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An EU country facing an emergency gas shortage could call on other member states to supply it with gas via “supply corridors” that would link EU countries into seven transnational regions, under a draft law enshrining a “regional solidarity mechanism”, as amended and approved by the Energy Committee on Thursday. The committee also approved a separate draft law that would require member states to notify the EU Commission when they negotiate energy supply deals with third parties.

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Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on wholesale price caps on Tuesday evening. Caps are significantly lower than those proposed by the Commission. Wholesale price caps define how much telecoms operators can charge each other for using their networks to carry cross-border “roaming” calls.

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All of the EP’s 20 standing committees and two subcommittees held their constitutive meetings on Wednesday to elect their chair and vice-chairs.

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The proposed Digital Single Market strategy is needed to build trust in the online world, boost growth and protect the rights of citizens, creators and companies. These were among the first reactions from the chairs of the three committees that will work intensively on today's Commission proposal. This afternoon and tomorrow morning, the Commissioners responsible will visit Parliament to discuss the proposal with MEPs.

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Projects contradicting the principles of the Energy Union, such as the expansion of Nord Stream, should not be granted any EU support, ITRE chair Jerzy Buzek said in a statement welcoming today's presentation of the state of the Energy Union. He also underlined that all energy related EU laws should be decided on an equal footing by the Parliament and Council.

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Industry committee MEPs confirmed, Wednesday morning, the informal deal to ban surcharges ("roaming fees") for making mobile phone calls, sending text messages or using mobile internet while in another EU country, from June 2017. The deal, struck between EP and council negotiators on 30 June, also includes guarantees that all internet traffic is treated equally, without discrimination. To enter into force, this deal still needs to be endorsed by the full Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

       
 

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