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    • Commissioners-designate grilled at EP Committees hearings

      Commissioners-designate grilled at EP Committees hearings

      The hearings of the future commissioners started on 30 September in front of the EP Committees with first five candidates successfully passing the test, EP press service reported. The procedure began with three commissioners, who are deemed to change their portfolios - Phil Hogan, Mariya Gabriel and Maros Sefcovic. Political groups' coordinators from the committees will meet within 24 hours to assess the performance of the commissioners.

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    • Romanian, Hungarian candidates for Commission blocked

      Romanian, Hungarian candidates for Commission blocked

      Candidates to become commissioners from Hungary and Romania have conflicts of interest that undermine their candidacies, MEPs from the legal committee said on Thursday. Transport commissioner-designate, Romanian Rovana Plumb, and the proposed commissioner for EU enlargement, Hungary's former justice minister Laszlo Trocsanyi, were both told confirmation hearings could not go ahead because of inconsistencies in their financial statements.

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    • Talks on revising limits within Schengen to resume

      Talks on revising limits within Schengen to resume

      Civil Liberties MEPs agreed last week to start negotiations with EU ministers to revise time limits and conditions for passport controls within the Schengen area, the EP press service reported. The Schengen Borders Code allows Member States to carry out temporary passport controls at internal borders in the event of a serious threat to public order.

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    • MEPs want internet firms to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour

      MEPs want internet firms to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour

      MEPs could soon start negotiations with EU countries on rules that could force internet companies to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour of being informed, EP press service reported. On 24 September, Parliament's Civil liberties committee backed the position agreed by the Parliament before May's European elections on new EU rules to tackle the dissemination of online content promoting terrorism and approved the mandate to begin discussions with EU ministers.

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    • Pushing Mobility Package I

      Pushing Mobility Package I

      Expectedly, on Tuesday the EP Committee on Transport and Tourism at its regular meeting gave the green light to launch a trilogue on the controversial Mobility Package I. A clear indication of this development was the rejection of the initiative of Bulgarian EPP MEP Andrey Novakov on a Rule 61 procedure, at an extraordinary sitting a week ago.

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    • EU27 to fill €11bn gap in case of 'no deal'

      EU27 to fill €11bn gap in case of 'no deal'

      There will be a net gap of about €11bn in next year's EU budget if the divorce with the UK goes through without a deal, and if when exiting the country does not accept all the rights and obligations to the budgetary framework. Guenther Oettinger, the EU Commissioner in charge of Budget and Human Resources, pointed out this figure at a debate at the EP plenary session in Strasbourg following the Council presentation of its position on the 2020 budget. 

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    • MEPs adopt extra funds for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

      MEPs adopt extra funds for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

      The flagship EU programmes Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ received a strong boost of altogether €100m top-up to their budgets for this year. MEPs backed on Wednesday with huge majority a resolution that foresees climate-related research under Horizon 2020 to get extra €80m and student mobility initiatives to be beefed up with new €20m.

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    • Parliament supports orderly Brexit, Johnson bets on timely departure

      Parliament supports orderly Brexit, Johnson bets on timely departure

      The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs said last Wednesday in a resolution reiterating Parliament's support for an “orderly Brexit”. With the vote, they reaffirmed EP's support for the already negotiated deal and stressed that it takes into account the UK's red lines and the EU's principles, providing a fair and balanced solution, the EP press service reported.

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