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Eurogroup President cautiously optimistic on euro zone economy and Greek reforms

ECON Economic and monetary affairs24-02-2015 - 14:20
J. Dijsselbloem at ECON debate _  

The state of play in Eurogroup talks with Greece dominated the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee’s regular debate with Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Tuesday morning. (Read more: Eurogroup President cautiously optimistic on euro zone economy and Greek reforms )

 

MEPs demand more thorough checks on EU spending, more efficient measures to claw back EU funds lost through fraud or irregular spending and vigorous anti-corruption policies in member countries in a resolution passed by the budgetary control committee on Tuesday. (Read more: Check spending better and claw back more lost funds, say budget control MEPs )

 

Russia must admit it is part of the conflict, MEPs tell Alexey Pushkov

AFET External relations10-02-2015 - 10:08

Russia must acknowledge it is directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine and the interna-tional law must be restored, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs told Alexey Pushkov, Chair of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs on Monday evening. In the debate, they also questioned Mr Pushkov on why his country has not respected its obligations under the September Minsk protocol. (Read more: Russia must admit it is part of the conflict, MEPs tell Alexey Pushkov )

 

No tax hike to fund the EU, say MEPs

BUDG Budget05-02-2015 - 13:38

EU budget funding must be reformed, but not by adding to the burden on taxpayers, urged Budgets Committee MEPs in Thursday’s debate on the first report by the High Level Group on Own Resources (HLG). Headed by former Italian prime minister Mario Monti, the HLG is working on proposals for a simpler, fairer, more transparent and more democratically accountable system, which the European Parliament has been advocating since 2006. (Read more: No tax hike to fund the EU, say MEPs )

 

Draft EU rules to ensure that children suspected or accused of a crime are assisted by a lawyer at all stages of criminal proceedings in any EU country were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. MEPs also made sure that children will be individually assessed by qualified staff, can be heard and state their views in a trial and are kept separate from adult inmates, even, in some cases, after they are 18 years old. (Read more: Fair trials for children: MEPs amend rules to establish strong EU-wide standards )

 

Fishermen will have two years to “adapt” before sanctions for failing to comply with the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) discard ban take effect, under a tentative deal struck by Parliament and Council on Thursday, with European Commission help. The agreement amends the “omnibus” regulation setting out detailed arrangements for enforcing the ban. (Read more: Discard ban: MEPs delay enforcement of sanctions on fishermen who fail to comply )

 

Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council

ECON Economic and monetary affairs27-01-2015 - 15:53

The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users. (Read more: Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council )

 

“Solidarity should not replace necessary decisions”, Schäuble tells MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs27-01-2015 - 13:40
Wolfgang Schäuble, german  and Pier Carlo Padoan italian Finace minsters at ECON  

EU solidarity should not replace decisions that must be taken in countries suffering economic difficulties, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in Tuesday’s special debate on the review of the economic governance framework. His Italian colleague Pier Carlo Paduan, vehemently rejected criticism of measures to bring down Italy’s deficit and stressed the need to better coordinate reform policies. (Read more: “Solidarity should not replace necessary decisions”, Schäuble tells MEPs )

 

MEPs to discuss investor protection and regulatory aspects of TTIP

INTA JURI External/international trade27-01-2015 - 10:56

Investor protection, including investor-to-state disputes, and regulatory aspects in the forthcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be discussed on Tuesday, at a joint hearing with the trade and legal affairs committees. (Read more: MEPs to discuss investor protection and regulatory aspects of TTIP )

 

Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs26-01-2015 - 18:06
Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen discuss the proposed fund for strategic investments with the EP Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee  

The European Commission calculates that the Juncker Plan for a European Strategic Investments Fund will create 1.3 million jobs, said Commissioner for Growth and Jobs Jyrki Katainen in a debate with Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. If projects incur losses, the public share of their funding will take the first blow. "That's why they are interesting for private investors", he said. (Read more: Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs )