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2010 budget: conciliation agreement confirmed and EP priorities secured

2010 budget: conciliation agreement confirmed and EP priorities secured

The EU’s 2010 budget was approved at the second reading by the Budgets Committee on Wednesday. This vote confirmed the 18 November budget conciliation agreement with the Council of Ministers and retained Parliament’s first-reading priorities, notably on energy and entrepreneurship.

Globalisation fund aid to Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands

Globalisation fund aid to Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands

Unemployed car and construction workers in Sweden, Austria, and the Netherlands are to get €15.9 million in EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund aid for training, self-employment and professional orientation services under plans backed by the Budgets Committee on Wednesday.

Future fisheries policy: MEPs and experts debate reform plans

Future fisheries policy: MEPs and experts debate reform plans

Deciding what the next common fisheries policy reform should deliver is easier than deciding how – and there is unlikely to be a “one size fits all” solution, it emerged from a public hearing of experts on Tuesday. MEPs looked for fresh angles and new solutions, such as alternatives to the quota system, decentralising fishery management and stepping up scientific investment, to help Parliament to shape the reform.

MEPs quiz candidates for EU Ombudsman position

MEPs quiz candidates for EU Ombudsman position

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

Piracy off Somalia: tackle root causes, say MEPs

Piracy off Somalia: tackle root causes, say MEPs

EU anti-piracy escorts off Somalia are working, but piracy cannot be eliminated unless its root causes on land – including poverty and Somalia’s failed state – are tackled too, said Parliament on Thursday, adding that all vessels should register for protection. Source : © European Parliament

2010 budget conciliation: funding of economic recovery plan solved

2010 budget conciliation: funding of economic recovery plan solved

The EU’s 2010 budget was agreed by conciliation delegations from Parliament and the Council on Wednesday evening. They found funding for the EU economic recovery plan and of the closure of the Bulgarian nuclear plant Kozlodoy and agreed on emergency aid to milk producers. Payments will be €122,937 million, splitting the difference between the two sides’ initial proposals

Energy-saving buildings: agreement reached

Energy-saving buildings: agreement reached

All buildings built after 31 December 2020 must have high energy-saving standards and be powered to a large extent by renewable energy. Public authorities will lead the way two years earlier and part of the funding for these changes will come from the EU. These are among the key points of a deal reached on Tuesday evening between Parliament and Council negotiators

Telecoms package: strengthening consumer rights and competition

A major overhaul of EU telecoms rules, which will strengthen the rights of phone users and internet surfers and boost competition among telecoms firms, is to be put to a final vote in Parliament on 24 November. Source : © European Parliament

Lisbon Treaty: Parliament’s new budget powers must be respected from day one

Lisbon Treaty: Parliament’s new budget powers must be respected from day one

The European Parliament’s beefed-up powers over the EU budget should apply in full from the day the Lisbon Treaty enters into force, without waiting for detailed supplementary legislation, say MEPs.

Lisbon Treaty: Parliament’s new budget powers must be respected from day one

Lisbon Treaty: Parliament’s new budget powers must be respected from day one

The European Parliament’s beefed-up powers over the EU budget should apply in full from the day the Lisbon Treaty enters into force, without waiting for detailed supplementary legislation, say MEPs. On Thursday they voted to give the EP delegation on the 2010 budget a mandate to negotiate transitional rules to ensure Parliament can play its new budgetary role straight away

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