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Textile imports: development MEPs call for rules to curb worker exploitation

DEVE Development and cooperation21-03-2017 - 10:00
Relatives of Rana Plaza victims hold photos of their loved ones. A year ago this week, more than 1,100 factory workers died when the eight-story Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed into a heap of bricks and fabric bolts. @Rohat Ali Rajib  

The EU Commission should propose rules obliging all players in the textile and clothing industry supply chain to respect the labour and human rights of their workers, say Development Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They also advocate introducing EU tariff preferences and labels for sustainably-produced textiles. (Read more: Textile imports: development MEPs call for rules to curb worker exploitation )

 

No EU solidarity funds for member states refusing asylum-seekers, says lead MEP

LIBE Immigration / Asylum policy08-03-2017 - 12:27
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All EU countries must share responsibility for hosting asylum seekers arriving in Europe. So it follows those that refuse to do so should not get solidarity funding from other EU member states, Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE), lead MEP on the reform the Dublin asylum system told the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. (Read more: No EU solidarity funds for member states refusing asylum-seekers, says lead MEP )

 

Ukrainian citizens will be able to travel to the EU visa free under an informal deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday. Once the change enters into force, and provided they have biometric passports, they will be able to enter the EU for up to 90 days in any 180-day-period for business, tourist or family purposes. (Read more: MEPs and Council negotiators agree to waive EU visa requirement for Ukrainians )

 

MEPs’ 2016 reform review of Montenegro and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

AFET Enlargement / External relations28-02-2017 - 11:48

Montenegro is the most advanced EU accession candidate country, which in 2016 had to face Russian attempts to discredit its achievements, noted Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. They also reviewed last year’s reform efforts in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, urging the future government to step up the pace of reform and stay on the EU track. (Read more: MEPs’ 2016 reform review of Montenegro and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia )

 

Foreign Affairs MEPs encourage Serbia and Kosovo to do more to improve ties

AFET Enlargement / External relations28-02-2017 - 11:29

The recent progress in normalising relations between Belgrade and Pristina, after months of little or none, was welcomed by MEPs on Tuesday. However, in two resolutions they call on both countries to show more commitment and sustained political will to achieve this goal, which is a condition for their accession to the EU. (Read more: Foreign Affairs MEPs encourage Serbia and Kosovo to do more to improve ties )

 

Citizens should get access to data on firm owners to fight money laundering

LIBE ECON Justice and home affairs / Economic and monetary affairs28-02-2017 - 10:13

EU citizens could access registers of beneficial owners of companies without having to demonstrate a “legitimate interest,” and trusts would have to meet the same transparency requirements as firms, under amendments, agreed by MEPs on Tuesday, to the EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive. (Read more: Citizens should get access to data on firm owners to fight money laundering )

 

Civil Liberties MEPs voted on Monday for stronger protection and a shorter retention period for data stored in the new EU entry/exit system, which is designed to modernise and step up checks on non-EU nationals travelling to the European Union. (Read more: EU borders: Civil Liberties MEPs vote to step up checks and data protection )

 

Fundamental rights in Hungary discussed in Civil Liberties Committee

LIBE Fundamental rights27-02-2017 - 18:32

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs discussed the fundamental rights situation in Hungary with Justice Minister László Trócsányi and civil society representatives on Monday afternoon. (Read more: Fundamental rights in Hungary discussed in Civil Liberties Committee )

 

MEPs overhaul EU rules on car approvals to prevent further emissions scandals

IMCO Free movement of goods / Consumers / Environment09-02-2017 - 12:16
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In a drive to prevent a recurrence of the VW emissions scandal, Internal Market Committee MEPs amended EU car “type approval” rules on Thursday, to make environmental and safety testing more independent and strengthen national and EU oversight of cars already on the road. (Read more: MEPs overhaul EU rules on car approvals to prevent further emissions scandals )

 

Defence: MEPs urge member states to show political will and join forces

SEDE AFET AFCO Security and defence09-02-2017 - 12:03

Defence cooperation in the EU is now more dependent on political will than on legal considerations, say the Foreign Affairs and Constitutional Affairs committees in a joint resolution passed on Thursday. (Read more: Defence: MEPs urge member states to show political will and join forces )