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Schulz: “For the benefit of refugees we need to cooperate with Turkey”

Others External relations07-03-2016 - 19:25
 

“For the benefit of refugees we need to cooperate with Turkey,” EP President Martin Schulz said following a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Monday 7 March. They discussed the refugee crisis, border controls, visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens as well as press freedom in Turkey, ahead of a meeting with the EU heads of state and thwe Turkish government in Brussels to discuss measures to stem the flow of migrants. (Read more: Schulz: “For the benefit of refugees we need to cooperate with Turkey” )

 

Refugees: "There is a real need to protect women and children"

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities / Immigration / Asylum policy04-03-2016 - 11:00
French photographer Marie Dorigny and MEP Mary Honeyball (S&D, UK)  

Parliament has dedicated this year's International Women's Day to women refugees in the EU. We talked to MEP Mary Honeyball, a UK member of the S&D group, and French photographer Marie Dorigny to get their views on their situation as they are both experts on it. Honeyball has written a report on women refugees, which MEPs vote on in plenary on 8 March, while Dorigny travelled to Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Germany to create a reportage on women refugees for Parliament. (Read more: Refugees: "There is a real need to protect women and children" )

 

Ukraine Week: "An unprecedented exercise of close cooperation"

Others Delegations / External relations03-03-2016 - 12:11
 

"Our parliament should become a leading democratic, legislative and European institution in Ukraine," said Volodymyr Groysman, chairman of the Ukrainian parliament, at the Ukraine Week conference at the European Parliament in Brussels on 29 February-2 March. Participants discussed how to improve the quality of the legislative process in Ukraine’s parliament, as well as its efficiency and transparency in managing European affairs. Watch our video for a recap. (Read more: Ukraine Week: "An unprecedented exercise of close cooperation" )

 

International Women’s Day: providing support for women refugees

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities / Immigration / Asylum policy02-03-2016 - 10:11
IWD 2016 poster_EN_WEB.jpg  

As the number of refugees in Europe continues to climb, Parliament wants to draw the attention to those who are among the most vulnerable: women and girls. This is why for this year's International Women's Day, which is held every year on 8 March, it has selected as its theme women refugees. On Wednesday and Thursday, Parliament is organising several special events to call attention to their situation. Follow the events live on our website. (Read more: International Women’s Day: providing support for women refugees )

 

Car emissions: taking tests out of the lab and onto the road

Others Environment / Public health01-03-2016 - 16:12
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Every year 430,000 Europeans die prematurely due to air pollution. One of the main sources is road vehicles emitting nitrogen oxides (NOx), including poisonous nitrogen dioxide. Following the Volkswagen scandal, in which the company admitted cheating emission test in the US, Parliament and the Council are considering to update existing emission rules to ensure tests are closer to real driving conditions. (Read more: Car emissions: taking tests out of the lab and onto the road )

 

European Parliament vows its support for Ukraine

Others Delegations / External relations01-03-2016 - 09:48
(L-R) European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Volodymyr Groysman, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.  

"Cooperation with Ukraine is essential and our solidarity should not be questioned", said European Parliament President Martin Schulz at the opening of "Ukraine week" on Monday evening. This 3-day high-level conference is bringing together MEPs, national and Ukrainian MPs to share experience on good parliamentary practice, law-making and representation. (Read more: European Parliament vows its support for Ukraine )

 

EP this week: migration, Ukraine, car emissions, women refugees

Others Institutions29-02-2016 - 08:30
Parliament building in Brussels  

Protecting the EU’s borders is being debated by the civil liberties committee on Monday. Members discuss plans for setting up a European Border and Coast Guard with the European Commission. In addition MEPs meet Ukrainian MPs as part of the Ukraine Week conference and debate how to improve conditions for women refugees with national MPs. Also Parliament’s inquiry committee into testing car emissions meets for the first time on Wednesday. (Read more: EP this week: migration, Ukraine, car emissions, women refugees )

 
Interview with Pat Cox  

"Ukraine's needs have not diminished but because of the urgency and weight of other events it has found itself displaced for public attention." So says former EP President Pat Cox in an interview ahead of Ukraine Week, a conference on good parliamentary practice and law-making at the European Parliament on 29 February-2 March. Attended by a 40-strong delegation of Ukrainian parliamentarians, the week opens with the presentation of a report on capacity-building by Cox. (Read more: Pat Cox: "There is still enormous appetite for deeper transformation in Ukraine" )

 

Law making in Ukraine: EP-Verkhovna Rada conference

Others Delegations / External relations26-02-2016 - 10:29
Poster Ukraine week  

Ukrainian MPs will join MEPs in Brussels for a 3-day “Ukraine week” high-level conference on good parliamentary practice, law-making and representation on 29 February – 2 March. The 40-strong delegation from Ukraine’s Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, will include its leadership. (Read more: Law making in Ukraine: EP-Verkhovna Rada conference )

 

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

Others Employment policy24-02-2016 - 11:55
 

Despite high unemployment in many parts of Europe, few Europeans look for work in another EU country. This is partly because of the difficulty of finding a job abroad. The European network of Employment Services (Eures) was launched in 1993 to help with this. On 25 February MEPs approved a proposal to strengthen the Eures network. Watch the video to find out what services Eures can offer. (Read more: Eures network: helping people to find a job in another EU country )