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MEPs propose further amendements to the regulation on biocidal products
MEPs last week proposed further amendments to a regulation concerning the placing on the market and use of biocidal products.

MEPs to vote on amendments to the rules of invoicing
MEPs are set to vote on 22 April on a proposal on the common system of value added tax as regards the rules on invoicing.

Commission will revise competition rules in distribution sector
The Commission next week is due to update the rules providing a 'safe harbour' for agreements between manufacturers and distributors.

Fisheries: MEPs debate imports, wages and quality
At a public hearing on the common organisation of the fishery market on Thursday, MEPs debated how to ensure fair income for fishermen and how European producers can compete with third countries.

MEPs draft a report on cross-border crisis management
MEPs drafted yesterday a report with recommendations to the Commission on cross-border crisis management in the banking sector.

MEPs back new regulation to limit animal testing
Legislation to regulate the use of animals for scientific experiments has moved a step closer after Parliament and Council representatives reached on Wednesday an agreement on the final details of draft legislation in the pipeline.

Bluefin tuna: stricter catch tracking to deter illegal fishing
MEPs back a new tracking system of bluefin tuna from catch to sale, which will allow closer control over the alarmingly depleting stocks in EU waters.

Stronger language rights for EU citizens in criminal trials
MEPs backed today new measures to guarantee EU citizens access to translation and interpretation in their own language when facing a criminal trial in another Member State.

MEPs to vote on a proposal on transport of dangerous goods
MEPs are set to vote on 19 April on a draft report amending the Directive on the transportation of dangerous goods, or transportable pressure equipment.

EP committee backs treaty change to allow 18 additional MEPs
MEPs gave their support today to a modification of the Lisbon Treaty that would allow 18 new Members of the European Parliament to take their seats during the ongoing legislature.

Mergers: Commission approves proposed joint venture by Bosch, Deutz and Eberspächer
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed creation of a joint venture by the German companies Bosch, Deutz and Eberspächer.

MEPs suggest amendments to the Directive on falsified medicines
The European Parliament's Internal Market Committee published yesterday an Opinion suggesting improvements to the Directive on medicinal products, as regards the supply chain of falsified medicinal products.

ACP-EU Assembly calls for support to banana producers
The ACP-EU Assembly asked the European Commission to increase aid to ACP and EU banana producers to help them adapt to the new tariff rules of the EU-Latin America trade agreement.

MEPs review new regulation on novel foods
Last week, Euro-MPs adopted a draft report for new rules on novel foods. The responsible committee of the Parliament will vote on the regulation on 4th May.

Commission will host a public hearing on possible changes to the Capital Requirements Directive
On 26 April 2010, the European Commission will host a public hearing on further possible changes to the Capital Requirements Directive (“CRD IV”).

New textile labels promise more informed choice for EU
Members of the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will next week vote on amendments to a draft report on textile names and related labelling.

Commission publishes the new EU Organic Logo
The European Commission has published the new logo for organic products in the Official Journal of the European Union. It will become obligatory from 1 July 2010.

EC greenlights aid for UK farmers
The European Commission has authorised a temporary scheme granting aid of up to EUR 15,000 to British farmers.

New EU visa code from 5 April
A new visa code will become applicable in the European Union from 5 April. The EU Visa Code gathers into a single document all legal provisions governing decisions on visas.

Mergers: Commission clears Cisco's proposed acquisition of Tandberg, subject to conditions
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Tandberg, a vendor of videoconferencing products with dual headquarters in Norway and in the US, by Cisco of the US. The approval is conditional.

EU proposes stronger measures against human trafficking
The European Commission today proposed new rules to step up the fight against trafficking in human beings. The new proposal will help to combat modern slavery by ensuring consistency of national rules on crimes and penalties, better assistance for victims and tougher action to prosecute criminals responsible for trafficking.

Mergers: Commission approves the acquisition of an IBM Corp unit
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition by Dassault Systèmes of France of a unit of IBM Corp of the United States that currently distributes its Product Life Management (PLM) software products.

EU backs greater police cooperation to combat organised crime
At a seminar organised by the European Police College, Antonio Camacho, Spanish Secretary of State for Home Affairs, spoke in favour of increased international cooperation and improved training to fight international and globalised crime.

The Court of Auditors' Annual Activity Report 2009
The European Court of Auditors has published its Annual Activity Report for 2009 today.

EU ends antitrust investigation into Baltic shipping pact
The European Commission has closed an investigation into a potential breach of EU competition rules in the planned "Baltic Max Feeder" scheme for "feeder" vessel owners since the scheme was abandoned.