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Press release - Empowering women in Africa: debate with Sakharov laureate Dr Denis Mukwege - Committee on Development

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 11:01
Dr Denis Mukwege will join the Development Committee to debate how empowering women in Africa can foster the overall development of societies and why addressing health and human security is a prerequisite for progress in developing countries. Dr Mukwege was awarded the Sakharov Prize 2014 for his work for the victims of sexual violence in Eastern Congo's Kivu provinces.
Committee on Development

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Article - Schulz in Auschwitz: "We have come together here to keep the memory alive"

Fri, 08/05/2015 - 13:11
General : Martin Schulz paid tribute to young people during a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau: "You have brought hope into this dark place that together we can and will fight the return of anti-Semitism and racism, intolerance, and ultra-nationalism every step of the way." The Parliament President was talking to them as part of the ”Train 1,000 to Auschwitz” commemorative event on 8 May, bringing together 1,000 young people from all over Europe who took a train journey from Brussels to Krakow.

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Article - Europe Day: visit the European Parliament in Brussels

Fri, 08/05/2015 - 09:00
General : Celebrate Europe Day on 9 May by visiting the European Parliament in Brussels! As part of the Festival of Europe, the Parliament will organise quizzes, exhibitions, a debate with MEPs, mini-conferences and a film screening. Since 2015 is the European Year for Development, this year’s celebration of Europe is focused on what the EU does to reduce poverty in the developing world and many activities will be centred on development cooperation.

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Article - TTIP: what is best way to arbitrate disputes between investors and governments?

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 15:21
General : The negotiations on a free-trade deal with the US continue to attract attention, especially a clause detailing how to resolve disputes between foreign investors and countries. The international trade committee organised a meeting on 6 May to discuss the issue with Cecilia Malmström, the commissioner responsible for foreign trade. To find out what they discussed, read our summary on Storify.

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Press release - Give shareholders more say on directors’ pay, urge Legal Affairs Committee MEPs - Committee on Legal Affairs

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 14:49
A draft law empowering shareholders to vote on directors’ remuneration, so as to ensure proper transparency and tie their pay more closely to their performance, was backed by Legal Affairs Committee MEPs on Thursday. Some large companies should also be required to disclose, country by country, information on tax rulings, taxes paid and public subsidies received, adds the committee.
Committee on Legal Affairs

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Press release - French finance minister Michel Sapin rejects "clichés about France" - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 12:53
"Even though there is some truth in them, France is the victim of clichés", French Finance Minister Michel Sapin told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in an “economic dialogue” meeting at the European Parliament on Thursday morning. Despite what is often said and written, “France is reforming, but reforms require careful negotiation and have to be phased in gently so as to last and avoid social conflict", he added.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

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Press release - MEPs vote to cap emissions of medium combustion plants - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 12:37
EU countries would have to enforce sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission limits upon medium-sized combustion plants, such as electricity generators or heating systems for domestic, residential or industrial use, under draft plans approved by the Environment Committee on Wednesday. MEPs voted to adapt the scheme to match the plants’ thermal input, so as to reduce the administrative burden on small businesses.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

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Press release - Europe Day 9 May: Schulz and Mogherini at EXPO Milan to inaugurate EU Pavilion

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 11:59
General : On 9 May 2015, the European Union celebrates Europe Day in its Member States and around the world. To mark the occasion, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission (HRVP) will open the EU Pavilion of EXPO Milan and exchange views with over 1 000 citizens to hear their ideas and views about the EU.

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Article - The cost of undeclared work: employment MEPs vote on measures to tackle issue

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 10:49
General : Undeclared work lead to countries missing out on taxes and social security contributions as well as to distortions in the labour market as it gives people who don't declare their services and goods an unfair advantage. Far from being a minor issue, undeclared work amounted to 18.4% of the EU's GDP in 2012. On 7 May the employment committee votes on a proposal to launch a new European organisation to help member states work together on it.

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Press release - Civil liberties MEPs to debate how return to death penalty could hurt EU status - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 10:00
The possible effects of an EU member state decision to reintroduce the death penalty, including those on its rights and status as a member state, will be debated in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday at 16.30.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

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Press release - Investor-state dispute settlement proposals debated with Commissioner Malmström - Committee on International Trade

Wed, 06/05/2015 - 19:10
A lively debate on the proposal for “reformed system” to resolve disputes between foreign investors and states in the Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership (TTIP) deal, currently being negotiated between the EU and the United states, took place between Trade Committee MEPs and EU Trade Commissioner Malmström on Wednesday afternoon.
Committee on International Trade

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Press release - Digital single market – committee chairs welcome proposal - Committee on Legal Affairs - Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Wed, 06/05/2015 - 14:53
The proposed Digital Single Market strategy is needed to build trust in the online world, boost growth and protect the rights of citizens, creators and companies. These were among the first reactions from the chairs of the three committees that will work intensively on today's Commission proposal. This afternoon and tomorrow morning, the Commissioners responsible will visit Parliament to discuss the proposal with MEPs.
Committee on Legal Affairs
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

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Press release - Unaccompanied minors’ asylum applications: process where the kids are, say MEPs - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Wed, 06/05/2015 - 14:22
EU asylum applications for unaccompanied minors should be processed in the EU country where the child is present, even if this is not where the child first applied, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Wednesday. Processing where children are present is usually in their best interests, and avoids moving them unnecessarily between member states, say the committee’s amendments to the Dublin Regulation, which determines which member state should examine asylum applications.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

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Press release - Fair trials: MEPs strengthen EU-wide standards for legal aid - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Wed, 06/05/2015 - 12:24
People who are suspected or accused of a crime, or are named in a European Arrest Warrant, but cannot afford a lawyer or court proceedings, should have access to EU member state funding and assistance for both “provisional” and "ordinary” legal aid, say Civil Liberties MEPs in amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a proposed EU directive on fair trial rights.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

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Article - April guest photographer contest topic: health

Wed, 06/05/2015 - 12:16
General : Take part in our new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September we will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to make a photo reportage.

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Press release - ETS market stability reserve: MEPs strike deal with Council - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Wed, 06/05/2015 - 12:11
A draft law to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), by reducing the surplus of carbon credits available for trading into order to support the price, was informally agreed upon by MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers on Tuesday. The surplus reserve would start operating in 2019.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

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Press release - Updating payment service rules: MEPs do deal with the Council - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:31
EU rules on payment services would be updated to improve security, widen consumer choice and keep pace with innovation under an informal deal struck by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council on Tuesday. The updated rules aim to stimulate competition to provide payment services and foster innovative payment methods, especially for online payment services. They still need to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole and the Council.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

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Article - Call for help: Yazidis bear witness to violence by Islamic State

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:04
General : Killed, enslaved, forced to flee: Iraq’s Yazidi minority has found itself on the receiving end of Islamic State (IS) ever since the jihadist organisation started conquering territory in Syria and Iraq. Representatives of the Yazidis made a plea for support during a meeting with Parliament President Martin Schulz. Vian Dakhil, the only Yazidi Kurd member of Iraq's parliament, told him: "We seek help in releasing the 5,000 Yazidi women, elderly men and children who have been kidnapped by IS."

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Article - From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 16:54
General : Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike. The European Commission presents its strategy for a digital single market on Wednesday 6 May. On the same day the EP's industry and research committee will discuss it with Andrus Ansip, who is the commissioner responsible for the strategy. Read on to find out more about the terminology and the remaining challenges.

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Press release - Package holiday protection: MEPs strike a deal with Council - Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 16:26
Travellers putting together their own package holidays online will get the same protection as those buying from traditional travel agents under a provisional deal struck by MEPs and Council negotiators on Tuesday. The deal also strengthens holidaymakers’ rights, by enabling them to cancel a package deal contract if its price rises by more than 8%, get help if they encounter difficulties or get transport home if a tour operator goes bust.
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

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