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Ceta: “This deal is important for Europe geopolitically as well as economically”

Others External/international trade20-02-2017 - 15:31
Interview with Artis Pabriks, rapporteur on CETA  

Ceta passed a crucial hurdle on 15 February when MEPs voted to back the landmark EU-Canada trade deal. The agreement removing more than 99% of tariffs can provisionally enter into force as early as April. Speaking following the vote, Artis Pabriks, Parliament's lead MEP on Ceta, said: “Europe cannot survive without free and fair trade and high-quality interaction with other global players.” He also described Ceta as “the gold standard for future trade deals”. (Read more: Ceta: “This deal is important for Europe geopolitically as well as economically” )

 
 

How well do you know Europe? Find out by taking part in our winter challenge! See how many European capitals you can identify correctly. (Read more: Winter challenge: how many European capitals can you recognise? )

 

Infographic: how Parliament is addressing the terrorism threat

Others Justice and home affairs / Security and defence16-02-2017 - 12:45
 

Europeans becoming radicalised and travelling to fight in Iraq or Syria represent a growing threat to the EU. Most of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe were perpetrated by home-grown terrorists. MEPs adopted on 16 February new rules to ensure stronger checks at the EU's external borders and prevent the preparation of terrorist acts. Check out our infographic for an overview of measures to tackle terrorism Parliament has been working on. (Read more: Infographic: how Parliament is addressing the terrorism threat )

 

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

Others Research and innovation15-02-2017 - 14:10
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. MEPs debate today a report calling for rules to regulate their use, including creating a separate legal status for robots. They will vote on the report tomorrow. (Read more: Rise of the robots: Mady Delvaux on why their use should be regulated )

 
Official visit of President Tajani to Spain  

Antonio Tajani made his first official visit to Spain as president of the European Parliament on 10 February. During the visit he met several political leaders as well as representatives from civil society and Spanish companies. (Read more: Antonio Tajani makes first official visit to Spain as Parliament President )

 

Women in science: how to achieve equality in academia

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities10-02-2017 - 10:34
 

Even though more and more women pursue scientific studies, only one in three researchers in the EU are women. With the International Day of Women and Girls in Science being marked on 11 February, we asked MEPs Eva Kaili and Michèle Rivasi what should be done to attract more women to science. Watch the video to find out what they had to say. (Read more: Women in science: how to achieve equality in academia )

 

Emissions scandal: “The key is to make the rules as robust as possible”

Others Free movement of goods / Consumers / Environment09-02-2017 - 16:02
Interview with Daniel Dalton  

The Volkswagen scandal - involving the manipulation of emission tests - exposed the weakness of the current EU car certification system. On Thursday the internal market committee adopted proposals aimed at making this more difficult, including checks on cars already in circulation. The proposals will now need to be approved by all MEPs during an upcoming plenary session. We talked to UK ECR member Daniel Dalton, the MEP in charge of steering these plans through Parliament. (Read more: Emissions scandal: “The key is to make the rules as robust as possible” )

 

Robots take over the Parliament

Others Justice and home affairs08-02-2017 - 12:42
Media seminar on "European Law on Robotics"  

Robots were the guests of honour at today's press seminar on creating rules and laws to regulate their use. MEPs will vote on a report on this during next week's plenary. Report author Mady Delvaux, a Luxembourg member of the S&D group, also took the time to answers questions about it by followers of our Facebook page yesterday. (Read more: Robots take over the Parliament )

 

EU-Russia relations: a key strategic challenge

Others External relations / Security and defence07-02-2017 - 15:51
SEDE commission meeting - Deterioration of the security situation in the East of Ukraine, in particular around Avdiivka -with Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze  

Amid temperatures of -20°C people in Eastern Ukraine were cut off from electricity, heating and water after pro-Russian rebels broke the ceasefire and started shelling the area last week. Another sign that managing EU-Russia relations remains a challenge especially in view of the country's assertiveness and uncertainty surrounding the future of US foreign policy. The security and defence subcommittee discussed on Monday Russia's influence in Ukraine and Southern Caucasus and how to react to it. (Read more: EU-Russia relations: a key strategic challenge )

 

Gender equality: time to close the gap

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities06-02-2017 - 17:46
 

It would take another 70 years for women to earn the same as men with the current pace of progress, according to the European Commission. Europe might be one of the world's leaders when it comes to gender equality, but in the EU women still get on average lower salaries and pensions and continue to be underrepresented in political and economic positions of power and decision-making. A report adopted by the women's rights committee today urges the EU to step up its efforts. (Read more: Gender equality: time to close the gap )