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The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Others Institutions / Treaties24-03-2017 - 10:21
A photo of the Treaty of Rome, signed in Rome on the 25 of March 1957.  

Sixty years ago the leaders of the six founding member states gathered in Rome to put their signatures under the agreements that would create a European common market, but also pave the way for a union of peace and prosperity that has come to encompass most of our continent. Leading MEPs will join the anniversary celebrations in Rome this weekend, while heads of state and government will use the opportunity to deliberate on the next steps for the EU. (Read more: The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions / Treaties23-03-2017 - 18:31

Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and other leading MEPs will meet with Italy’s highest public officials, starting with President Sergio Mattarella on Friday, and take part in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on Saturday. (Read more: 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs

Others Institutions23-03-2017 - 13:52
President Tajani meets President of Portugal De Sousa_  

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed the importance of a united EU during a visit to the Parliament on 22 March.It was part of an official visit to Brussels on the first anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks. In addition to meeting Parliament President Antonio Tajani, he also met several Portuguese MEPs and made a brief visit to the reading room Lucas Pires,named in honour of the Portuguese MEP who died in 1998. (Read more: Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs )

 

Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes

Others Development and cooperation23-03-2017 - 11:54
 

More than 1,100 workers were killed and 2,500 injured when a building housing several clothes workshops collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, nearly four year ago. The tragedy drew attention to working conditions in the sector. Parliament's development committee has adopted a report calling for new legislation to ensure that the clothes and textiles we buy are not produced at the expense of the workers. Watch our video to find out more. (Read more: Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes )

 

EU-Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship

Others External relations22-03-2017 - 10:06
 

“Unacceptable.” President Antonio Tajani was clear this week in his condemnation of Turkey accusing Germany and the Netherlands of Nazi methods for preventing Turkish ministers from campaigning in their countries in favour of a referendum to give the president additional powers. Although the EU and Turkey cooperate on anything from trade to migration, relations have become strained in recent year. Read on for an overview of the current state of affairs. (Read more: EU-Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship )

 

Citizens’ Parliament: the people say how they see the future of the EU

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions / Treaties21-03-2017 - 17:42

People from across Europe gathered in the European Parliament on Tuesday to share their views on the future of the European Union with MEPs. This event, called the Citizens’ Parliament, contributes to ongoing reflection on the EU as an asset for future, ahead of the EU heads of state or government meeting in Rome on 25 March. (Read more: Citizens’ Parliament: the people say how they see the future of the EU )

 

In Parliament this week: Treaty of Rome, rule of law in Poland

Others Institutions20-03-2017 - 18:00
Parliament building in Brussels. Photo of glass wall with large EU flag  

Parliament has invited people from all over Europe to discuss the future of the European Union in the plenary chamber as part of its celebrations for the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The landmark agreement was signed 60 years ago this week, paving the way for the EU. The legal affairs committee also votes this week on new rules to make it easier for visually impaired people to access books and other print materials, while members of the justice committee debate the rule of law in Poland. (Read more: In Parliament this week: Treaty of Rome, rule of law in Poland )

 

E-democracy: opportunities and risks

Others Youth15-03-2017 - 15:58
 

Eight out of 10 Europeans used internet at least once a week last year, according to Eurostat. But although the internet has become a part of everyday life, it is still not being fully used to boost democracy. On 16 March MEPs adopted a report stressing that new information technologies offer great opportunities to involve people more in the democratic process. (Read more: E-democracy: opportunities and risks )

 

Tajani: “Europe needs to be changed not weakened”

Others Institutions09-03-2017 - 18:11
EP president Antonio Tajani Press Conference at the European Summit in Brussels  

Antonio Tajani made the case for European unity in his first speech as Parliament President at the start of a Council summit. “Today more than ever we can see how important European unity is,” he told political leaders at the summit in Brussels on 9 March. “Europe needs to be changed not weakened. All the institutions need to work harder to find the answers which ordinary Europeans are looking to us to provide.” (Read more: Tajani: “Europe needs to be changed not weakened” )

 

Gender equality: "We not only need legislation but also societal change"

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities08-03-2017 - 16:29
 

When it comes to gender equality, much remains to be done, be it at home, in the office, at school or in politics, according to MEPs Constance Le Grip and Anna Hedh. We talked to the two member of Parliament's gender equality committee on the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March, which this year focuses on economic empowerment. Watch our video to find out what they had to say on the subject. (Read more: Gender equality: "We not only need legislation but also societal change" )