EU to crack down on money-laundering
The European Parliament is to vote on a new Directive against money-laundering as a means of catching or impeding organised criminals and terrorists. The Directive would also establish a blacklist of third countries which fail to cooperate with EU authorities.
A 90-second look at the main issues for the week ahead in European Union current affairs.
With a ninth round of talks headed towards a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Package between the EU and US, the EPP Group examines its position and hopes for a final agreement. A successful TTIP would create a free trade area making up more than half the global economic trade.
A new EU law to regulate forms of non-bank financing, dubbed shadow banking, will enforce transparency and set out the rules. The legislation, a three-way negotiation between the European Parliament, Commission and Council, aims to preserve an important source of financing while better informing...
With traffic fatalities having fallen more than 50% since 2001, the EPP Group seeks even greater reductions with new technology. Those measures include eCall to automatically alert authorities to a serious accident. A smart digital tachograph calculates the rest times for truck drivers.
The EU and the US can boost both their economies by lowering trade barriers through the so-called TTIP trade talks. The EPP Group supports the effort, while standing by European consumer and environmental standards.
Legislation for European Long-Term Investment Funds, or ELTIFs, will help attract the private funding needed for the Juncker Plan to spur Europe’s economy. The legislation’s Rapporteur, Alain Lamassoure of the EPP Group, says ELTIFs will help build transport, sustainable energy, public...
The continued flow of refugees from conflicts and hardship requires better management and burden-sharing in the EU. The EPP Group calls for measures to help frontline countries crack down on traffickers and improve the Blue Card system to attract skilled migrants for Europe's economy.
The EU urgently needs a common energy policy to reduce dependence on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis. The EPP Group says the Energy Union should also develop cleaner and more reliable energy sources by collectively bargaining for energy imports, diversifying sources from other countries, developing...
With the lack of Europe-wide anti-terror efforts, the EPP Group proposed a package of measures that allows authorities across the European Union to pool their data and efforts to track down suspects. Measures include airline and telecom data as well as stepping up internal and external border...