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P. Auštrevičius deplores the deadly bomb and gun attack in Kabul

Others Delegations / External relations20-04-2016 - 13:11

Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE, LT), Chair of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with Afghanistan, strongly condemned yesterday's bomb and gun attack in Kabul sending his condolences to the victims' families. He encouraged the Afghan government and international community to enhance their counter-terrorism and anti-radicalisation efforts. (Read more: P. Auštrevičius deplores the deadly bomb and gun attack in Kabul )

 

Maria Arena: Female poverty is the result of a lifetime of discrimination

Others Women's rights/Equal opportunities19-04-2016 - 11:20
MEP Maria Arena  

Poverty has increased in Europe since the economic crisis, with women more likely to live in poverty than men. Parliament's women's rights committee adopted on Tuesday 19 April a report examining how their situation could be improved. We talked to report author Maria Arena, a Belgian member of the S&D group, about the root causes of female poverty and what could be done about it. For more information read our interview and watch the video. (Read more: Maria Arena: Female poverty is the result of a lifetime of discrimination )

 
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Fish are not only tasty and nutritious, but also increasingly at risk. Overfishing is causing fish stocks to drop around the world. The EU aims to promote sustainable fishing in Europe as part of its common fisheries policy. This week Parliament's fisheries committee votes on important agreements with Liberia and Mauritania and looks at how to improve the situation in the Mediterranean. (Read more: No to overfishing: Parliament votes on agreements to support fish stocks )

 
Parliament building in Brussels  

Parliamentary committees deal this week with the steps Turkey needs to take in order to qualify for visa-free travel in the EU as well as the thousands of migrant children that have disappeared in Europe. In addition they discuss for the first time draft amendments to gun control plans to prevent weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. (Read more: EP this week: missing migrant children, Turkey visa liberalisation, gun control )

 

Plenary highlights: PNR, Turkey, data protection, Panama papers

Others Institutions15-04-2016 - 12:55
 

MEPs adopted an agreement on the sharing of passenger name records to help fight terrorism and debated counterterrorism measures during an eventful plenary session in Strasbourg this week. They also debate revelations about the Panama papers showing how shell companies are being used to avoid paying taxes as well as the migration agreement with Turkey. In addition new rules to give people more control over their personal data were approved. (Read more: Plenary highlights: PNR, Turkey, data protection, Panama papers )

 

EP inquiry committee into Panama Papers

Others Taxation14-04-2016 - 12:41

The European Parliament Conference of Presidents, uniting the EP president and political group leaders, unanimously backed today the setting up of an inquiry committee* to investigate the so-called Panama Papers, which revealed detailed information on off-shore companies and their ultimate beneficiaries. (Read more: EP inquiry committee into Panama Papers )

 

Fight against terrorism: MEPs to debate counter-terrorism strategies

Others Security and defence12-04-2016 - 10:52
"Je suis Bruxelles" at the display of Parliamentarium  

The terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March showed the need for better cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Europe. In the wake of these events, MEPs debate counter-terrorism strategies with Commission and Council representatives in plenary on Tuesday 12 April (Read more: Fight against terrorism: MEPs to debate counter-terrorism strategies )

 

Traineeships at the Parliament: don't miss your chance to apply before 15 May

Others Institutions / Youth08-04-2016 - 09:46
Traineeships at the EP: do not miss the chance to apply before 15th of May  

A traineeship at the European Parliament offers a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in an international and multicultural environment. If you want to become a part of Parliament's day-to-day business, apply for a traineeship before the deadline of 15 May. Read on for more information. (Read more: Traineeships at the Parliament: don't miss your chance to apply before 15 May )

 

Quantum technologies: from mobile phones to supercomputers

Others Research and innovation07-04-2016 - 16:05
 

Quantum physics not only explains how matter behaves at the subatomic level, but is also used to create many devices in our everyday lives, from lasers and transistors to GPS and mobile phones. The next wave of innovation could lead to unbreakable encryption and computers that are up to one million times faster. On 6 April, Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) unit organised a workshop to discuss with experts the potential of these new quantum technologies. (Read more: Quantum technologies: from mobile phones to supercomputers )

 

Benchmarks: restoring confidence in the financial markets

Others Economic and monetary affairs06-04-2016 - 13:50
Benchmarks: restoring confidence in the financial markets ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Benchmarks are widely used to track market developments. As many financial transactions are linked to them, they can determine who benefits from investing in a particular financial product. However, financial scandals involving benchmarks such as Libor and Eurobibor have shown that they are susceptible to manipulation.On 7 April the economic affairs committee votes on new rules to ensure the full transparency of all benchmarks used in the EU. (Read more: Benchmarks: restoring confidence in the financial markets )