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    • New rules for checks at national borders

      New rules for checks at national borders

      Internal border checks within the Schengen area would be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, the Civil Liberties Committee agreed on Monday. The draft report which was adopted by 30, to 13, with 12 abstentions also requires the the initial period for border checks for foreseeable events to be limited to two months, instead of the current six-month period.

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    • Humanitarian visas to avoid refugees' deaths

      Humanitarian visas to avoid refugees' deaths

      Member States should be able to issue humanitarian visas at embassies and consulates abroad, so people seeking protection can access Europe without risking their life, the Civil Liberties Committee MEPs agreed last Wednesday. They will ask the European Commission to table by end-March 2019, a legislative proposal establishing a European Humanitarian Visa. It will give access to the Member State issuing the visa for the sole purpose of submitting an application for international protection.

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    • More money for youth in next year's EU budget

      More money for youth in next year's EU budget

      Boosting sustainable growth, innovation, competitiveness, security, tackling the root causes of refugee and migration flows, managing refugee and migration flows, the fight against climate change, the transition to sustainable energy, and a particular focus on young people are the most important tasks as regards to the 2019 EU budget, according to the lawmakers from the Committee on Budgets. On 9 October, MEPs from the Committee adopted a motion for a resolution on next year's EU budget, co-drafted by Italian S&D MEP Daniele Viotti, who is the general rapporteur on the dossier, and Austrian EPP MEP Paul Rubig. The proposed budget is €166.3bn in commitments, or €721m more than the Commission suggested in its initial proposal, and €149.3bn in payments, including special instruments.

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    • MEPs discuss Western Balkans' progress

      MEPs discuss Western Balkans' progress

      In resolutions adopted on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs marked the progress made in five Western Balkan countries on their path towards possible EU accession as well as expressed their concern about those countries' development. Following the committee votes, the resolutions are scheduled to be tabled for a plenary vote during the November mini plenary session in Brussels.

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    • MEPs back update of rail passenger rights across EU

      MEPs back update of rail passenger rights across EU

      Transport MEPs backed strengthened rail passengers’ rights, such as higher compensation rates for delays and better assistance to persons with reduced mobility. According to proposed changes, more information on passenger rights will be available at stations and in trains. The information will also be printed on the ticket to make passengers aware of their rights and allow them to claim their rights before, during and after the trip.

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    • Freezing criminal assets gets quicker

      Freezing criminal assets gets quicker

      New rules to speed up the freezing and confiscation of criminal assets across the EU were last Thursday adopted by EP plenary, EP press service reported. The new measures, already informally agreed in June between Parliament's negotiators and EU ministers, will make it quicker and simpler for Member States to ask each other to freeze criminal assets or confiscate criminal property.

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    •  Less CO2 emissions from transport, more electric cars

      Less CO2 emissions from transport, more electric cars

      The European Parliament agreed its ambitious position to drastically reduce CO2 emissions from new cars by 2030, in order to meet the commitments from Paris. At the plenary session in Strasbourg on 3 October MEPs voted a law that sets higher target for reducing EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars and new vans by 2030 of 40%, with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025. The initial proposal of the EU Commission was for 30% reduction.

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    • Eurojust to become more effective with new rules

      Eurojust to become more effective with new rules

      MEPs adopted on Thursday updated rules to clarify the role of Eurojust and improve its effectiveness. The reform, that has already been agreed upon by the Parliament and Council negotiators in June, was approved by 515 votes to 64, with 26 abstentions. The changes in the Agency’s functioning and structure, including a new governance model, are expected to make Eurojust more efficient in tackling cross-border crime.

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    • MEPs vote on the confiscation of assets across borders

      MEPs vote on the confiscation of assets across borders

      The European Parliament adopted today the EU regulation on the freezing and confiscation of assets across borders with 531 votes in favour to 51, 26 abstentions. The Commission had put forward this proposal as part of the Action Plan to strengthen the fight against terrorist financing after Europol study has estimated that in 2016 only 1.1% of criminal profits were confiscated in the bloc. 

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    • MEPs cross out cuts in 2019 EU Budget

      MEPs cross out cuts in 2019 EU Budget

      With the kickoff of the decisive phase in the debate for the next year common budget, MEPs from the Budgets Committee crossed out the cuts that the national ministers made in their position published on 7 September. On the contrary, they reinstated the downsized money and increased the funds available for Erasmus+, climate safeguarding, financing research, coping with migration and youth unemployment, and investing in infrastructure. All in all, the Committee members processed during their sitting on 25 and 26 September 1,968 amendments tabled to the Council's position on the 2019 Draft Budget. It is expected that the full House will adopt its position during the second session in October in Strasbourg. Afterwards, the conciliation procedure with the Council can start.

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