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European Citizen's Prize: honouring engaged Europeans

Others Institutions04-06-2015 - 10:56
The European Citizen's Prize medal  

The European Parliament has honoured 47 people from across the EU with this year's Citizen's Prize for their contribution to European cooperation and the promotion of common values. The list of the winners was published on 3 June, after a consultation of the 74 proposals that made it through to the national juries. (Read more: European Citizen's Prize: honouring engaged Europeans )


May guest photographer contest topic: peace and security

Others Institutions / Development and cooperation / Information03-06-2015 - 11:03
Guest Photographer May topic "Peace & security" jury winner is "Silent river" by Cláudia Batista © Cláudia Batista "Silent river"/  

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: May guest photographer contest topic: peace and security )


European Parliament's relations with Russia

Others External relations03-06-2015 - 09:46

Following the publication of the blacklist of European politicians and officials, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on Tuesday informed the Russian Ambassador to the EU that insofar as the Russian authorities have failed to ensure transparency in their decisions, in line with international law and legal obligations, and allow the targeted individuals the right of defence and of appeal, he considers that it is now justified to take appropriate measures in response. (Read more: European Parliament's relations with Russia )

Interview with Marit Paulsen  

A proposal to streamline and simplify complicated animal health rules in the EU was informally agreed by MEPs, the European Commission and the national governments on 1 June. Marit Paulsen, the Parliament's lead negotiator, described the result as "fantastic": "Its most important principle is to prevent rather than to cure." We talked to Paulsen, who has been pushing animal welfare issues for four decades, about her interest in animals and how the new rules will make a difference. (Read more: Animal health: "The principle is the same whether taking care of a dog or pigs" )


How the majority of EU legislation gets created

Others Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure02-06-2015 - 09:57

The media often report on how Brussels has decided on a new piece of legislation, but this is a simple version of what is a very complicated process. In our interactive infographic you find a more precise overview of how decisions that affect the EU and the people living in it are taken by MEPs and the member states. (Read more: How the majority of EU legislation gets created )

Photo de famille de la Conférence des présidents du Parlement européen au château de Senningen, Luxembourg ©SIP/Julien Warnand  

The political leaders of the European Parliament discussed the priorities of the upcoming Council presidency with the government of Luxembourg, which will take over on 1 July. The Conference of Presidents, made up of EP President Martin Schulz and the chairs of the political groups, went to Luxembourg on Monday 1 June where Prime Minister Xavier Bettel presented his country's priorities. In addition to the prime minister, the EP delegation also met other members of the government. (Read more: EP leaders discuss priorities of upcoming Council presidency with Luxembourg )

Tax glossary  

Paying taxes can be complicated, but so can the vocabulary that goes with it. Tax avoidance is legal, but tax evasion isn't and just what exactly is base erosion? As the Parliament's special committee on tax rulings holds a meeting on Monday 1 June to discuss the international aspects of tax rulings, we take a closer look at the jargon. Read on for an explanation of the terms used and follow the hearing live online from 14.00 CET. (Read more: Taxing vocabulary: a glossary of the terms used by the tax rulings committee )


EP this week: PNR, taxes, animal diseases, development

Others Institutions01-06-2015 - 09:00
Parliament building in Brussels  

The civil liberties committee discusses passenger name records on Thursday, while the tax rulings committee looks at the international dimension of tax rulings. Parliament and Council negotiators will try to agree on a proposal linking animal welfare with public health. The foreign affairs and development committees discuss upcoming events on development organised by the UN and political groups will prepare for next week's plenary session. (Read more: EP this week: PNR, taxes, animal diseases, development )

Tunisian PM Habib Essid  

In a region still reeling from the effects of the Arab Spring four years, Tunisia is seen as an example, succeeding the transition to democracy. Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid visited the Parliament on 28 May to discuss challenges facing his country and the region with EP President Martin Schulz and the foreign affairs committee and the human rights and security subcommittees. We talked to him to find out his views on the migration crisis and the secret of why Tunisia is doing so well. (Read more: Essid: "EU did excellent work in Tunisia and should do same in other countries" )


Red Cross: "Life in Syria after years of conflict has become very difficult"

Others Institutions / Asylum policy28-05-2015 - 15:39
Peter Maurer on latest Red Cross missions  

Millions of people are on the run in places such as Syria and Nigeria due to the rise of violent extremism, many of them receiving essential aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Its president Peter Maurer was in the European Parliament to meet the foreign affairs committee on 26 May and President Martin Schulz on 27 May. We talked to him to find out what life is like in these crisis-hit areas and how Europe could help to make a difference. (Read more: Red Cross: "Life in Syria after years of conflict has become very difficult" )