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Estonian President discusses migration and security with Schulz

Others Institutions21-10-2015 - 17:33
Toomas Hendrik Ilves President of Estonia  

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves visited the European Parliament on 21 October to discuss the challenges facing Europe, including migration, security and the digital single market, with EP President Martin Schulz. They also discussed the Estonian president's participation in February's plenary session in Strasbourg where he will make a speech. During his visit to Brussels, Ilves is also due to meet Donald Tusk, president of the European Council. (Read more: Estonian President discusses migration and security with Schulz )


Coming soon to a screen near you: the three films short-listed for this year's Lux Prize will be shown in more than 40 cities all over Europe, subtitled in all of the EU's official 24 languages. During the Lux Film Days film lovers will have the chance to watch them for free and pick their own favourite. Meanwhile, the winner of this year's Lux Prize, chosen by MEPs, will be announced during the plenary session in Strasbourg on 24 November. (Read more: Lux Film Days: check out this year's finalists in a cinema near you )


Iran: how the nuclear agreement could create opportunities

Others External relations20-10-2015 - 12:27
The Committee on Foreign Affairs public hearing on "The EU's strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement" on Monday 19 October 2015.
(L-R) Dr. Rouzbeh Parsi, Director of European Iran Research Group, Ms Ellie Geranmayeh, Policy Fellow (MENA) in European Council on Foreign Relations and Cornelius Adebahr, research associate in Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington (by videoconference).  

After a decade of negotiations, a historic deal was reached in July 2015 on Iran's nuclear programme. The agreement will significantly affect the country and its role in the world. On Monday the Parliament's foreign affairs committee discussed with experts the EU's strategy towards Iran. Although specialists pointed out the agreement could create opportunities for the EU, MEPs raised concerns about the country's human rights record. (Read more: Iran: how the nuclear agreement could create opportunities )


Dati on the radicalisation of EU citizens: "A truly European response is needed"

Others Justice and home affairs19-10-2015 - 14:05
Interview with Rachida Dati  

An estimated 5,000 European citizens have joined terrorist organisations fighting in Iraq and Syria. With the issue of foreign fighters posing challenges for governments across the EU, a report on preventing the radicalisation and recruitment of Europeans by terrorist organisations was adopted by the civil liberties committee on 19 OCtober. Ahead of the vote, we asked Rachida Dati, the French EPP member who drafted the report, why it is important to address this phenomenon at EU level. (Read more: Dati on the radicalisation of EU citizens: "A truly European response is needed" )

Parliament building in Brussels  

This week MEPs vote on a resolution on the prevention of radicalisation and the recruitment of young Europeans by terrorist organisations. The European banking system and financial stability will be the subject of a debate in the economic and monetary affairs committee, while the foreign affairs committee is set to discuss the EU's strategy towards Iran following the nuclear deal. A delegation of MEPs travels to Ukraine to observe the local elections there on 25 October. (Read more: EP this week: preventing radicalisation, Iran deal, Ukraine, EU banking sector )


Tackling unemployment and migration are for many Europeans the biggest challenges facing the EU, according to the latest Eurobarometer opinion poll commissioned by Parliament. Nearly two thirds think decisions on migration should be taken at the EU level rather than nationally, while eight out of ten said asylum seekers should be “better distributed among all EU member states”. However, the answers vary considerably from country to country. (Read more: Survey: Two out of every three Europeans want migrant crisis tackled at EU level )


Charlemagne Youth Prize: registrations now open for next year

Others Institutions / Youth16-10-2015 - 09:10
1) Family photo of the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2015  

Are you between 16 and 30 years old and do you run a project with a European dimension? Starting now projects promoting Europe among young people can start competing for the 9th Charlemagne Youth Prize. Winning projects will not only benefit from recognition and media coverage, but also from prize money to further develop the initiative. You have until 25 January 2016 to register for next year's edition. (Read more: Charlemagne Youth Prize: registrations now open for next year )

15th of October 2015 European Summit family photo ©European Union 2015 - European Council  

Europe needs a binding permanent system for relocating refugees, EP President Martin Schulz told heads of state and government at the start of a European Council dedicated to migration. “European solidarity is about sharing responsibilities and leaving no-one alone,” he said. The summit on 15-16 October will also deal with the economic and monetary union, the UK’s referendum on the EU as well as Turkey and Syria. (Read more: Schulz on refugees: “European solidarity is about sharing responsibilities” )

ITW with MEP Moraes  

Mass surveillance has been in the spotlight ever since Edward Snowden brought it to journalists’ attention in 2013. This week the civil liberties committee adopted a resolution saying too little has been done to protect people's privacy, while MEPs discussed the Safe Harbour ruling during plenary on Wednesday. We gathered questions from EP’s Facebook page fans and presented them to UK S&D member Claude Moraes, chair of the civil liberties committee and the member in charge of this topic. (Read more: Moraes on mass surveillance: Balance is needed between privacy and surveillance )

EP President Martin Schulz meets with Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania,  

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis met EP President Martin Schulz on 15 October to discuss the refugee crisis, EU reforms that might be needed in the near future and the freedom of movement within the Union. This was the Romanian president's first visit to the European Parliament, after taking up office last December. The meeting was followed by a short press conference. (Read more: Romanian president discusses refugee crisis and EU reforms with Schulz )