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Refugee crisis: "The scenes of 2015 must not be repeated"

Others Immigration13-01-2017 - 16:16
A mother and her baby rescued after crossing the sea in search of a safe life ©UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis  

EU border force Frontex, estimates that the number of people landing on Europe's shores fell by two-thirds in 2016. A drop in arrivals on Greece’s islands contrasts however with record numbers of migrants reaching Italy. With over 5,000 people killed or missing, the UN reports that 2016 was the deadliest year ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean. In meetings with Commission, Council and UNHCR representatives on 12 January, civil liberties committee MEPs shared their views on the crisis. (Read more: Refugee crisis: "The scenes of 2015 must not be repeated" )

 

Rise of the robots: Mady Delvaux on why their use should be regulated

Others Research and innovation12-01-2017 - 13:32
Interview with Mady Delvaux  

From drones to medical equipment, robots are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday life. But although some 1.7 million robots already exist worldwide, their use is still not properly regulated. A report being voted on today by the legal affairs committee calls on the European Commission to produce a legislative proposal to deal with issues such as who should be liable if someone gets hurt due to robots. We talked to report author Mady Delvaux, a Luxembourg member of the S&D group. (Read more: Rise of the robots: Mady Delvaux on why their use should be regulated )

 
Interview with Alain Lamassoure  

The EU should in the future have more possibilities to finance itself directly instead of being mostly funded by member states, according to a report to be presented to Parliament on Thursday 12 January. Such a system of own resources was already in place for decades in the past and should be readopted. Report co-author Alain Lamassoure spoke to us ahead of the presentation, pointing out that the proposals would not result in a power shift from national governments to Brussels. (Read more: Lamassoure: Changing how EU is funded won't shift power to Brussels )

 

#ThisIsMy5: take part in our Instagram photo contest

Others Institutions10-01-2017 - 11:43
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Parlamentarium, Parliament's visitors centre, recently celebrated five years of being open to the public. To mark the occasion we have launched a special #ThisIsMy5 photo contest on Parliament's Instagram page. Everyone is welcome to take part and the winners will be treated to a trip to Brussels. (Read more: #ThisIsMy5: take part in our Instagram photo contest )

 

In Parliament this week: refugees, robots and Oettinger

Others Institutions09-01-2017 - 10:31
Parliament building in Brussels. Photo of glass wall with large EU flag  

Three parliamentary committees question commissioner Günther Oettinger this week to assess his suitability for his new portfolio of budget and human resources. In addition the civil liberties looks at the current state of play regarding refugees in Europe, while the legal affairs committee votes on the first-ever EU rules for robotics and artificial intelligence. (Read more: In Parliament this week: refugees, robots and Oettinger )

 

Cultural capitals: discover this year's picks Aarhus and Pafos

Others Institutions06-01-2017 - 10:00
Capitals of Culture 2017 are (top-down) Aarhus and Paphos ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

Aarhus in Denmark and Pafos in Cyprus are Europe's cultural capitals for this year. Since the capitals of culture initiative was launched in 1985, 54 cities around Europe have had the honour. The aim is to highlight the richness of Europe’s cultural diversity and looks at its shared history and heritage. Read more about this year’s cultural capitals. (Read more: Cultural capitals: discover this year's picks Aarhus and Pafos )

 

Coming up: what Parliament will be working on this year

Others Institutions04-01-2017 - 10:00
 

From fighting terrorism to tackling the migration crisis: MEPs will be dealing with many significant challenges over the next six months. They will also be dealing with issues such as tax evasion and climate change. Read on for an overview of the main legislative proposals coming up. (Read more: Coming up: what Parliament will be working on this year )

 
Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU - For the first time, Malta will take on this role from 1 January to 30 June 2017  

Malta has taken over the rotating presidency of the EU Council from Slovakia. This means that for the next six months the small island state plays a key role in setting the agenda, finding compromises and addressing a range of challenges such as the migration crisis and the expected start of the Brexit negotiations. We asked Maltese MEPs what their hopes and expectations were for their country's firs- ever presidency of the EU Council. (Read more: EU Council: MEPs share expectations for Malta taking over the presidency )

 

Goodbye 2016: a look back in photos

Others Institutions30-12-2016 - 10:00
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As 2016 is drawing to an end, take a look back at the events that the marked the year in Parliament: from UK Prime Minister David Cameron meeting Parliament President Martin Schulz ahead of the Brexit referendum to MEPs paying tribute to the victims of the Nice tragedy in July. Relive this year's key events in our photo gallery and join the conversation on our Facebook page. (Read more: Goodbye 2016: a look back in photos )

 

Volunteering: your next New Year's resolution?

Others Institutions26-12-2016 - 10:00
 

With 2017 just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions. One option could be to volunteer. Since 1996 the European Voluntary Service has enabled some 100,000 young people to volunteer in projects in and outside Europe. Watch our video to find out more and who knows, it might inspire you to take up volunteering as well! (Read more: Volunteering: your next New Year's resolution? )