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Rules to prevent further loss of migrants’ lives off EU coasts

LIBE Fundamental rights / Immigration09-12-2013 - 20:14

Draft rules to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex-coordinated maritime operations should deal with migrants intercepted or rescued at sea and where they should land them were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. These rules should help to save lives, by removing confusion due to EU member states’ differing interpretations of international law. MEPs also inserted clauses to ensure that migrants’ rights are better protected. (Read more: Rules to prevent further loss of migrants’ lives off EU coasts)

 
 
A minute of silence in honor of Nelson Mandela during the opening of December plenary session  

Europa-Parlamentet holdt ved åbningen af denne uges samling i Strasbourg et minuts stilhed til ære for Nelson Mandela, der døde den 5. december, samt for de 54 mennesker, der blev dræbt, da et tag styrtede sammen i Riga, Letland, den 21. november. Schulz opfordrede også de ukrainske myndigheder til at afstå fra at bruge vold mod de pro-europæiske demonstranter i Kiev. (Læs mere: Åbning: Et minuts stilhed for Mandela og lettiske ofre for tagsammenstyrtning)

 
 

Keep trade talks multilateral, MEPs and MPs urge WTO

INTA External/international trade05-12-2013 - 18:19

The multilateral approach of world trade talks must "maintain its focal role", and not give way to bilateral or regional deals, said European Parliament Trade Committee members and 270 other members of parliaments across the world in a joint statement approved at the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organization (PCWTO), held in parallel to the WTO 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali on 2 and 5 December. (Read more: Keep trade talks multilateral, MEPs and MPs urge WTO )

 
 

Foreign affairs MEPs called on Thursday on the Council to grant Albania EU candidate status without undue delay. In separate resolutions, they also assessed last year’s progress by Serbia, Kosovo and Iceland. While stressing their commitment to the pursuit of EU enlargement, MEPs underlined the need for greater involvement of civil society in these countries in the European integration process. (Read more: EU integration: progress reports for Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Iceland )

 
 

Daniele Nouy recommended as head of EU banking watchdog

ECON Economic and monetary affairs05-12-2013 - 14:16

Daniele Nouy got the green light from the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Thursday to chair the European Central Bank's Supervisory Board, the EU's newly-established watchdog tasked with directly overseeing the EU's largest banks as well as the work of national bank supervisors. (Read more: Daniele Nouy recommended as head of EU banking watchdog)

 
 

MEPs back new rules on foreign policy spending from 2014

DEVE AFET Enlargement / Development and cooperation / External relations05-12-2013 - 11:42

EU foreign-policy spending from 2014 will be more efficient, effective and democratically accountable, under new rules backed by foreign affairs MEPs on Thursday and development MEPs on Wednesday. The rules govern six foreign-policy funds for pre-accession, neighbouring and partner countries and peace-keeping, democracy and human-rights actions, worth over €51 billion. (Read more: MEPs back new rules on foreign policy spending from 2014)

 
 

Making cross-border crime investigations easier

LIBE Justice and home affairs05-12-2013 - 11:05

Judicial authorities asking their colleagues in another EU country to carry out criminal investigations there, e.g. by searching houses or interviewing witnesses, should get a faster and more favourable response thanks to a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. The agreement on the European Investigation Order (EIO) directive also includes provisions to ensure that fundamental rights are fully respected. (Read more: Making cross-border crime investigations easier)

 
 

Court of Auditors: Budgetary Control Committee endorses five nominees

CONT Budgetary control02-12-2013 - 17:54

The Budgetary Control Committee endorsed the nominations of the Greek, French, Luxembourgish, Dutch and UK candidates for the Court of Auditors in five secret ballots on Monday. A round of half-hour hearings had already been held on 7 November. The candidatures now go to the full Parliament for a final vote in December. (Read more: Court of Auditors: Budgetary Control Committee endorses five nominees )

 
 

WTO parliamentary session: Parliaments share responsibility for world trade

INTA External/international trade02-12-2013 - 13:09

The role and responsibilities of parliamentarians scrutinizing world trade talks were stressed at the opening of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Parliamentary Conference in Bali, Indonesia on Monday by MEP and conference co-chair Vital Moreira. His co-chair, Phairoj Tanbanjong of the Thai parliament, stressed that multilateral trade must be governed by ethical criteria such as equity, sustainability and transparency. The conference is taking place on 2 and 5 December. (Read more: WTO parliamentary session: Parliaments share responsibility for world trade)

 
 

European Parliament hosts Women in Parliaments Global Forum

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities29-11-2013 - 14:02
WIP - Women In Parliaments Annual Summit  

The European Parliament hosted the 2013 Annual Summit of the "Women in Parliaments Global Forum" (WIP), bringing together around 400 female members of parliament from more than one hundred countries and more than 600 high-profile politicians and activists in Brussels on 27-29 November. The conference discussed global issues from the perspective of female political leaders and possible change through female leadership. (Read more: European Parliament hosts Women in Parliaments Global Forum )