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Tablet app story - picture_  

From Facebook to Foursquare, the European Parliament can already be found in many different places. This now also includes your very own tablet with the creation of the EP's first-ever application for Apple and Android tablets. The Box Your EP app offers a fun way to learn about the Parliament and its activities ahead of the European elections in May. Create your own box, take a peek inside other people's boxes, read about the elections and compete with friend in a series of challenging quizzes. (Read more: Box Your EP: discover the European Parliament's first ever tablet application )


National treasure: “Member states should decide what is national heritage”

Others Institutions / Culture09-04-2014 - 16:34
Interview with Marie-Christine Vergiat  

Some 40,000 cultural objects are illegally removed from EU countries every year and only a handful of them are ever returned. On 10 April, the EP's culture committee votes on an informal deal with governments to update EU legislation to facilitate the return of these objects. Ahead of the vote, we talked to Marie-Christine Vergiat, a French member of the GUE/NGL group who is responsible for steering these plans through Parliament, to ask her how these changes will improve the situation. (Read more: National treasure: “Member states should decide what is national heritage” )


Live: workshop on new learning and teaching technologies

Others Institutions / Education07-04-2014 - 17:08
Watch it live  

Although 76% of EU households have access to broadband internet, only 20% of students can benefit from good digital teaching. A workshop at the EP on Tuesday 8 April looks at new learning and teaching technologies. It is organised by the EP's Science and Technology Options Assessment Unit (STOA), which gives independent scientific advice to MEPs, by identifying strategic policy options for the long term in specific science and technology areas. Watch the workshop live online. (Read more: Live: workshop on new learning and teaching technologies )

Twitteropolis: interactive map to the European Parliament on Twitter Infographic - Information28-03-2014 - 10:37

In a hurry? Twitter is the fastest way to get updates about decisions taken by the European Parliament. With its 140 character messages, the social network has become the platform of choice for politicians, journalists and other news junkies. But how do you find the best account to follow for you among the nearly 100 official Twitter accounts run by the Parliament? Our interactive Twitter map shows the way. (Read more: Twitteropolis: interactive map to the European Parliament on Twitter )


EYE2014: the full programme

Others Youth27-03-2014 - 13:48
Strasbourg building for EYE  

Ahead of the European elections, 6,000 young Europeans will meet at the European Youth Event (EYE) on 9-11 May to participate in workshops, hearings, debates and discussions organised by the European Parliament and its partners. All the activities are based on five issues important to young people in Europe: employment, digital revolution, future of the European Union, sustainability and European values. (Read more: EYE2014: the full programme )


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 )