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72 countries plus EU, Euratom and ECOWAS, adopt International Energy Charter

72 countries plus EU, Euratom and ECOWAS, adopt International Energy Charter

On May 20-21, 2015, energy ministers and other high level officials from around the world gathered in The Hague, The Netherlands, in order to adopt the International Energy Charter: a political declaration for international energy cooperation. The result of lengthy negotiations, involving around 8o states, the International Energy Charter represents a new and dynamic institutional […]

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The week ahead: 25-31 May 2015

The week ahead: 25-31 May 2015

TTIP. International Trade Committee MEPs are to approve their recommendations to EU negotiators in ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA. Investor protection rules, public health, data protection, public procurement and environmental sustainability will be among the issues addressed in the resolution. The deal, once signed, needs Parliament’s approval to enter […]

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Alcohol advertising and sponsorship in Formula One: A dangerous cocktail

Alcohol advertising and sponsorship in Formula One: A dangerous cocktail

Opinion by Eurocare Formula One alcohol sponsorship exposes audience to alcohol brands every five seconds. A new report, which presents data on the extent of alcohol advertising during the 2014 Formula One (F1) Monaco Grand Prix together with an analysis of F1 teams’ sponsorship by the alcohol industry, was issued today (22 May) by the […]

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Insolvency: Throwing a lifeline to struggling companies

Insolvency: Throwing a lifeline to struggling companies

New insolvency rules would give companies in financial difficulties another opportunity to turn their situation around ©BELGA/AGEFOTOSTOCK/Bilderbox Struggling companies will be given a second chance to improve their financial situation under new rules on insolvency approved by MEPs on 20 May. Every year 1.7 million jobs are lost in the EU due to companies going […]

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Parliament urges member states to gear up for security challenges

Parliament urges member states to gear up for security challenges

The unprecedented level of instability at EU borders demands that the EU and its member states shoulder more responsibility for their security and defence now, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday (21 May). They urge member states to use Common Security and Defence Policy tools more effectively, improve the fit between external and […]

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Things we learned in plenary: Conflict minerals, migration, maternity leave, digital single market

Things we learned in plenary: Conflict minerals, migration, maternity leave, digital single market

MEPs approved measures to prevent proceeds from conflict minerals being used to fund armed conflicts and called on governments to break the deadlock on plans to harmonize maternity leave across Europe. They also debated measures to tackle irregular migrants coming to the EU during the plenary in Strasbourg on 18-21 May as well as green-lit […]

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Conflict minerals: MEPs ask for mandatory certification of EU importers

Conflict minerals: MEPs ask for mandatory certification of EU importers

Certifying origin of metals and minerals would help stop sales funding armed conflict in areas such as Northeast CongoBELGA_AFP_L.HEALING EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold for manufacturing consumer goods need to be certified by the EU to ensure that they do not fuel conflicts and human rights abuses in conflict areas, say MEPs […]

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