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23-06-2016 05:09 PM CEST

A new standard European travel document to speed the return of non-EU nationals staying "irregularly" in EU member states without valid passports or identity cards was informally agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on Thursday evening. A key goal during the talks has been to increase third countries acceptance of the document through improved technical details. To enter into force, this informal deal needs to be formally endorsed by the full Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
23-06-2016 02:07 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : The EU's renewable energy target - 20% of total consumption by 2020 - has already been hit by many EU member states. But others lag behind and must do more, MEPs urge in a resolution, voted on Thursday, on the EU Commission's renewables progress report." To achieve the EU's energy efficiency target - a 20% gain by 2020 member states need to implement EU legislation faster, and in full, says a second resolution, also voted on Thursday.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
23-06-2016 01:17 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : It is time for our people to live in freedom, without walls and checkpoints, urged President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas in his address to MEPs on Thursday. He conveyed his peoples gratitude to the European Parliament for recognising a State of Palestine and criticised Israel for pursuing its occupation of Palestinian territories.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
23-06-2016 12:35 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : A proposal to grant Belgium 1,824,041 in EU aid to help find new jobs for 488 workers made redundant by construction machinery manufacturers in Wallonia was approved by MEPs on Thursday. A further 300 young unemployed people should also benefit from the aid, to come from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
23-06-2016 12:23 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : New rules for deciding which countrys courts should settle property disputes in divorce or death cases involving international couples or registered partnerships were approved by MEPs on Thursday. These rules should end parallel proceedings costing around 1.1bn annually in various member states whose courts have to settle such property disputes. They will apply in 18 EU countries which were willing to join this enhanced cooperation initiative.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
23-06-2016 12:18 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : An EU deal with Monaco, which will make it harder for EU citizens to hide cash from the tax man in bank accounts there, was endorsed by Parliament in a vote on Thursday. Under the deal, the EU and Monaco will automatically exchange information on the bank accounts of each other's residents, starting in 2018 for information collected since 1 January 2017.

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23-06-2016 12:16 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : MEPs urge all parties fighting in north-eastern Congo to put an end to the violence, lay down their arms, release all children from their ranks and promote dialogue towards a peaceful solution, in a resolution voted on Thursday, after a debate on Wednesday. "There can be no impunity for perpetrators", they add.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
23-06-2016 12:15 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : The EU multiannual plan for managing Baltic Sea cod, sprat and herring stocks was approved in plenary on Thursday. This is the first new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) regional plan that takes account of interactions between species. It aims to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and offer fishermen better economic conditions in the long run. Parliament and Council negotiators reached an informal agreement on it in March.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
23-06-2016 12:11 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : The European Parliament named the 65 members of its Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry, into tax evasion and money laundering, on Thursday, after approving its remit on 8 June. The committees shorthand label will be PANA.

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