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Parliament figured out: the facts on new MEPs

Others Institutions09-07-2014 - 10:15
 

A 66-year age gap separates the youngest from the oldest MEP, two-thirds of Maltese MEPs are female, while 70% of German members got re-elected. Find out more interesting facts about the new MEPs who make up the European Parliament for the next five years in our article and interactive map. (Read more: Parliament figured out: the facts on new MEPs )

 
 

Know your rights: summer travelling in the EU

Others European Council / Tourism09-07-2014 - 08:40
www.ec.europa.eu/transport/passenger-rights/en/mobile.html  

About to go on holiday? Thanks to the EU it will be an even better experience. The European Parliament is working on legislation to boost passenger rights, while roaming charges were reduced again from 1 July and are getting closer to being scrapped in December 2015. In addition enabling planes to take shorter routes and increased competition for railway services should help to drive prices down for passengers. (Read more: Know your rights: summer travelling in the EU )

 
 
 

An old group with a new name and a new co-president: David Borrelli, an Italian member of “Movimento 5 Stelle”, has become one of the two co-presidents of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group, alongside British MEP and UKIP leader Nigel Farage. The priorities of EFDD, according to its new co-president Borrelli, are strongly reflected in its new name: “We believe that we embody this new trend of giving citizens the opportunity to choose.” (Read more: New EFDD co-chair David Borrelli: Giving people the opportunity to choose )

 
 
Jean-Claude Juncker during the elections night press point at the European Parliament  

Jean-Claude Juncker will meet the EP’s political groups this week in a bid to secure backing for the European Commission’s top job. Although the former Luxembourg prime minister was nominated as the candidate to become Commission president by the EU Council on 27 June, he will still need the Parliament’s support in order to take up the post. The parliamentary vote will take place on 15 July during the plenary in Strasbourg. (Read more: Juncker: the battle to secure Parliament support for Commission presidency )

 
 
 

Italian MEP Gianni Pittella has become the new leader of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament, after Martin Schulz got re-elected as EP president and left the post. The centre-left group’s priority for this term will be to tackle inequality in Europe. “The middle class is being marginalised," Mr Pittella said. "We need to stop this social divide with policies to invest in human capital, to support business, research and training." (Read more: New S&D leader Gianni Pittella: We need to stop Europe's social divide )

 
 
EP building in Brussels  

Jean-Claude Juncker will be grilled by political groups this weeks ahead of the Parliament vote on his candidacy for the European Commission presidency during the 14-17 July plenary session. In addition, the Parliament's committees and sub-committees elect their new chairs and vice-chairs during their first meeting on Monday. (Read more: EP this week: Juncker rallies Parliament's support, committees pick their chairs )

 
 

Action! Nominations for the 2014 Lux Film Prize revealed

Others Culture06-07-2014 - 19:00
Lux Prize 10 movies selection  

Ten films, 28 countries, one prize. Every year the European Parliament awards the LUX prize to the best European film. The contenders for this year's prize have been announced at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. Read on to discover which films have are included in this year’s selection. The three finalists will be announced at the end of July. (Read more: Action! Nominations for the 2014 Lux Film Prize revealed )

 
 

Things we learned in plenary

Others Institutions04-07-2014 - 09:55
 

MEPs gathered this week for the first session of the European Parliament following the European elections. They elected the president, vice-presidents and quaestors and also debated the outcome of the latest EU summit. As Italy took over the helm of the EU Council from Greece on 1 July, the achievements of the outgoing and the priorities of the incoming presidency were also discussed. Read on for the highlights of the plenary session on 1-3 July. (Read more: Things we learned in plenary )

 
 

Future of Europe: MEPs debate Italian Council presidency priorities

Others European Council / Institutions02-07-2014 - 18:33
Matteo Renzi presents Italian Presidency's priorities to MEPs  

“If Europe was to take a selfie today, it would be a tired, resigned image," said Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi in a debate with MEPs on his country's priorities for the Council presidency for the next six months. He said European leaders should act with conviction and determination to keep Europe in the lead on global issues. The debate on 2 July touched upon a broad range of issues, from the Italian contribution to Europe through the ages to the place of Europe in a fast-changing world. (Read more: Future of Europe: MEPs debate Italian Council presidency priorities )

 
 

Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament

Others Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure01-07-2014 - 13:04
Martin Schulz smiles after being re-elected as EP President  

MEPs re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament on Tuesday morning for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot. (Read more: Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament )