• Cutting EU funding for Member States which violate rule of law

      Cutting EU funding for Member States which violate rule of law

      Member States jeopardising the rule of law will risk losing EU funds, said MEPs adopting on Thursday a regulation on the protection of the Union's budget in case of generalised deficiencies in the EU countries in this sphere. The new rules have to do with shortcomings in investigation of tax fraud, corruption or other offences affecting the implementation of the EU budget or recovery of unduly paid funds and in cases when government is meddling in courts.

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    • InvestEU targets creating jobs, modernising economy

      InvestEU targets creating jobs, modernising economy

      InvestEU, a new programme for the next Multiannual Financial Framework, which provides a single investment support instrument, was backed by MEPs on 16 January at the first for 2019 plenary session in Strasbourg. The new fund will pool together 13 different financial instruments that are now available, and its basis will be the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), or the Juncker Plan, that has already had impressive results.

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    • Mobility Package comes to a standstill

      Mobility Package comes to a standstill

      The so-called 'Mobility Package I' was brought to a standstill, as on Thursday, 10 January, the Transport Committee members of the European Parliament rejected the proposed compromises of the rapporteurs on rest times and posting drivers in the road transport sector. Alternative compromises tabled by other MEPs also failed to receive enough thumbs-up. TRAN MEPs backed only the revised rules for road haulage operations in another EU country, which is one of the three reports within the first part of the package.

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    • Stricter testing around pesticide permissions

      Stricter testing around pesticide permissions

      The authorisation procedure for pesticides such as glyphosate must be fundamentally reformed, urged PEST Committee MEPs, adopting on 6 December with a wide majority the report authored by Belgian Green MEP Bart Staes and German EPP MEP Norbert Lins. The paper calls on national governments and the Commission to step up environmental and health assessments of pesticides and pesticide active substances, to ensure that no conflicts of interest affect the authorisation procedure and to make risk assessments transparent.

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    • Amazon, eBay to apply fairer practices

      Amazon, eBay to apply fairer practices

      Amazon, eBay and other e-commerce marketplaces, plus search engines like Google Search, should put in place a set of measures to ensure that their contractual relations with online retailers, hotels and restaurants businesses, app developers, among others, are transparent and fair, said MEPs from the internal market and consumer protection committee. On 6 December, they backed a draft law that aims to improve platform-to-business relationships.

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    • Better safety to curb ID card fraud

      Better safety to curb ID card fraud

      Common security features for EU identity documents to reduce identity fraud were last Tuesday agreed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs, EP press service reported. Currently the security features in ID cards, as well as residence documents issued to EU nationals and/or their family members, vary significantly across EU countries.

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    • EU Parliament calls for extradition of Nikola Gruevski

      EU Parliament calls for extradition of Nikola Gruevski

      The European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution that set out the criteria FYROM and Albania need to meet, so that accession talks can commence in June 2019. During the plenary session MEPs also called on Hungarian authorities to extradite former FYROM prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, who had been convicted for abuse of power and sentenced to jail-time in his country before fleeing to Hungary.

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