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EU asylum applications for unaccompanied minors should be processed in the EU country where the child is present, even if this is not where the child first applied, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Wednesday. Processing where children are present is usually in their best interests, and avoids moving them unnecessarily between member states, say the committee’s amendments to the Dublin Regulation, which determines which member state should examine asylum applications. (Read more: Unaccompanied minors’ asylum applications: process where the kids are, say MEPs )

 

Fair trials: MEPs strengthen EU-wide standards for legal aid

LIBE Fundamental rights06-05-2015 - 12:24

People who are suspected or accused of a crime, or are named in a European Arrest Warrant, but cannot afford a lawyer or court proceedings, should have access to EU member state funding and assistance for both “provisional” and "ordinary” legal aid, say Civil Liberties MEPs in amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a proposed EU directive on fair trial rights. (Read more: Fair trials: MEPs strengthen EU-wide standards for legal aid )

 

ETS market stability reserve: MEPs strike deal with Council

ENVI Consumers06-05-2015 - 12:11

A draft law to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), by reducing the surplus of carbon credits available for trading into order to support the price, was informally agreed upon by MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers on Tuesday. The surplus reserve would start operating in 2019. (Read more: ETS market stability reserve: MEPs strike deal with Council )

 

Updating payment service rules: MEPs do deal with the Council

ECON Economic and monetary affairs05-05-2015 - 18:31

EU rules on payment services would be updated to improve security, widen consumer choice and keep pace with innovation under an informal deal struck by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council on Tuesday. The updated rules aim to stimulate competition to provide payment services and foster innovative payment methods, especially for online payment services. They still need to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole and the Council. (Read more: Updating payment service rules: MEPs do deal with the Council )

 

Package holiday protection: MEPs strike a deal with Council

IMCO Free movement of persons05-05-2015 - 16:26

Travellers putting together their own package holidays online will get the same protection as those buying from traditional travel agents under a provisional deal struck by MEPs and Council negotiators on Tuesday. The deal also strengthens holidaymakers’ rights, by enabling them to cancel a package deal contract if its price rises by more than 8%, get help if they encounter difficulties or get transport home if a tour operator goes bust. (Read more: Package holiday protection: MEPs strike a deal with Council )

 

Why did the EU Commission take so long to launch investigations into member states’ tax rulings? Is its strategy to go only after small countries, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Ireland? Will the instruments available to it suffice? And if not, what would it take to do away with unfair tax competition? These questions were raised by MEPs in Tuesday’s Special Tax Rulings Committee debate with competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. (Read more: Tax rulings: “We need a common corporate tax base”, says Commissioner Vestager )

 

Parliament, Council start negotiations on investment fund

ECON BUDG Budget / Economic and monetary affairs23-04-2015 - 14:01

Negotiators of the European Parliament and the Council opened negotiations on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) on Wednesday. (Read more: Parliament, Council start negotiations on investment fund )

 

Carbon monoxide can kill, so gas ovens should be professionally installed and maintained. But oven gloves need not be subject to EU safety rules unless they are labelled “protective”, said Internal Market Committee MEPs voting on draft EU rules on Thursday. (Read more: Gas ovens need EU safety rules, but oven gloves do not, say MEPs )

 

Development MEPs urge EU countries to stick to foreign aid commitments

DEVE Development and cooperation20-04-2015 - 18:48

Development MEPs urged EU member countries to respect their Official Development Assistance (ODA) target of 0.7% of national income and to set timetables for reaching it by 2020. It also highlighted the need to mobilise domestic resources efficiently in developing countries and stressed the importance of private-sector contributions in a resolution on financing development adopted on Monday. (Read more: Development MEPs urge EU countries to stick to foreign aid commitments )

 

Strategic Investment Fund: committees back Juncker Plan, but not programme cuts

BUDG ECON Budget / Economic and monetary affairs20-04-2015 - 18:14

A negotiating brief on the “Juncker” plan for a European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to guarantee growth and job-creating investment was backed by the Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees on Monday evening. But MEPs contested plans to feed the fund from the EU research and transport investment budgets, and called for more parliamentary control over its leadership and goals. (Read more: Strategic Investment Fund: committees back Juncker Plan, but not programme cuts )