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Back to work after the summer recess, the European Parliament has plenty in its in-tray: climate change, foreign policy, illegal immigration, refugees, the EU's 2015 budget, scrutinising the new European Commission to be led by Jean-Claude Juncker… (Read more: Work in progress: what the Parliament will be focussing on the coming months )

 
 

EU's 2015 budget: EP committees determine their positions

Others Budget04-09-2014 - 15:22
 

The EU's budget for next year is taking shape with the Parliament and the Council working hard to find an acceptable compromise on the level and breakdown of EU revenue and spending in the months ahead. This week many parliamentary committees adopted their opinions on the budget and the Council also approved its formal position. Check out our infographic about the steps in the procedure and read on to find out more about what follows. (Read more: EU's 2015 budget: EP committees determine their positions )

 
 
A girl walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Stop Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. ©BELGA_AFP_D.FAGET  

The EU has a “moral obligation” to help the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, said health commissioner Tonio Borg. Speaking during a meeting with the Parliament's public health committee on 3 September, he added: "The more we contain it, the less the chances are for the disease to reach Europe." MEPs agreed more needed to be done, but highlighted there were budget limitations. They also underlined the importance of financing research. (Read more: Borg: EU has "moral obligation" to help countries affected by Ebola outbreak )

 
 

Live: Eurogroup president discusses latest economic developments

Others Economic and monetary affairs03-09-2014 - 17:00
President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem  

The economic committee will this week discuss the latest economic developments with Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup, which is composed of the euro zone's finance ministers. Follow it live on our website on Thursday 4 September from 9.00 until 10.30 CET. (Read more: Live: Eurogroup president discusses latest economic developments )

 
 

Gender equality: Parliament organises workshop to improve strategy

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities02-09-2014 - 15:04
Fifty percent concept of gender equal opportunities  

Even in 2014 gender equality still leaves a lot to be desired in Europe. On Wednesday 3 September the women's rights committee organises a workshop in Brussels to discuss a new strategy. During the workshop experts from several European countries will share their recommendations on how to improve the situation and achieve true gender equality. Follow it live on the Parliament website. (Read more: Gender equality: Parliament organises workshop to improve strategy )

 
 

Q&A: GMO cultivation in the EU

Others Agriculture / Environment / Food safety02-09-2014 - 12:19
Corn in a field. ©BELGA_ AFP_P.HUGUEN  

The EU has one of the toughest genetically modified food regulations in the world and the cultivation of GM crops is only allowed following a thorough risk assessment. Yet, as member states are calling for more possibilities to restrict GMO cultivation on their territories, the European Commission has proposed some amendments to the current EU rules. The Parliament and the Council are currently looking at these proposals. Read on to learn more. (Read more: Q&A: GMO cultivation in the EU )

 
 

Committee week: preparing the Parliament’s work

Others Institutions02-09-2014 - 11:32
New_whos_who_committees_en.jpg  

With the summer recess over, parliamentary committees are meeting again this week. Which committee to join is one of the key decisions for new MEPs to take as it will determine in which field they will focus most of their efforts. Committees play a crucial role in policy-making, as they are responsible for drafting Parliament's positions on new legislative proposals. How do the committees operate? Read on and check out our infograghic to find out who the committee chairs are. (Read more: Committee week: preparing the Parliament’s work )

 
 

EP this week: foreign crises, economic concerns, EU budget

Others Institutions02-09-2014 - 10:19
EP building in Brussels  

MEPs resume business this week with most committees meeting for the first time after the summer break. Crises in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine will feature prominently in discussions and Italian ministers will present the priorities of the new Council presidency. MEPs will review growth prospects with Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem, while various committees will consider the EU's budget for next year. (Read more: EP this week: foreign crises, economic concerns, EU budget )

 
 
EP President Martin Schulz arrives at the European Council meeting of Saturday 30-08-2014 © The Council of the European Union  

“A direct military confrontation between Ukraine and Russia might well see the situation spiral completely out of control. The parties to the conflict and the international community must do everything in their power to prevent this from happening,” EP president Martin Schulz said, addressing heads of state and government at the start of a special meeting of the European Council on Saturday 30 August dedicated to appointing candidates for top EU jobs. (Read more: European Council summit: Schulz calls for political solution for Ukraine )

 
 
EP provides - illustration  

September is approaching and with it the start of parliamentary business. If you are running an online project, a web page or a blog and need factual information on the Parliament and the forthcoming commissioners hearings… We have the solution! The EP offers a wide range of infographics, videos, photos and interviews that you can use free of charge. Discover them with our online catalogue and use them for free for your products. Read on for more details. (Read more: Infographics, videos, slideshows... Discover our free-to-use editorial products )