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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 18-22 February 2019

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Safer roads: More life-saving technology to be mandatory in vehicles
IMCO | Today

Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance, advanced emergency-braking system and emergency stop signal will have to be installed in new vehicles.

In a drive to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on EU roads, Internal Market Committee MEPs approved on Thursday a set of rules to make several advanced safety features standard equipment in different categories of vehicles sold in the EU market. The proposal adapts the current rules to the changes in mobility behaviour resulting from societal trends (e.g. more cyclists and pedestrians, an aging society) and technological developments.


MEPs urge the EU to lead the way to net-zero emissions by 2050
ENVI | ITRE | Yesterday

Environment and Industry Committee MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU's long-term emissions reduction strategy.

Environment Committee MEPs said on Wednesday that only two of the eight scenarios ("pathways") proposed by the European Commission in its November communication would enable the EU to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, the commitment made by the EU under the Paris climate agreement. They support the Commission in pushing for these two scenarios.


New Erasmus: more opportunities for disadvantaged youth
CULT | Yesterday

Erasmus+ should triple its funds, allow more people to take part and adapt its grants to the needs of the participants.

The Culture and Education Committee approved on Wednesday the next generation Erasmus+ programme, proposing a detailed set of measures to lift all economic, social, cultural barriers and allow more people to take part in different learning mobility schemes.


Parliaments broadly agree on next steps for economic, monetary union
ECON | 19-02-2019

Concluding the banking union, beefing up democratic accountability, and developing a budget for the Eurozone were raised regularly in a meeting between parliaments.


Malta and Slovakia: serious shortcomings in the rule of law
LIBE | 19-02-2019

MEPs have serious concerns over the fight against corruption and organised crime, impartiality of law enforcement and judicial independence in Malta and Slovakia.


Cutting CO2 emissions from trucks: MEPs reach deal with Council
ENVI | 19-02-2019

This agreed new legislation is the first ever regulation on CO2 emissions for lorries in the EU.

The deal reached between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council on Monday night provides for a legally binding 30% CO2 reduction target for new lorries by 2030, with an intermediate target of 15% by 2025.

Manufacturers will also have to ensure that zero- and low-emission vehicles represent a 2% market share of the sales of new vehicles by 2025. This provision aims to incentivise manufacturers to invest in cleaner alternatives to diesel trucks.

The European Commission will also have to propose new post-2030 targets, in line with the Paris Agreement, in 2022.


Migration and asylum: EU funds to promote integration and protect borders
LIBE | 19-02-2019

MEPs backed on Tuesday increasing the EU budget for migration and asylum policies and to reinforce borders.

The Civil Liberties Committee endorsed the renewed Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the 2021-2027 budget of which will increase up to €9.2 billion (€10.41 billion in current prices, 51% more than in the previous financial framework). It also backed the creation of a new Integrated Border Management Fund (IBMF) and agreed to allocate €7.1 billion (€8 billion in current prices) to it.


Trade negotiations with US can start under certain conditions
INTA | 19-02-2019

The Trade Committee on Tuesday endorsed the mandate to start limited EU-US trade talks, but set conditions on the conclusion of a deal.

Starting talks is in the interest of European citizens and companies, as it would ease current tensions in EU-US trade relations, brought about by the US administration's actions, said International Trade Committee MEPs in the report adopted by 21 votes to 17, with one abstention.


First seat projections for the next European Parliament
18-02-2019

Parliament released today the first seat projections, based on a cross-section of national polls, for the composition of the next (9th) European Parliament.

The European Parliament has published a first set of projections on how the next chamber would look like based on national polling data taken up to the beginning of February 2019. The data is based on a selection of reliable polls conducted by national polling institutes in the Member States and aggregated by Kantar public on behalf of Parliament.


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