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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 6-10 Nov 2017

10 November 2017, 00:27 CET
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CO2: plans to cut emission allowances and fund low-carbon innovation agreed
ENVI | Yesterday

Plans to boost greenhouse-gas emission curbs through the EU carbon market (EU ETS) were informally agreed between MEPs and Council Presidency on Thursday.

MEPs and the Estonian presidency of the Council (EU Ministers) agreed to strengthen the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) to further reduce CO2 emissions and implement the Paris Agreement.

Students and Refugees Together win Citizen's Prize 2017
OTHERS | Yesterday

Students and Refugees Together (START) together with one of its founders Avril Bellinger were awarded the European Parliament Citizen's Prize for their work in helping young refugees becoming an active part of their new communities.

Since 2008, the European Citizen's Prize is awarded to individuals or organisations which help cross-border cooperation or mutual understanding within the EU. These year's winners include 49 people and organisations from 26 EU countries.

Italy: EUR 3.35 million to help 1,610 former call centre workers find new jobs
BUDG | Yesterday

1,610 call centre workers laid off in Italy by Almaviva Contact SpA, should receive EU aid worth EUR 3,347,370, following a Budgets Committee vote on Thursday.

Almaviva Contact SpA had to close its call centre in Rome in late 2016. This resulted in 1,664 workers being made redundant in total. The company's revenue fell by 45% between 2011 and 2015, due to high labour costs and increased pressure on prices from growing worldwide competition. As it was not possible to align the high labour costs with other Almaviva work centres, the closure could not be prevented, according to the draft report by the Committee on Budgets.

Paris Agreement: debate with California's Governor Edmund G. Brown
ENVI | Yesterday

Political groups discussed the way forward on climate cooperation with the Governor of California, who earlier also met with Environment and EU-US delegation MEPs, on Wednesday.

Brexit: EP outlines its red lines on latest UK citizens' rights proposals
OTHERS | Yesterday

Major issues still need to be addressed to secure equal and fair treatment for EU citizens in the UK after Brexit, stresses EP steering group.

The European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group, chaired by Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE), met today and issued the following statement:

We don't recognise reports suggesting that a deal on citizens' rights is almost finalised. There are still major issues that have to be resolved.

Our most important concern is the UK proposals for settled status for EU citizens in the UK, including the administrative procedures as set out in a technical note published by the UK Government yesterday.

Border control: strengthening security in the EU
LIBE | 06-11-2017

An improved Schengen Information System should help to step up the EU fight against terrorism, cross-border crime and illegal immigration.

The Civil Liberties Committee adopted three regulations to update the Schengen Information System (SIS).

EU external assistance fund supports military's civilian actions for first time
AFET | 06-11-2017

U fund for stability and peace, covering projects in 70 countries, will be beefed up by 100 million euros to support the military's civilian tasks in third countries.

Training, mentoring and advising military forces in countries outside the EU on topics such as human rights or protection of women and children, as well as the provision of non-lethal equipment or infrastructure, such as IT systems or hospitals, will now be eligible for EU support.

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