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Industry MEPs vote to protect net neutrality

Others Information19-03-2014 - 18:08
Illustration image of an internet cable connection ©BELGA_SCIENCE  

A slow internet connection can prove both annoying and damaging to your business. This could not only be due to network congestion at peak times, but also because a telecom company decides to limit access to certain services and applications, for example those of its competitor. On 18 March, Parliament’s industry committee approved a proposal to ban this kind of practice, which violates the principle of net neutrality. (Read more: Industry MEPs vote to protect net neutrality )

 
 

European Youth Event – take part online

Others Youth05-03-2014 - 14:55
EYE campaign  

Thousands of young Europeans have now applied to take part in the European Youth Event (EYE2014) in Strasbourg in May. For all those who won’t have the chance to attend physically, there will be several other ways to follow and participate in the event online. (Read more: European Youth Event – take part online )

 
 

Youth unemployment: putting words into action

Plenary Session Youth27-02-2014 - 15:09
 

The EU launched a youth guarantee scheme to help the more than five million young Europeans who are out of work. On 26 February, MEPs questioned Commission and Council representatives on its implementation by EU countries, some of which suffer from extremely high levels of youth unemployment. Check out our interactive map to learn more about the latest youth unemployment rates in Europe. (Read more: Youth unemployment: putting words into action )

 
 

Licence to thrill: EP votes on easier licensing rules for online music providers

Others Culture / Information society03-02-2014 - 17:37
Music Symbol Computer Key In Blue Showing Online Audio  

More than 500 licensed digital music services operate worldwide, but only one of them is available in all EU member states. The multitude of licences and collecting societies makes it hard for service providers to offer their services across the whole of Europe. A new proposal intends to overcome this by setting licensing rules that will apply across the EU. MEPs will debate and vote on the plans on Tuesday 4 February. (Read more: Licence to thrill: EP votes on easier licensing rules for online music providers )

 
 
Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014  

Applications for the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014 have been extended to midnight on 10 February 2014. The prize is awarded every year to young people participating in projects designed to promote Europe among the young. Winning projects will not only benefit from recognition and media coverage, but also from prize money to further develop the initiative. (Read more: Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014: application deadline has been extended )

 
 
Umea-Riga layout  

Umeå in Sweden and Riga in Latvia are Europe's Cultural Capitals for 2014. Inaugurated in 1985 in Athens, Cultural Capitals highlight the diversity and richness of European culture while also fostering a European identity. More than 40 cities around Europe have already had the honour and since 2011 two cities from two different EU countries share the title each year. (Read more: Heading north: Umeå and Riga are Europe's Cultural Capitals for 2014 )

 
 

Broken Circle Breakdown: "Walking a thin line between comedy and tragedy"

Plenary Session Institutions / Culture11-12-2013 - 17:14
EP 2013 LUX Film Prize winner  Felix van Groeningen  

One event can make the difference between endless happiness and deepest sorrow. How the two often mix and overlap in magical ways is shown in "The Broken Circle Breakdown", a love story about a Belgian couple coping with the loss of their child. The film directed by Felix van Groeningen won the Parliament's 2013 LUX Prize. Following the award ceremony, we talked to the director about the film's success, the LUX Prize and the importance of music. (Read more: Broken Circle Breakdown: "Walking a thin line between comedy and tragedy" )

 
 

The Broken Circle Breakdown wins 2013 LUX Prize

Plenary Session Institutions / Culture11-12-2013 - 13:06
EP 2013 LUX film prize winner is Felix van Groeningen with the movie "Heart-breaking The Broken Circle Breakdown"  

"The Broken Circle Breakdown", a musical love story about a Belgium couple coping with a tragic loss, won the European Parliament's 2013 LUX Prize. Accepting the award from President Martin Schulz, director Felix van Groeningen said: "The LUX prize is a great initiative - it makes you watch a film that you otherwise wouldn’t have." The LUX Film Prize is awarded every year to films that promote European cinematography, values and social issues. (Read more: The Broken Circle Breakdown wins 2013 LUX Prize )

 
 

European Book Prize: promoting European values

Others Culture05-12-2013 - 16:23
Book Prize winners Arnaud Leparmentier (France) and Eduardo Mendoza (Spain)  

Are Europeans on the same page when it comes to culture and values? The European Book Prize is awarded each year to help promote European values and contribute to a better understanding of European culture. This year's winners received their prize at an award ceremony at the European Parliament on 4 December. The 7th edition was opened by EP president Martin Schulz. (Read more: European Book Prize: promoting European values )

 
 

ERASMUS+

Culture / Education / Youth / Sport15-11-2013 - 15:57 (European Parliament's Elections)

Erasmus+ is the new EU umbrella programme for education, training, youth and sport from 2014 to 2020. It brings together all the existing education and training programmes as well as the Youth in Action Programme, and adds sport, for the first time in an EU programme. Having a single, simplified programme should make management more transparent and easier, ensure swifter access to funding and reduce administrative costs. (Read more: ERASMUS+ )