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Antonio Tajani stressed the importance of a deal to safeguard people’s rights in the wake of Brexit during a meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May this morning. "The European Parliament's message is clear: strongly defending their interests is our first priority,” he said. The Parliament President was in London to discuss the institution’s position on the Brexit negotiations, which was adopted in plenary on 5 April. He also invited May to address the Parliament. (Read more: Tajani in London: “People deserve certainty regarding their post-Brexit future” )

 

EU priorities for 2017: what Parliament has achieved so far

Others Institutions / Immigration / Justice and home affairs / Energy / Environment19-04-2017 - 16:04
Legislative priorities illustration_  

The European Union is focussing this year on delivering results in areas that matter to all Europeans. EU institutions have agreed on a set of priorities ranging from boosting e-commerce to protecting the environment and strengthening borders. Four months into the year, check out which major legislative proposals MEPs have already approved. (Read more: EU priorities for 2017: what Parliament has achieved so far )

 

E-privacy: MEPs look at new rules to safeguard your personal details online

Others Justice and home affairs18-04-2017 - 15:57
Critical e-privacy vulnerability concept ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

The EU could soon have new privacy rules to take account of new practices such as internet-based messaging and allow users better control of their privacy settings, especially when it comes to cookies. Parliament's civil liberties committee discussed the plans by the European Commission on 11 April. Marju Lauristin, the MEP responsible for steering the rules through Parliament, said that if companies providing communication services wanted to be trusted they needed to ensure confidentiality. (Read more: E-privacy: MEPs look at new rules to safeguard your personal details online )

 

Eggs: how the EU is keeping them safe and healthy

Others Institutions18-04-2017 - 14:54
 

Decorating eggs is one of Europe's most cherished Easter traditions, but are the eggs we buy safe? The European Parliament has worked on different laws to ensure hens and their eggs are healthy. This includes a ban on the use of battery cages for hens and the use of the egg code to inform shoppers how an egg was produced. Watch our video for more information. (Read more: Eggs: how the EU is keeping them safe and healthy )

 

Child marriages: MEPs discuss how to put an end to this scourge

Others Human rights12-04-2017 - 12:00
Mauritania/Malian refugee/ Fati, 13, poses for a picture in Mbera refugee camp, 50 km away from the Mali border, on Wednesday 13/02/13. Fati arrived to the camp in October 2012, when she was six months pregnant along with her husband. Few weeks after their arrival, her husband left for Nouakchott, Mauritania's capital, to look for a job. UNHCR staff observed several cases of child marriages and forced marriages in the camp. This category needs additional support and protection. ©UNHCR/B.Malum  

One in every three girls in developing countries is married before turning 18, and one in nine before 15. Child marriages limit future prospects as children are usually forced to drop out of school. Girls also face dangerous complications from pregnancy and childbirth, the leading causes of death among adolescent girls in developing countries. They are also at great risk from suffering abuse. On 11 April Parliament's women's rights and human rights subcommittee discussed the issue with experts. (Read more: Child marriages: MEPs discuss how to put an end to this scourge )

 

In Parliament this week: food waste, migration, child marriages

Others Institutions10-04-2017 - 15:56
Parliament building in Brussels. Photo of glass wall with large EU flag  

Following last week’s plenary session in Strasbourg, members are back in Brussels where committees are meeting before Parliament goes on a short recess for Easter. Among the issues on this week’s agenda are the latest developments in Syria and how to combat food waste. Members of the civil liberties committee discuss new proposals for the EU’s migrant return policy, while the human rights and women’s rights committees hold a joint hearing on child marriages. (Read more: In Parliament this week: food waste, migration, child marriages )

 

EU's long-term budget: more flexibility to help tackle crises

Others Budget / Economic and monetary affairs03-04-2017 - 12:07
 

MEPs are pushing for a flexible long-term budget for the EU to enable it to successfully meet unforeseen challenges. This is reflected in new agreement between the Parliament and EU countries, which is paving the way for the EU to respond better to crises related to for example security, migration or natural disasters. (Read more: EU's long-term budget: more flexibility to help tackle crises )

 

We are the story: website highlights personal stories behind Europe's history

Others Institutions / Treaties31-03-2017 - 14:11
MHEH opening ceremony  

What does it mean to be European? It’s not just the great leaders: all people are a part of Europe's history and they have a valuable role to play in preserving this common heritage and identity of ours. Over the course of the last two months, hundreds of people have contributed to a new initiative to highlight the stories that make up our history. You can discover the result on the My House of European History website. (Read more: We are the story: website highlights personal stories behind Europe's history )

 
Conference of Presidents after the UK government’s triggered of Article 50 TEU  

The Conference of Presidents endorsed a motion for a resolution drawn up by the leaders of four political groups and the Constitutional Affairs Committee, in which they set out their conditions for a final approval by the European Parliament of any withdrawal agreement with the United Kingdom. The draft resolution will be debated and voted on by the full house next Wednesday. (Read more: Brexit: MEPs set out conditions for approving UK withdrawal agreement )

 

Article 50: how the future of EU-UK relations will be decided

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Constitution / Institutions / Treaties29-03-2017 - 09:04
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The UK government announced today it is invoking article 50 of the Treaty of the EU, which serves as formal notification of its intent to withdraw from the Union. Starting today the UK and the EU have two years to negotiate a withdrawal agreement. In addition the two will need to start determining the future trade relations, though this is expected to take significantly longer. Read on to find out more about the procedure and the role played by Parliament. (Read more: Article 50: how the future of EU-UK relations will be decided )