Article – In Parliament this week: cleaner cars, border checks, tax avoidance

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Article – In Parliament this week: cleaner cars, border checks, tax avoidance


Author: European Parliament.


The internal market committee votes this week on new rules to improve the quality and independence of safety and environmental tests for new cars. The economic committee discusses the latest economic and monetary developments, while the civil liberties committee debates whether to extend temporary internal border checks in some European countries with representatives from the European Commission.

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, appears before the economic committee on Monday to discuss how the bank views the latest financial developments.

The internal market committee votes Thursday on new rules to improve the quality of testing for new cars following scandals with car emisisons measurements. The proposal sets out to improve oversight of existing tests, while allowing the Commission to carry out spotchecks on vehicles and initate recalls.

A number of EU countries introduced temporary border checks in May 2016 in response to growing migration flows. On Thursday the civil liberties committee debates a proposal for another three-month prologation in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

The special committee investigating money laundering and tax avoidance discusses on Thursday how to prevent secret offshore financial vehicles being created. The meeting  will be attended by banks representatives, accountants, lawyers and journalists from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Meanwhile political groups also prepare for next week’s plenary, during which MEPs will vote on the ratification of EU-Canada trade agreement Ceta and meet Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen.


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