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Back to back: Parliament in Strasbourg, Congress in Washington
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Parliament looks forward to starting talks with ministers soon on reform to give the EU high common standards of data protection fit for the digital era, said its key negotiators on Monday, welcoming the Council's announcement that it had approved its negotiating mandate. The first meeting between the institutions is scheduled for 24 June and will be followed by a joint press conference.
EP President Martin Schulz said he hoped a compromise on Greece would be reached shortly, allowing the country to stay in the euro zone. Speaking at the start of the European Council on 25 June, Schulz said: “We are called upon to carefully weigh the risks and choose the path least likely to make citizens liable for a crisis they have not caused.” He said a deal should also pave the way for improving the sustainability of Greek debt.
Trading in seal products from hunts hitherto conducted to protect fishing stocks will be banned in the EU in future but the exemption for the trade in products derived from seal hunts carried out by the Inuit community will remain, under the preliminary deal struck by internal market MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council on Thursday.
The best way to help Greece and tackling the migration crisis in the Mediterranean were hotly debated by MEPs during the plenary session on 24 June. The debate was held ahead of the European Council on 25-26 June when European leaders will be discussing migration, security and economic governance.
MEPs vote on 24 June on the establishment of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), that should help implement the EU’s €315 billion plan to overcome the crisis-induced shortage of investment in the European economy. This ambitious initiative, launched by the European Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker, should entail no extra financial burden for taxpayers. Find out how it should all work and follow the plenary live.