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Plzeň and Mons: meet Europe's cultural capitals for 2015

Others Culture16-02-2015 - 10:03
EU capitals of culture 2015 Mons and Plzeň  

Plzeň in the Czech Republic and Mons in Belgium are Europe's cultural capitals for 2015. Inaugurated in 1985, cultural capitals highlight the diversity and richness of European culture, while also fostering a European identity. More than 50 cities around Europe have already had the honour and since 2011 two cities from two different EU countries share the title each year. Read on to find out more about this year's cultural capitals. (Read more: Plzeň and Mons: meet Europe's cultural capitals for 2015 )

 

Access for all: MEPs back annual check-up for the internet

Plenary Session Information / Information society11-02-2015 - 14:21
Keyboard. ©BELGA_IMAGEBROKER  

Even the internet can do with a regular check-up. Every year stakeholders come together to discuss issues such as technology standards and the smooth running of the internet at the annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum. This United Nations initiative is now up for renewal. The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 11 February to back its renewal and ask for additional resources for this important forum. (Read more: Access for all: MEPs back annual check-up for the internet )

 

Parental abduction: the struggle to get a child taken abroad back

Others Justice and home affairs / Youth10-02-2015 - 14:31
Illustration image for child abduction ©BELGA_EASYFOTOSTOCK  

When one parent unlawfully takes her or his child abroad, the other is left with a difficult judicial battle. To ensure the prompt return of abducted children, more than 90 states, including all EU countries, are signed up to the 1980 Hague Convention, which offers a common legal framework. MEPs debate today the possibility of another eight countries joining the Convention and they will vote on it tomorrow. Follow it live on our website. (Read more: Parental abduction: the struggle to get a child taken abroad back )

 

January guest photographer contest topic: Europe in the world

Others Development and cooperation / Culture / Education05-02-2015 - 11:23
"United" by Emanuel Gesang is the monthly winner of the guestphotographer photo contest January topic "Europe in the world". ©Emanuel Gesang/United/www.emanuelgesang.com  

Take part in our new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September we will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to make a photo reportage. (Read more: January guest photographer contest topic: Europe in the world )

 

EYE hearings: empowering young people

Others Youth03-02-2015 - 11:23
EYE hearings at the European Parliament in Brussels  

Who says young people don’t want to get involved? Last year 6,000 young Europeans gathered in Strasbourg for the European Youth Event (EYE) 2014 in order to come up with fresh ideas for a better Europe. Some of the best ideas have now been presented to MEPs by some of the participants. (Read more: EYE hearings: empowering young people )

 

Charlemagne Youth Prize: deadline extended to 23 February

Others Youth30-01-2015 - 08:16
Charlemagne Youth Prize logo 2015  

Are you a 16-30 year old running a project with a European dimension? If so, you have until 23 February to register for the 2015 edition of the Charlemagne Youth Prize. The aim of the Prize is to encourage the development of European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration projects. Read on to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize as well as trips to Aachen and the European Parliament. (Read more: Charlemagne Youth Prize: deadline extended to 23 February )

 

#EYEhearings: connecting Europe's youth with policymakers

Others Youth19-01-2015 - 12:24
One of the participant of the EYE 2014 event held in Strasbourg at the European Parliament  

What happened to all the ideas discussed during the European Youth Event 2014, when 6,000 young Europeans met in Strasbourg to discuss the EU's future? From 20 January former EYE participants will present their ideas to a number of Parliament's committees. You can follow the hearings online and contribute to the discussion using the hashtag #EYEhearings. (Read more: #EYEhearings: connecting Europe's youth with policymakers )

 

EP's LinkedIn group: the debates that got people talking in 2014

Others Institutions / Information23-12-2014 - 09:00
The European Parliament LinkedIn page  

“The EU should simply stay away from the Ukraine.” ”The EU cannot stay away from Ukraine.” “Europe and the US need Russia’s market and sanctions are not an option.” ...Discussions by our LinkedIn group always lead to lively debates. As 2014 draws to a close it’s time to look back at some of the year's most popular discussions on the Parliament's LinkedIn group, which boasts 14,000 members and hosted more than 650 discussions in 2014 alone. (Read more: EP's LinkedIn group: the debates that got people talking in 2014 )

 

Get connected: discover the European Parliament on social media

Others Institutions / Information19-12-2014 - 09:00
 

From Pinterest to LinkedIn, the European Parliament is present on most major social media platforms in order to better communicate with you. On these platforms we offer not only background information and the latest news, but also videos, photos, infographics and the opportunity to discuss topical issues. Try out our interactive infographic to get a taster of what we serve up on each platform. (Read more: Get connected: discover the European Parliament on social media )

 
Interview with Lux Film Prize 2014 Director Paweł Pawlikowski  

Parliament's 2014 Lux Prize was awarded to the Polish/Danish film Ida, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. It is a story about a young novice nun, who meets her aunt and goes on a road trip to discover the dark secrets of her past. We talked to the director after the award ceremony to ask him about the film, its success and what he thinks about European cinema. (Read more: Lux Prize winner Pawlikowski: "I tried to make a film about universal things" )