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European Parliament: Plenary session

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 luglio 2020

Bruxelles. Friday, 10 July. Srebrenica. MEPs will pay tribute to the victims of Srebrenica, marking the 25th anniversary of one of Europe’s worst massacres since World War II, in a debate with Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi at 09.15.
European culture. From around 09.45, MEPs are set to ask the Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas to come up with a plan to help the EU’s cultural and creative sector, hit hard by the pandemic.
Cohesion policy. MEPs will debate from around 10.30 the role of cohesion policy in tackling the socio-economic impact of COVID-19, with Commissioner Elisa Ferreira.
Health. Following Wednesday’s debate, MEPs will adopt at 18.00 a resolution on “The EU’s public health strategy post-COVID-19”.
Money Laundering. At 18.00, MEPs will adopt a resolution on “Preventing money laundering and terrorist financing”, following Wednesday’s debate.
Chemicals. Following yesterday’s debate, MEPs will adopt at 18.00 a resolution on a “Chemicals strategy for sustainability”.
Votes and results:.The results of the votes that took place on Thursday evening will be announced at 09.00, on, among other things:
• Protecting the EU’s financial interests and combating fraud, and
• Humanitarian situation in Venezuela and the migration and refugee crisis, and
• Activities of the European Investment Bank.
Also at 09.00, the names of MEPs who will be sitting on the subcommittee on tax matters, the committee of inquiry on animal transport and on the special committees on cancer, on artificial intelligence and on foreign interference and disinformation in the EU will be announced.The first voting session starts today at 9.45, with votes being announced at 13.30, on, among other things,
• Guidelines for the employment policies of the member states,
• European approach to energy storage, and
• Revision of the guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure.
The second and final voting session starts at 14.15, with results being announced at 18.00.

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European Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 luglio 2020

Bruxelles. MEPs endorsed all three legal acts without any amendments, as adopted by EU ministers in April 2020. The political agreement with the Council was reached in December 2019. The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ driving times and rest periods and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host member state) aim to put an end to distortion of competition in the road transport sector and provide better rest conditions for drivers.
The new rules will help to ensure better rest conditions and allow drivers to spend more time at home. Companies will have to organise their timetables so that drivers in international freight transport are able to return home at regular intervals (every three or four weeks depending on the work schedule). The mandatory regular weekly rest cannot be taken in the truck cab. If this rest period is taken away from home, the company must pay for accommodation costs.
Vehicle tachographs will be used to register border-crossings in order to tackle fraud. To prevent systematic cabotage, there will be a cooling-off period of four days before more cabotage operations can be carried out within the same country with the same vehicle.To fight the use of letterbox companies, road haulage businesses would need to be able to demonstrate that they are substantially active in the member state in which they are registered. The new rules will also require trucks to return to the company’s operational centre every eight weeks. Using light commercial vehicles of over 2.5 tonnes will also be subject to EU rules for transport operators, including equipping the vans with a tachograph.
The new rules will give a clear legal framework to prevent differing national approaches and ensure fair remuneration for drivers. Posting rules will apply to cabotage and international transport operations, excluding transit, bilateral operations and bilateral operations with two extra loading or unloading.The adopted rules will enter into force after they are published in the Official Journal of the EU in the coming weeks.The rules on posting will apply 18 months after the entry into force of the legal act. The rules on rest times, including the return of drivers, will apply 20 days after publication of the act. Rules on return of trucks and other changes to market access rules will apply 18 months after the entry into force of the act on market access.

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Angela Merkel presents German Presidency priorities to the European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 luglio 2020

MEPs discussed with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen the strategy and goals of the German Presidency in the coming six months.Under the motto “Together for Europe’s recovery”, the German presidency is determined to tackle the huge challenge posed by the pandemic, Mrs Merkel said. She highlighted five areas that Europe needs to work on if it wants to emerge unified and strong from the current crisis: fundamental rights, solidarity and cohesion, climate change, digitisation and Europe’s role in the world. “Germany is prepared to show extraordinary solidarity”, she underlined, to build a Europe that is green, innovative, sustainable, more digital and competitive. “Europe is capable of achieving great things if we work together and stand together in solidarity”, she concluded.
“The challenge ahead for all of us could not be more extraordinary”, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. “But we can emerge stronger thanks to Next Generation EU. Germany chose the word: together. That is the engine of our union”. She underlined that Europe needed both, a new EU long-term budget (MFF) and Next Generation EU. The Commission will do its utmost to make sure we will reach agreement, she said. Manfred Weber (EPP, DE) said that the EU stumbles from crisis to crisis because of fear. “Fear is the enemy of solidarity, future and freedom”. There are high expectations for the German Presidency, he continued. “The EU needs now courage to show solidarity: We need a solution this month for the Recovery Fund”, Weber insisted. “No community can survive without community spirit. For us, this is simply the European Way of Life.”Iratxe García Perez (S&D, ES) offered to work “side by side” with the German Presidency to overcome North-South and East-West differences and divisions in Europe, for the benefit of citizens. “We have to prove that it is possible to create a fairer and more sustainable society, which thinks about the environment and future generations (…), protects workers, values diversity and manages migration flows with solidarity”, she added.“The priority right now must be the adoption of the recovery plan and the new multiannual financial framework”, said Dacian Ciolos (Renew Europe, RO). “We build Europe around a project, a vision and strong values”, he added. “It is high time we make the respect of the rule of law a condition for accessing EU funds. The political opportunity is here. Use this unprecedented package as leverage”.Jörg Meuthen (ID, DE) criticised the chancellor for being ignorant and ideological. “You are betraying the European idea and endangering the future of coming generations”, he said, pointing to the European Green Deal and the recovery fund. “Your understanding of solidarity is absurd”, he concluded.Ska Keller (Greens/EFA, DE) said the same decisiveness that the EU shows against COVID-19 should apply to the climate crisis. “We need to overcome the Coronavirus crisis and to avoid the climate crisis”. The German presidency can make an important contribution here, she said, such as an ambitious climate law, calling for 65 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.Rafaele Fitto (ECR, IT) said that up to now the EU’s response to the pandemic was “slow, not very efficient and lacking in true solidarity”. Germany should put aside selfishness and recover the original spirit of the EU by avoiding the mistakes of the past. “We need to revitalise the economy, implement favourable trade policies and relaunch the single market.”Martin Schirdewan (GUE/NGL, DE) recalled the harmful austerity policies implemented during the financial crisis and appealed to Mrs Merkel not to make the mistake twice. He also called on Germany to make Council protocols public and transparent and to no longer block a proposal on digital tax on big companies.

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European parliament: The week ahead 01 – 07 June 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 maggio 2020

Brussels Committee meetings.COVID-19/Schengen internal checks. A resolution on the situation of the Schengen area following the COVID-19 outbreak will be voted on by the Civil Liberties Committee. During a debate held on 12 May, MEPs emphasised that the temporary checks on Schengen borders need to be lifted in a coordinated manner as soon as conditions allow (Thursday).
New EU long-term budget/Agriculture. The Agriculture Committee will debate the revised MFF proposal and its impact on EU farm policy funding with Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn. MEPs have repeatedly insisted that only adequately-funded EU farm policy can deliver food security and at the same time take on board the EU Green Deal (Tuesday).
COVID-19/Digital surveillance. The use of digital surveillance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for human rights will be debated by the Human Rights Subcommittee (Friday).
Roma Integration Strategies. The implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies will be debated by the Civil Liberties Committee with Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli and EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Executive Director Michael O’Flaherty. These strategies aim at combating negative attitudes towards people of Romani background in Europe and facilitate their integration (Thursday).
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet, via videoconference, Parliament’s Contact Group on the MFF to discuss the upcoming talks on the new long-term budget, on Tuesday. The President will have a bilateral meeting, also via videoconference, with the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as well as a phone call with the Speaker of Ukraine’s Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) Dmytro Razumkov, on Wednesday. On Thursday, President Sassoli will deliver a speech on NEF Online, the online debate platform of the Nueva Economía Forum.

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European Parliament: Plenary session

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 maggio 2020

Brussels The week ahead 11 – 17 May 2020. New EU long-term budget. MEPs will debate the post-2020 budget revision and economic recovery package plans with Commission and Council on Wednesday and vote on a resolution on Friday, to ensure that the new MFF (Multiannual Financial Framework) proposal to be tabled by the Commission turns the EU budget into an efficient tool for restarting the EU economy.
Safeguard EU budget 2021. Parliament will also vote on a legislative initiative report requesting that the European Commission submits a proposal for an MFF contingency plan by 15 June 2020 to avoid programme funding being disrupted on 1 January 2021 in the event that the approval of the long-term budget is delayed. (Wednesday)
Hungary. Parliament will address the threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights posed by the Hungarian government’s recently introduced emergency powers in light of COVID-19, in a debate with Council and Commission on Wednesday evening.
COVID-19 tracing apps. MEPs will discuss the use of smartphone apps in managing the spread of the pandemic and how to ensure data protection and privacy rights are fully respected. (Thursday)
COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Boosting research to ensure everyone has swift access to future vaccines and treatments for the novel Coronavirus will be at the core of a debate with Council and Commission on Thursday.
Water reuse. To remedy fresh water scarcity, MEPs will vote on new requirements to safely use recycled waste water for agricultural irrigation and other purposes. (Wednesday)
70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. Commemorating Robert Schuman’s declaration of 9 May 1950 that set out the European Union’s founding principles, MEPs will discuss how the Conference on the Future of Europe (expected to start later this year, with citizen participation at its core) can help the EU to overcome current and future challenges. (Thursday)
Artificial Intelligence package. Intellectual property rights for the development of AI, ethical aspects of AI technologies and robotics, as well as the civil liability regime for AI will be debated by the Legal Affairs Committee (Tuesday).
Just Transition Fund. The Regional Development Committee will hold the first debate on the proposed Just Transition Fund, the first legislative proposal implementing the priorities set out in the European Green Deal. Topics likely to be discussed include the scope of the support, the budget envelope, as well as the new Fund’s relation to existing instruments of the EU’s cohesion policy (Tuesday).
Circular economy and biodiversity: The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee will debate the new Circular Economy Action Plan and the upcoming Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 with Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius. (Tuesday)
President’s Diary. The President will invite civil society actors engaged in daily solidarity actions to take the floor on Saturday 9 May, in a livestreamed event in the Brussels Chamber celebrating EUROPE DAY 2020: 70 YEARS OF SOLIDARITY. On Wednesday, he will open the plenary session in Brussels and chair the debates on the EU response to COVID-19 and the recovery plan within the long-term budget with Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press and Spokesperson Services will hold a virtual press briefing together with spokespersons of Parliament’s political groups (tbc), on Wednesday. A media advisory, including exact timing and technical specifications, will be published on the press-room webpage ahead of the online press conference.

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European Parliament: Committee and political groups meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 aprile 2020

Brussels The week ahead 27 April – 03 May 2020.In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Parliament is reducing the need for physical meetings on its premises, without compromising its role of democratic scrutiny nor its ability to approve the necessary legislative measures to combat the virus and support the public, consumers, businesses and emergency services.The required social distancing will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.
Economic impact and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will debate with Commission Executive Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People Valdis Dombrovskis and Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni on the economic impact and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Monday).Impact of COVID-19 crisis on transport. The Transport and Tourism Committee will debate with Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Vălean on the Commission’s response to the COVID-19 crisis in the transport sector (Tuesday).
Libya/migration. The situation in Libya and on the Central Mediterranean Route will debated by the Civil Liberties Committee. The list of invited speakers include : Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović as well as representatives from the Commission, Frontex, UNHCR, Médecins Sans Frontières and Sea Eye (Monday).

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European Parliament to hold extraordinary plenary on 16 and 17 April

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 aprile 2020

The EP’s President and political group leaders decided to hold an extraordinary plenary to continue with parliamentary work on the special measures to fight the pandemic.Parliament’s President and political group leaders (Conference of Presidents) held a remote meeting on Thursday morning and agreed to convene an extraordinary plenary session on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April in Brussels.On the agenda will be a debate with Council and Commission and a vote on a resolution on EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. The EP is also ready to vote on any legislative or budgetary proposals prepared in time by the European Commission to further address the current situation.The Conference of Presidents updated the EP’s calendar of activities to introduce additional dates for remote meetings for EP governing bodies, committees and political groups. You can find it here.Group leaders also raised concerns about the emergency measures recently adopted in Hungary. A majority of the groups asked President Sassoli to relay their concerns in a letter to the Commission, asking them to evaluate the situation and consider activating the Article 7 procedure of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). This procedure would allow the EU to ensure that European core values are not at risk.The current precautionary measures adopted by the European Parliament to contain the spread of COVID-19 do not affect work on legislative priorities. Core activities are reduced, but maintained to ensure the institution’s legislative, budgetary, scrutiny functions are maintained. Parliament has agreed to introduce an alternative remote voting system. Based on public health grounds, it will enable votes to take place, with adequate safeguards to ensure that Members’ votes are individual, personal and free.

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European Parliament: The week ahead 30 March – 05 April 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 marzo 2020

In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Parliament is reducing the need for physical meetings on its premises, without compromising its role of democratic scrutiny nor its ability to approve the necessary legislative measures to combat the virus and support the public, consumers, businesses and emergency services.The required social distancing of 1.5 m will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.
Conference of Presidents. EP President Sassoli and the leaders of the political groups (Conference of Presidents) will discuss Parliament’s activities for the next days, including legislative and budgetary files linked to the EU response to the pandemic (Thursday).
EU response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Internal Market Committee will discuss with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton EU measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and how member states are cooperating with each other. Green lanes to ensure that essential goods, such as medical supplies and food reach those who need them the most, as well as the joint purchase of medical supplies, are likely to be addressed in the debate (Thursday).
Refugee situation in Greece. The Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will assess the situation at the Greek external borders with Greek Minister for Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarachi and Minister for Citizen Protection Michalis Chrisochoidis, Croatia’s State Secretary for European and International Affairs Terezija Gras, Commission Vice-President for Promoting the European way of life Margaritis Schinas, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson as well as representatives of Frontex and the Fundamental Rights Agency (Thursday).

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European Parliament to hold extraordinary plenary on 26 March

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 marzo 2020

EP President and political group leaders decided to hold an extraordinary plenary session next Thursday, 26 March to allow for implementation of special measures.Parliament´s President and Group leaders (Conference of Presidents) held an informal exchange of views on Thursday morning. They approved in written procedure the proposal of EP President Sassoli to convene an extraordinary plenary session next Thursday, 26 March in Brussels to debate and vote on the first three legislative proposals of the European Commission to tackle the effects of the COVID19 pandemic in EU Member States.EP President David Sassoli said: “The European Parliament is doing its duty and will continue to do so. Parliament must remain open, because a virus cannot bring down democracy. We are the only European institution voted in by its citizens and we want to continue representing and defending them”.On the agenda:
• The Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, which will make available €37 billion of the Cohesion funds to member states to address the consequences of the crisis,
• a legislative proposal to extend the scope of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover public health emergencies
• a Commission proposal to stop the so-called ghost flights caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
It is key that the European Parliament adopts these three proposals swiftly, to provide concrete support to EU citizens and to the Member States in this unprecedented situation.
The Bureau of the European Parliament will adopt specific measures for this session to ensure the votes can be organised remotely. This plenary will formally replace the session foreseen for 1-2 April.

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European parliament: Changes made to Parliament’s calendar

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 marzo 2020

Bruxelles.Due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Conference of Presidents (EP President and political leaders) modified the European Parliament’s calendar of activities.
Committee meetings and other official activities initially foreseen for this week have either been postponed or cancelled. The President can authorise meetings to go ahead during this week if necessary, for example for trilogue negotiations on legislation between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission.The aim is to enable Parliament to exercise its core functions (legislative and budgetary powers, as well as plenary sessions and meetings of the institution’s governing bodies), while complying with duty of care for its Members and staff and with a view to protecting public health.
Journalists may, nevertheless, continue to enter Parliament to work if needed, but will be required to sign a declaration at the entrance stating that they have not been to an affected area in the last 14 days. Due to the EP’s limited activity and restricted access conditions, only the two entrances to the SPINELLI (ASP) building are open. The media accreditation desk has temporarily moved from the press entrance to the main accreditation centre on the Agora Simone Veil.The week starting 23 March remains, for the time being, unchanged.

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On International Women’s Day

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 marzo 2020

The European Parliament celebrates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA).
For this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March, the European Parliament is marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration on gender equality. Twenty-five years after it was adopted, women’s rights and gender equality have not yet been realised. No country in the world has fully achieved equality and empowerment for women and girls. Women in Europe and around the world still face numerous challenges, some of which are newly emerging.As the European Parliament recently stressed in its latest resolution, MEPs reaffirm their unwavering commitment to the BPfA and to the full range of actions for gender equality outlined therein. We strongly believe that working to achieve women’s rights and gender equality demands a coordinated and multisector approach that involves all relevant stakeholders, including civil society and women’s organisations as well as the business world. The Parliament shall continue to fight for a strong leadership role in achieving girls’ and women’s rights and gender equality in the European Union as well as at a global level.
David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, said: “Altogether, we have to lead by example and join forces to achieve genuine gender equality. We must double our efforts to implement Agenda 2030 and all Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure that no woman or girl is subject to discrimination, violence or exclusion, and that all women and girls have access to health, food, education and job opportunities.Europe is at the crossroads of transitions: green, industrial and digital. We must lead the transition to a green economy for a healthy planet and a new digital world, while leaving no one behind. All women in the world need to be actors of change. Now it is time to move from words to deeds!”Evelyn Regner, Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality said: “Let us continue to raise our voices. Let us denounce injustice and fight for a better, more inclusive and fair world. On International Women’s Day, as well as on every other day of the year. Because, and it still needs to be stressed, women’s rights are fundamental human rights.” All for equality – 2020 is a pivotal year for Gender Equality.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 – measures introduced by the European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 marzo 2020

Important precautionary measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus on the premises of the European Parliament were announced by President Sassoli on Monday (2 March).
• The activities of the EP core functions are maintained – committees, plenary session, Bureau, Conference of Presidents
• Other (non-core) activities are suspended for three weeks, including visits, events, cultural events planned, hearings, seminars organised by the Administration, political groups and MEPs
• Journalists can still access the EP provided they take the same precautions as staff.
Media representatives may continue to access Parliament’s premises and fully exercise their role and inform public opinion, unless they have visited one of the affected regions during the last 14 days, or if they know they have been in contact with a person confirmed to have the virus and have not been cleared by a doctor (same provisions as for EP staff). However, all journalists entering Parliament’s premises will be required to sign a declaration stating that they have not been to a risk area in the last 14 days.
The following areas (subject to revision) are concerned:
• China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao)
• Singapore
• South Korea
• The following regions in Northern Italy: Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto
• Iran (as of 26.02.20)
• Japan (as of 27.02.20)
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has spread to different regions of the world, including clusters in certain regions in the European Union and constitutes a threat to public health. The European Parliament has therefore adopted precautionary measures and will closely monitor the developing situation and update its advice if necessary.

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European parliament: The week ahead 24 February – 01 March 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 febbraio 2020

Bruxelles. The week ahead 24 February – 01 March 2020. No parliamentary meetings are foreseen in Brussels, as the week is set aside for committee delegations/missions in relation to topics falling under their responsibility.
US Tariffs/USA. A delegation of MEPs from the International Trade Committee will go to Washington D.C. to meet their Congress counterparts, State and Treasury Department officials, NGOs, trade unions and business organisations to address trade irritants between the EU and its biggest trading partner, the US. MEPs are set to review the progress on talks to eliminate tariffs on industrial goods and advocate fair and rules-based trade (Monday to Thursday).
EU-Turkey relations. A Foreign Affairs Committee delegation will go to Ankara and Mardin for meetings with Turkish government representatives, including Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, parliamentarians, think tanks, academics and civil society representatives. MEPs will discuss the latest developments on EU-Turkey relations, regional challenges such as the conflicts in Syria and Libya, the Kurdish conflict and the situation of Syrian refugees (Monday to Thursday).
EU budget/Czechia. A delegation of the Budgetary Control Committee will go on a fact-finding mission to Prague, to meet with farmers, NGOs, members of the judiciary and government and ask questions on how EU funds are distributed and accessed. Alerted by reports of a possible conflict of interest of Czechia’s Prime Minister, MEPs want to make sure that Czech taxpayers’ money benefits the public good and not only a few privileged individuals. The mission’s findings will be communicated in a press conference on Friday 15.00 in Prague’s EP Office (Wednesday to Friday).Data protection, counter-terrorism/USA. A Civil Liberties Committee delegation will travel to Washington D.C. and Boston to discuss EU-US cooperation on data protection, including the EU-US Privacy Shield, and law enforcement, including the use of Artificial Intelligence, as well as counter-terrorism. MEPs will meet, among several others, US Congress representatives, the Department of State and the Treasury, the Internet Society (ISOC), FBI experts as well as MIT and Harvard University representatives, consumers’ organisations and start-ups (Monday to Friday).
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will deliver a speech at a symposium on “The Europe we want: a reflection on the future that awaits us”, at the University of Turin, on Monday. On Wednesday, the EP President will speak at a presentation by the European Environment Agency on “European environment: state and outlook 2020”, at the Chamber of Deputies, in Rome. On Sunday, President Sassoli will participate in a ceremony in memory of the printers and journalists who were victims of the raid of the Rome ghetto on 16 October 1943.

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European Parliament for the European Council of 20-21 February 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 febbraio 2020

European Parliament President David Sassoli will represent Parliament at the summit and address heads of state or government at 15:00. He will hold a press conference afterwards in the Council’s press room.The next long-term EU budget is about the future of Europe – about whether the EU will do more, the same, or less for its citizens after 2020.The European Parliament wants a post-2020 budget reform that matches its political commitments and ambitions for the future of the EU and ensures the continuity of the EU’s main policies like the regional and agricultural policies. This budget should also address future challenges for a stronger and more sustainable Europe. It should promote peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights and gender equality, boost welfare, economic growth, quality employment, solidarity between member states and citizens, and contribute to fighting climate change.The proposal currently on the table for discussion between member states is not acceptable for Parliament, which expects the European Council not to adopt conclusions on this basis.

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European Parliament: The week ahead 17, 18, 20 February 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 febbraio 2020

Brussels Monday, 17 February, Paul-Henri Spaak 3C050, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
15.00-15.45 BUDG-ECON Joint meeting in meeting room JAN 4Q1 Establishment of the Reform Support Programme, rapporteurs: Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D, ES) and Dragoş Pîslaru (Renew, RO), discussion
17.00-18.00 Scrutiny of delegated acts and implementing measures: Exchange of views on the delegated act on Market Risk under CRR and on other forthcoming delegated acts
Tuesday, 18 February, Paul-Henri Spaak 3C050, Brussels Exchange of views with Hans Hoogervorst, Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and Erkki Liikanen, Chairman of the IFRS Foundation Trustees
12.00- 13.00 VotesBanking Union – annual report 2019, rapporteur: Pedro Marques (S&D, PT)
Competition policy – annual report 2019, raporteur: Stéphanie Yon-Courtin (Renew, FR)
European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2020, rapporteur: Aurore Lalucq (S&D, FR)
18 -19 February 2020 – Hemicycle. European Semester Conference -Inter-parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union -Co-organised by European Parliament and Croatian Parliament European Parliament, Brussels
The 2020 European Parliamentary Week takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, when MEPs and national parliamentarians from EU member states, as well as from candidate and observer countries, will discuss EU economic coordination and governance. EP President David Sassoli, ECOFIN Chair Zdravko Marić and Eurogroup President Mário Centeno will be among the speakers.

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European Parliament: The week ahead 17 – 23 February 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 febbraio 2020

Brussels. European Council on MFF. EP President Sassoli will address the extraordinary European Council, setting out Parliament’s position on the ongoing negotiations on the EU budget for 2021-2027 (MFF) at 15:00, followed by a press conference. During a plenary debate in Strasbourg, MEPs underlined that Parliament will only give its consent to a budget that meets EU ambitions (Thursday).
EU Economic Governance. The 2020 European Parliamentary Week takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, when MEPs and national parliamentarians from EU member states, as well as from candidate and observer countries, will discuss EU economic coordination and governance. EP President David Sassoli, ECOFIN Chair Zdravko Marić and Eurogroup President Mário Centeno will be among the speakers. The Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Employment and Social Affairs will adopt resolutions related to the topics discussed, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Selecting EU energy projects. MEPs from the Industry and Energy Committee will give their input on the upcoming revision of the guidelines used to select energy projects of European interest. The Commission will propose, later this year, new legislation to incorporate EU Green Deal objectives into the methodology on how EU priority infrastructures are being chosen and funded (Wednesday).
Safeguarding EU’s financial interests. The Committee on Budgetary Control will complete the so-called ‘discharge procedure’ for 2018, by passing its verdict on how the EU budget has been managed. The votes will cover the expenses of the Commission, Parliament, EU funds, the other institutions, agencies and joint undertakings (Wednesday and Thursday).
Digital initiatives. The Committees on Internal Market and Consumer Protection and on Industry will have a first debate on the Commission’s new initiatives in the digital sector with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton. These are a Strategy for Europe Fit for the Digital Age, a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence and the European Data Strategy (Wednesday).
Artificial Intelligence. The Culture and Education Committee will hold a public hearing with experts on the use of A.I., and the legal challenges linked to it, in the education, culture and audio-visual sectors. The Civil Liberties Committee is also organising a public hearing to debate the use of A.I. in criminal law and by judicial authorities, including facial recognition and predictive policing (Wednesday and Thursday respectively).
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and Romania’s Chamber of Deputies President Marcel Ciolacu on Monday. On Tuesday, President Sassoli will meet the President of Norway’s Parliament Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen, North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, London Mayor Sadiq Khan as well as the parents of murdered Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak. The President will also meet Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades, on Wednesday.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week’s activities at 11.00 a.m. on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room.

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European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 febbraio 2020

Strasbourg. The week ahead 10 – 16 February 2020. Long-term budget. Ahead of the Extraordinary European Council of 20 February on the Multiannual Financial Framework, MEPs on Wednesday will urge member states to agree on adequate financing of 2021-2027 EU programmes and projects. A roundtable debate with EP negotiators for media will take place on Tuesday. EP President David Sassoli will hold a press conference on this issue on Wednesday at 13:00.
EU-UK future relations. Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution setting out MEPs’ stance on an ambitious new EU-UK partnership, on Wednesday. Any final future agreement will need the approval of the European Parliament as a whole before it can enter into force.
EU-Vietnam trade deal. MEPs will debate on Tuesday and give their final vote on Wednesday on the free trade and investment deals between the EU and Vietnam. A press conference by the rapporteurs will take place in the afternoon.
Artificial intelligence. Challenges arising from artificial intelligence and the measures the EU should take to protect consumers will be the focus of a debate on Monday and a resolution, to be put to the vote on Wednesday.
ECB President Lagarde. Newly-elected ECB President Christine Lagarde will address the plenary for the first time on Tuesday, to discuss the Eurozone’s economic governance and ECB activities. Greening the economy, financial technology and the impact of Brexit are likely to be raised by MEPs.
Enlargement. The revised approach on enlargement, as presented by the Commission on 5 February, will be debated by MEPs on Monday.
Foreign affairs. War in Syria and recent US peace plans for Israel and Palestine, as well as a new strategy for EU relations with Africa, are up for debates with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday afternoon.Illegal trade in cats and dogs. To protect animal welfare, pet owners and public health, MEPs are set to call for an EU Action Plan to end illegal trade in companion animals, in a debate on Wednesday. They will also vote on a resolution on Thursday.President’s Diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet ECB President Christine Lagarde, on Tuesday. President Sassoli will meet the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, on Wednesday. On Friday, the President will participate in the opening ceremony of the Megalizzi Foundation in Trento, Italy.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday in the Daphne Caruana Galizia Press conference room, Strasbourg.

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Parliament wants binding rules on common chargers to be tabled by summer

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 gennaio 2020

The European Parliament calls on the Commission to put forward beefed-up rules on common chargers by July 2020 at the latest.There is an “urgent need for EU regulatory action” to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs say in a resolution approved by 582 votes to 40, with 37 abstentions, calling for the mandatory introduction of common chargers for all mobile devices.Parliament wants the Commission to adopt the delegated act foreseen in the 2014 Radio Equipment Directive by July 2020 or, if necessary, table a legislative measure by the same date, at the latest.Without hampering innovation, the EU executive should ensure that the legislative framework for a common charger will be “scrutinised regularly in order to take into account technical progress”. MEPs reiterate that research and innovation are vital to improve existing technologies and come up with new ones.Parliament also wants the Commission to:
• take measures to best ensure the interoperability of different wireless chargers with different mobile devices;
• consider legislative initiatives to increase the volume of cables and chargers collected and recycled in EU member states;
• ensure that consumers are no longer obliged to buy new chargers with each new device: strategies to decouple the purchase of chargers from the purchase of new devices should be introduced with a common charger solution, MEPs say, stressing however that “any measure aiming at decoupling should avoid potentially higher prices for consumers”.
According to estimates, around 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste are generated globally per year, with an average of more than 6 kg per person. In Europe, total e-waste generated in 2016 was 12.3 million metric tonnes, equivalent to 16.6 kg on average per inhabitant. Short lifecycles for some devices also lead to more e-waste, notes the resolution.

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Brexit deal approved by the European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 gennaio 2020

• UK Withdrawal Agreement cleared the second-to-last hurdle before entering into force
• Qualified majority vote in the Council to conclude the process, Brexit set to take place on 31 January 2020
The Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions.In a debate with the Croatian State Secretary for European Affairs Nikolina Brnjac on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and the EU’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, Parliament took stock of the withdrawal process so far and the challenges ahead.Commenting on the historic importance of the vote, most speakers on behalf of the political groups highlighted that the UK’s withdrawal will not be the end of the road for the EU-UK relationship and that the ties that bind the peoples of Europe are strong and will remain in place. They also mentioned that there are lessons to be learnt from Brexit that should shape the future of the EU and thanked the UK and its MEPs for their contribution throughout the UK’s membership. Many speakers warned that the negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the UK are going to be difficult, especially taking into account the timeframe provided in the Withdrawal Agreement.

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European Parliament:The week ahead 27 January – 02 February 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 gennaio 2020

Bruxelles Plenary session and committee meetings:
Brexit. Parliament is scheduled to hold its final vote in plenary on the Withdrawal Agreement on Wednesday at 18:00. To enter into force, any withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK needs to be approved by MEPs by a simple majority of votes cast.
2020 Commission Work Programme. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in the presence of the college of Commissioners, will present the Commission’s work programme for this year and then debate it with MEPs (Thursday).
International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Parliament will hold a ceremony to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp 75 years ago. Liliana Segre, Italian senator for life and Auschwitz survivor, will address MEPs during the ceremony (Wednesday).
Common chargers. MEPs will vote on a resolution calling for measures to make common chargers a reality for consumers and reduce e-waste. According to estimates, old chargers generate more than 51 000 tonnes of electronic waste per year (Thursday).
Migration. The urgent humanitarian situation on Greek islands, especially that of children, will be debated with the Commission and the Council. MEPs may ask for urgent measures to ensure those affected are protected, relocated and offered family reunification (Wednesday).
Gender pay gap. In response to the Commission’s announced proposals to close the gender pay, including legally binding pay transparency measures, MEPs will vote on their input on the matter. The resolution also winds up a debate held during January’s plenary session (Thursday).
Western Balkans. Speakers of the parliaments of Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia as well as the president of Croatia’s Parliament will gather to discuss the Western Balkans’ European perspectives. The summit is organised under the patronage of President Sassoli, in cooperation with the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Delegation for relations with the Western Balkans (Tuesday).
Redistribution of EP seats. As of 1 February, the number and distribution of seats in the Parliament changes following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Of the UK’s 73 seats, 27 will be redistributed to other countries, while the remaining 46 will be kept in reserve for potential future enlargements.Conference of Presidents. EP President David Sassoli will chair an extraordinary Conference of Presidents on Tuesday at 10.00, where Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will present the Commission’s work programme to heads of political groups.
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Ford and UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi, on Monday. On Tuesday, Mr Sassoli will meet incoming Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela and Federalimentare President, Ivano Vacondio, as well as open the Parliamentary Summit on the Western Balkans and host a New Year’s reception. On Wednesday, he will meet the President of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Elisabeth Guigou, participate in the reception to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day as well as a ceremony for UK MEPs. Finally, on Thursday, President Sassoli will meet European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Bazoches to discuss the preparation for the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week’s activities at 11.00 a.m. on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room.

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