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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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    • 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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