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EP information network: Digital resources for reporting on the EP

Others Institutions09-02-2015 - 09:00
European Parliament Network Tumblr  

Reporting on the European Parliament has never been easier, thanks to our new blog listing the latest digital resources that are free to use. Updated around the clock, this page informs you what images, infographics, videos and photos are available for you to download as soon as they become available. Not only are these materials free to use, they are also often available in all of the EU’s 24 official languages, from Bulgarian to Swedish. (Read more: EP information network: Digital resources for reporting on the EP )

 

US Vice-President Joe Biden visits the Parliament

Others Institutions06-02-2015 - 13:54
03_US Vice-President Joe Biden official visits to the European Parliament in Brussels on the 06/02/2015  

US Vice-President Joe Biden visited the European Parliament in Brussels on 6 February, where he met EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Welcoming Biden to the Parliament, Schulz said: "In recent years the transatlantic relationship has been tested. Yet, there is much more that unites us than divides us." (Read more: US Vice-President Joe Biden visits the Parliament )

 

Zero tolerance: EP to debate how to end female genital mutilation

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities06-02-2015 - 10:23
A woman who performs genital cutting shows a knife she uses during a gathering to denounce excision 17 November 2005 in Abidjan. Many women in Ivory Coast undergo genital mutilation. ©BELGA_AFP/KAMBOU SIA  

Female genital mutilation has affected some 140 million women and girls around the world and in Europe alone half a million of them live with the physical and psychological consequences of this practice. To raise awareness 6 February has been designated the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. The EP, which has long fought to end all violence against women, will debate what should be done about it in plenary on 10 February. Follow the debate live on our website. (Read more: Zero tolerance: EP to debate how to end female genital mutilation )

 

EP special committee on member states' tax rulings up for a vote by full House

Others Institutions / Taxation05-02-2015 - 15:52

The European Parliament political group leaders have decided to propose a special committee to look into tax rulings by member states. The full House will vote at the next session on the creation of the special committee and on its mandate. (Read more: EP special committee on member states' tax rulings up for a vote by full House )

 

Guillaume: "Strong demand from citizens for an obligatory transparency register"

Others Institutions / Citizens' rights05-02-2015 - 15:20
MEP Sylvie Guillaume on transparency register  

A new transparency register has been in force since 27 January, allowing everyone to find out which interest groups have been lobbying the EU institutions. However, the register, which is used by the Parliament and the European Commission, is not yet obligatory. Sylvie Guillaume, a French member of the S&D group, is the vice-president responsible for the transparency register. We asked her how the new register works and how it will make a difference. (Read more: Guillaume: "Strong demand from citizens for an obligatory transparency register" )

 

Ready, set, click: take part in our guest photographer contest

Others Development and cooperation / Culture / Education05-02-2015 - 11:23
"United" by Emanuel Gesang is the monthly winner of the guestphotographer photo contest January topic "Europe in the world". ©Emanuel Gesang/United/www.emanuelgesang.com  

Take part in our new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September we will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to make a photo reportage. (Read more: Ready, set, click: take part in our guest photographer contest )

 

World Cancer Day: how thousands of lives could be saved

Others Public health04-02-2015 - 16:25
T lymphocyte and prostate cancer cell  

Some 1.7 million Europeans still die because of cancer every year, making it the second most common cause of death in Europe. As up to 40% of cases can be prevented, World Cancer Day on 4 February is a great occasion to remind people of how thousands of lives can be saved, namely with proper prevention, early detection, access to proper treatment and care. (Read more: World Cancer Day: how thousands of lives could be saved )

 

Alexis Tsipras visits the European Parliament

Others Institutions04-02-2015 - 15:02
Joint press point by the European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras  

New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the European Parliament today where he was welcomed by EP President Martin Schulz. After the meeting Schulz said: "Mr Tsipras is battling for European cooperation, not only seeking a solution for Greece. He has my full support." He also stressed the need for a framework for "constructive dialogue and solutions". (Read more: Alexis Tsipras visits the European Parliament )

 

Manfred Weber: Reforms and change equals hope and future for us

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions04-02-2015 - 13:56
Facebook chat with Manfred Weber, leader of the European Parliament EPP political group  

Where does the EPP - the Parliament's largest political group - stand on issues such as Ukraine and economic reforms? Our Facebook fans enjoyed the opportunity to ask the leader of the group directly when he took part in a chat on our Facebook page on 3 February. Manfred Weber said his group's main goal for this legislative period was boosting growth and creating jobs, while he also urged people to support the European Commission's new investment package for Europe. (Read more: Manfred Weber: Reforms and change equals hope and future for us )

 

EU budget: how to better fund Europe

Others Institutions04-02-2015 - 10:42
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

Reforming how the EU is funded proved again controversial when the European Parliament and the member states negotiated the budget for 2014-2020. The current system relies heavily on national contributions, but this makes it more difficult to reach consensus. A high-level group was set up to explore other options for the EU budget. The EP's budget committee will discuss the group's work so far with its president, former Italian prime minister Mario Monti on Thursday. Watch it live from 9.00 CET. (Read more: EU budget: how to better fund Europe )