Main menu (press 'Enter')
Access to page content (press 'Enter')
Direct access to list of other websites (press 'Enter')

Newsroom

The agriculture committee on Thursday rejected the Commission's draft law that would give member states the power to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GM food or feed on their territory. It fears that arbitrary national bans could distort competition on the EU's single market and jeopardise the Union's food production sectors which are heavily dependent on imports of GM feed. (Read more: Agriculture committee opposes national bans on Imports of GM food and feed )

 

The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Starting this week parliamentary committees adopts their opinions on the budget, followed by the budget committee drafting its recommendation to MEPs. Meanwhile the Council will present its position during next week's plenary. Check our infographic for all the steps of the budgetary procedure. (Read more: EU's 2016 budget: parliamentary committees determine their positions )

 

A Greek government request for EP involvement in the regular review of the country’s third loan programme is to be discussed on Thursday at a meeting of the President and political group chairs. In the committees, members are to discuss migration and vote on the use of genetically modified food and on the next year’s EU budget. Parliament’s political groups also prepare for the plenary, including Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker's first State of the European Union speech and debate. (Read more: EP this week: Greece, migration crisis, GMOs and budget 2016 )

 

Being an MEP involves more than just debating and voting on legislative proposals. They can be tasked with drawing up a report to represent the Parliament's position on a legislative proposal or any other matter. They can also act as group coordinators in a committee, follow the progress of a legislative report or be in charge of preparing an opinion on a proposal. Read on to find out more about the different responsibilities MEPs are able to take on in the European Parliament. (Read more: From rapporteur to coordinator: the different roles taken on by MEPs )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

Countries such as Italy and Greece dealing with an influx of asylum seekers should receive more support from other member states, MEPs said on a delegation visit to the Italian island of Sicily from 22 to 24 July. “Italy spends over €1 billion every year just to take care of those who make it across the Mediterranean. Italy’s borders are the EU's borders and a better management of the migratory flows is our common responsibility,” said French ALDE member Jean Arthuis, co-chair of the delegation. (Read more: Migration: MEPs call for more EU solidarity on visit to Sicily )

 

Articles on our photography contest, Ukraine, social media, gender equality and the European integration of the Western Balkans have proved to be most popular on our website in the first half of 2015. Read our article to find out more and click on the links to discover them yourself. (Read more: Summer reading: discover this year's most popular articles so far )

 

LUX Prize 2015 finalists

Others Culture27-08-2015 - 14:40

The finalists competing for the 2015 LUX Film Prize have been announced: Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (in English: The Lesson). The three films deal with current social issues such as immigration, position of women and girls, education and economic problems in society. (Read more: LUX Prize 2015 finalists )

 

Reporting on the European Parliament has never been easier, thanks to our blog listing the latest digital resources that are free to use. Updated around the clock, this page informs you what images, infographics, videos and photos are available for you to download as soon as they become available. Not only are these materials free to use, they are also often available in all of the EU’s 24 official languages, from Bulgarian to Swedish. (Read more: EP media network: Digital resources for reporting on the EP )

 

From Pinterest to LinkedIn, the European Parliament is present on most major social media platforms in order to better communicate with you. On these platforms we offer not only background information and the latest news, but also videos, photos, infographics and the opportunity to discuss topical issues. Try out our interactive infographic to get a taster of what we serve up on each platform. (Read more: Get connected: discover the European Parliament on social media )

 

Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike. The European Commission presented its strategy for a digital single market on 6 May. In addition Parliament and the Council agreed in June to ban roaming fees in 2017 and guarantee equal treatment for all internet traffic. Read on for an explanation of the terminology involved. (Read more: From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Thursday 03 Sep 2015
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Fisheries - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament and Viktor ORBÁN, Prime Minister of Hungary - Press conferences (03-09-2015): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Regional Development - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 10:30, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (03-09-2015): 11:00
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
"Refugees: Podemos/GUE MEP Miguel Urbán reports on his visit to the borders of FYROM, Serbia and Hungary" - Press conferences (03-09-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
"The impact of liberalization on Europe's dairy sector" - Press conferences (03-09-2015): 11:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Exceptional measures for a new start for jobs and growth in Greece - Press conferences (03-09-2015): 13:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Development - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 14:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 04 Sep 2015
Pres-session briefing - Press conferences (04-09-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
 
Schedule by day Saturday 05 Sep 2015
The President's agenda - The President's diary (05-09-2015): 09:30
 
 
Twitter
 
.@JunckerEU 's first State of the Union address to the #EP in Strasbourg: 9 September 2015 at 09:00 (CET): https://t.co/dIdaj5E1y8 #SOTEU
The #EP Committees resume their business today from 15:00.Follow them LIVE at:http://t.co/ad6NUy7Pz5 @EP_ForeignAff @EP_Trade @EP_Transport
The week ahead 31 Aug- 6 Sept incl: #Greece,#migration,#eubudget & more. Full agenda: http://t.co/weSlucBZxT
.@ElmarBrok_MEP Brok & @AndrejPlenkovic: "Strong solidarity with those fighting for reforms in Ukraine" - statement: http://t.co/fyxhWv1cQ4
External dimension of #migrationEU crisis now debated in @EP_ForeignAff - watch live http://t.co/d9eWfCPVJF
.@EP_ForeignAff now debriefing on its July ad hoc delegation to #Ukraine & #Georgia LIVE now: http://t.co/n4nuCMGaee
DROI Chair @ElenaValenciano urges a #humanrights approach in dealing with the #refugeecrisis in Europe http://t.co/rFbwu7WMnT
DROi Chair #ElenaValenciano calls for immediate release of #LeylaYunus & #ArifYunus http://t.co/dLFavyQ2B9
.@EP_Defence chair Anna #Fotyga concludes the meeting:“We have to think about effective tools and ways to really deter #Russia in the East”
.@ChathamHouse J.#Sherr: frozen conflicts =tools of #Russia policy, often used as preludes to bigger conflicts. #Minsk meant to create one.
J. #Shea: @NATO must share cyber resilience w/ #Ukraine #Georgia #Moldova,who need to boost defce capacities & regional defence cooperation.
.@EP_Development votes tomorrow on #COP21 and #EU budget 2016. Meeting docs: http://t.co/xKwyMGcp0L Live @ 16.00 CET http://t.co/xpNEhzRIyf
#WHD2015: Statements by @EP_Development Chair @LindaMcAvanMEP & lead MEP on humanitarian aid Enrique Guerrero Salom: http://t.co/3hgS4pmQWx
Right to food and land: @EP_Development MEPs invite students to submit papers for @EUExpo2015 https://t.co/eLsFY169T3 http://t.co/su0pqt6gwU
RT @Trade_EU: What are the TOP #EUtrade destinations for its agricultural products? See the @EU_Agri report: http://t.co/UlsnlKnM3i http://…
next @EP_Trade meeting - September 21-22
#Vietnam trade deal & human rights: @EP_Trade to put forward an oral question. Debate now http://t.co/fZ5duGqzPS
#EUbudget 2016,EU aid to #Germany #Belgium #Bulgaria #Greece 2 b discussed @EPBudgets tmrw. Agenda, docs: http://t.co/DnfQ0tAVg1
.@EP_Budgets & @EP_Justice at #asylum seeker centre C.A.R.A. Mineo #Sicily. More: http://t.co/XRcoAWPQe3 #EUbudget #migration
.@JeanArthuis and @IIotova on #migration to #Italy: presser of @EP_Budget @EP_Justice delegation. Extracts here: http://t.co/fZa6IwtI8T
Follow debate now with Claus Sorensen of @eu_echo about EU funds for #Tindouf #Sahrawi camp @EP_BudgControl . Live: http://t.co/WHupkxPJQq
RT @petrisarvamaa: Sarvamaa report for #CAP controls that make better sense for farmers and all taxpayers adopted 23-1 by @EP_BudgControl
On 17/9 @JunckerEU and @pierremoscovici as well as @vestager will come to joint #TAXE/@EP_Economics meeting. #luxleaks #taxtransparancy
.@EP_Economics meets on 3 September (Thursday), meeting agenda: http://t.co/AYwsLehZj8
.@EP_Economics MEPs debate #EuroSummit deal with #Greece: http://t.co/cksMAxIXgj
#Competition Commissioner @vestager has exchange of views with @EP_Economics committee. Now: http://t.co/Xtb5r8NSrV
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 15 July 9.00-12.30 &15.00-18.30 in JAN 6Q2. Follow EP Live http://t.co/krh4LdXS57
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday15 July 9.00-12.30 &15.00-18.30 in JAN 6Q2. Agenda http://t.co/GTOkHrKY8Q
ENVI tmw: Lessons learnt from #Hungary red mud disaster, EU Budget, #WLTP test procedure for cars #CO2: agenda & docs http://t.co/OJLuNqLLCG
RT @EP_ThinkTank: 50% EU #waste paper generated by trade/industry: rest = 40% household & 10% offices http://t.co/p14IHfIt1I @EP_Environmen…
.@EP_Industry resumes in 5': debates #EnergyUnion w/ @MAC_europa and @eu2015lu Sec. State Marc Hansen. Live: http://t.co/keGPXBZDd5
.@EP_SingleMarket meets at 9 am 03/09 : #SingleMarket govnce, #tourism in Europe, fuel consumption of cars. Live http://t.co/RWJFh2WaeO
.@EP_SingleMarket back after summer break on 3rd Sept to debate #SingleMarket govnce & fuel consumption of cars. Docs http://t.co/mPEzoj9SpV
RT @vickyford: Final meeting of U.S. trip talking consumer choice & value & security in payments with @Dan_Schulman of @PayPal http://t.co/…
First meeting, first vote after summer recess in @EP_TRAN: opinion on #EPBudget2016 adopted 35 in favor, 3 against
Now in @EP_Transport: presentation of draft report on safe use of drones in civil aviation, webstreaming: http://t.co/741GefW5uc
Starting now @EP_Transport: presentation of Luxembourg presidency priorities in the field of transport, webstreaming http://t.co/741GefW5uc
RT @IngaCzerny: Ostrożnie z JOW-ami. O sytaucji w W. Brytanii i USA piszemy z @JakubKrupaFE dla @PAPinformacje . Przedukowane tutaj: http:/…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Get a clearer picture of the issues outstanding and possible compromises in EU-US #TTIP negotiations http://t.co/nTQzXN2s…
#REGI MEPs want the EU #urban_policy measures to focus on a limited set of major challenges http://t.co/KASy2p0Mlz
#EU must strengthen & speed up actions to stabilise #milk #livestock #fruit & #vegetable markets, says @CzSiekierski: http://t.co/IzE0uUhOhU
Missed the @EP_Agriculture mtg this week? Watch it all again via VOD here: http://t.co/k2zM6oGNpP MEPs will meet again on 3/9.
.@EP_Agriculture to #eu2015lu: Stabilisation of #agriculture markets must be a top priority. More in the PR: http://t.co/MaLhBZnvu1
.@EU_Commission @EU_MARE publish #Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2016 http://t.co/jfT7WQHZAm #Fisheries #BalticMAP
RT @EU_MARE: NEW: Proposal on #BalticSea fishing opportunities for 2016, with more sustainable #fish stocks http://t.co/vcZnph3gU7 http://t…
Next wk #PECH MEPs vote position on #EUBudget 2016 http://t.co/gkReDkr2Eg &debate #Fisheries Partnership Agreemts in #EPlenary on #8SEP
RT @EUErasmusPlus: Make the best of the great outdoors to #BeActive! Check what's happening for the European Week of Sport! Take part! http…
RT @HorizonMagEU: Science is figuring out how to tackle ‘maths #dyslexia’. http://t.co/wb49dQ3qlD
Follow live now @EPCulture: debate with Commissioner @GOettinger on #digitalmarket and #copyright http://t.co/Ks508FAqUv
.@EP_Legal MEPs discussing now proposal to increase the number of judges at the General Court of #EU. Follow live: http://t.co/7yGextpA7A
Starting now – Discussion with @felix_braz and @EtienneSchneide on #eu2015lu priorities Live: http://t.co/7yGextpA7A
RT @ClaudeMoraesMEP: Hungary is trapping Syrian refugees who want to move elsewhere into camps run by them not by UNHCR - what would you do…
RT @europarltv: #MigrationEU: @EP_President meets #Hungary PM #Orbán tomorrow 09.30 CET to discuss crisis. Press point will follow: http://…
3 Sept: The debate with @FrontexEU chief Fabrice Leggeri on #migrationEU has been postponed to a future @EP_Justice meeting.
Debate w/experts on #Brexit at the agenda of 3/09 AFCO meeting http://t.co/IbAALH1bgt
Lessons to be taken from the 2014 #Hearings - @RCorbettMEP report in #EPplenary next week: http://t.co/SaSlCqXfzw
RT @EuroParlPress: Download and read the FAQ of the #EP Press service from: http://t.co/eK9QeIgfZu http://t.co/KQ7lf2ENyH
.@EP_GenderEqual follow live: http://t.co/5PbfLg9EmM
.@EP_GenderEqual #EU2015LU prioritiy. Follow live.
Report Women’s #careers in science&university & #glassceilings encountered @vozemberg adopted 30 vote in favour, 1 against @_GenderEqual.
Missed the @EP_Petitions meeting this week? Video recording is now available here: http://t.co/vbm39CI0JW Next meeting: 17 Sept.
.@EP_Petitions MEPs discuss petitions on alleged discrimination against EU citizens in Malta. Watch it live: http://t.co/7Pgp8crnI1
Press release: MEPs to quiz Commission on mortgage legislation and risky financial products. Read here: http://t.co/uDN7UAiBeC
The Parliament is on...