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EP must have bigger role in new investment fund, say budget and economics MEPs

BUDG ECON Budget / Economic and monetary affairs12-03-2015 - 10:32

Parliament should have a bigger role in supervising the operations of the new European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), in selecting its top officials and in the decisions on how to feed the guarantee fund, says the draft report by the budgets and the economic and monetary affairs committees, presented and discussed on Thursday in Strasbourg. (Read more: EP must have bigger role in new investment fund, say budget and economics MEPs )

 

The EU and its member states must shoulder more responsibility for their security and defence at once, given the unprecedented levels of instability at EU borders, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday. Member states must, as a matter of urgency, make more effective use of Common Security and Defence Policy tools, coordinate their internal and external security actions and pool resources more closely, says the text. (Read more: EU must adapt to new security challenges at once, say foreign affairs MEPs )

 

Juncker investment plan must complement other EU tools, say MEPs

BUDG ECON Budget / Economic and monetary affairs02-03-2015 - 18:40

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) must focus on currently underfunded areas, so as to complement, not duplicate, other EU budget tools, said MEPs at Monday’s expert hearing on the Juncker investment plan proposals. The hearing was held by the Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees with a view to shaping legislation for the investment plan. (Read more: Juncker investment plan must complement other EU tools, say MEPs )

 

Changes to planned European Passenger Name Record (PNR) system discussed by MEPs

LIBE Justice and home affairs26-02-2015 - 18:38
An evaluation of the necessity and proportionality of the proposal in the face of current security threats, its scope (list of offences covered), retention periods, the inclusion or exclusion of intra-EU flights, the connection with the on-going data protection reform, as well as the consequences of the EU Court of Justice judgement annulling the 2006 data retention directive, were among the issues discussed by MEPs.  

A new draft text on an EU system for the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, tabled by lead MEP Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK), was discussed in the civil liberties committee on Thursday morning. (Read more: Changes to planned European Passenger Name Record (PNR) system discussed by MEPs )

 

Some 3,000 workers made redundant in Belgium, Germany and Poland in 2013-2014 should receive EU aid worth €6.3million to help them find jobs, the Budgets Committee recommended on Thursday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for redundant workers in Belgium, Germany and Poland )

 

Next year’s EU budget priorities should be fostering growth by helping employment, enterprises and entrepreneurship, showing solidarity both within the EU and with countries outside it and putting EU finances in order by tackling the overdue payments backlog and reforming the EU revenue system, say Budgets Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more: Growth, solidarity and paying the bills: budget MEPs vote 2016 budget priorities )

 

Alain Lamassoure elected chair of Special Committee on Tax Rulings

ECON Economic and monetary affairs26-02-2015 - 10:33

Parliament’s newly-established Special Committee on Tax Rulings elected Alain Lamassoure (EPP, FR) as its chair at its constituent meeting on Thursday morning. As vice-chairs, the committee elected Bernd Lucke (ECR, DE), Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL, PT) and Eva Joly (Greens/EFA, FR). Rapporteurs will be appointed on 9 March. (Read more: Alain Lamassoure elected chair of Special Committee on Tax Rulings )

 

Člani odbora za zunanje zadeve pozdravljajo nadaljevanje pogovor na visoki ravni med Kosovom in Srbijo ter državi pozivajo k normalizaciji medsebojnih odnosov. V svojih resolucijah ob poročilih o napredku Srbije, Kosova, Črne gore in NJR Makedonije v letu 2014 pa so kritični zaradi še vedno prisotnih problemov, kot so nespoštovanje vladavine prava, korupcija, različne oblike diskriminacije, počasnost strukturnih reform in ostra polarizacija političnega prostora. (Preberite več: Poročila o napredku v letu 2014 za Srbijo, Kosovo, Črno goro in NJR Makedonijo )

 

TTIP talks: EP committees discuss their recommendations for negotiators

DEVE INTA External/international trade / Development and cooperation24-02-2015 - 18:58

Concern about the lack of tangible progress in TTIP talks were voiced by International trade MEPs who on Tuesday debated their draft recommendations for the TTIP negotiators. Lively discussion concerned the investor-to-state dispute-settlement clause, dubbed unnecessary by the chair, Bernd Lange (DE, S&D). Meanwhile, the development committee adopted an opinion stressing the impact of TTIP on developing countries and calling for the deal to have an explicit reference to development policy. (Read more: TTIP talks: EP committees discuss their recommendations for negotiators )

 

Environment Committee backs switchover to advanced biofuels

ENVI Environment24-02-2015 - 17:16
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A draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as seaweed and waste, was approved by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the growing use of agricultural land to produce biofuel crops. (Read more: Environment Committee backs switchover to advanced biofuels )