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Giovanni Buttarelli named new data protection watchdog

Others Citizens' rights27-11-2014 - 13:34

The next European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) will be Giovanni Buttarelli, Parliament's President Martin Schulz announced in plenary on Thursday. His Assistant Supervisor will be Wojciech Rafał Wiewiórowski. (Read more: Giovanni Buttarelli named new data protection watchdog )

 
 

Parliament marks 25th anniversary of landmark children's rights treaty

Others Institutions / Youth26-11-2014 - 11:36
Girl blowing out candles on a birthday cake. ©BELGAIMAGE_AGEFOTOSTOCK_67509911  

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The milestone will be marked with a debate in Parliament this afternoon. Ahead of today's debate, Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness shared with us her views on the Convention's importance. (Read more: Parliament marks 25th anniversary of landmark children's rights treaty )

 
 

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) will meet from 1 to 3 December 2014 in Strasbourg (France) to debate the Ebola virus outbreak and terrorism in Africa. The plenary debates will be preceded over the weekend by meetings of the JPA standing committees and the women’s forum. (Read more: Ebola outbreak and terrorism in Africa on ACP-EU parliamentary meeting agenda )

 
 

No more plastic bags polluting our environment

Others Environment24-11-2014 - 17:36
Guest photographer_Gábor Szellő / Nowadays_  

Life in plastic is not so fantastic after all. Plastic bags have been blamed for polluting the environment, especially aquatic ecosystems. Today the environment committee votes on a proposal negotiated by the Parliament and the Council to reduce the use of the commonest and most polluting plastic carrier bags. Under the new rules member states could either ban free plastic bags for shoppers by 2018 or else ensure that the average consumption of them does not exceed 90 a year per person by 2019. (Read more: No more plastic bags polluting our environment )

 
 

Three decades of EP observation missions

Others Institutions / Delegations24-11-2014 - 10:32
 

The EP is not only the EU's only directly-elected institution, but it also does its best to promote democracy outside Europe. This year marks 30 years of European Parliament involvement in election observation. Last year the Parliament sent delegations to observe elections in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay and Tajikistan. In recent months MEPs participated in missions to Egypt, Tunisia and Ukraine. (Read more: Three decades of EP observation missions )

 
 

Question time: putting an end to discrimination in the workplace

Others Institutions21-11-2014 - 16:44
Pensioner is working with computer  

Many people still face direct or indirect discrimination in the workplace despite EU laws banning these practices, according to a new European Commission report. The Parliament's employment committee will ask Commission representatives how this is possible and what they intend to do about it on Tuesday 25 November. Follow the meeting live on our website. (Read more: Question time: putting an end to discrimination in the workplace )

 
 

EU countries would have to reduce the use of the commonest and most polluting plastic carrier bags, under draft rules informally agreed between MEPs and the Italian Presidency of the Council on Monday and confirmed by the member states’ permanent representatives on Friday. Plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem, as it is known to pollute bodies of water and aquatic eco-systems in particular. (Read more: Reducing use of plastic bags: MEPs strike deal with Council Presidency )

 
 

Pope Francis to pay official visit to the European Parliament

Others Institutions21-11-2014 - 13:57

Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday 25 November. He will deliver a formal address to the Members in in the Chamber. (Read more: Pope Francis to pay official visit to the European Parliament )

 
 

Fundamental rights conference: "Things are improving"

Others Human rights20-11-2014 - 17:56
Ulrike Lunacek  

Tirana in Albania is hosting a conference on fundamental rights, non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI on 21 November, organised by the Parliament, the European Commission and the Italian Presidency. EP vice-president Ulrike Lunacek, who wrote a report on homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, will be one of the speakers. We talked to the Austrian member of the Greens/EFA group about the conference's importance. (Read more: Fundamental rights conference: "Things are improving" )

 
 

New petitions web portal: more transparent and user friendly

Others Petitions20-11-2014 - 11:58
PETI_web  

The EP's new web portal for petitions has been launched, enabling people to sign petitions online and better follow their progress in the Parliament. The aim is to make the process easier and more transparent. Read on to find out more. (Read more: New petitions web portal: more transparent and user friendly )