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Thursday, 15 June 2017

EU Commission: Uniform format for residence permits: Council confirms agreement on the update of security features in...

Uniform format for residence permits: Council confirms agreement on the update of security features in the card

On 15 June 2017, EU ambassadors confirmed on behalf of the Council the informal agreement reached with the European Parliament on the proposal for a regulation amending regulation 1030/2002 laying down a uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals. 

The amending regulation establishes a new common design for the residence permit card, to improve its security features in order to prevent forgery. The current card, which has been in circulation since 1997, has been compromised by serious incidents of counterfeiting and fraud. 

Following this confirmation of the agreement, the text of the regulation will be submitted to the European Parliament for a vote at first reading and subsequently to the Council for adoption.

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Safer sea travel: deal with EP on digitalising passenger information

The presidency today reached an informal agreement with the European Parliament on new rules to digitalise the registration of ship passengers. The purpose is to make the exact number of passengers and other information immediately available for search and rescue services in the event of an accident. At present, valuable minutes may be lost because the data on people on board is stored by the shipping company, and the search and rescue centre has to get hold of the company's contact person to obtain this information. In digital form, the information will be directly accessible.

To make it easier to assist victims and their relatives, the recorded data will include passengers' nationality. The current rules already require the shipping company to register the name, date of birth, gender, and - if the passenger so wishes - the need for special assistance in an emergency.

"Travelling by ship in the EU is very safe, but in case something happens, we must make sure that we know immediately how many are missing - perhaps lying in the water or trapped on board. In addition to names, we also need to know their nationalities so that authorities are able to contact relatives and embassies. These new rules make that possible", said Ian Borg, the Maltese Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects.

Under the new requirements, data will be sent to the relevant authority in electronic format within 15 minutes of the ship's departure. Two means of transmission, the National Single Windows or the Automatic Identification System, can be used, subject to certain conditions.

Member states will have two years from the directive's entry into force to incorporate the new rules in their national legislation.

The draft directive agreed today is part of a broader review of EU legislation on passenger ship safety, which aims to make travelling by sea safer while simplifying the rules and cutting administrative costs.

The presidency will submit the outcome of today's negotiations for approval by member states in the coming weeks.

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EFSA confirms safe levels for nitrites and nitrates added to food

EFSA confirms safe levels for nitrites and nitrates added to food


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Public consultation: guidance on characterisation of microorganisms used as feed additives or production organisms

Public consultation: guidance on characterisation of microorganisms used as feed additives or production organisms


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EIB signs EUR 217 million loan with Junta de Andalucía to boost, sustainable growth, transport, competitiveness and employment in the region

The EIB has granted the Junta de Andalucía a EUR 217 million loan for financing investment in different sectors of Andalusia's economy with the aim of boosting growth and job creation by means of the EU structural funds. This is the first instalment of a EUR 725 million loan that the EIB will provide to the Junta to cofinance, alongside the ERDF and European Social Fund, Andalusia's 2014-2020 regional operational programme. The loan was signed in Seville by the EIB official in charge of public sector and infrastructure lending in Spain, Juan Basora, and the Junta de Andalucía's Finance Minister, María Jesús Montero.

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