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Women in science: how to achieve equality in academia

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities10-02-2017 - 10:34
 

Even though more and more women pursue scientific studies, only one in three researchers in the EU are women. With the International Day of Women and Girls in Science being marked on 11 February, we asked MEPs Eva Kaili and Michèle Rivasi what should be done to attract more women to science. Watch the video to find out what they had to say. (Read more: Women in science: how to achieve equality in academia )

 

Emissions scandal: “The key is to make the rules as robust as possible”

Others Free movement of goods / Consumers / Environment09-02-2017 - 16:02
Interview with Daniel Dalton  

The Volkswagen scandal - involving the manipulation of emission tests - exposed the weakness of the current EU car certification system. On Thursday the internal market committee adopted proposals aimed at making this more difficult, including checks on cars already in circulation. The proposals will now need to be approved by all MEPs during an upcoming plenary session. We talked to UK ECR member Daniel Dalton, the MEP in charge of steering these plans through Parliament. (Read more: Emissions scandal: “The key is to make the rules as robust as possible” )

 

Robots take over the Parliament

Others Justice and home affairs08-02-2017 - 12:42
Media seminar on "European Law on Robotics"  

Robots were the guests of honour at today's press seminar on creating rules and laws to regulate their use. MEPs will vote on a report on this during next week's plenary. Report author Mady Delvaux, a Luxembourg member of the S&D group, also took the time to answers questions about it by followers of our Facebook page yesterday. (Read more: Robots take over the Parliament )

 

EU-Russia relations: a key strategic challenge

Others External relations / Security and defence07-02-2017 - 15:51
SEDE commission meeting - Deterioration of the security situation in the East of Ukraine, in particular around Avdiivka -with Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze  

Amid temperatures of -20°C people in Eastern Ukraine were cut off from electricity, heating and water after pro-Russian rebels broke the ceasefire and started shelling the area last week. Another sign that managing EU-Russia relations remains a challenge especially in view of the country's assertiveness and uncertainty surrounding the future of US foreign policy. The security and defence subcommittee discussed on Monday Russia's influence in Ukraine and Southern Caucasus and how to react to it. (Read more: EU-Russia relations: a key strategic challenge )

 

Gender equality: time to close the gap

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities06-02-2017 - 17:46
 

It would take another 70 years for women to earn the same as men with the current pace of progress, according to the European Commission. Europe might be one of the world's leaders when it comes to gender equality, but in the EU women still get on average lower salaries and pensions and continue to be underrepresented in political and economic positions of power and decision-making. A report adopted by the women's rights committee today urges the EU to step up its efforts. (Read more: Gender equality: time to close the gap )

 

Björk: "Female genital mutilation way to control women’s bodies and sexuality"

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities06-02-2017 - 15:46
Portrait of Malin BJÖRK with a reproduction of a clitoridis in her hands  

Some 200 million women and girls have suffered a form of genital mutilation. It consists of cutting off genitalia and is mostly carried out on young girls up to 15 years old. On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on 6 February we spoke to women's right committee member Malin Björk, a Swedish MEP from the GUE/NGL group, about what should be done to end the practice. (Read more: Björk: "Female genital mutilation way to control women’s bodies and sexuality" )

 

In Parliament this week: cleaner cars, border checks, tax avoidance

Others Institutions06-02-2017 - 12:04
Parliament building in Brussels. Photo of glass wall with large EU flag  

The internal market committee votes this week on new rules to improve the quality and independence of safety and environmental tests for new cars. The economic committee discusses the latest economic and monetary developments, while the civil liberties committee debates whether to extend temporary internal border checks in some European countries with representatives from the European Commission. (Read more: In Parliament this week: cleaner cars, border checks, tax avoidance )

 

Priorities for Europe: EU leaders set objectives for 2017

Others Institutions03-02-2017 - 11:31
 

To create a better Europe, the EU is focusing this year on legislative proposals that can make a difference to everyone. The main issues to tackle include security, the migration crisis, climate change and the digital single market. Find out more about the EU's six priorities for 2017 and what Parliament is doing to make them possible. (Read more: Priorities for Europe: EU leaders set objectives for 2017 )

 
Tajani Valletta summit  

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani visited Malta on the eve of the Informal European Council to be held in Valletta on 3 February. Tajani met representatives of Maltese civil society, student organisations, unions, business organisations and NGOs at Europe House in Valletta for an informal exchange of views on the challenges facing Europe today. (Read more: ‘Less bureaucracy and more politics’ message by Tajani to Summit in Valletta )

 

Share your story on My House of European History

Others Institutions02-02-2017 - 16:21
My House of European History - European Union 2017 / EP  

What does it mean to be a European? It’s not just the great leaders: all people are a part of this history and they have a valuable role to play in preserving this common heritage and identity of ours. So dig through your photos, your videos or even sound files, find digital content you feel is appropriate to share with everyone and upload it to My House of European History, our collaborative platform that aims to become a virtual library of testimonials and stories from people across Europe. (Read more: Share your story on My House of European History )