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Ebola: en udfordring for den globale sikkerhed

Plenarmøde Folkesundhed20-10-2014 - 11:32
A file handout picture taken and released on August 7, 2014 by the Spanish Defense Ministry shows Roman Catholic priest Miguel Pajares, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, being transported from Madrid's Torrejon air base to the Carlos III hospital upon his arrival in Spain. The Carlos III hospital announced on August 12, 2014 that the evacuated Spanish priest Miguel Pajares has died. ©BELGA/AFP PHOTO/SPANISH DEFENSE MINISTRY/INAKI GOMEZ  

Ebola-udbruddet i Vestafrika er en udfordring for den globale sikkerhed, fastslog Parlamentet i en beslutning den 18.9.2014. Siden da er smitten for første gang blevet overført mellem mennesker i Europa. Ifølge Europæisk Center for Sygdomsforebyggelse og - Kontrol (ECDC) er risikoen for at blive smittet med ebola i Europa stadigt ekstremt lav, men MEP’erne mener, at det internationale samfund har undervurderet krisen. (Læs mere: Ebola: en udfordring for den globale sikkerhed )

 
 

MEPs to debate counter-terrorism policies with UN’s Jean-Paul Laborde

AFET External relations16-10-2014 - 09:31
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The external and internal aspects of policies for combatting terrorism, radicalisation and the rising phenomenon of “foreign fighters” will be the focus of a debate between Foreign Affairs and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committees and Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) on Thursday at 11:30. (Read more: MEPs to debate counter-terrorism policies with UN’s Jean-Paul Laborde )

 
 

European Semester: act on your economic policy pledges, MEPs urge EU countries

ECON Economic and monetary affairs13-10-2014 - 17:51

EU countries need to do more to put their EU economic policy reform pledges into effect at home, especially in the euro area, urged Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. Noting that only 10% of the European Commission's country-specific reform recommendations (CSRs) for 2013 were implemented in full and that little or no progress was made on 45% of them, MEPs also pressed the Commission and the Eurogroup President to see that they are put into practice. (Read more: European Semester: act on your economic policy pledges, MEPs urge EU countries )

 
 

Over 3,100 workers made redundant by Peugeot Citroën Automobiles (PSA) in France and crude steel producer Carsid SA Belgium are to get EU aid worth €13.5 million to help them to find or create new jobs. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid, approved by Budgets Committee MEPs on Monday, still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former car workers in France and steel workers in Belgium )

 
 

Syria and Iraq: debate on the human rights situation of refugees

DROI Human rights13-10-2014 - 12:29

Representatives of UNHCR, the Yezidi federation of Europe and other organizations will assess the human rights situation in Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries, with a focus on refugees and internally displaced persons, with Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights on Monday at 16.30. (Read more: Syria and Iraq: debate on the human rights situation of refugees )

 
 

Commissioner Štefan Füle’s plan to focus on strengthening democratic institutions and public administration in EU accession candidate and potential candidate countries was welcomed by Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Wednesday. In a debate following the Commission’s approval of the 2014 EU enlargement package earlier the same day, many also stressed the need to communicate the concrete and visible results of the EU enlargement process better. (Read more: EU enlargement package 2014: MEPs stress need to communicate benefits better )

 
 

Three finalists for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of thought

AFET DROI DEVE Human rights07-10-2014 - 18:35

Ukrainian movement EuroMaidan, Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege and Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus are the three finalists for this year's European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, as voted jointly on Tuesday by the Foreign Affairs and Development committees. (Read more: Three finalists for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of thought )

 
 

Over a thousand former workers at firms producing metals in Communidad Valenciana (Spain) and cars around Genk (Belgium) should get EU aid to help them find new jobs, the Budgets Committee recommended on Tuesday. The proposed European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be approved by both Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former metal workers in Spain and carmakers in Belgium )

 
 

Figures detailing 2015 budget funding for the EU’s priority growth and jobs policies, education - including the EU's Erasmus+ student mobility programme - and its humanitarian and support work in war-stricken and neighbouring zones were approved by Budgets Committee MEPs on Tuesday. These figures will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole at the October plenary session. (Read more: Proper funding for EU priorities: Budgets Committee puts figures on 2015 budget )

 
 

Extra funds should be added to the EU’s 2015 budget for growth and jobs policies, education, including the EU's Erasmus+ student mobility programme, and EU humanitarian and support work in war-stricken zones, said the Budgets Committee in votes on Monday and Tuesday. It also recommended that the European Parliament as a whole should reverse cuts sought by the Council of Ministers in planned and actual expenses. (Read more: Budgets Committee recommends reversing Council cuts in EU budget for 2015 )