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European Elections Workshops April – May 2014

Together with local organisations and representative organisations, the European Parliament is holding a series of information workshops throughout Ireland on the upcoming European elections.  The workshops feature presentations on the elections and will include contributions from local actors and NGOs

The European Parliament today: its role and composition

  • The role of the European Parliament in governance of the European Union;
  • The increased powers granted to the Parliament under the Lisbon treaty to make it a co-legislator with Member States governments;
  • The central role of the European Parliament in establishing the budget and priorities of the European Union;
  • The Parliaments overseeing role of the European Commission and on budgetary expenditure
  • The appointment of the President of the European Commission and the involvement of the European Parliament in the process;
  • The importance of the Committee and Political group structure of the European Parliament;
  • The role of the Parliament in promoting equality for women and the importance of gender equality in politics.

Policies of the European Parliament in the new term 2014-2019

In addition, the workshops cover the issues that are pertinent to the current Election campaign and highlight areas where important decisions will be taken at European level in the next 5-year term of the Parliament in areas such as:

  • Eurozone governance and regulation of the banking system and financial markets;
  • Economic Development and job creation and the re-orientation of EU instruments towards these priorities;
  • Research and Development policies;
  • The protection of the Environment, the battle against climate change and global warming and the measures that Europe will implement to achieve ambitious targets in reduction of greenhouse gases;
  • Consumer protection in area such as food safety, enforcing competition measures and guaranteeing best value for consumers;
  • Implementation of specific consumer measures such as the elimination of roaming telephone charges, labelling of food products, the restrictions on use of GMO products and ensuring safety of cross-border shopping;
  • Assisting developing countries in the modernisation of their economies and the promotion of human rights;
  • Battling the exploitation of women and children.