Bi moral Parlament zahtevati, da kulturne in avdiovizualne storitve niso del pogovorov o prostem trgovanju z Združenimi državami? Ali naj Evropska unija postavi zahteve na drugih področjih verjetno največjega trgovinskega dogovora, ki ga je kadarkoli sklenila? O teh vprašanjih bodo poslanci razpravljali v sredo s komisarjem za trgovino Karlom de Guchtom in zahtevali večjo vlogo Parlamenta med celotnimi pogajanji.
Na plenarnem glasovanju v sredo je bil z veliko večino sprejet osnutek zakonodaje, ki predvideva vzpostavitev evropskega sistema enotnega bančnega nadzora. Evropska centralna banka bo neposredno nadzirala največje banke evroobmočja in hkrati imela besedo tudi pri nadziranju drugih bank. Parlament bo sicer končno odločitev o tej zakonodaji sprejel kasneje, kar bo omogočilo več časa za vzporedne pogovore z Evropsko centralno banko o določilih glede pristojnosti nadzornih organov.
Victims of stalking, harassment or gender-based violence who are granted protection in one member state will get equivalent protection if they move or travel to another, without having to go through time-consuming formalities, thanks to a new law passed by Parliament on Wednesday. These civil law rules complement the European Protection Order, which already provides similar protection under criminal law.
MEPs on Tuesday broadly welcomed the package of rules setting up a single EU bank supervisor but also pointed out that important steps had yet to be taken to ensure the supervisor's accountability before the deal could be fully ratified by the house. Whilst acknowledging that the system may not be perfect, many members stressed that it was a step towards truly addressing the causes of the crisis.
MEPs will quiz Commission vice-president Olli Rehn on his plans to present further legislation on economic and monetary union in a debate on Wednesday morning, starting at 9.30.
The need for a better integrated system at EU level to promote renewable energy, the possibility of adopting a mandatory target for 2030 and the desirability of incentives to invest were highlighted in a non-legislative resolution voted by Parliament on Tuesday.
EU member states should join forces to halve the €1 trillion uncollected "tax gap" by 2020, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs want governments to agree measures to clamp down on tax havens, close avoidance loopholes and combat aggressive tax planning. Other ways in which EU countries could benefit by better coordinating their tax systems are set out in a separate resolution, also voted on Tuesday, on the annual tax report.
The economic crisis and the challenges of an ageing population have revealed the vulnerability of both funded and public pension schemes, MEPs say in a resolution passed on Tuesday. They ask EU member states to introduce or maintain diversified pension schemes and highlight the role of public pensions in ensuring decent living standards for all, urging the member states to safeguard them.
Changes in EU member states' media laws that make it easier for governments to interfere in the media should be monitored every year at EU level, says a resolution voted by Parliament on Tuesday. To safeguard media freedom and pluralism, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive should be revised and journalists' working conditions improved, it adds.
Parliament gave its green light on Tuesday to the new directive on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations. The new rules will require oil and gas firms to prove their ability to cover potential liabilities deriving from their operations and to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans before operations can start.