Three candidates for the position of EU Ombudsman answered MEPs’ questions at a hearing held by the Petitions committee on Monday, 30 November. MEPs focused on ways to improve EU institutions’ transparency, co-operation between Parliament and the Ombudsman, and how to improve communication on the Ombudsman’s work. Source : © European Parliament
EU support for volunteering should be stepped up to €10 million, as part of the 2011 European Year of Voluntary Activities Promoting Active Citizenship, said the Education and Culture Committee on Monday evening. The programme will support good practice exchanges, studies and research, conferences, information and promotion campaigns and other activities at EU, national and regional levels. Source : © European Parliament
Current and potential candidate countries must continue reforming to stay on track for eventual EU membership. Key issues such as rule of law, freedom of expression, treatment of ethnic minorities and the fight against corruption and organised crime must still be addressed, says a resolution approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday and scheduled for a plenary vote on 26 November
From November 2012 all new tyres on sale in Europe will be classified and labelled for fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise performance, under a draft regulation backed by Industry Committee MEPs on Monday evening and scheduled for a plenary vote on Wednesday.
Kai Eide, the UN Special Representative to Afghanistan, told MEPs on Monday of his reluctance to involve the UN in the presidential run-off, where fraud would have been inevitable.
Reaching an ambitious international agreement at the Copenhagen climate change conference will require emission reduction targets for developed and developing countries, financing commitments and sanctions for non-compliance.
The Petitions committee declared admissible three of the six applications received for the post of European Ombudsman, in an extraordinary meeting held on Monday, 19 October, in Strasbourg.
The EP Constitutional Affairs Committee called on Monday for the planned EU diplomatic service to be part of the Commission structure and be funded from the EU budget. This set-up would make the service subject to democratic scrutiny by the European Parliament. Source : © European Parliament