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Better Regulation: kick-off meeting on Interinstitutional Agreement

Others Institutions25-06-2015 - 15:57
EP President Schulz - Interinstitutional agreement on better regulation  

Negotiations on proposals to revise the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Regulation kicked off on Thursday with a meeting in the European Parliament between EP President Martin Schulz, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Latvia’s Prime Minister, Laimdota Straujuma, representing the current Council Presidency and Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel for the incoming Council Presidency. (Read more: Better Regulation: kick-off meeting on Interinstitutional Agreement )

 

MEPs vote on new fund to put EU investment plan into practice

Others Institutions24-06-2015 - 14:04
 

MEPs vote on 24 June on the establishment of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), that should help implement the EU’s €315 billion plan to overcome the crisis-induced shortage of investment in the European economy. This ambitious initiative, launched by the European Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker, should entail no extra financial burden for taxpayers. Find out how it should all work and follow the plenary live. (Read more: MEPs vote on new fund to put EU investment plan into practice )

 

Speaker of the Indian parliament visits the EP

Others Institutions23-06-2015 - 17:27
European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Sumitra Mahajan, speaker of the Lok Sabha, the Indian Parliament  

Sumitra Mahajan, speaker of the Indian Parliament's lower house, visited the European Parliament in Brussels on 23 June where she was welcomed by EP President Martin Schulz. During the meeting they discussed the possibility of an EU-India free trade agreement, human right issues, the EU-India Summit in November as well as how to improve relations between Europe and Asia. (Read more: Speaker of the Indian parliament visits the EP )

 

First things first: MEPs discuss priorities for development policy in 2016

Others Development and cooperation23-06-2015 - 16:44
Structured dialogue on the Commission work programme - DEVE Discussion with Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development  

If you want to get results, you need to plan ahead: the European Commission is drafting its working programme for next year and MEPs are always keen to help shape it. The development committee organised on 23 June a discussion on what should happen concerning development policy in 2016 with Neven Mimica, the commissioner for international cooperation and development. The meeting was opened by UK S&D member Linda McAvan, chair of the development committee. (Read more: First things first: MEPs discuss priorities for development policy in 2016 )

 

Eures network: helping people to find a job in another EU country

Others Employment policy22-06-2015 - 12:09
EURES Logo_sml  

Although some parts of Europe suffer from high unemployment rates and employers in other parts struggle to fill vacancies, relatively few people decide to look for a job in another EU country. The European network of Employment Services (Eures) was launched in 1993 to help with this. The employment committee votes on Tuesday 23 June on proposals to improve the Eures network as well as to further integrate Europe's labour markets and facilitate workers' access to mobility services. (Read more: Eures network: helping people to find a job in another EU country )

 

EP this week: investment plan, economic governance, data protection

Others Institutions22-06-2015 - 11:30
Parliament building in Brussels  

Economic governance, the Juncker investment plan as well as Thursday's EU summit will be on the agenda of June's second plenary in Brussels on Wednesday. In addition the foreign affairs committee discusses on Tuesday Europe's security agenda with the EU's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, while negotiations on a reform of EU data protection rules are set to start on Wednesday. (Read more: EP this week: investment plan, economic governance, data protection )

 

EP delegation visit Expo Milan 2015

Others Culture19-06-2015 - 11:07
EP delegation inside the EU pavillon at the Expo Milan 2015  

Members of the agriculture, energy and international trade committees are visiting on 18 and 19 June the Milan Expo, the world exhibition whose motto is "feeding the planet, energy for life". The aim of the visit is to promote efforts to increase global food security, fight food waste and encourage healthy lifestyles. (Read more: EP delegation visit Expo Milan 2015 )

 
President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz (R) is greeted by British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) outside  the Prime Minister's Office, Number 10 Downing Street, in London on June 18, 2015.  

EP President Martin Schulz discussed British plans to renegotiate EU membership during a meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron today. They also talked about the migration crisis in the Mediterranean and the ongoing talks on trade deals. Afterwards Schulz said: I came to London to listen and to learn and I think we had an excellent and open-minded exchange of views.” (Read more: Schulz on Cameron meeting: “I came to London to listen and to learn” )

 

EYE 2016: Parliament's successful youth event returns with a second edition

Others Education / Youth18-06-2015 - 11:26
EYE  Announcer  

The European Youth Event (EYE) will return next year and you could be a part of it! #EYE2016 organisers are looking for enthusiastic young people and organisations that want to help shape the event's programme. Check out the Facebook page for the latest news, including all the information about the previous edition in 2014 and its follow-up phase. (Read more: EYE 2016: Parliament's successful youth event returns with a second edition )

 

Trade agreements: how to ensure they comply with EU data protection rules

Others Fundamental rights18-06-2015 - 09:56
Data protection hearing: Bernd Lange and Claude Moraes  

Data forms an integral part of international trade as they are used to improve services and products, however it remains important that people's personal data are not abused. The international trade and civil liberties committees held a hearing on 16 June to discuss how to reconcile the need for data protection with trade agreements that boost business in the EU, an issue that has gained in importance due to the upcoming reform of EU data protection rules. (Read more: Trade agreements: how to ensure they comply with EU data protection rules )