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The EU’s economic governance explained

The EU’s economic governance explained

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The lessons learned from the recent economic, financial and sovereign debt crises have led to important reforms of the EU’s economic governance rules. Surveillance systems have been strengthened for budgetary and economic policies and a new budgetary timeline for the eurozone has been introduced. The rules (introduced through the so-called Six Pack, the Two Pack […]

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Economic and monetary affairs MEPs secure deal to boost infrastructure

Economic and monetary affairs MEPs secure deal to boost infrastructure

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

A negotiating team led by Alain Lamassoure (EPP, FR) struck a political deal with the Council and the Commission on European Long Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) on Wednesday evening (26 November). These funds should boost non-bank financing for projects that deliver infrastructure, intellectual property or research results which benefit the real economy and society. “On […]

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MEPs to vote on plans to separate internet search engines from commercial activities

MEPs to vote on plans to separate internet search engines from commercial activities

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

A non-binding resolution calling for EU legislation to separate internet search engines from commercial services will be debated by MEPs today and voted on tomorrow. The aim is to level the playing field for online businesses and secure long-term benefits for internet users. Follow the debate and vote live. The resolution stresses that all internet […]

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Human rights: Blasphemy in Pakistan, kidnapping in Iraq, war crimes in Serbia

Human rights: Blasphemy in Pakistan, kidnapping in Iraq, war crimes in Serbia

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday (27 November), calling on the Pakistani government to review its blasphemy laws; condemning atrocities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq; and calling for action against the “wartime rhetoric” and hate speech of provisionally released Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Šešelj. Blasphemy laws in Pakistan MEPs expressed concern about […]

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Climate change talks: MEPs chart course from Lima to Paris

Climate change talks: MEPs chart course from Lima to Paris

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, Parliament said in a resolution voted on Wednesday (26 November). MEPs reiterated the pledge by the EU and its […]

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Motion of censure against Commission rejected by large majority

Motion of censure against Commission rejected by large majority

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The European Parliament rejected a motion of censure against Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s team on Thursday (27 November), with 461 votes against, 101 in favour and 88 abstentions. The motion was tabled by 76 EFDD and non-attached MEPs further to the ‘Lux leaks’ plenary session debate with Juncker on 12 November. A debate on the […]

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Commission’s skewed priorities: Stimulus needs to be targeted at the bottom says Unconditional Basic Income Europe

Commission’s skewed priorities: Stimulus needs to be targeted at the bottom says Unconditional Basic Income Europe

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Opinion by Unconditional Basic Income Europe The €315 billion investment package unveiled this week by the Jean-Claude Juncker, is too complex and not targeted at those who need it most. Europe-wide basic income schemes would be far more efficient. Juncker’s investment plan is not only poorly designed, it is a smokescreen for further indebtedness. By […]

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