Six candidates vying to become the next EU Ombudsman appeared in EP on 18 June to explain why they should be the one to help people with their complaints about EU institutions. During the hearing organised by the petitions committee, the candidates were asked what their priorities would be, how they would ensure visibility, transparency and their independence as well as why they should be chosen. MEPs will vote for the successor of current Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamadouros during the July plenary.
Mali, military coups, health and development were among the issues discussed by MEPs and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, during the 25th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels on 17-19 June. We asked the Assembly's co-presidents Louis Michel, a Belgian member of the ALDE group, and Dr Joyce Laboso, deputy speaker of the Kenya´s national assembly, about the partnership and if it was being affected by the crisis.
Professor Richard Demarco, CISV International, and the AIRE Centre are among the 43 winners of the European Citizen's Prize 2013 of the European Parliament. Since 2008, the prize has been awarded to citizens or organisations having contributed to promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens or to facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the EU.
When Nikiforos Diamandouros steps down as European Ombudsman on 1 October 2013, he will do so with an impressive record: in 10 years he dealt with more than 30,000 complaints. But who will succeed him as Ombudsman? Our special feature will guide you through the election process, explain what the powers of the Ombudsman are and take a look at past achievements.
The economic crisis has exposed the fault lines that threaten the functioning of the euro area. Without a closer coordination of fiscal policies of its members and common bank supervision, the existence of the monetary union is at risk, experts warn. The Parliament agrees. That is why MEPs are focusing on legislation that should propel the euro zone towards a true economic and monetary union.
EU countries ignored Parliament's call for a growth-boosting long-term budget for 2014-2020 when they agreed on 8 February 2013 to cut the budget from its previous level for the first time in the EU's history. MEPs rejected that agreement in its current form on 13 March and called for the so-called multiannual financial framework (MFF) to be more flexible and open to revision. They also insisted on a real system of own resources for the EU.
Neven Mimica has been put forward to become the new commissioner for consumer protection but before the Croatian politician can take up the post, he first has to be scrutinised by Parliament. Members of the consumer protection and food safety committees will question him during a hearing on 4 June to find out if he has the right credentials for the job. But how does the process work? Read on to find out more.
In this age of internet, smartphones and social media, it is very easy to share and search for personal information. Maybe too easy. Your loan application could be rejected because you live in the wrong neighbourhood, photos you publish online may come back to haunt you and supposedly free websites earn their keep by selling and using your personal data. The EU is now working to overhaul its data protection rules to help people stay in control of their private information.
The biggest failure of the EU was and still is that it isn't doing enough to promote economic growth and the creation of new jobsPortuguese president Aníbal Cavaco Silva in a speech to Parliament Article