• MEPs to discuss in US Facebook data breach

      MEPs to discuss in US Facebook data breach

      During the last working week before the summer recess delegations from two EP committees are heading to Washington D.C. to address with the US authorities pressing issues concerning security, data protection and financial crimes. From 16 to 19 July 2018 a delegation of the LIBE Committee, led by its chair Claude Moraes will seek to obtain up-to-date information on the Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica case and the Privacy Shield and other major topics.

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    • Tajani will lead important mission to Niger

      Tajani will lead important mission to Niger

      EP President Antonio Tajani will lead a mission of economic diplomacy in Niger on 17 and 18 July, accompanied by representatives of over 30 European companies, experts in research and innovation, and international organisations, including the FAO. This mission is following the request of the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, and will focus on political cooperation, boosting entrepreneurship, research, innovation and technology transfers and international cooperation.

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    • MEPs propose measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment

      MEPs propose measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment

      Sexual harassment victims should be helped to report cases and perpetrators should face sanctions, MEPs said in a draft report adopted on Tuesday. In the context of the public debate prompted by the Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign, which helped to redraw the boundaries of what constitutes sexual harassment and acceptable behaviour, Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee MEPs proposed measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment in the EU.

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    • European Parliament approves cybersecurity certification scheme

      European Parliament approves cybersecurity certification scheme

      A key committee of the European Parliament has approved on Tuesday the draft Cybersecurity Act, which is part of Europe’s push towards a digital single market. The legislation first proposed by the European Commission last September aims to introduce a framework for a single certification scheme for information and communication technology (ICT) devices, on products ranging from video game consoles, to “smart” domestic appliances and fire alarms.

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    • Criminal assets across EU to be easily confiscated

      Criminal assets across EU to be easily confiscated

      New rules aimed at speeding up the freezing and confiscation of criminal assets across the EU were adopted last Tuesday by the Civil Liberties committee, the EP press service reported. The legislation, already informally agreed between Parliament and Council negotiators in June, should make it quicker and simpler for Member States to ask each other to freeze criminal assets or confiscate criminal property.

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    • Giving a boost to EU arms industry

      Giving a boost to EU arms industry

      A week before the NATO summit in Brussels, the European lawmakers backed on 3 July at the plenary session in Strasbourg the establishment of a programme dedicated to boosting innovation in the European defence industry. The objective of the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) is to enhance cooperation between companies across Member States while aiming to address three challenges for the EU: budgetary efficiency, competitiveness and strategic autonomy.

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    • Mobility Package sent back to TRAN committee for rethink

      Mobility Package sent back to TRAN committee for rethink

      At the plenary vote in Strasbourg on 4 July, the full house dismissed the amendments to the 'Mobility Package' road haulage reform proposals and referred them back to the EP Transport Committee (TRAN). They urged for reconsideration of the legislative proposals on updating drivers' working and rest time rules, cabotage and posting of drivers - the new rules that actually aimed to improve enforcement and tackle illegal practices in road transport. 

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    • Armenia accord backed by MEPs

      Armenia accord backed by MEPs

      Parliament plenary gave last Wednesday its consent to the EU-Armenia comprehensive and enhanced partnership, paving the way for deeper cooperation in different sectors. The negotiations were launched in 2015 and concluded in 2017. The agreement was then signed by both sides in November 2017. The final agreement marks a deeper political dialogue between the EU and Armenia, broadening the scope of economic cooperation and providing new opportunities for closer ties on energy, transport, infrastructure, environment, trade, education and other sectors.

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    • Reinforcing EU border security by screening visa-free travellers

      Reinforcing EU border security by screening visa-free travellers

      Non-EU nationals exempt from visa requirements will have to get an authorisation before travelling to the EU, under new rules backed by Parliament last Thursday. The new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which should be operational in 2021, will allow for advanced checks on visa-free travellers and those considered to pose a security, irregular migration or epidemic risk will be denied access, the EP press service reported.

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    • EP postpones copyright rules for September

      EP postpones copyright rules for September

      Parliament plenary rejected last Thursday a proposal by the Legal Affairs Committee to begin negotiations to update copyright laws for the digital age. As a result, the laws will now be up for debate, amendment, and a vote during the next plenary session in September. “We will now return to the matter in September for further consideration and attempt to address peoples' concerns whilst bringing our copyright rules up to date with the modern digital environment,” rapporteur Axel Voss (EPP, DE) said.

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