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Things we learned in plenary

Others Institutions04-07-2014 - 09:55
 

MEPs gathered this week for the first session of the European Parliament following the European elections. They elected the president, vice-presidents and quaestors and also debated the outcome of the latest EU summit. As Italy took over the helm of the EU Council from Greece on 1 July, the achievements of the outgoing and the priorities of the incoming presidency were also discussed. Read on for the highlights of the plenary session on 1-3 July. (Read more: Things we learned in plenary )

 
 

Future of Europe: MEPs debate Italian Council presidency priorities

Others European Council / Institutions02-07-2014 - 18:33
Matteo Renzi presents Italian Presidency's priorities to MEPs  

“If Europe was to take a selfie today, it would be a tired, resigned image," said Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi in a debate with MEPs on his country's priorities for the Council presidency for the next six months. He said European leaders should act with conviction and determination to keep Europe in the lead on global issues. The debate on 2 July touched upon a broad range of issues, from the Italian contribution to Europe through the ages to the place of Europe in a fast-changing world. (Read more: Future of Europe: MEPs debate Italian Council presidency priorities )

 
 

Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament

Others Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure01-07-2014 - 13:04
Martin Schulz smiles after being re-elected as EP President  

MEPs re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament on Tuesday morning for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot. (Read more: Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament )

 
 

How the EP president and vice-presidents get elected

Others Institutions30-06-2014 - 17:29
Towards_a_new_Parliament  

The Parliament's key post will be decided on 1 and 2 July when MEPs elect the president, vice-presidents and quaestors. Check out our infographic for more information about the elections procedures and follow it live on our website. (Read more: How the EP president and vice-presidents get elected )

 
 

In the picture: guest photographer exhibition

Others Institutions / Culture30-06-2014 - 17:03
Guest photographer article_  

"Nowadays" from Gábor Szellő and "We want free landscape" from Alessandra Giansante were selected as the top entries of the Parliament's guest photographer contest. These works are exhibited alongside those of other contest winners on the Parliament grounds in Strasbourg until September. (Read more: In the picture: guest photographer exhibition )

 
 

Syed Kamall: new leader of European Conservatives and Reformists

Others Institutions30-06-2014 - 16:49
 

British MEP Syed Kamall is the new head of the European Conservatives and Reformists, the Parliament's third largest political group. Watch our video to learn more about him and his views on the Parliament and European politics (Read more: Syed Kamall: new leader of European Conservatives and Reformists )

 
 

How Parliament and the Council presidency work together

Others Institutions30-06-2014 - 10:00
Logo Italian Presidency of the EU ©PalazzoChigi  

Italy takes the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, where governments are represented in the EU decision-making, over from Greece on 1 July. The European Parliament always works closely together with the presiding member state to ensure that the EU's legislative programme functions smoothly. Read on to find out how it works. (Read more: How Parliament and the Council presidency work together )

 
 

All you need to know about the election of the next EP president

Others Institutions27-06-2014 - 16:14
EP Presdient elections  

The new Parliament will kick off its next term with the election of the president, 14 vice-presidents and five quaestors during the first plenary session on 1-3 July. Find out more about what they do, who is eligible to stand and how they are elected by reading our Q&A. (Read more: All you need to know about the election of the next EP president )

 
 
The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the acting President of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella, at the start of the European Summit meeting on the 27-06-2014 in Brussels ©The Council of the European Union  

The European elections in May are a turning point for the EU as for the first time all major European parties presented lead candidates for the post of Commission president, acting EP president Gianni told European leaders. In a speech to the European Council on 27 June, he said: “The process of lead candidates has deepened a European-wide debate about European issues,” he said. “And without doubt, via this process the EU has become closer to its citizens, more transparent and more democratic.” (Read more: Gianni Pittella: "European elections have been a turning point for the EU” )

 
 

EU countries still slow to act on economic reform recommendations, says EP study

Others Economic and monetary affairs26-06-2014 - 14:23

On Friday the European Council will adopt the 2014 country-specific recommendations for each EU member state. MEPs regularly point out that the member state governments have been slow to act on these recommendations. This view is corroborated by a new European Parliament study showing that on average, only 18% of the 2011 and 2012 recommendations have been fully implemented. (Read more: EU countries still slow to act on economic reform recommendations, says EP study )