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Corporate tax: economic affairs MEPs welcome information sharing by authorities

ECON Economic and monetary affairs26-04-2016 - 14:42

The European Commission's proposal for automatic exchange of corporate tax information among national tax authorities was welcomed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday as a positive step in the fight against aggressive corporate tax planning. But MEPs also advocated adding further safeguards in the text to ensure that competition in the single market is not distorted by advantageous national tax deals with multinationals. (Read more: Corporate tax: economic affairs MEPs welcome information sharing by authorities )

 

New rules to curb the growing influx into the EU of plant pests such as Xylella fastidiosa, which has been devastating Italian olive groves in 2013, were endorsed by the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. Factors driving this influx include increased trade and climate change. The draft rules, informally approved by Parliament and Council negotiators in December 2015, would govern preventive measures for imported plant pests and rapid response mechanisms for high-risk ones. (Read more: Plant health: agriculture MEPs endorse deal to fight influx of pests to the EU )

 

Brussels attacks: MEPs call for an EU approach and effective data sharing

LIBE Justice and home affairs25-04-2016 - 16:52

The EU needs a coordinated approach to fight terrorism and it is essential that member states improve information exchange in the area of security, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs agreed in a debate on the 22 March attacks in Brussels with the Belgian ministers for security and the interior, Jan Jambon, and justice, Koen Geens. (Read more: Brussels attacks: MEPs call for an EU approach and effective data sharing )

 

Fate of 10,000 missing refugee children debated in Civil Liberties Committee

LIBE Fundamental rights / Immigration21-04-2016 - 18:06
Greece. Thousands of refugees mainly from Iraq and Syria are stranded at the village of Idomeni near the Greek - FYROM border © UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis  

How to protect unaccompanied minors and cooperate across borders to find missing children fast were the key issues in an emotional Civil Liberties Committee debate on Thursday about the fate of 10,000 refugee children who have gone missing in Europe. (Read more: Fate of 10,000 missing refugee children debated in Civil Liberties Committee )

 

Turkey must fulfil all the requirements laid down by the EU in order to be granted visa-free access to the Schengen area, stressed Civil Liberties Committee MEPs in Thursday’s debate on Ankara’s progress in delivering on its visa liberalisation roadmap. (Read more: Turkey must fulfil all criteria to get visa-free travel to the EU, say MEPs )

 

MEPs call for a more innovative single market, stripped of unjustified barriers

IMCO Free movement of goods / Free movement of services21-04-2016 - 12:42

Ways to unleash the full potential of the single market to the benefit of consumers, employees and businesses, in particular start-ups, are proposed in a report voted by Internal Market Committee MEPs on Thursday. Priorities include eliminating unjustified barriers to trade, helping SMEs and start-ups to scale up their activities, reforming VAT rules, developing legislative tools to foster the sharing economy and building a strong culture of compliance and enforcement. (Read more: MEPs call for a more innovative single market, stripped of unjustified barriers )

 

Consumers should be given more power in the energy market, said Industry and Energy Committee MEPs on Thursday. They recommend schemes such as collective buying, home power generation by households, better price comparison tools for everyone and making it easier to switch energy providers and tariffs. In a non-binding resolution intended as an input to Energy Union legislation to be tabled by the EU Commission, MEPs also call for EU funds for energy efficiency to better focus on energy poverty. (Read more: Boost consumer power in the energy market, urges Industry and Energy Committee )

 

Agreement on opening up of the EU passenger railway market

TRAN Transport20-04-2016 - 16:05
 

A provisional agreement to open up the EU market for domestic passenger rail transport and to ensure equal conditions for railway companies was reached by European Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday evening. It aims to boost the quality of services offered to passengers and to improve the performance of the rail sector. (Read more: Agreement on opening up of the EU passenger railway market )

 

Gun control: MEPs debate changes to firearms proposal to make it fit for purpose

IMCO Justice and home affairs / Free movement of goods20-04-2016 - 14:52

Amendments tabled by Parliament's lead MEP to a Commission proposal to revise the EU firearms directive were discussed in the Internal Market Committee on Wednesday. Concern to close loopholes in European gun laws and strike a balance between the right to own certain types of firearms and appropriate risk controls shaped the changes tabled by committee chair and rapporteur on this file, Vicky Ford (ECR, UK). (Read more: Gun control: MEPs debate changes to firearms proposal to make it fit for purpose )

 

Foreign fighters: Civil Liberties Committee debates how to tackle the phenomenon

LIBE Justice and home affairs20-04-2016 - 14:24
Eurojust’s report on the phenomenon of foreign fighters (Report on the Phenomenon and the Criminal Justice Response) debated by the Civil Liberties Committee with Eurojust President Michèle Coninsx.  

Links between organised crime and terrorism, how to handle people returning from conflict zones, de-radicalisation and the need for a common definition of terrorism and means to prove terrorist intent were among the issues raised in the Civil Liberties Committee’s “foreign fighters” debate with Eurojust President Michèle Coninsx on Wednesday. On Thursday MEPs will debate plans for external border checks on EU citizens. (Read more: Foreign fighters: Civil Liberties Committee debates how to tackle the phenomenon )