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MEPs quiz Commission's chief negotiator on progress ahead of UK referendum

AFCO Constitutional affairs14-01-2016 - 12:58

Are treaty changes needed to meet UK demands, will the four freedoms be safeguarded and could current talks release an avalanche of reform requests from other countries? These questions were put by members of Parliament's constitutional affairs committee to Jonathan Faull, head of the Commission's task force for strategic issues related to the UK referendum, in a debate on Thursday morning. (Read more: MEPs quiz Commission's chief negotiator on progress ahead of UK referendum )

 

First-ever EU-wide cyber-security rules backed by Internal Market Committee

IMCO Industry / Information society14-01-2016 - 10:05

Firms supplying essential services, e.g. for energy, transport, banking and health, or digital ones, such as search engines and cloud computing, will have to take action to improve their ability to withstand cyber-attacks under new rules approved by Internal Market MEPs on Thursday. These rules, informally agreed by MEPs and Council negotiators on 7 December, were approved by 34 votes to 2. They now need to be endorsed by the Council and the full Parliament. (Read more: First-ever EU-wide cyber-security rules backed by Internal Market Committee )

 

2016: year of corporate tax reform and fiscal transparency, Moscovici tells MEPs

TAX2 ECON Economic and monetary affairs / Taxation12-01-2016 - 11:09

2016 should be the year of corporate tax reform and fiscal transparency, tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told MEPs from the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee at a hearing on Monday evening. “We have a serious problem with tax avoidance and lack of transparency. Too many people have looked the other way”, Mr Moscovici said. (Read more: 2016: year of corporate tax reform and fiscal transparency, Moscovici tells MEPs )

 

School milk and fruit: agriculture MEPs promote healthy eating

AGRI Agriculture11-01-2016 - 18:07
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New measures to strengthen and boost funding for an EU scheme to provide fruit, vegetables and milk products in schools were backed by the agriculture committee on Monday. They put more emphasis on educating children in healthy eating, increase the budget and merge into one the current separate schemes for milk and fruit in schools. (Read more: School milk and fruit: agriculture MEPs promote healthy eating )

 

New rules on data transfers for policing and judicial purposes, informally agreed on Tuesday and backed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Thursday morning, will set high standards of data protection to protect citizens' rights and freedoms. They should also enable police forces across Europe to work together faster and more efficiently to counter serious crime and terrorism. (Read more: New data protection standards to ensure smooth police cooperation in the EU )

 

New rules to curb the influx of pests, such as Xylella fastidiosa, caused by increased trade and climate change, stop them spreading and eradicate the most dangerous ones were informally agreed by MEPs and the Luxembourg Council Presidency on Wednesday. The provisional deal also introduces preventive measures for imported plants and fast-response mechanisms for high-risk ones. (Read more: Plant health: deal on new measures to tackle influx of new pests into the EU )

 

New EU rules on data protection put the citizen back in the driving seat

LIBE Fundamental rights17-12-2015 - 12:27

New EU data protection legislation, informally agreed on Tuesday and backed by Civil Liberties MEPs on Thursday morning, will create a uniform set of rules across the EU fit for the digital era. It should also improve legal certainty and boost trust in the digital single market for citizens and businesses alike. Clear and affirmative consent to data processing, the right to be forgotten and strong fines for firms breaking the rules are some of the new features. (Read more: New EU rules on data protection put the citizen back in the driving seat )

 

At its constitutive meeting in Strasbourg on Thursday, members of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings - which will continue to function for 6 more months under a new mandate - have re-elected Alain Lamassoure (EPP, FR) as their chairman by acclamation. (Read more: Alain Lamassoure re-elected chairman Special Tax Rulings Committee II )

 

Data protection package: Parliament and Council now close to a deal

LIBE Fundamental rights15-12-2015 - 21:11

A “strong compromise” on how to ensure a high level of data protection across the EU was agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in their last round of talks on the data protection package on Tuesday. It is now up to member states to give a green light to the agreement. The two draft laws in the package - a regulation and a directive - are scheduled for a confirmation vote in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning. (Read more: Data protection package: Parliament and Council now close to a deal )

 

Protecting trade secrets – MEPs strike a deal with Council

JURI Citizens' rights / Competition15-12-2015 - 16:34

New rules to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday. MEPs ensured that freedom of expression and information will be protected and that the new rules will not restrict the work of journalists. (Read more: Protecting trade secrets – MEPs strike a deal with Council )