• EU Parliament approves €160bn for science and tech programmes

      EU Parliament approves €160bn for science and tech programmes

      In their last meeting before the May 23-26 elections, EU Parliament lawmakers have taken a series of decisions on the bloc’s signature research programmes and gave the green light to Horizon Europe – research funding platform that includes space and digital programmes. The fund that was approved, however, are nearly €26bn less than what the European Parliament had said would be needed for the Horizon programme, which they priced at €120bn.

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    • InvestEU will bring better jobs

      InvestEU will bring better jobs

      EFSI, the core pillar of the successful Investment Plan for Europe, known as Juncker Plan, will become a substantial ingredient of the InvestEU initiative for the 2021-2027 programme period. On the last day of the last session of this European Parliament, the lawmakers propped up a provisional and partial deal with the Council on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during the next seven years with the aim to reduce the significant investment gap that still exists in the EU.

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    • Beefing up Frontex with 10,000 standing corps by 2027

      Beefing up Frontex with 10,000 standing corps by 2027

      Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will have 10,000-strong standing corps by 2027, agreed MEPs at their sitting on 17 April. With a big majority, the lawmakers adopted a new law to strengthen this EU agency as to resolve the current shortcomings and better respond to the present needs in security and migration, safeguarding better protection of EU external borders. The revamped rules were already agreed with the Council.

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    • MEPs in quarrel over dual quality products negligence

      MEPs in quarrel over dual quality products negligence

      The new legislation that was expected to reinforce consumer rights for the internet age created new East-West division during the last for this Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg. Its weak point was the issue of dual quality products. In fact, the EP didn't succeed to push for more robust measures against this repulsive trade practice.

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    • Whistleblowers to receive better protection in EU

      Whistleblowers to receive better protection in EU

      With a wide majority, MEPs adopted new EU-wide rules that are giving better protection for those disclosing information on illegal or harmful activities acquired in work-related circumstances. The new rules, already agreed with EU ministers, lay down new EU-wide standards to protect people revealing breaches of EU law related to a public procurement, financial services, money laundering, product and transport safety, nuclear safety, public health, consumer and data protection.

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    • Internet firms have one hour to get rid of terrorist content

      Internet firms have one hour to get rid of terrorist content

      Terrorist content online should be removed or access to it disabled in all EU member countries by the internet companies one hour, at the latest, after receiving an order from the authorities. This foresee the new rules to tackle the dissemination of terrorist content online across the EU, adopted by MEPs on 17 April in Strasbourg at their plenary sitting. As it was the last session for this EP term, it means that the negotiations with the Member States will be shifted to the programme of the new parliament. 

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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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