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A look back: the European Year for Development

Others Development and cooperation10-12-2015 - 15:47
"United" by Emanuel Gesang is the monthly winner of the guest photographer photo contest January topic "Europe in the world". ©Emanuel Gesang/United/www.emanuelgesang.com  

As the European Year for Development, 2015 has been dedicated to highlighting the role played by development cooperation. The European Parliament and especially the development committee are vital in promoting the EU's commitment to fighting hunger and eradicating poverty worldwide. "For Parliament it was also an opportunity to engage citizens in the work of the EU institutions in development policy," said development committee chair Linda McAvan, a UK member of the S&D group. (Read more: A look back: the European Year for Development )

 
The 30th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session in Brussels  

Forty years of ACP-EU cooperation, migration, the post-election situation in Burundi, and COP21 were among the topics discussed by the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly at its 30th session, which closed on Wednesday, in Brussels. (Read more: New global challenges debated by 30th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly )

 

We should tackle the roots of migration, say MEPs and ACP parliamentarians

Others External relations09-12-2015 - 15:23
ACP-EU Co-President Louis Michel (ALDE, BE) take the floor during the debate on migration  

MEPs and parliamentarians from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries discussed migration, human rights and refugees during the 30th EU-ACP parliamentary assembly in Brussels on Tuesday 8 December. Most agreed that the roots of migration, such as poverty, war and a lack of human right,s need to be addressed while some also warned that we need to prepare for climate refugees. (Read more: We should tackle the roots of migration, say MEPs and ACP parliamentarians )

 

Julie Ward on cultural diversity: "We're all human beings with common concerns"

Others Immigration / Culture08-12-2015 - 15:22
MEP Julie Ward  

Recent events in Europe have brought the issues of marginalisation and extremism to the forefront of public debate. On 7 December Parliament's culture committee adopted a report on the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values. Ahead of the vote, we spoke to report author Julie Ward, a UK member of the S&D: "We have one world and we have to find some way of being mutually respectful and tolerant of each other." (Read more: Julie Ward on cultural diversity: "We're all human beings with common concerns" )

 

COP21: parliamentary delegation attends climate change summit

Others Environment07-12-2015 - 17:18
COP Announcer  

Officials from nearly 200 countries have been meeting in Paris since late November to negotiate a new climate change agreement for after 2020. This week a delegation of 15 MEPs also takes part in the COP21 conference. Members are participating in background talks with NGOs and delegations from across the world, while the EU commissioner for climate action Miguel Arias Cañete will brief them on the progress of the talks on a daily basis. Live updates from Paris are available on our Storify page. (Read more: COP21: parliamentary delegation attends climate change summit )

 

EP this week: COP21, migration, ACP, arms control

Others Institutions07-12-2015 - 17:09
Parliament building in Brussels  

A delegation of 15 MEPs heads to Paris this week as world leaders gather at COP21 to hammer out a global agreement to fight climate change. Back in Brussels members of the civil liberties committee discuss the current situation concerning so-called migrant "hotspots" in Greece and Italy. In addition MEPs meet their counterparts from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in Brussels, and Parliament's political groups prepare for the final plenary session of the year in Strasbourg next week. (Read more: EP this week: COP21, migration, ACP, arms control )

 

"Faced with the atrocities committed in certain parts of the world, we must play our part in worldwide solidarity", said Co-President Louis Michel (ALDE, BE) at the opening of the 30th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in Brussels on Monday. " ‘Fortress Europe’ is not a solution and is unworthy of the humanist values that Europe defends", he insisted, adding that it must "shoulder its duty of humanity towards refugees fleeing war, violence or dictatorship". (Read more: Fortress Europe is no solution to migrant flows, Louis Michel tells ACP-EU JPA )

 
Family photo of the Dutch Government with martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament  

EP President Martin Schulz and the leaders of the political groups visited the Netherlands on 3 December to discuss the country taking over the Council presidency on 1 January 2016. "We are facing turbulent times, never before now the situation was as difficult as it is and the level of acceptance of the European Union is at its lowest level," Schulz said. "In this context the next six months become crucial and all the institutions, European Parliament and Council included, must deliver." (Read more: EP's political leaders discuss priorities incoming Council presidency )

 

Parliament's response to terrorist threat: Europol, passenger records

Others Security and defence03-12-2015 - 11:49
Document check at Roszke border control in Hungary  

In the wake of the terrorists attacks in Paris on 13 November, the fight against terrorism remains at the top of the European Parliament's agenda. On Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December, the civil liberties committee discussed how the EU's strategy could be improved. (Read more: Parliament's response to terrorist threat: Europol, passenger records )

 

Follow up Special Committee on Tax Rulings

Others Taxation02-12-2015 - 13:17

The Conference of Presidents of political group leaders decided unanimously today to create a special committee as a successor to the special committee on tax rulings (TAXE), which saw its final report adopted last week. The draft mandate for the new Special Committee, that will be put to a Plenary vote this evening, says that it will run for six months, starting on 2 December, with 45 members, building on the work done by its predecessor. (Read more: Follow up Special Committee on Tax Rulings )