin (France), Pier Carlo Padoan (Italy), Pierre Gramegna (Luxembourg), Peter Kažimír (Slovakia), Edward Scicluna (Malta) and Euclid Tsakalotos (Greece) on Monday evening. (Read more: MEPs and Euro group ministers debate path to a Euro zone budget )

 

Dombrovskis in a position to assume Financial Stability, Capital Markets Union

ECON Economic and monetary affairs07-07-2016 - 14:23

Following a hearing at the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON Committee), a large majority of ECON Coordinators were satisfied that Vice-President Dombrovskis is in a position to assume the portfolio that is transferred to him and look forward to a strong leadership in a key file for the stability of the EU and the prosperity of EU citizens. (Read more: Dombrovskis in a position to assume Financial Stability, Capital Markets Union )

 

Plans to strengthen the EU’s visa suspension mechanism, which enables it to temporarily reintroduce visa requirements for third-country nationals in the event of sudden surges in irregular immigration, unfounded asylum applications or a failure to cooperate with the EU on “readmissions” (i.e. returns), were amended and approved by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Thursday. MEPs widened the range of grounds upon which a visa waiver may be suspended. (Read more: Civil liberties MEPs back plans to make it easier to suspend visa waivers )

 

The future EU common list of safe countries of origin, which should help member states to process certain asylum applications faster and more consistently, should replace today’s national lists after a three-year transition period, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs agreed on Thursday. The EU Commission will assess which countries should be included, removed or temporarily suspended from the list. (Read more: Asylum: EU list of safe countries of origin to replace national lists in 3 years )

 

Planning terrorist attacks must be made a crime, say civil liberties MEPs

LIBE Justice and home affairs05-07-2016 - 10:52

Travelling abroad for terrorist purposes, training or being trained, incitement to terrorism or financing of terrorist activities must be made a crime in all EU member states, urge Civil Liberties Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday night. Ahead of upcoming talks with the Council on a draft new counter-terrorism directive, MEPs also stressed the need to protect and assist victims, especially across borders. (Read more: Planning terrorist attacks must be made a crime, say civil liberties MEPs )

 

The 10 films selected for the 10th anniversary edition of the Lux Film Prize were revealed at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Sunday, 3 July. Michaela Šojdrová, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, Martina Dlabajová, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control, Julie Ward and Bogdan Wenta, Members of the Committee on Culture and Education and Doris Pack, LUX Film Prize Coordinator presented the list of films in competition this year. (Read more: 10th anniversary of the Lux Film Prize: official selection revealed )

 

Air quality legislation: MEPs strike deal with Council

ENVI Environment01-07-2016 - 16:58

Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, were informally agreed by MEPs and the Dutch presidency of the Council on Thursday. Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU per year. The agreement now needs to be endorsed by the Environment Committee and Parliament as a whole. (Read more: Air quality legislation: MEPs strike deal with Council )

 

MEPs and ministers struck a deal on a ban on fishing below a depth of 800 meters in the North-East Atlantic. The ban, agreed on Thursday afternoon, will apply to bottom trawling and would also restrict deep-sea fishing to the area where it took place between 2009 and 2011. (Read more: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal to ban deep sea fishing below 800 metres )

 

The EU needs to update its long-term spending plan to cope with unforeseen crises such as mass migration, terrorism and youth unemployment, says the Budgets Committee in a resolution voted on Wednesday. The text is intended as an input to the forthcoming EU Commission’s proposal to revise the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. The update should also tackle the recurring backlog of overdue EU payments, and look beyond 2020, add MEPs. (Read more: Update EU’s long-term spending plan to cope with crises, urges Budgets Committee )

 

European travel document: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal

LIBE Justice and home affairs23-06-2016 - 17:09

A new standard European travel document to speed the return of non-EU nationals staying "irregularly" in EU member states without valid passports or identity cards was informally agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on Thursday evening. A key goal during the talks has been to increase third countries’ acceptance of the document through improved technical details. To enter into force, this informal deal needs to be formally endorsed by the full Parliament and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: European travel document: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal )