Tag Archive: European Parliament

EU-Singapore Trade Deal, Screening Investment, Cross-border payments, Future of Europe

  4 months ago     70 Views     Comments Off on EU-Singapore Trade Deal, Screening Investment, Cross-border payments, Future of Europe  

The European Parliament gave its green light to a new trade accord with Singapore, the EU’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia with 10,000 European companies based there. The EPP Group’s Seán Kelly, who authored Parliament’s Report on it, calls it another win-win for both sides. Antonio López-Istúriz says it will also promote more educational exchange. Parliament approved closer screening of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for political motivations or attempts to dominate a strategic industry like water, telecoms or the high-tech sector. Rapporteur Franck Proust of the EPP Group says it spells the end of European naivety on the issue.…

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European Parliament celebrates and debates the Euro’s 20th birthday

  5 months ago     88 Views     Comments Off on European Parliament celebrates and debates the Euro’s 20th birthday  

Marking the Euro’s 20th anniversary, Members of the European Parliament noted how the single currency has been an anchor and shield for Europe’s economy. EPP Group MEPs also noted how the Euro has played a key role in creating Europe’s Single Market, the world’s largest.

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Schengen Information System reforms, preventing the misuse of personal data, Brexit

  7 months ago     116 Views     Comments Off on Schengen Information System reforms, preventing the misuse of personal data, Brexit  

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, the European Parliament voted for more information sharing to boost the protection of the EU’s borders, tackle illegal migration and prevent crime and terrorism. In a resolution, MEPs urged Facebook and other social media to ensure that EU citizens’ data is protected and not misused for political purposes. And MEPs debated the latest on Brexit following a summit of EU leaders on 17 and 18 October.

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Copyright law, defending consumers, State of the Union, EU Future

  9 months ago     128 Views     Comments Off on Copyright law, defending consumers, State of the Union, EU Future  

The European Parliament has approved legislation to help content creators earn their fair share through a stronger EU copyright law, and to stop companies from selling different quality goods under the same brand in different parts of Europe. Parliament also debated Europe’s State of the Union presented by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and the future of Europe by Greek Prime Minister Aléxis Tsípras.

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Emissions trading reform to fight climate change

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The European Parliament is set to give its final approval next month to a revamped Emissions Trading System. The EPP Group’s Ivo Belet, a member of the Environment Committee, says the ETS will sell carbon allowances in order to put a price on carbon and finance Europe’s drive towards a greener economy

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Brexit, portability of online content, globalisation

  2 years ago     328 Views     Comments Off on Brexit, portability of online content, globalisation  

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, MEPs debated the EU’s approach to the Brexit negotiations The EPP Group stressed that withdrawal discussions must come first and then partnership discussions afterwards. They also discussed a European Commission reflection paper on how to harness globalisation and passed a law allowing EU citizens to access online content they have bought in their home country in other EU countries.

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CETA approved, EU future, Fighting terrorism, Ukraine conflict

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The European Parliament finally approved the EU-Canada free-trade agreement CETA. The EPP Group faced off with Euroskeptics in a debate on the future of the EU, Parliament backed a report calling for stronger action to fight terrorism and radicalization. And Parliament debated what next steps to take in the worsening conflict in Ukraine.  

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Brexit debate, EU border agency, and tax avoidance Report

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At its latest plenary session, the European Parliament debated the UK’s plan to leave the EU with EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber warning of instability if the separation doesn’t happen quickly. MEPs gave their final approval for the EU Border and Coast Guard, of which Artis Pabriks was Rapporteur. And Parliament adopted a Report authored by Danuta Hübner calling for greater transparency to fight tax avoidance.

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Single European Railway Network

  3 years ago     528 Views     Comments Off on Single European Railway Network  

After years of negotiations, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU have finally agreed on reforms to Europe's railway network so that there will be no more technical differences between EU member states and passengers will be able to travel between different European cities with a single ticket. The fourth Railway Package has two pillars, one technical and one political. The European Parliament voted on the technical pillar today and on the political pillar by the end of the year.

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