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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 321

Posts Tagged ‘legislative’

Will Turkey be ready for visa-free access to the EU by June? – Debate in LIBE

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 aprile 2016

turchia-ist3Civil Liberties MEPs will assess on Thursday with the Commission the progress made by Turkey in fulfilling the requirements of its visa liberalisation roadmap, following the agreement between EU leaders and Ankara to speed up the process with a view to offer Turkish citizens visa-free access to the EU by June 2016 at the latest. As part of the EU-Turkey deal reached on 18 March to better manage migration and refugee flows, EU leaders offered the Turkish government to accelerate the visa liberalisation, provided that all benchmarks are met. Once the Commission presents a legislative proposal to this end, the Parliament will have to decide together with the Council under the codecision procedure.
On Thursday, MEPs will discuss with the Commission its most recent report on the Turkish progress, of 4 March, and the remaining requirements. Commissioner Avramopoulos has announced that the next progress report will be published on 4 May. The debate will start around 10.00. The Civil Liberties Committee meeting will be held in room 4Q2, József Antall building, in Brussels.

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Initiative to allow its population to make legislative proposals

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 marzo 2012

European Commission

European Commission (Photo credit: tiseb)

On April 1st 2012 The European Commission will be launching its new Citizens’ initiative to allow its population to make legislative proposals. This will represent a great opportunity for European employers to press directly for the repeal or modification of EU Directives in the social and employment fields.The Federation of European Employers (FedEE) strongly supports the widening of democratic rights in the European Union by giving citizens the opportunity to raising legislative petitions that the European Commission will find it very difficult politically to turn down.The starting point for launching a proposal for a legislative change is that a committee is formed of at least seven citizens from seven different EU member states. The proposal is then registered on the European Citizens’ initiative website and the European Commission then has two months to consider whether the proposal falls within the EU charter and is not ‘manifestly contrary’ to EU values. Once given clearance the organisers then have one year to gather one million signatures in support of the measure. The Commission has even produced some free software to allow for the online collection of signatures. Once gathered the signatures must be verified and submitted to the Commission – who will then have three months to consider the proposal. If the proposal is turned down then the Commission must state publicly its reasons for doing so.Although this initiative has been conceived as providing an opportunity for individual citizens to extend their democratic rights, it will undoubtedly also become a useful vehicle for interest groups to go beyond lobbying and directly challenge the European Commission to move in new policy directions.Robin Chater, FedEE’s Secretary-General, welcomes this new opportunity to influence political policy in the employment field… “Democratic freedoms should be freedoms for all to use. The European economy relies very heavily on multinational companies and yet the EU has done very little to encourage their establishment or growth. In fact, existing Directives on such matters as the formation of European Works Councils and recently proposed EU changes on the posting of workers have greatest impact on large, transnational operations. Europe needs a level playing field for employment with a core set of common employee rights balanced by an equal range of obligations by employees in relation to their employer. Such an equitable framework has not emerged over the many decades that the EU has been in existence and this new initiative could help to rectify the many injustices in the legal framework.”
The Federation of European Employers (FedEE) is the leading organization for multinational companies operating in Europe. It was founded in 1989 with assistance from the European Commission. It is a direct member organization for major international enterprises and is currently chaired by Ford Europe.

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