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Monday, 19 November 2018 13:00

MEPs approve new EU targets

MEPs approve new EU targets

The EU’s long-term budget and new rules on energy and telecom were among the highlights of the November plenary, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press statement of the European Commission.

The MEPs approved new EU targets to increase the use of renewables and improve energy efficiency. Under the new rules, at least 32% of the EU's energy consumption in 2030 will have to come from renewable sources.

On 14 November Parliament voted in favour of capping the cost of calls between EU countries at 19 cents per minute and text messages at 6 cents, from 15 May 2019. The new rules are part of a telecom package that also aims to boost the investment needed to make 5G connectivity available in European cities by 2020 and includes an obligatory 112 alert system.

MEPs adopted new rules strengthening rail passenger rights across the EU on  November 15, including higher compensation in case of delays and more assistance for people with disabilities.

Following the publication of the UK's withdrawal agreement, the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier met with Parliament President Antonio Tajani and the political group leaders on 15 November to discuss the deal.

On November 14, the Parliament backed plans for lorries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030, with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025.

More details:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/eu-affairs/20181108STO18508/plenary-highlights-cheaper-calls-energy-efficiency-lux-prize-merkel

Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

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