Latest European Parliament Stories

2009-11-27 07:30:00

The European Parliament has adopted legislation giving phone and internet users broader rights than they had before. In the internet arena, users will be able to challenge a disconnection by cell phone or landline operators, even if they are illegally sharing copyrighted material. The service provider would have to inform a user before cutoff and the user will be able to appeal to a national court. A new EU-wide telecoms authority also would be set up to ensure fair competition. By June 2011,...

2009-09-03 11:57:00

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2009-06-22 16:26:21

Authorities in Europe have resurrected the debate over so-called "Frankenfoods" on Monday by keeping open the possibility that cloned animal products would be sold in Europe. The move was met with opposition from various green groups, who warned of the dangers of cloned food. Meeting in Luxembourg, European Union (EU) farm ministers agreed to new rules for "novel food" products, of which cloned foods are a category. EU member nations want "novel foods to be authorized only if they do not...

2009-05-07 06:25:00

The European Parliament opposed tries by EU governments to make a concentrated effort to penalize people who download copyright-protected music and films over the Internet, because of concern the rights of guiltless consumers would be squashed, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.  A compromise attained with EU governments several weeks ago was rejected by the EU assembly, who voted 407 to 57.  If accepted, it would have permitted France to pursue its drive to terminate...

2009-05-06 05:35:00

New legislation from the European Parliament will ban the sale of seal products in the 27-nation EU, BBC News reported. Animal welfare groups, which have long argued that the clubbing of seal pups by hunters is barbaric, had been lobbying for the change for years. Some 300,000 seals are killed off Canada's east coast annually in the biggest seal hunt in the world. Anti-hunt campaigners are outraged that some seals are skinned while still conscious. And most hunters typically shoot the seals...

2009-05-05 15:40:00

The European Parliament on Tuesday voted in support of a limit on the level of pain inflicted on animals during testing in addition to supporting added efforts to develop non-animal alternatives.The proposals still face approval from the EU's 27 nations, but animal rights groups have already been outspoken in their criticism of the decision which represents weakening of an EU executive Commission proposal last year to improve the welfare of 12 million vertebrae animals used in...

2009-04-22 06:25:00

States from the European Union were headed towards a disagreement with Parliament on Tuesday as arguments over how to tackle illegal downloads created pressure for a broader telecom modification, Reuters reported The reform package, which is authored by the EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding, is considered to be a broad agreement.  However, a last-minute disagreement between member countries and parliament has postponed ultimate adoption to May at the soonest.  The EU and...

2009-03-05 14:16:00

WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering at Parliament in Brussels on Friday, March 6, for a "town hall" discussion with an audience of young Europeans. The "town hall" style event with questions and answers will be preceded by a bilateral meeting between Secretary Clinton and President Pottering. The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union....

2008-11-19 15:10:00

An EU lawmaker suggested that honey bees should be given large swaths of Europe's farmlands so that they can recover their struggling population size. "If we continue to neglect the global bee population, then this will have a dramatic effect on our already strained world food supplies," said Neil Parish, who chairs the European Parliament's agriculture committee. Honey bees are a useful part of nature's cycle because they help to pollinate several of the world's crops. Scientists have...

2008-10-03 12:00:12

Text of report by independent German Spiegel Online website on 1 October [Interview with German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel by Dietmar Hawranek and Christian Schwaegerl; place and date not given: "They Shouldn't Act As if their Primary Concern Were Climate Protection"] Last week the Environment Committee of the European Parliament agreed to support a sharp measure: Beginning in 2012, and not in 2015, as originally envisioned, average CO2 emissions from new cars will be capped at...

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