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    • Life-saving technologies in vehicles become mandatory

      Life-saving technologies in vehicles become mandatory

      Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in all new vehicles as from May 2022, according to the new rules voted by EP on Tuesday. “This law is paving the way to save thousands of lives in the coming years. Our focus was always on the safety of road users, especially vulnerable ones”, Roza Thun (EPP, PL), who steered the legislation through Parliament, said.

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    • New rules to reduce bank risks and protect taxpayers

      New rules to reduce bank risks and protect taxpayers

      Parliament plenary adopted last Tuesday a significant step towards reducing risks in the banking system and establishing the Banking Union, the EP press service reported. The new rules already informally agreed with Member States concern prudential requirements to make banks more resilient. This should help boosting the EU economy by increasing lending capacity and creating more liquid capital markets, and aiding banks to deal with losses without having to resort to taxpayer funded bailouts.

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    • CAP reform to better meet expectations of farmers, consumers

      CAP reform to better meet expectations of farmers, consumers

      For substantial reduction of red tapes and for a more efficient distribution of tasks between the EU and its member countries, called on MEPs from the EP Agriculture Committee in the approved last sets of proposals to improve EU farm policy. By shifting to a new performance-based system from a system based on checking that beneficiaries comply with detailed rules, the ultimate aim is this policy to better meet farmers’ and consumers’ expectations. The full House will have a say on the proposals.

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    • 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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