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Measures to support the fishery and aquaculture sectors

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 aprile 2022

The Commission has decided to activate new crisis measures to support the fishery and aquaculture sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The crisis mechanism of the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) will bring immediate relief to operators of the fishery, aquaculture and seafood processing sectors through financial compensation for their economic losses and additional costs. It will enable Member States to grant financial compensation to operators for income foregone due to the current market disruption, as well as ‘storage aid’ to producer organisations. This step comes in addition to the Temporary Crisis Framework, which enables Member States to provide support through State aid.Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries said: “The war in Ukraine is a war against all of us. Our fisheries, aquaculture and processing sectors are hit hard due to high energy, oxygen and raw material prices. This is the second time in the past years after the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are again taking quick action to support them in this turmoil. These emergency crisis measures should not in any way impede our long-term efforts towards structural energy transition of the fishery and aquaculture sectors to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal.”The military aggression of Russia against Ukraine has increased the prices of energy and raw materials, generating very high additional operating costs and squeezing profit margins in the fishery, aquaculture and seafood processing sectors. The mechanism activated today allows Member States to grant two types of crisis measures. Financial compensation to operators of the fishery, aquaculture and processing sectors for their income foregone and additional costs stemming from the current market disruption. Additional energy costs can be covered by the compensation if they are linked to the market disruption caused by the military aggression of Russia against Ukraine. Financial compensation to producer organisations if they implement the storage mechanism of the common organisation of the markets (“storage aid”). That mechanism allows producer organisations to store the products of their members as a way to secure a satisfactory level of price on the market.

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Deep-sea fisheries: Commission proposes measures to conserve stocks in the North-East Atlantic

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2020

The Commission has proposed total allowable catches (TAC), based on scientific advice, on three deep-sea stocks for 2021 and 2022 to allow limited fisheries.These stocks are fished exclusively in EU waters by EU member states. They are roundnose grenadier in Skagerrak and Kattegat, red seabream in the Iberian waters and black scabbardfish in the Bay of Biscay, Iberian waters and the Azores. Today’s proposal includes a general prohibition on fishing deep-sea sharks, a further restriction compared to previous years where limited bycatches were allowed under specific conditions.”Today’s proposal continues our long-running efforts for the prudent exploitation of deep-sea species in the EU waters”, said Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. “Now is the time to put our commitment to healthy fish stocks in deep-sea waters firmly into practice. These stocks are a key component of our marine ecosystems and we must continue and further intensify our efforts to protect them.” In line with the scientific advice, decreases in fishing opportunities are planned for all of these stocks as follows: – 20% for red seabream in the Iberian waters, -25% for black scabbardfish in the Bay of Biscay, and -90% for roundnose grenadier in Skagerrak and Kattegat.The remaining six TACs are listed as “pm”, i.e. pro memoria, pending consultations with the United Kingdom. The Commission proposes to continue to delegate the management of black scabbardfish in the CECAF area to Portugal, the sole quota-holder. Portugal, therefore, needs to ensure that the stock is managed in line with the principles and rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, in particular the principle of sustainable exploitation of the stock.The European Union has regulated fishing for deep-sea species since 2003.

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European values: COVID-19 emergency measures pose a “risk of abuse of power”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 ottobre 2020

On Tuesday, the Civil Liberties Committee approved a draft resolution that takes stock of the state of European values in the context of national measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, with 50 votes to 11 and 3 abstentions.MEPs concluded that national emergency measures pose a “risk of abuse of power” and stressed that any measure affecting democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights must be necessary, proportional and time-limited. They call on governments to consider terminating their “state of emergency” or at least to clearly define the delegation of powers to their executives, and to ensure that appropriate parliamentary and judicial checks and balances are in place.MEPs urge the Commission to conduct an evaluation of “first wave” measures, in addition to the initial comments included in its first annual rule of law report, and emphasise the need for a permanent, effective monitoring mechanism.EU countries have to “exercise utmost restraint” when restricting the freedom of movement (especially in relation to the right to family life), while the Commission should scrutinise the application of Schengen rules.MEPs warn against undue restrictions to the freedom of assembly and changes in legislation while citizens are unable to protest. In this context, the need to guarantee free and fair elections becomes even more important, especially with regards to implementing changes to electoral legislation, ensuring equal rights in campaigning, and alternative forms of voting. Disinformation threatens citizens’ health and their trust in public institutions, and has also been used as a pretext to restrict freedom of expression. The best way to tackle this, MEPs say, is by supporting independent journalism and media pluralism (including through transparent allocation of funds to media) as well as by improving journalists’ working conditions.Member states should guarantee the right to education by ensuring that classes continue and students have access to them. Furthermore, they should find solutions through technology or judicial cooperation to safeguard the rights of defendants, and to protect the rights of all persons in their prisons.MEPs finally warn that disinformation stigmatises migrants and has increased discrimination, racism, xenophobia, and hate speech against persons with disabilities, asylum seekers and refugees, people of Romani heritage and LGBTI+ persons. Parliament is scheduled to vote on this resolution during the 11-13 November plenary session.

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An “Annual Monitoring Cycle” with preventive and corrective measures

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 settembre 2020

to protect the European Union’s legal order, the fundamental rights of its citizens, and its international credibility from the deterioration of Article 2 TEU values, MEPs propose an objective and evidence-based tool that would apply equally, objectively and fairly to all member states, while respecting the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. This new “Annual Monitoring Cycle” must include preventive and corrective measures, ranging from country-specific recommendations to budgetary conditionality. To this end, the three EU institutions should establish a permanent “Interinstitutional Working Group on Union Values”, which will hear from a panel of independent experts in cooperation with the EU Agency for Fundamental RightsThe Committee’s proposal aspires to integrate and complement existing mechanisms, such as those provided in Article 7 TEU. MEPs regret the Council’s inability to make meaningful progress in ongoing Article 7 procedures and note that this failure “is in fact enabling continued divergence”. They welcome the Commission’s work on the Annual Rule of Law Report, among other instruments, whilst pointing out that the areas of democracy and fundamental rights should not have been omitted from it.

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MEPs demand unprecedented support measures for EU firms and workers

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 giugno 2020

To prevent massive job losses and a deep recession, EP’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee calls for radical measures to help EU firms and workers out of the crisis.Member states need to take radical measures to cushion the employment and social shock caused by the pandemic, says the resolution on the EU Employment Guidelines, drafted by José Gusmão (GUE/NGL, PT) and adopted on Wednesday by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. The text calls on the Commission to revise the Employment Guidelines to take account of the consequences of the pandemic and better respond to future crises.Measures proposed by MEPs include wage subsidies, income support, extending unemployment benefit schemes and paid sick leave as well as carers’ leave and arrangements to work from home. The fight against youth unemployment, homelessness and poverty must be prioritised through a reinforced Youth Guarantee, a strong Child Guarantee for tackling child poverty and the Housing First approach, they say.The text asks that only companies that are not registered in tax havens, that respect the applicable collective agreements and that do not pay dividends or bonuses can apply for financial assistance from the SURE mechanism for short-time work, and welcomes a proposal for a European permanent unemployment reinsurance scheme, expected towards the end of 2020. MEPs consider that the length of time that the ‘General escape clause’ will apply, which gives member states fiscal flexibility during severe economic shocks, has to “reflect the dimension and duration of the COVID-19- crisis”.To create new job opportunities, MEPs propose that member states support fair labour mobility throughout Europe and further strengthen the ERASMUS+ mobility programme. Public services should be digitalised more quickly, particularly those linked to the coordination of social security systems.The report was adopted with 46 votes in favour, 5 votes against and 3 abstentions.The full house is expected to vote during the September plenary session on the draft report adopted in committee today.

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Hungary’s emergency measures

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 Maggio 2020

In a debate with EC Vice-President Vera Jourová and the Croatian Presidency of the EU, a majority of speakers underlined that the emergency measures taken by the Hungarian Government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including the declaration of an unlimited state of emergency, are not in line with EU rules and warned of the increasing risk to democracy.Several MEPs called on the European Commission to finish scrutinising the legal changes and open infringement procedures. They specifically asked for payments to Hungary to be stopped, in the framework of the new financial perspectives and the recovery plan, unless rule of law is respected. They also criticised the passive attitude of the Council and insisted it moves on the Article 7 procedure initiated by the Parliament.Some MEPs defended the decisions taken by a democratically elected Parliament in Hungary and compared the exceptional measures adopted in the country with those taken by other EU member states, such as France or Spain.In its resolution of 17 April, Parliament already stated that the decisions in Hungary to prolong the state of emergency indefinitely, to authorise the government to rule by decree, and to weaken the Parliament’s oversight, are “totally incompatible with European values”.
MEPs highlighted that all COVID-related measures “must be in line with the rule of law, strictly proportionate […], clearly related to the ongoing health crisis, limited in time and subjected to regular scrutiny.”

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COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial EU support measures

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 marzo 2020

As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session, on Thursday.The urgent measures to help people and businesses tackle the crisis were voted on in plenary less than two weeks after the Commission tabled its proposals.The approved proposals are:The Corona Response Investment Initiative. These measures are meant to channel €37 billion from available EU funds as soon as possible to citizens, regions and countries hit the hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic. The funds will be directed towards healthcare systems, SMEs, labour markets and other vulnerable parts of EU member states’ economies. The proposal was adopted with 683 votes in favour, 1 against and 4 abstentions.The extension of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover public health emergencies. The measures will make up to €800 million available for European countries in 2020. Operations eligible under the Fund will be extended to include support in a major public health emergency, including medical assistance, as well as measures to prevent, monitor or control the spread of diseases. The proposal was adopted with 671 votes in favour, 3 against and 14 abstentions.Temporarily suspending EU rules on airport slots. This will stop air carriers from operating empty flights during the pandemic. The temporary suspension means that airlines are not obliged to use their planned take-off and landing slots to keep them in the next corresponding season. The ‘use it or lose it’ rule will be waived for the whole summer season, from 29 March until 24 October 2020. The proposal was adopted with 686 votes in favour, no votes against and 2 abstentions.

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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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Refugees on the Greek islands: MEPs demand urgent measures to improve conditions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 novembre 2019

MEPs pointed on Thursday to the dire conditions in the refugee camps on the Greek islands, more worrying as the winter approaches, and complained for the lack of solutions.In a debate with Commissioner Avramopoulos and the Finnish Presidency, many speakers stressed that this will be the fourth winter with thousands of asylum-seekers living in unacceptable conditions on European soil. MEPs described the situation in places such as the Moria camp as “explosive” and “shameful”, and urged the Greek authorities to speed up transfers to the mainland, giving priority to the most vulnerable people.The lack of solidarity of EU member states with Greece was also raised during the discussion. Some MEPs blamed the Council of the EU for not being able to reach an agreement for a new common European asylum legislation, which should contribute to alleviate the pressure on Greece.
In a separate debate, MEPs referred to the terrible conditions in which asylum-seekers are living at the Bosnian camp of Bihać, close to the border with Croatia. They underlined that the overcrowded facility lacks minimum services, such as running water, sanitation and electricity, demanded its immediate closure and the transfer of the refugees and migrants to adequate reception centres.Many of the speakers also denounced illegal pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Croatian border and called on the European Commission to investigate the numerous allegations of violence by the Croatian police against those attempting to request asylum in their territory.

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Commission approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 luglio 2019

The Commission has announced emergency measures to save the ailing eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse. Emergency measures will ban, with immediate effect, commercial fishing for cod in most of the Baltic Sea until 31 December 2019.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “The impact of this cod stock collapsing would be catastrophic for the livelihoods of many fishermen and coastal communities all around the Baltic Sea. We must urgently act to rebuild the stock – in the interest of fish and fishermen alike. That means responding rapidly to an immediate threat now, through the emergency measures the Commission is taking. But it also means managing the stock – and the habitat it lives in – properly in the long term.”The ban will come into force immediately and last until 31 December 2019. It will cover all fishing vessels and apply in all those areas of the Baltic Sea where the largest part of the stock is present (i.e. subdivisions 24-26), except for some specific targeted derogations. It follows measures that have already been taken by some Member States. Given that these measures do not ensure a uniform approach in all areas where the eastern Baltic cod stock is found, and that not all Member States intend to adopt national measures, the Commission has decided that further emergency action is warranted.
While this fishing ban is an essential immediate step to help protect this vulnerable stock, the Commission and Member States will revisit the need for longer-term action later in the year, when Ministers meet to decide on next year’s fishing opportunities. Scientists also warn of many factors besides fishing that threaten the stock and that need to be addressed separately, including a lack of salinity, too high water temperatures and too little oxygen, as well as parasite infestation.

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EP calls for measures fully protecting LGTBI people’s rights

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 febbraio 2019

In a non-legislative resolution approved on Thursday by show of hands, MEPs ask member states for legislation ensuring promotion and protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGTBI) children’s fundamental rights.They ask the EU for a comprehensive strategic framework on LGTBI rights, similar to those on other topics such as gender equality and disability, and calls on the Commission to adopt a new strategic document to promote equality for LGTBI people.MEPs also voice concern over the non-binding nature of the Commission’s List of Actions to advance LGTBI equality, and calls for EP and civil society organisations involvement in the design of future LGTBI Lists of Actions. They underline that the promotion of LGTBI rights in external action is binding for both the EU and its Member States but the lack of a binding internal strategy “poses a threat to internal and external cohesion”.They denounce some EU countries require sterilisation and mental health diagnoses to access legal gender recognition, and call on the European Commission to assess whether these requirements are in line with the Charter of Fundamental rights.
In another non-legislative resolution, also adopted on Thursday by show of hands, the Plenary stressed that intersexuality should no longer be dealt with as a pathology, and called on member states to pursue the removal of the category of “gender incongruence in childhood” in the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation.
MEPs condemn the high prevalence of sex normalising treatments and surgery, despite not being medically necessary in most of the cases, and encourage EU countries to follow the example of those, such as Portugal and Malta, where these surgical procedures are banned. They also demand more flexibility in birth registration procedures and facilitating the change of names on identity cards.EP calls on the European Commission and member states to increase their support, including financial aid, to organisations fighting the stigmatisation of intersex people. Parliament also demands the Commission to make sure that EU funds do not support research or medical projects that further contribute to human rights’ violations of intersex people.
Intersex individuals are born with physical sex characteristics that do not fit medical or social norms for female or male bodies. These variations may manifest in primary characteristics (such as the inner and outer genitalia, the chromosomal and hormonal structure) and/or secondary characteristics (such as muscle mass, hair distribution and stature).

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Northwest Atlantic: important agreements on conservation and enforcements measures

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

All Contracting Parties agreed on a number of conservation and enforcement measures: Key conservation measures for Greenland sharks. The EU and the US worked together to prohibit targeted fishing of this iconic species. NAFO will now work on identifying the fishing areas where higher bycatch and discards take place, in preparation for new measures to be proposed by 2021.Extended scientific monitoring. Regular scientific monitoring must consider the impact on fish stocks and vulnerable marine ecosystems, not only of fisheries, but also of other industries such as oil exploration, shipping and recreational activities.
Adoption of an Exceptional Circumstances Protocol for the harvest control rule for Greenland HalibutRevision of the NAFO Observer Program. Promoted by the EU and Canada, the Program was reviewed and adapted in order to enhance the quality of NAFO’s data collection.
The meeting in Tallinn also set TACs on twelve different stocks, and agreed further measures to increase compliance of the EU fleet with NAFO rules both at sea and in port.

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Step up measures to prevent cyber-attacks and online sexual abuse, urge MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 5 ottobre 2017

attacco informaticoThe EU must invest more in cybersecurity to prevent attacks aimed at critical infrastructure and destabilising societies.Given the cross-border nature of cybercrime, stepping up information exchange among police and judicial authorities and cybercrime experts is vital to effective investigation and electronic evidence gathering, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday.MEPs regret that preventive measures taken by individual users, public institutions and businesses remain wholly inadequate, primarily due to a lack of knowledge and resources. They point out that the EU, its institutions, national governments and parliaments, companies and networks are acutely vulnerable to sophisticated attacks engineered by large criminal organisations or terrorist groups, or groups sponsored by states. They also condemn any system interference undertaken or directed by a foreign nation or its agents to disrupt the democratic process of another country; Parliament advocates, inter alia:
· improving information exchanges through Eurojust, Europol and ENISA,
· give Europol and Eurojust “appropriate resources” to accelerate the detection, analysis and referral of child abuse material and improve the identification of victims,
· ensuring that illegal online content be removed immediately by due legal process or that access is blocked from EU territory when removal is not feasible,
· investing in education to solve the lack of qualified IT professionals working in cybersecurity,
· promoting the use of encryption and other anonymisation tools,
· using EU funds for free and open-source software-based research into IT security,
· launching awareness campaigns to ensure that children, but also public administrations, vital operators and companies learn how to be safe on line,
· setting up teams to which businesses and consumers can report cybersecurity, incidents and establish databases to record all types of cybercrime,
· ensuring that law enforcement authorities have access to relevant information, such as who is the user of a certain IP address in the context of criminal investigations,
· encouraging the ICT security community to engage in “white hat” hacking and the reporting of illegal content, such as child sex abuse material, and
· updating the EU legal framework on cybercrime, including harmonised rules for determining the status of an online provider as domestic or foreign,
The non-legislative resolution was approved by 603 votes to 27, with 39 abstentions.

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Reimposing visas: MEPs back emergency brake measures

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

europa-261011-cVisa requirements for non-EU nationals will be reintroduced faster when EU countries face irregular migration surges or security risks, under new rules passed by Parliament on Thursday.
Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), said “We have succeeded in creating a more flexible and operational tool, while ensuring respect for human rights and a key role for the European Parliament. I am confident that following the approval of the suspension mechanism, the Council will cooperate fully to ensure that the proposals to grant visa waivers to Georgia and Ukraine are processed smoothly, given that both countries fulfilled the requested criteria some time ago.”
His report was approved by 485 votes to 132 with 21 abstentions.
Under the new rules, third countries’ visa waiver deals with the EU may be suspended, in which case their citizens would again need a visa to enter the EU, in one or more of the following cases:
a substantial increase in the number of nationals of that country are refused entry to or stay irregularly in EU territory,
a substantial increase in unfounded asylum applications,
a decrease in cooperation on readmissions (returns of migrants), or
an increase in risks or imminent threats to public policy or internal security related to nationals of the third country concerned.
Both EU member states and the European Commission will be able to trigger the visa waiver suspension mechanism. However, the text underlines that a decision to temporarily suspend a visa waiver must be based on “relevant and objective data”.
Following a notification by a member state (or a request by a simple majority of member states), or based on its own report, the Commission will have one month in which to decide to suspend a visa waiver for nine months. This decision will take effect automatically.
During the suspension period, the Commission should try, together with the country concerned, to find solutions to the circumstances that led to the suspension. The Commission will also be in charge of monitoring the situation in visa-exempt countries and reporting, at least once a year, to Parliament and the Council on whether they still fulfil visa waiver conditions such as respect for human rights.
If the situation persists, the Commission will have to present, at the latest two months before the end of the nine-month period, a proposal to prolong the temporary restoration of visa requirements for an additional 18 months. Both MEPs and member states may object to this decision.
The Commission may also decide at any point to present a legislative proposal to move a non-EU country from the list of countries exempted from visa requirements to the list of those that are subject to them. This transfer would need to be approved by both Parliament and the Council. This revision of the visa suspension mechanism, enshrined in EU legislation since 2013, is linked to the proposals to grant visa-free access to the EU to Georgia, already agreed by MEPs and the Council, as well as to Ukraine and Kosovo.
Next steps The draft regulation still has to be formally approved by the Council. It will enter into force twenty days after its publication in the EU Official Journal.The visa suspension mechanism will not apply to the UK or Ireland. Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, 1st reading agreement

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Civil Liberties MEPs quiz Gilles de Kerchove on counter-terrorism measures

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2016

terroristiIn the wake of this summer’s terrorist attacks in Europe, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove debated trends revealed by such attacks and EU counter-terrorism measures with Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday afternoon.MEPs quizzed Mr de Kerchove on his plans to cooperate with newly-appointed security Commissioner Sir Julian King, information exchange, prevention strategies and the possibility of training Imams in Europe. They also asked how smaller towns could counter the risk of an attack and EU member states’ progress in implementing the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive approved in April.On 31 August, MEPs debated this summer’s attacks in France and Germany with representatives of the Commission and the Presidency of the Council. As Mr de Kerchove was unable to take part in that debate, he attended Monday’s meeting of the Civil Liberties Committee instead.

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Bail-in, cancellation of interest, harmonisation of maturity dates

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 aprile 2016

viennaThe Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) in its function as the resolution authority pursuant to the Bank Recovery and Resolution Act (BaSAG – Bundesgesetz über die Sanierung und Abwicklung von Banken) has issued the key features for the further steps for the resolution of HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG. The most significant measures are:
• a 100% bail-in for all subordinated liabilities,
• a 53.98% bail-in, resulting in a 46.02% quota, for all eligible preferential liabilities,
• the cancellation of all interest payments from 01.03.2015, when HETA was placed into resolution pursuant to BaSAG,
• as well as a harmonisation of the maturities of all eligible liabilities to 31.12.2023.
According to the current resolution plan for HETA, the wind-down process should be concluded by 2020, although the repayment of all claims as well as the legally binding conclusion of all currently outstanding legal disputes will realistically only be concluded by the end of 2023. Only at that point will it be possible to finally distribute the assets and to liquidate the company.
“While the application of the new European recovery and resolution framework for banks is unchartered territory both in legal and practical terms, we are on target with the resolution of HETA and are also making satisfactory progress in relation to the realisation of its assets”, the FMA’s Executive Board, Helmut Ettl and Klaus Kumpfmüller commented: “The measures that have been prescribed under BaSAG form the basic structure for an orderly resolution, and fully satisfy the aims of the European resolution regime – namely to guarantee financial market stability, to protect taxpayers and to bail-in creditors. Moreover, this package of measures also ensures the equal treatment of creditors. Orderly resolution is more advantageous than insolvency proceedings.”
This resolution plan builds upon an opinion by an external auditing company appointed by the FMA, which has valued and estimated, based on the resolution planning for HETA, using very conservative assumptions by how much the claims of the creditors will exceed the assets of HETA. Following the deduction of the outlay in relation to resolution, the quota will stand at 46.02%. In addition, an opinion estimated a distribution quota of 34.8% in the best-case scenario in the event of insolvency proceedings. Resolution under BaSAG is therefore clearly more advantageous for all concerned.
Although the maturity of all eligible liabilities was set as 31.12.2023 at the latest, the FMA retains the option to make partial pay-outs on a voluntary basis at an earlier date.
Shortly before the emergency administrative decision of 10.4.2016, in which the resolution measures under BaSAG were issued, the FMA published the administrative decision in relation to the challenge procedure in relation to the decision of 01.03.2015, in which HETA was placed into resolution under BaSAG and a debt moratorium prescribed until 31.5.2016. In the administrative decision in relation to the challenge procedure (Vorstellungsbescheid), the FMA recognises and examines all the challenges submitted during the ordinary administrative proceedings, with the result that the content of the emergency administrative decision (Mandatsbescheid) remains fully binding. The creditors may submit complaints in relation to the administrative decision about the challenge procedure to the Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht).
salva bancheChallenges may be submitted to the FMA against the emergency administrative decision of 10.4.2016, which sets out the significant resolution actions under BaSAG, within three months. If applicable, the FMA will initiate ordinary administrative proceedings, will recognise and examine the submitted challenges and will then issue an administrative decision in relation to the challenge procedure.
La notizia del bail-in dell’austriaca Hypo Alpe Adria, ora Heta, avvenuto domenica 10 aprile, è passata sotto silenzio in Italia ma anche nel resto del continente.
Le difficoltà di Hypo Alpe Adria vengono da lontano. La banca era assai esposta nei mutui fondiari e nell’Est Europa. Una duplice concentrazione di rischio che il crack finanziario iniziato nel 2007 ha fatto emergere in maniera letale. Il 1 marzo dello scorso anno, davanti ad un buco di bilancio di circa 9 miliardi a fronte di debiti per 11 miliardi, il governo austriaco aveva deciso di non intervenire in salvataggio della banca a differenza di quanto fatto dalla regione Carinzia, che nella prima fase delle difficoltà ne aveva garantito il debito. La situazione era però precipitata rendendo impossibile l’eventuale intervento regionale, ed era intervenuto il Governo ma senza assumere tutte le garanzie della regione.
Il bail-in prevede l’azzeramento del debito subordinato, un taglio del 53,98% del debito senior, la proroga di tutte le scadenze di debito al 31 dicembre 2023 e la cancellazione di tutti gli interessi a partire dal 1 marzo 2015, data in cui Heta fu sottoposta al meccanismo di risoluzione. Non appare quindi casuale che l’Austria abbia anticipato al 1 gennaio 2015 l’adozione della Direttiva UE, così come ha fatto la Germania.
Un mese fa, i principali creditori (banche, fondi comuni, società di gestione) avevano respinto l’offerta di vedersi pagare il 75% del nominale, oggi si ritrovano col 46,02% ed hanno annunciato cause in virtù del fatto che in un primo momento il Governo austriaco aveva garantito almeno una parte del debito, per poi fare marcia indietro. L’evento fa toccare con mano cosa può voler dire detenere depositi sopra centomila euro ed obbligazioni bancarie anche non subordinate. Specie oggi che rendono pochissimo, non ha davvero senso possederle. Da non sottovalutare anche un’altra casistica in cui il rischio è molto elevato ed in pochi lo sanno: ci sono banche che non hanno debito subordinato, o ne hanno molto poco. A quel punto, in caso di bail-in, si passa direttamente a rivalersi sul debito “senior”. (Giuseppe D’Orta, responsabile per la Tutela del Risparmio Aduc)

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Fight Zika virus with better access to contraception and safe abortion as well as anti-mosquito measures, says IPPF

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 gennaio 2016

zikaThe Zika virus must be fought with better access to contraception and safe abortion as well as anti-mosquito measures, Tewodros Melesse, Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation has said today.In a statement of solidarity with the World Health Organisation, he told WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan that the IPPF – the largest sexual and reproductive health service network in the world – supported her call for an emergency meeting in Geneva on Monday 1 Feb and was already taking action.
“We recognise the urgency and have initiated our response” he said.“The IPPF Western Hemisphere – our region covering South America, the Caribbean and North America – has shared WHO guidelines on Zika with all its Member Associations, partners and staff.”Tewodros Melesse said the IPPF would call on its Member Associations to help lead the global response to the Zika outbreak.“The IPPF is ready to act swiftly, building on our global experience and expertise in sexual and reproductive health.”He stressed Zika’s impact on women, in particular poor and vulnerable women.“In the affected areas approximately half of pregnancies are unplanned. Poor women and women in rural areas are more susceptible to infection and less likely to have access to sexuality education and contraception,” said Tewodros Melesse.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, an estimated 23 million women have an unmet need for contraception and account for 75% of unintended pregnancies in the region. Latin America is also home to some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world.
Tewodros Melesse urged that the fight against Zika must include access to contraception and safe abortion.
He said: “We recommend that strengthening family planning programs and access to safe abortion services for those women who need it and where it is permitted by law should be included in the strategies for responding to the Zika outbreak.”

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MEPs debate relocation, hotspots, Schengen and Dublin rules with Avramopoulos

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 gennaio 2016

dublinoMigration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos joined the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday to debate the implementation of measures to tackle the migration and refugee crisis, including relocation and work in the reception “hotspots”. MEPs also raised the issue of the future of Schengen as well as the need for a review of the Dublin system.Commissioner Avramopoulos condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul and referred to the recent proposals on firearms and counter-terrorism. He called on Parliament to look for compromises on these pieces of legislation. Regarding migration and refugee flows, the Commissioner admitted the relocation scheme was not working and asked member states to step up their efforts. Several MEPs asked the Commission to focus on promoting legal ways for migrant and refugees to enter Europe and criticised the lack of progress by Turkey in controlling migrant flows and combatting smugglers.

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Justice and Home Affairs topics in committee and in plenary this week

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 ottobre 2015

On 26 October, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will discuss with the Commissioner for justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, the Commission’s views on the judgement in case C-362/14 Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner of the EU Court of Justice of 6 October (“Safe Harbour”), as well as what the Commission is planning to do next. (Monday, 19.30 – 21.00) The meeting will be webstreamed here.
On 27 October, the Civil Liberties Committee and the Budgets Committee will have a joint meeting to discuss the current state of play on the budgetary challenges and the current migration situation with the Commissioner responsible for Budget and Human Resources, Kristalina Georgieva, and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.The Commissioners will present additional measures in response to the refugee crisis not foreseen in the Commission’s initial draft budget proposal for 2016. These include increased emergency funding for the most affected Member States, additional funding for Frontex, EASO and Europol, as well as increased humanitarian funding. The proposal also covers support measures for the agricultural sector following the extension of the Russian embargo. (Tuesday, 14.15 – 15.45) The joint meeting will be webstreamed

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Migration and refugee crisis: MEPs’ debate with UNHCR Guterres and EU Commission

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 settembre 2015

mediterraneoMeasures to deal with the migration and refugee crisis as well as the situation in transit countries in the Mediterranean region were debated at a joint hearing held by the Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Human Rights committees on Tuesday morning. MEPs expressed disappointment at the outcome of Monday’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting and urged EU to shoulder its responsibilities.
The debate began with contributions from by Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), Justice and Home Affairs Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), EU foreign chief Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Human Rights Subcommittee Chair Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES) before members of the parliaments of Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey as well as MEPs took the floor and voiced the views of their respective countries and political groups.

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