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EU Visa Code, fight against terrorism and online platforms - this week at the European Parliament

From EU Visa Code update to online platforms legislation, it is a busy week in the European Parliament. Check what the UK MEP's are up!



EU Visa Code. An update of EU rules on visas for short stays (maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period) to take into account security concerns, challenges linked to migration and technological developments will be voted on by the Civil Liberties Committee. Proposed changes include new deadlines for lodging applications, updated visa fees and disincentives for countries not cooperating in readmitting irregular migrants on Monday.

Fight against terrorism and organised crime. Two legislative proposals to further curtail the space in which terrorists and criminals operate will be put to the vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. One aims to improve access to financial information necessary for law enforcement authorities investigating serious crime. The second one would tighten the security for getting an ID card and help curb the use of fraudulent documents, which can also be used by terrorists and criminals, to enter the EU from non-EU countries on Monday.

Online platforms.  E-commerce market places (e.g. Amazon and eBay) and online search engines (e.g. Google search) would be required to implement a set of measures to ensure they set up transparent and fair contracts with online businesses (e.g. online retailers, hotels and restaurants businesses, app stores), under a legislative proposal to be voted on in the Internal Market Committee on Thursday.


UK MEP's in the spotlight

Proposal for a regulation on the import of cultural goods
Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Rapporteur: Daniel DALTON (West Midlands, Conservative)

Draft opinion on the General Budget of the EU for the European External Action Service an the European Commission
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Rapporteur for the opinion: Neena GILL (West Midlands, Labour)

Proposal on low carbon benchmarks and positive carbon impact benchmarks
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Rapporteur: Neena GILL (West Midlands, Labour)

Amendment to the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Community on cooperation in the regulation of civil aviation safety
Committee on Transport and Tourism
Rapporteur: Theresa GRIFFIN (North West England, Labour)  

Conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Singapore
Committee on International Trade
Rapporteur: David MARTIN (Scotland, Labour)

Opinion on the proposal on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain  
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and Committee on Development
Rapporteur for the opinion: Linda MCAVAN (Yorkshire and the Humber, Labour)

Resolution on the Fundamental Rights of People of African Descent in Europe
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Rapporteur: Claude MORAES (London, Labour)

Resolution on the adequacy of the protection of personal data afforded by Japan
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Rapporteur: Claude MORAES (London, Labour)

Implementation of the regulation regarding the protection of animals during transport within and outside the EU
Committee on Transport and Tourism
Rapporteur for the opinion: Keith TAYLOR (South East England, Greens)


Outcome of the special European Council

On 25 November 2018, EU-27 leaders met to finalise and formalise the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. They endorsed the withdrawal agreement. But, as you know, this is just the first step in the ratification process. What's next? What the political declaration the future relationship between the EU and UK say about each topic? Discover it on this briefing!


Read it here.

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