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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 11-15 July 2016

14 July 2016, 23:52 CET
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Press release - Car emissions: manufacturers and a former EU Commissioner quizzed by MEPs - Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector

The EU needs a common definition of “normal car use”, says Renault. Diesel engine NOx emissions are the price paid to hit lower CO2 targets, says the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. But Volkswagen is ashamed of cheating to beat strict US emissions laws. So said contributors to the “triple...


Article - Migration: MEPs assess refugee camps in Calais

General : A delegation from the civil liberties committee went to Calais in northern France yesterday to assess the situation of people gathering there with the aim of crossing the Channel. The delegation, led by Portuguese S&D member Ana Gomes, visited facilities for migrants and refugees and met...


Article - Ford: "Goal of gun control rules is to close loophole exploited by terrorists"

General : Terrorists have been able to make use of deactivated weapons but new new rules aim to put an end to this. Yesterday the internal market committee approved an update of the EU firearms directive to ensure that any firearm which has been converted to firing blanks continues to be covered by EU...


National angle - A historic work experience

A historic work experience - a study visit at the European Parliament Information Office in LondonSource : © European Union, 2016 - EP



Press release - Gun control: MEPs clarify licensing rules and safeguards - Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

EU countries will have to introduce stronger controls on “blank-firing” guns, to prevent them being converted to fire live ammunition, under Internal Market Committee amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a draft update of the EU firearms directive. The changes approved by MEPs ensure that any firearm which...


Top Story - Migration: a common challenge - EU in search of response to refugee crisis


Press release - Slovak Presidency priorities discussed in committee - Committee on Legal Affairs - Committee on Culture and Education - Committee on Foreign Affairs - Committee on Development - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Committee on Regional Development - Committee on Transport and Tourism - Committee on Fisheries - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

The priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Slovak ministers at a series of meetings, during this week and in September.Committee on Legal Affairs Committee on Culture and Education Committee on Foreign AffairsCommittee on Development Committee...

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Press release - Civil Liberties MEPs visit migrant and refugee camps around Calais on Wednesday - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

A 9-strong MEP delegation from the Civil Liberties Committee will be in Calais on Wednesday 13 July to visit facilities for migrants and refugees, in the vicinity, which for years has been a gathering spot for people trying to cross from France to the UK. MEPs will meet with local authorities, NGOs,...


Article - Dieselgate: inquiry committee questions industry and Commission representatives

General : Parliament's inquiry committee into car emissions measurements continues its investigation this week by questioning industry representatives as well as former Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. Committee chair Kathleen Van Brempt, a Belgian member of the S&D group, also takes part...


Press release - Werner Langen elected Panama Papers Inquiry Committee chair - Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion

At its constitutive meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) elected Werner Langen (EPP, DE) as its chair, by acclamation.Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application...


Press release - MEPs and Euro group ministers debate path to a Euro zone budget - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Committee on Budgets

Members of Parliament’s Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees debated the need for a euro area budget with finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Netherlands, also Euro Group President), Michel Sapin (France), Pier Carlo Padoan (Italy), Pierre Gramegna (Luxembourg), Peter Kažimír (Slovakia),...


Article - In Parliament this week: gun controls, border checks, car emissions

General : New gun control rules, making it more difficult for terrorists to have access to them, are voted on by the internal market committee this week. In addition the budgets and economic committees discuss the eurozone's future development with Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem and the finance...


Article - Human trafficking: "Few victims go to court as we don't protect them enough"

Plenary sessions : Human trafficking is a highly profitable international crime in which people are traded for use in prostitution, forced labour or other forms of exploitation. In a resolution adopted in plenary last week, MEPs condemned it as a modern kind of slavery and one of the worst forms of human...


Article - Nato summit: “Europe has to do more on its own defence”

Plenary sessions : An EU army is not on the cards for the time being, however closer cooperation on security and defence is becoming more important. During the Nato summit starting in Warsaw today, the EU and Nato will sign a declaration aimed at strengthening cooperation, while setting out an effective...

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