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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 4-8 Dec 2017

08 December 2017, 01:04 CET
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Rule of law in Hungary debated by MEPs with government and experts
LIBE | Yesterday

Civil Liberties MEPs discussed the situation of the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights in Hungary with Foreign Affairs Minister and several experts on Thursday.

The Civil Liberties Committee was tasked by the full Parliament in May to assess whether Hungary is at risk of a serious breach of EU values. If, on the basis of Article 7(1) of the EU Treaty, the Parliament concludes that this is the case, it could ask the Council to act.


Tougher defence tools against unfair imports, MEPs strike deal with ministers
INTA| Yesterday

The EU could protect itself better against unfairly cheap imports and combat environmental or social dumping more effectively, under a draft law agreed on Tuesday.

Higher tariffs can be imposed on dumped or subsidised imports to better protect EU jobs and businesses, under an informal agreement struck by Parliament's negotiating team and EU ministers in Brussels on Tuesday evening.


Cross-border cash movements: tightening up anti-terror and crime checks
ECON | LIBE | 05-12-2017

Tougher checks on cash entering or leaving the EU were backed by the Civil Liberties and Economic Affairs committees on Monday.

The new rules repeal the First Cash Control Regulation (CCR) from 2005, which requires individuals to declare sums over €10,000 when leaving or entering the EU. MEPs want to close loopholes exploited by criminals, such as divergent penalties in different member states, travelling with sums just below the declaration threshold or using means of transferring value that are not covered by current rules.


Blacklist of countries at risk of money laundering: instructions for use
ECON | LIBE | 04-12-2017

MEPs will hear details from the EU Commission of their new procedure for identifying non-EU countries thought to be deficient in areas related to money transfers.

The announcement is expected during an exchange of views between the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourová, and the Economic Affairs and Civil Liberties committees.


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