European parliamentarians decide on IORP Directive rapporteur

first_imgEuropean parliamentarians have named the MEPs to oversee negotiations for the passage of the IORP Directive, with a former Irish government minister to lead efforts.Despite the appointment of Brian Hayes, who joined the European Parliament following last May’s elections, there will be a strong Dutch presence among the rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs.A former junior minister in the current Irish coalition government, Hayes spent three years in the Department of Finance. He will act as rapporteur for the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON).As a Fine Gael MEP, he is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) and was appointed to ECON after joining parliament in July. He is also vice-chair of the parliamentary delegation for relations with Iraq. His appointment comes after several months of uncertainty over the appointment of a rapporteur, who facilitates the passage of legislation and leads negotiations between Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission.Several people with knowledge of the situation told IPE last year that the EPP was behind schedule in naming the rapporteur.Many were hopeful that German Christian Democrat MEP Thomas Mann, an ECON substitute member and former rapporteur for a report on demographic challenges, would be appointed.Jeroen Lenaers, a Dutch member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, has been named its rapporteur,The other main political factions have appointed rapporteurs to shadow Hayes, with a further three Dutch MEPs among them.Paul Tang, a member of the Dutch Labour Party, will represent the Socialists & Democrats (S&D), Bas Eickhout will represent the Green parliamentary faction. Eickhout was previously a member of ECON and was appointed as a substitute late last year.Sophie in ‘t Veld, the third Dutch MEP, will represent the interests of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats. She is also a former member of ECON and has acted as rapporteur and shadow rapporteur on a number of matters relating to civil liberties.The European Conservatives and Reformists Group will be represented by Ashley Fox, in his first term as a UK MEP and an ECON substitute, and Spanish MEP Teresa Rodríguez-Rubio will represent the European United Left.last_img read more

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Swansea confirm training ground row

first_img The pair clashed as the Swans prepared for Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat against Tottenham, which extended their winless run to eight games and left them three points above the relegation zone. Reports have claimed Flores was seen brandishing a brick during the incident, but this was denied outright by the club. Swansea have confirmed police were called to their training ground on Friday following a row between defenders Garry Monk and Chico Flores. A Swansea spokesman said: “Chico Flores and Garry Monk had an exchange of words, which is not uncommon between players in training grounds across the country, but no threats or altercations took place between the players in question. “It’s understood a member of the public phoned the police, who felt no action was required. “The club can categorically state that nobody was threatened with a brick. “The matter has been dealt with and is concluded.” A statement from South Wales Police said: “Police were called to the training ground at around 1.30pm on Friday. “Club officials were spoken to and no police action was required.” Former captain Monk has not played since September after suffering a knee injury, while Flores, who joined from Genoa in the summer of 2012, has struggled for his best form in recent months. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball game day: Everything to know about Louisville matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (17-12, 9-7 Atlantic Coast) visits No. 7 Louisville (22-6, 10-5) on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Orange is coming off a buzzer-beating win over Duke on Wednesday while the Cardinals most recently lost by 11 at No. 8 North Carolina.Here are answers to your most pressing questions on game day.How can you watch the game? Syracuse-Louisville will air on CBS. Syracuse alumnus Andrew Catalon will have the play-by-play duties while Steve Lappas will be the color commentator. Here are channel listings based on provider in the Syracuse area.• Time Warner: 1209 (high-definition) and 5 (non-digital subscribers)• Verizon Fios: 505 (high-definition) and 5 (standard-definition)• DirecTV: 5• Dish Network: 5• New Visions: 605 (high-definition) and 5 (standard-definition)What happened the last time these teams played? Syracuse lost by four in overtime on Feb. 13.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow has Syracuse’s scoring depth evolved? The Orange has received contributions from many more players of late.What do our beat writers think will happen? Check out their picks, here.Anything else to know about Louisville? Here’s a preview of the Cardinals, including player to watch. Comments Published on February 26, 2017 at 8:43 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

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