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Security: committee debate with French and German ministers on Monday at 17.00

LIBE Justice and home affairs27-03-2017 - 13:13

German federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière and French Minister of the Interior Matthias Fekl will debate EU measures to improve the security situation in Europe and future challenges in the field with the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday from 17.00 to 19.00. (Read more: Security: committee debate with French and German ministers on Monday at 17.00 )

 

Plans to adapt more books for blind people backed by Legal Affairs Committee

JURI Justice and home affairs23-03-2017 - 11:01

New draft rules to make more books available in formats designed for blind and visually impaired people were approved by the Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday. The draft legislation, which brings EU law into line with the Marrakesh Treaty, provides for copyright exceptions for formats such as audiobooks and Braille. (Read more: Plans to adapt more books for blind people backed by Legal Affairs Committee )

 

Security debate with Commissioner King in the Civil Liberties Committee at 14.00

LIBE Justice and home affairs23-03-2017 - 10:43

The first “security dialogue” with Commissioner Sir Julian King on information sharing in the security field will be held by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday from 14.00 to 15.30. (Read more: Security debate with Commissioner King in the Civil Liberties Committee at 14.00 )

 

The new European Solidarity Corps deserves its own budget – it should not be funded at the expense of the Erasmus+ or Europe for Citizens programmes, urge Culture and Education Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Offering young people an opportunity to take part in solidarity schemes all over Europe would help them to gain experience for future long-term jobs, they add. (Read more: EU Solidarity Corps not to be funded with Erasmus+ budget, urge culture MEPs )

 

A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced to keep pace with technological progress, agreed the Parliament’s and Council’s negotiators on Tuesday. (Read more: A to G energy scale for home appliances: EP/Council strike informal deal )

 

MEPs say unregistered lobbyists should be denied entry to Parliament’s premises

AFCO Constitutional affairs / Institutions21-03-2017 - 11:53

All EU lobbyists looking to influence legislation, should be required to sign the transparency register before being allowed to enter the European Parliament, says a resolution approved by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Tuesday. (Read more: MEPs say unregistered lobbyists should be denied entry to Parliament’s premises )

 

E-commerce: EU-wide rules to protect consumers better and stop rogue traders

IMCO Free movement of goods / Free movement of services21-03-2017 - 11:37

New powers for national authorities to check whether e-commerce websites geo-block consumers, track down rogue traders or even, subject to safeguards inserted by MEPs, order that websites hosting scams be shut down, were approved by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee on Tuesday. (Read more: E-commerce: EU-wide rules to protect consumers better and stop rogue traders )

 

Rule of law in Poland: Civil Liberties Committee to debate state of play

LIBE Fundamental rights21-03-2017 - 11:20

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs questioned Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans about the respect of the rule of law in Poland on Wednesday. The Commission began investigating the situation in Poland under the "Framework for addressing systemic threats to the Rule of Law" on 13 January 2016. MEPs discussed the progress of the investigation procedure and possible further developments, including the advisability of otherwise triggering the Article 7 of the Treaty against Poland. (Read more: Rule of law in Poland: Civil Liberties Committee to debate state of play )

 

Textile imports: development MEPs call for rules to curb worker exploitation

DEVE Development and cooperation21-03-2017 - 10:00
Relatives of Rana Plaza victims hold photos of their loved ones. A year ago this week, more than 1,100 factory workers died when the eight-story Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed into a heap of bricks and fabric bolts. @Rohat Ali Rajib  

The EU Commission should propose rules obliging all players in the textile and clothing industry supply chain to respect the labour and human rights of their workers, say Development Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They also advocate introducing EU tariff preferences and labels for sustainably-produced textiles. (Read more: Textile imports: development MEPs call for rules to curb worker exploitation )

 

No EU solidarity funds for member states refusing asylum-seekers, says lead MEP

LIBE Immigration / Asylum policy08-03-2017 - 12:27
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All EU countries must share responsibility for hosting asylum seekers arriving in Europe. So it follows those that refuse to do so should not get solidarity funding from other EU member states, Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE), lead MEP on the reform the Dublin asylum system told the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. (Read more: No EU solidarity funds for member states refusing asylum-seekers, says lead MEP )