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    • Centre-right gains seats in latest EU election poll

      Centre-right gains seats in latest EU election poll

      The centre-right is set to remain the biggest group in the EP after May elections, according to a EP survey released on Friday. The European People's Party (EPP) is set to win 188 seats, or 26.7% of the 705 MEPs. Socialists, the second biggest grouping, have also increased their seats to 20%. The far right expanded its growth and is set to be the fourth largest group in the assembly after the liberals.

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    • Special police force to tackle tax crimes

      Special police force to tackle tax crimes

      A thorough roadmap for overhauling taxation and tackling financial crimes that follows multi-billion euro scandals from recent years, such as Luxleaks and the Panama Papers among others, was adopted by MEPs at their plenary session in Strasbourg. The recommendations, overwhelmingly backed by MEPs, are based on the report of EP's Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance, known as TAX3.

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    • Mobility Package goes to vote in April

      Mobility Package goes to vote in April

      Within just three days, the vote on the Mobility Package I, the biggest 'apple of discord' for the term of this EP, from being at first an extraordinary item on the agenda of the European Parliament session in Strasbourg, was then returned to the respective committee on Wednesday, the very day of the vote. The high number of amendments tabled during the plenary session was the reason why EP President Antonio Tajani asked the Transport Committee, according to rule 175 of the EP rules of procedure, to filter the amendments.

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    • New CO2 emissions limits for cars and vans voted

      New CO2 emissions limits for cars and vans voted

      Plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans by 2030 were last Wednesday approved by EP plenary. MEPs and EU ministers have agreed on a higher target (37.5%) to reduce EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars by 2030, compared to the Commission’s proposed target (30%). The legislation also sets a CO2 reduction target for new vans (31%) by 2030.

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    • Summer and winter time switch to stop in 2021

      Summer and winter time switch to stop in 2021

      The European Parliament voted last Tuesday to end the seasonal clock change in Europe, shifting the spotlight onto national governments, the EP press service reported. Since 2021 the decades-old practice of putting clocks forward by 60 minutes between late March and late October would be scrapped, MEPs decided.

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    • Copyright Directive backed despite wide-spread criticism

      Copyright Directive backed despite wide-spread criticism

      Despite a ferocious campaigning led by tech giants, copyright holders, and digital rights activists for 2 years, the European Parliament has given today its final approval to the Copyright Directive, a controversial package of legislation, aimed at updating copyright enforcement in Europe for the internet age, with Julia Reda, an MEP for the German Pirate Party who led much opposition to the law, saying it marks a “dark day for internet freedom.” .

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    • MEPs will vote on Mobility package on Wednesday

      MEPs will vote on Mobility package on Wednesday

      With 156 votes in favour to 154 and 14 abstentions MEPs decided on 25 March so called Macron package, which foresees new rules for the drivers in the international road haulage, to be put on vote on Wednesday as an extraordinary item on the agenda. On Monday afternoon due to delayed flights many MEPs didn’t succeed to reach the EP and to vote, including these that insisted the amendments to the legislation to remain for the new European Parliament as so all to have enough time for debate and reach a compromise.

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    • New rules to prevent misuse of personal data in EP elections

      New rules to prevent misuse of personal data in EP elections

      The European Council on Tuesday adopted amendments to the 2014 regulation governing the statute and funding of European political parties and foundations, which would prevent the misuse of personal data in EP elections. The new rules allow for financial sanctions to be imposed on European political parties and foundations that deliberately influence, or attempt to influence, the outcome of EP elections by taking advantage of breaches of data protection rules.

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