European Parliament


    • EU to strengthen security of ID cards

      EU to strengthen security of ID cards

      The European Parliament approved on 4 April a new regulation, aimed at strengthening the security of identity cards and residence documents throughout the EU by introducing minimum common security standards. Agreed by 335 votes for to 269 against (with 21 abstentions) such introduction of uniform pan-EU rules on identity cards is essential since there are currently more than 250 different versions of ID cards and residence permits in circulation in the EU.

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    • MEPs urge Nord Stream 2 line to follow new gas market rules

      MEPs urge Nord Stream 2 line to follow new gas market rules

      MEPs approved at their last but one plenary sitting on 4 April in Brussels new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law. With 465 votes to 95 and 68 abstentions, they backed the draft legislation authored by Jerzy Buzek (EPP, PL) which provides for the extending of EU rules, including these in terms of competition, to all pipelines entering the EU from non-EU countries. This of course will affect the 1,200km Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, which has to be completed this year.

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    • EP adopted the controversial Mobility Package

      EP adopted the controversial Mobility Package

      In the next to the last plenary session for this European Parliament mandate, held on 4 April in Brussels, MEPs adopted at first reading the three controversial reports of the Mobility Package I. These are Enforcement requirements and specific rules for posting drivers in the road transport sector, Daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and rest periods and positioning by means of tachographs and Adapting to development in the road transport sector concerning the cabotage.

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    • Juncker: No more short Brexit delays unless deal approval by 12 April

      Juncker: No more short Brexit delays unless deal approval by 12 April

      The EU will not grant Britain another short delay to Brexit if UK lawmakers fail to ratify the stalled divorce agreement by 12 April, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs on Wednesday, news wires reported. EP debated Brexit situation with Juncker after British PM Theresa May announced on Tuesday evening that she would request a second Brexit delay beyond the current cliff-edge date of 12 April.

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    • CAP: MEPs vote on post-2020 reform

      CAP: MEPs vote on post-2020 reform

      EU lawmakers in the Agriculture Committee approved the first batch of proposals to improve EU farm policy so that it better meets farmers’ and consumers’ expectations. The first vote on CAP reform focussed on the new EU rules for common market organisation (CMO) in agricultural products after 2020.

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    • UK nationals to be exempt from EU visa for short stays

      UK nationals to be exempt from EU visa for short stays

      UK nationals would be able to enter the EU visa-free for short periods after the country’s exit, provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK, EP Civil Liberties Committee voted on Wednesday. MEPs finally backed a compromise with the Council on the proposal for a visa waiver for UK citizens once their country withdraws from the EU.

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    • Transport Committee MEPs will vote on Mobility Package

      Transport Committee MEPs will vote on Mobility Package

      At today’s afternoon meeting, MEP from the Committee on Transport will vote on the thousands of amendments tabled to the Mobility Package I. The sitting that will be held in Brussels, will be led by Committee’s chair Karima Delli. During the plenary session in Strasbourg, on 27 March, the very day when the vote on the package was scheduled, EP President Antonio Tajani asked the Transport Committee, according to rule 175 of the EP rules of procedure, to filter the amendments, which were initially over 1600, by voting on them in committee before a vote at the next plenary session.

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