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EP building in Brussels  

In the first full week of 2015, parliamentary committees meet in Brussels to discuss among others the transparency and reliability of benchmarks in financial markets and access to information on the EU-US Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme. In addition political groups are preparing for next week’s plenary, while the development committee participates in the opening event of the European Year for Development. (Read more: EP this week: Libor, Terorist Finance Tracking Programme, plenary preparations )

 
 

Fresh start: Latvia takes over EU Council presidency for the first time

Others European Council / Institutions05-01-2015 - 10:19
EU2015LV logo  

The first of January not only marked the start of a new year, it was also when Latvia took over the presidency of the EU Council for the first time. The Baltic state will lead and coordinate member states’ work for the next six months and expectations are high. Visiting Latvia in December 2014, EP President Martin Schulz said: "My experience shows that presidencies from small countries are very much involved in the success of reforms." We asked MEPs from Latvia what we can expect. (Read more: Fresh start: Latvia takes over EU Council presidency for the first time )

 
 

EP wishes you a Happy New Year!

Others Institutions01-01-2015 - 08:00
 

Out with the old and in with the new! The European Parliament wishes you a wonderful 2015. Now, learn how to say Happy New Year in all of the EU's official languages! Play and share the game online. (Read more: EP wishes you a Happy New Year! )

 
 

Best wishes: MEPs reflect on past year and look ahead to 2015

Others Institutions31-12-2014 - 08:00
 

2014 oboasted both European elections and the start of a new Parliamentary term, but as this eventful year is drawing to a close, we asked seven MEPs what their favourite moment of 2014 was and what they wish the next year will bring. (Read more: Best wishes: MEPs reflect on past year and look ahead to 2015 )

 
 

Best wishes from the EP

Others Institutions24-12-2014 - 09:00
Christmas tree at Parliament building in Strasbourg  

From all of us at the Parliament, a merry Christmas and a happy new year! (Read more: Best wishes from the EP )

 
 

EP's LinkedIn group: the debates that got people talking in 2014

Others Institutions / Information23-12-2014 - 09:00
The European Parliament LinkedIn page  

“The EU should simply stay away from the Ukraine.” ”The EU cannot stay away from Ukraine.” “Europe and the US need Russia’s market and sanctions are not an option.” ...Discussions by our LinkedIn group always lead to lively debates. As 2014 draws to a close it’s time to look back at some of the year's most popular discussions on the Parliament's LinkedIn group, which boasts 14,000 members and hosted more than 650 discussions in 2014 alone. (Read more: EP's LinkedIn group: the debates that got people talking in 2014 )

 
 
Six months later, new MEPs at the EP (Top to bottom) Hayes, Bresso, Duncan, Petersen, Rodriguez, Reintke, Winberg  

The new mandate of the European Parliament officially started on 1 July with 751 MEPs from across the continent taking up their seats. Approximately half of those elected last May were not in the previous legislature and we interviewed seven such MEPs following their arrival in Brussels. Almost six months into their five year term, how are they progressing and what are their hopes for 2015? We asked them to share their experiences and thoughts. (Read more: New MEPs: reflections on the first six months of the parliamentary term )

 
 

Get connected: discover the European Parliament on social media

Others Institutions / Information19-12-2014 - 09:00
 

From Pinterest to LinkedIn, the European Parliament is present on most major social media platforms in order to better communicate with you. On these platforms we offer not only background information and the latest news, but also videos, photos, infographics and the opportunity to discuss topical issues. Try out our interactive infographic to get a taster of what we serve up on each platform. (Read more: Get connected: discover the European Parliament on social media )

 
 
Martin Schulz at the summit in October.  

Martin Schulz called on government leaders to back the €315 billion investment plan for the EU and help plug the investment gap with the US and China. Speaking at the opening of the EU summit in Brussels, the EP President said: “The Investment Plan is a strong signal that we are committed to a new path for Europe towards growth and jobs. And it is of the utmost importance that you clearly commit yourself to its success too.” (Read more: Schulz: “Investing is about building bridges to a successful future” )

 
 

Vote: should Palestine be recognised as a state?

Others External relations17-12-2014 - 10:33
Picture of Fulvio Martusciello, EPP, and Martina Anderson, GUE/NGL, who on the 26th of November debate whether Palestine should be recognized as a state.  ©EuropeanParliament_Pietro_Naj-Oleari
©EuropeanParliament_Pietro_Naj-Oleari  

Sweden recently became the first EU country in Western Europe to recognise Palestine as a state. Today MEPs will vote on a resolution calling for Palestine to be recognised as a state. Would such a move help defuse violence in the region? We discussed it with Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL, UK), chair of the delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, and Fulvio Martusciello (EPP, Italy), chair of the delegation for relations with Israel. (Read more: Vote: should Palestine be recognised as a state? )