MEPs favour making incitement a crime with safeguards for fundamental rights

In adopting a report on combating terrorism, the EP voted to beef up the data protection provisions of a proposed framework decision on police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. In a second report on protection of personal data relating to a proposal to include three new offences in European law: public incitement to commit terrorist offences, recruitment for terrorism, and terrorist training, MEPs say the fight against terrorism must not constrain freedom of expression.

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EP calls for a safer Internet and better services for consumers

The European Parliament adopted a legislative report at first-reading aimed at providing wider access to telecoms services, more information for consumers and stronger data protection. All the major political groups in Parliament agreed a compromise before the plenary vote which does not alter the main goal of the draft legislation, but they greatly clarify its aims, notably as regards protection of privacy and fundamental rights.

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European Parliament calls for new legislation to improve financial markets regulation

MEPs are making a formal request to the Commission to propose new legislation to improve regulation of financial markets, in particular regarding hedge funds and private equity investors. This calls comes after the debate held September 22nd, when they also called for more transparency in the financial system.

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Implementing Rules for Pilot Licensing consultation extended

The Implementing Rules for Pilot Licensing consultation deadline has been extended until 15 December.

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44th ISOCARP Congress: Consumption patterns need to change

Urban areas are spreading, minimising the time and distances between and in-and-out of cities. The International Planning Congress in Dalian, China (19-23 September 2008), addressed this ‘urban sprawl’ and sought ways to achieve sustainable urbanisation. The European Environment Agency contributed to this debate by urging policy makers to tackle underpinning consumption patterns.

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