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Multinationals have their say. The tax rulings commitee meeting on 16 November gives multinationals the chance to comment on their proposals to make corporate taxation in Europe fairer and more transparent  

MEPs grilled eleven multinational companies on their corporate tax practices in a five-hour debate with the Special Committee on Tax Rulings on Monday. These companies had declined the committee’s first invitation to appear before it, but later changed their minds and accepted its last chance invitation. Of the 13 original invitees, only Fiat Chrysler and Walmart declined the final invitation. The meeting started with a minute of silence for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. (Read more: Tough debate with multinational companies on corporate tax practices )


The European Parliament has reached a provisional deal with the Council on the 2016 European budget in the early hours of Saturday. Parliamentary negotiators fought for more money for the migration, jobs and competitiveness priorities of the Parliament. After budget MEPs and the Council formally endorse the deal, the new budget of the European Union will be adopted at the November plenary session of Parliament. (Read more: Budget 2016 deal: Parliament ensures more funding for refugees and jobs )


ECB ready to do more if inflation outlook weakens, Draghi tells MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs12-11-2015 - 14:05
Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank  

The EU economy is showing resilience in the face of external circumstances, but the European Central Bank’s March inflation forecast was too positive, ECB President Mario Draghi admitted to MEPs on Thursday. This regular “monetary dialogue” meeting with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee focused on the Eurozone economic outlook and the ECB's role in macro-economic adjustment programmes. (Read more: ECB ready to do more if inflation outlook weakens, Draghi tells MEPs )


The civil liberties committee on Tuesday approved a deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on new EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in criminal proceedings is respected throughout the EU. The aim is to enhance the right to a fair trial and to strengthen member states' trust in each other's criminal justice systems. (Read more: Fair trials: civil liberties MEPs back new EU rules on presumption of innocence )


The EU should better align its spending with its political priorities, carefully considering the intended objectives before allocating EU funds. And this new approach should be adopted as quickly as possible, so the EU can better react to current and future crises, said MEPs in a debate on the European Court of Auditors (ECA) report on the 2014 budget on Tuesday. (Read more: EU must align spending with political priorities, says budget control committee )


The industry committee set out its demands for a European energy union in a resolution passed on Tuesday. Among them: compliance with the Commission's recommendation concerning hydraulic fracturing, a voluntary system to collectively purchase energy, and support for the development of Europe's own energy resources. (Read more: MEPs want integrated energy market with clear targets & secure supplies )


The final round of the ninth edition of the 2015 LUX Film Prize competition starts in Brussels on Monday. It includes three screenings, live debates with audiences and two weeks in which the three shortlisted films –Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (The Lesson) – will be shown at the EP, with MEPs voting for the winning film and audiences choosing their favourites. (Read more: Final round of 2015 LUX Film competition: screenings and debates with directors )


Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax Rulings recommended measures to make corporate taxes in the EU fairer and more transparent, after eight months of fact finding, in a vote Monday evening in Strasbourg. (Read more: Fairer corporate taxes: Special Committee on Tax Rulings votes recommendations )


Work together to fight online radicalisation and extremism, MEPs urge EU states

LIBE Justice and home affairs20-10-2015 - 11:01

Illegal content that spreads violent extremism via the internet should be deleted promptly, but in line with fundamental rights and freedom of expression, say Civil Liberties Committee MEPs in a non-binding resolution voted on Monday. They also recommend ways to discourage recruitment of EU citizens as “foreign fighters” and call on EU member states to step up judicial cooperation to this end. (Read more: Work together to fight online radicalisation and extremism, MEPs urge EU states )


Multinational companies which have so far refused to cooperate with the Members of Parliament's Special Committee on Tax Rulings will be given one more chance to reconsider their stance, on 16 November. This was decided by coordinators of the committee on Thursday. (Read more: Tax rulings MEPs to multinationals: "One more chance to contribute to our work" )