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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 20-24 Nov 2017

24 November 2017, 00:32 CET
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Support for rules on open, independent and efficient EU administration
JURI | Yesterday

The EU and its agencies need rules to clarify the procedures of EU administration, confirmed Legal Affairs MEPs at a seminar in Luxembourg together with experts.

At an extraordinary meeting in Luxembourg, Legal Affairs MEPs together with experts from different backgrounds discussed the need for rules on open, efficient and independent EU administration.


Finland: €2.5 million to help 1,500 former retail workers find new jobs
BUDG | Yesterday

1,500 workers in Finland, laid off by Anttila, Stockmann and Vallila Collection, should receive EU aid worth €2,499,360, following a Budgets Committee vote on Wednesday.


Greece: €2.95 million in job-search aid for 725 former retail employees
BUDG | Yesterday

725 former employees laid off in Greece by nine companies should receive EU aid worth €2,949,150, following a Budgets Committee vote on Wednesday.


Stolen babies: MEPs urge Spain to solve all alleged cases
PETI | Yesterday

Spain should take immediate measures to solve all alleged cases of babies' thefts and illegal adoptions and help families reunite, said the Petitions Committee.

The Committee on Petitions approved on Wednesday a series of recommendations following their fact-finding mission to Madrid last May to investigate several petitions on babies allegedly stolen at birth by hospital personnel across Spain.


Clear rules on prohibited fishing gear and more flexibility for EU fishermen
PECH | 21-11-2017

Common EU rules on how, where and when one can fish in the EU, including prohibited fishing methods and species, were backed by MEPs.

The Fisheries Committee approved draft laws on Tuesday to limit unwanted catches, especially of juvenile fish.


New rules on funding European political parties
AFCO | 21-11-2017

Constitutional Affairs MEPs improve transparency and proper use of public funds in a revamp of the rules for funding European political parties.


More online TV and radio across borders
JURI | 21-11-2017

Legal Affairs Committee MEPs approved new rules that aim to give consumers a wider choice in online TV and radio news and current affairs programmes across borders in the EU.

Demand for online TV and radio is growing among EU internet users, especially among younger audiences. The new rules aim to make it easier for broadcasters to make their news and current affairs content available online in other EU countries, thus offering consumers a wider choice of programmes than at present.


Buying online: EU-wide remedies against defective digital goods
IMCO | JURI | 21-11-2017

People who buy or download music, apps, games or use cloud services will be better protected when a trader fails to supply the content or provides a defective one.

The first EU-wide "digital contracts" rules to protect online shoppers better were approved on Tuesday by MEPs on the Internal Market and Legal Affairs committees.


Glyphosate: MEPs debate citizens' call for a ban
AGRI | ENVI | ITRE | PETI | 20-11-2017

A European Citizens' Initiative petition calling for an EU-wide ban on herbicide glyphosate was discussed on Monday with the petitioners and the European Commission.


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