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Insurance sector

After two years of negotiations the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission last night agreed on a compromise on the revision of the Insurance Mediation Directive (IMD II)/Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) (1). The IMD II replaces the first Directive on insurance ...
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Roaming and net neutrality

The European Commission, Council and European Parliament, meeting last night, agreed on the foundations of the package of legislative proposals on a telecommunications single market. According to the agreement, roaming charges will be abolished by mid-2017. However, companies retain the possibi...
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TiSA international services agreement

Yesterday, Wikileaks released 17 secret texts of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations (1), including annexes covering a wide range of issues and sectors but also a document on member states exceptions from the liberalisation requirement. The leak came on the same day as ministers dis...
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Conflict minerals

The European Parliament today voted on draft EU legislation aimed at preventing conflict minerals through supply chain transparency. The vote significantly strengthened the original draft law proposed by the Commission by creating binding transparency rules, which would apply to firms throughout the...
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GMO-Free Europe

This conference gathers participants from political circles, economists, scientists and civil society from all over Europe, as well as guests from America, Asia and Africa will discuss the chances of a future agriculture without genetically modified plants and animals
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Second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse and progress of the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact

Tabled by Jean Lambert, Ska Keller, Yannick Jadot, Ulrike Lunacek, Monika Vana, Karima Delli, Judith Sargentini, Davor Škrlec on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group The European Parliament, –    having regard to its previous resolutions on Bangladesh, in particular those of 23 May 2013 ...
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Regulatory Cooperation In TTIP

Report from the discussion with Sharon Treat on US legislators' perspectives on the ongoing TTIP negotiations on regulatory cooperation for food policies  On 14th April as we approached the  Global Action Day on TTIP, MEPs from across the political spectrum welcomed Sharon Treat[i],...
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EP committee draws clear red lines for TTIP concerning food and health

With an overwhelming majority (59-8-2) the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) gave red light to the TTIP opinion report of Green rapporteur. Green draftsperson, MEP Bart Staes, who is very pleased with the result of the vote in ENVI: "It would have been unthinkable for the ENVI committee not to reach a majo…
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Foreign Affairs Committee votes on conflict minerals

On Monday the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (AFET) voted on an opinion to a Trade committee report on conflict minerals.
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Development committee demands concrete legislation to stop deadly trade

Yesterday evening, the European Parliament's Development committee called for binding rules on trade in conflict minerals. Such rules are urgently needed in order to ensure that mineral purchases made by European corporations are not financing conflict or human rights violations. The committee follo...