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    • EP committee clears copyright reform

      EP committee clears copyright reform

      The EU's controversial reform of online copyright rules has passed the next stage in becoming a law, after winning vote of approval from the European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee on Tuesday. The draft legislation was backed by 16 votes in favour and 9 votes against, with no abstentions. The final step now is a vote by the full European Parliament, expected to be held late March.

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    • The EU Parliament campaign kicks off officially today

      The EU Parliament campaign kicks off officially today

      Today, 24 February, the European Parliament officially launches the three-month campaign ahead of elections in May. And this year the elections, covering 27 countries and nearly half a billion people, could be a milestone in post-war European politics, with some traditional political forces starting to weaken, while far-right, populist parties gaining more influence in the EU's "political machinery".

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    • Audio-visual media has key role in shaping public opinion

      Audio-visual media has key role in shaping public opinion

      The opportunities and challenges that the digital revolution brings to the audio-visual industry and its role to inform the public, also in view of the forthcoming European elections, were in the forefront of the debate at high-level round table, held in the European Parliament in Brussels. The focus of the lively discussion was on the new EU regulatory framework and the need to support the competitiveness of the European audio-visual industry vis-a-vis global giants and digital platforms, and on ensuring that citizens are fully and correctly informed in the runup to the vote in May.

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    • Centre-right set to win European Parliament vote

      Centre-right set to win European Parliament vote

      The center-right is set to remain the biggest group in the European Parliament after May elections, according to a Parliament survey released on Monday. While traditional parties are set to retain a dominance that would allow a continuation of the broad centrist majority coalition, far right is set to gain about 14% of seats, and to further introduce policy uncertainty.

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    • EU to monitor closely key foreign investment

      EU to monitor closely key foreign investment

      The first ever EU mechanism for screening foreign direct investments (FDI), on grounds of protecting strategic sectors, received positive majority at the EP plenary session in Strasbourg on Thursday. The lawmakers endorsed new screening provisions, informally agreed between Parliament negotiators and the Council. EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, who proposed this tool during his State of the Union address in the fall of 2017, welcomed the outcome of the vote.

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    • Common rules set for investing in all EU regions in 2021-2027

      Common rules set for investing in all EU regions in 2021-2027

      During the plenary session in Strasbourg the Chamber backed financial and overarching rules for seven European funds in regional, cohesion and social fields that, in monetary terms, account for a third of the total EU budget for the next seven years. MEPs backed simplified common rules for investing in all EU regions for the 2021-2027 period, but set against suspension of EU regional funding dependent on national economic targets.

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    • EU wipes up big fees for euro payments across border

      EU wipes up big fees for euro payments across border

      A new law that puts an end of excessive fees for cross-border payments in Europe was propped up by MEPs on 14 February with a wide majority of 532 votes in favour, 22 against and 55 abstentions. The rules that foresee the price of wiring euros within the European Union will be no different to that of domestic transactions within an EU Member State and currently apply just for the Eurozone countries, as of 15 December will become a norm for all states across the Union.

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    • MEPs ask for reinforcing fight against anti-Gypsyism

      MEPs ask for reinforcing fight against anti-Gypsyism

      Fundamental rights of Roma continue to be systematically violated in the EU, said MEPs, pointing out that the biggest ethnic minority group in Europe still faces problems such as school segregation and poor access to housing, to jobs and health care. In a resolution adopted in the plenary in Strasbourg on 12 February, they stressed that the situation of young Roma is 'particularly difficult' with the numbers of those that are not working or are not engaged in education or training, increasing. According to MEPs, 80% of Roma in the EU live at risk of poverty and 41% feel discriminated against.

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    • More transparency in dealing with lobbyists

      More transparency in dealing with lobbyists

      Parliament voted last Thursday at a plenary session to strengthen transparency in dealing with lobbyists. The vote represents a serious change to currently existing rules. It will require all rapporteurs, shadow rapporteurs and parliamentary group leaders to list in advance online all meetings with registered lobbyists.

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