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Human rights: Azerbaijan and return of North Korean refugees

Plenary Session Human rights24-05-2012 - 17:13

All actions aimed at suppressing the freedom of expression and assembly in Azerbaijan should stop immediately, says a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday. Azerbaijan's hosting of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in its capital Baku on 26 May should be an opportunity for it to show its commitment to democracy and human rights, it adds. In a separate resolution, also passed on Thursday, Parliament calls on China to stop deporting North Korean refugees back to North Korea. (Read more: Human rights: Azerbaijan and return of North Korean refugees)

 
 

Parliament demands an end to selective justice in Ukraine

Plenary Session External relations24-05-2012 - 14:52

MEPs criticize the recent decision of the High Court of Ukraine to postpone its ruling on the appeal by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko against her seven-year prison sentence, in a resolution adopted on Thursday. They warn against delaying the legal proceedings, condemn the use of force against her by prison guards and remind Ukraine of its obligation to examine any complaints of cruel treatment. (Read more: Parliament demands an end to selective justice in Ukraine)

 
 

No EU cash for undemocratic neighbours

Plenary Session Development and cooperation24-05-2012 - 14:45

Emergency financial assistance from the EU for cash-strapped neighbours must depend on respect for human rights and democracy, said Parliament on Thursday. MEPs also oppose plans to cut Parliament out of future decisions on granting this aid. (Read more: No EU cash for undemocratic neighbours)

 
 

Maximise resources to kick start the economy

Plenary Session Environment24-05-2012 - 13:20

The EU must make better use of resources for the sake of its future economic growth and the environment, according to a resolution adopted by Parliament on Thursday. Valuable materials should be recovered instead of landfilled or incinerated and taxation should penalise resource waste to help boost the EU's competitiveness, say MEPs. (Read more: Maximise resources to kick start the economy)

 
 

Gender pay gap: Parliament calls for stiffer sanctions

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities24-05-2012 - 13:09

Parliament urged the European Commission to improve existing EU legislation to close the gender pay gap, including stricter sanctions on employers, in a vote on Thursday. The request for a legislative proposal points out that the gender pay gap still averages 16.4% in the EU, and in some member states has even widened. (Read more: Gender pay gap: Parliament calls for stiffer sanctions)

 
 

MEPs urge Switzerland to cancel "discriminatory" quotas on Eastern Europeans

Plenary Session Citizens' rights / External relations24-05-2012 - 12:47

Parliament has called on the Swiss government to revoke a "discriminatory and unlawful" decision to reimpose quotas on long-term residence permits for Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Slovene, Slovak, Czech and Hungarian citizens, in a resolution adopted by MEPs on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs urge Switzerland to cancel "discriminatory" quotas on Eastern Europeans)

 
 

More EU efforts needed to tackle youth unemployment, say MEPs

Plenary Session Youth / Employment policy24-05-2012 - 12:43

Devising a "European Investment Plan" to create new jobs, reallocating EU structural funds to projects to create them for young people, and introducing a "European Youth Guarantee" to ensure that they are not without jobs for more than four months, are among the proposals set out by MEPs in a resolution, adopted Thursday, on measures to tackle youth unemployment. (Read more: More EU efforts needed to tackle youth unemployment, say MEPs)

 
 

Parliament strongly condemns homophobic laws and violence in Europe

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs24-05-2012 - 12:36

EU Member states should set an example in fighting homophobia, says Parliament in a resolution adopted by a clear majority on Thursday. MEPs condemn homophobic laws and violence in European countries, and call on EU member states to consider giving access to cohabitation, registered partnerships or marriage to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. (Read more: Parliament strongly condemns homophobic laws and violence in Europe)

 
 

Parliament approves stricter rules to save bluefin tuna

Plenary Session Fisheries23-05-2012 - 13:29

MEPs backed new international measures to further reduce illegal catches of bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, in a vote on Wednesday aimed at ensuring more sustainable development of stocks. They also called for more advice on the identification of spawning grounds and the creation of sanctuaries. (Read more: Parliament approves stricter rules to save bluefin tuna)

 
 

MEPs take aim at China's unfair trade practices

Plenary Session External/international trade23-05-2012 - 12:44

Parliament says the EU must act together to tackle unfair competition from China and restore balanced trade, in a resolution adopted on Wednesday. The first step, it believes, is to get a clear picture of China's penetration of EU economies and for this we need a body to monitor China's investment in EU firms and purchases of European sovereign debt. (Read more: MEPs take aim at China's unfair trade practices)

 
 
 
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