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Schulz: “Energy union is a historic project”

Others Institutions19-03-2015 - 19:47
From left to right: Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, Latvian Prime Minister; Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council; Mr Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament; Mr Uwe CORSEPIUS, Secretary-General of the Council. © European Union 2015  

Martin Schulz welcomed plans for an energy union calling it a “historic project on a par only with the Coal and Steel Community” in a speech at the start of the Council summit on 19 March. The EP President also called for more energy efficiency and diversification of energy suppliers: “Depending on just a few suppliers makes us vulnerable to divide-and-rule tactics and threats of blocking energy supply routes.” (Read more: Schulz: “Energy union is a historic project” )

 

EU-US trade deal: what does Europe have to gain from it?

Others External/international trade19-03-2015 - 17:09
"TTIP: what's in it for the Europeans?" hearing and debate with Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. In the photo also EP trade chair Bernd Lange  

The negotiations for an EU-US trade deal - also known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - continue to provoke debate. The international trade committee discussed on 18 March the potential benefits with representatives from business, trade unions, consumer and environmental organisations. Committee chair Bernd Lange, a German member of the S&D group, explained: “I have many meetings on TTIP and one question always comes up – what will this mean for me specifically?" (Read more: EU-US trade deal: what does Europe have to gain from it? )

 
Euronest Parliament Assembly in Yerevan  

Parliamentarians are discussing how to improve relations between the EU and its eastern neighbourhood as part of the fourth ordinary session of the Euronest assembly under way in the Armenian capital Yerevan this week. Starting on 16 March, the three-day meeting brings MEPs together with MPs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Among the issues being addressed are energy security, Russian aggression and relations with Belarus. (Read more: Euronest assembly: "We must focus on the values and aspirations which unite us" )

 
European Parliament President Martin Schulz meeting with the Chairman of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.  

“China-EU relations are 40 years old and deserve the highest level of support and ambition,” tweeted EP President Martin Schulz after meeting Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing. Schulz is in China until Wednesday for a three-day official visit to discuss furthering cooperation between the EU and China, especially at the parliamentary level. (Read more: Schulz: China-EU relations deserve highest level of support and ambition )

 
EP this week  

MEPs vote on financial aid to Ukraine this week and debate the EU-US free trade agreement, also known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Meanwhile EP delegations visit Washington to debate data protection with US government representatives and also Yerevan in Armenia to discuss EU relations with countries near its eastern border. (Read more: EP this week: Ukraine, US trade agreement, EU relations with other countries )

 
MEPs cast their vote during a plenary sitting  

Starting out as a consultative body, the European Parliament now has a say on nearly all EU legislation, but how much do you really know about the only directly-elected EU institution ? Read on to find out the essentials about the world's largest international parliament. (Read more: Democracy in action: 8 things you need to know about the European Parliament )

 

Single media accreditation office to open on 16 March

Others Institutions13-03-2015 - 10:16

To make accreditation easier and more efficient for media, the European Parliament is to open a new media accreditation office on 16 March. It will process all accreditation requests, whatever the type of media or the type of accreditation required. The office will be next to the reopened press entrance to the Paul-Henri Spaak building. (Read more: Single media accreditation office to open on 16 March )

 

President Schulz: We need a common foreign and security policy

Others Institutions12-03-2015 - 14:20
Facebook chat write-up with European Parliament President Martin Schulz  

Security policy, Russia and creating growth and tackling unemployment were the top topics when President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz discussed current EU affairs with the EP’s Facebook fans in a Facebook chat organised by the Parliament on Wednesday. Schulz stated that it is “important to get growth and jobs going again” and that “we should find a way to cooperate, if Russia wants to cooperate with us”. (Read more: President Schulz: We need a common foreign and security policy )

 

Subscribe, discuss, submit! The European Parliament on Reddit

Others Information12-03-2015 - 11:09
Join the European Parliament on Reddit_  

The European Parliament’s social media landscape has become richer by a platform. You can now find us on Reddit, or as many of its users know it, “The front page of the internet”. The European Parliament’s page on Reddit is dedicated to sharing information and discussing the work of the Parliament and its committees with you. Join us, comment and contribute links and sources on r/europeanparliament. (Read more: Subscribe, discuss, submit! The European Parliament on Reddit )

 

Facebook chat: discuss EU affairs with EP President Martin Schulz

Others Institutions11-03-2015 - 14:52
FB Chat with EP President Martin Schulz  

Europe is facing many challenges, from high unemployment to fighting terrorism. These issues are European and so the solutions should be European too, argues Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament. Do you agree? Discuss it during the Parliament’s Facebook chat with Schulz on Wednesday 11 March from 15.30 CET. (Read more: Facebook chat: discuss EU affairs with EP President Martin Schulz )