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Should energy and sugary drinks be allowed to claim on their labels that the caffeine in them boosts alertness and concentration? Parliament's public health and food safety committee fears this could affect children and teenagers, who are the main consumers of energy drinks. On Wednesday 15 June, committee members discuss whether to vote against a European Commission proposal allowing this. We talked to Christel Schaldemose, in charge of steering the plans through Parliament, why she opposes it. (Read more: Schaldemose: "Energy drinks shouldn't have any kind of health claims on them" )

 

European Semester: coordinating economic policies between EU countries

Others Economic and monetary affairs14-06-2016 - 09:49
 

The EU coordinates and monitors member states' economic, budgetary and employment policies in a process known as the European Semester, resulting in these countries receiving guidelines on issues such as taxes, pensions and possible budget cuts. On Tuesday 14 June Parliament's economic and employment committees debate this year's recommendations. Watch our explanatory video above for more information. (Read more: European Semester: coordinating economic policies between EU countries )

 

Future of ACP-EU relations depends on stepping up parliamentary oversight

Others Delegations / External relations13-06-2016 - 17:10

"The Cotonou Agreement remains unique in the world, and whatever form the next partnership takes, it will have to be tailored to today’s world, and include wider civil society participation and stronger parliamentary oversight and diplomacy », said Michèle RIVASI (Greens/EFA, FR), EU Co-President ad interim of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, for its 31st session. (Read more: Future of ACP-EU relations depends on stepping up parliamentary oversight )

 
infographic illustration  

Using energy more efficiently is one of the easier ways to cut your bills. Many household appliances, such as lamps, televisions and vacuum cleaners, carry a standardised label to help assess their energy efficiency, The European Commission is now proposing to simplify this labelling system to make it even easier for consumers to compare. Parliament's energy committee approved the plan on 14 June. Check out our infographic to find out how energy consumption is measured and how much it costs. (Read more: Energy labelling: making it easier to buy energy-efficient appliances )

 
Parliament building in Brussels  

The public health committee votes this Wednesday on whether to veto plans by the European Commission to allow sugary and energy drinks to claim that caffeine helps to boost alertness and concentration on their labels. They will also vote on stricter monitoring and certification procedures for medical devices. MEPs meet MPs from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) in order to discuss migration flows, while the foreign affairs committee looks at the situation of Palestinian refugees. (Read more: In Parliament this week: caffeine claims, migration, Palestinian refugees )

 
 

"Germany won in 1980 and the coach was Jupp Dervall..." With the European Championship kicking off in France, we asked Parliament President Martin Schulz and other MEPs to share their best memories of the popular football tournament. They also reveal their plans for following the games, as well as their predictions for the winner. (Read more: Euro 2016: MEPs share their favourite memories of previous editions )

 

Migration: improving the management and security of EU borders

Others Immigration07-06-2016 - 16:40
©European Union - Frontex  

The influx of irregular migrants continues to pose a challenge to Europe. According to Frontex 13,800 people had to be rescued in the central Mediterranean in the last week of May alone. The EU is working on different ways to manage migration better. The European Commission presented a new plan to address the root causes of migration in plenary on 7 June, which was debated by MEPs. Read on for an overview of upcoming initiatives. (Read more: Migration: improving the management and security of EU borders )

 

Martin Schulz praises Portugal for how it integrates refugees

Others Institutions06-06-2016 - 16:28
President Schulz and Marcelo_Rebelo_de_Sousa_President  

Martin Schulz praised Portugal for how it integrates refugees during a visit to the country on Friday 3 June during which he met political leaders and organisations dealing with refugees and the homeless.It's the sixth time that Schulz has visited Portugal as president of the European Parliament. (Read more: Martin Schulz praises Portugal for how it integrates refugees )

 

European Citizen's Prize: 50 people and organisations honoured

Others Institutions03-06-2016 - 11:11
The European Citizen's Prize medal  

The European Parliament has honoured 50 people and organisations from 26 EU countries with this year's Citizen's Prize for their contribution to European cooperation and the promotion of common values. The jury, headed by Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume, selected the 2016 laureates after a consultation of the 79 proposals that made it through to the national juries. (Read more: European Citizen's Prize: 50 people and organisations honoured )

 

EP's political leadership agrees on mandate inquiry committee Panama Papers

Others Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure02-06-2016 - 14:00

The European Parliament Conference of Presidents, uniting the EP president and political group leaders, agreed on Thursday 2 June on a mandate for an inquiry committee to look into the so-called Panama Papers, which revealed detailed information on off-shore companies and their ultimate beneficiaries. (Read more: EP's political leadership agrees on mandate inquiry committee Panama Papers )