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Jean-Claude Juncker strives to win hearts and minds in Parliament

Others Institutions10-07-2014 - 11:02

European Parliament political groups quizzed Commission President-designate Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday and Wednesday, ahead of the plenary vote on his candidature, scheduled for 15 July. Mr Juncker requested a series of meetings with MEPs to seek Parliament’s support for his election and build a majority behind his programme. (Read more: Jean-Claude Juncker strives to win hearts and minds in Parliament )

 
 

Martin Schulz: bringing Europe closer to the people

Others Institutions10-07-2014 - 09:00
Interview with EP President Martin Schulz  

“Isn’t it rather that Europe turns away from the people?” This question from a Danish woman during a debate on why people turn away from Europe got Martin Schulz thinking for months. “This sentence really touched me," he told us a few months later in an interview. "Maybe it isn’t true, but we have to take this seriously, otherwise the European Union will fail.” (Read more: Martin Schulz: bringing Europe closer to the people )

 
 

EP committees: find out who will be chairing them

Others Institutions09-07-2014 - 16:37
infographic on new committee chairs  

The Parliament's committee have elected their chairs and vice-chairs for the next two-and-a-half years. Committees are responsible for drafting Parliament's positions on new legislative proposals. (Read more: EP committees: find out who will be chairing them )

 
 

Photo reportage: Parliament through our guest photographers’ eyes

Others Institutions / Culture09-07-2014 - 12:18
Reportage of EP Guest photographer 2014 Jury winner- Gabor Szello  

The first plenary session in Strasbourg was covered by two photographers, who won our guest photographer contest. Gábor Szellő, a freelance photographer from Hungary, was the jury winner, while Alessandra Giansante, an Italian graphic designer/photographer, was the public winner. We asked them for their impressions. (Read more: Photo reportage: Parliament through our guest photographers’ eyes )

 
 

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 )