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Interview with Olga Sehnalová  

Imagine having a serious car accident and not being able to call the emergency services. Soon your car might do it for you. MEPs debate the deployment of the eCall automatic alert system for cars on Monday 27 April and vote on it on Tuesday 28 April. Czech S&D member Olga Sehnalová, who wrote the report, explained us earlier why eCall is needed, how data will be protected and what it will cost consumers. (Read more: Sehnalová on eCall: "We've put great emphasis on protection of personal data" )

 
Coming soon in a cinema near you... Giving a boost to European films Infographic - Culture24-04-2015 - 14:25

European films still often struggle to reach a wide audience. Apart from its cultural contribution, the European film industry provides many jobs and stimulates economic growth. On 27 April MEPs discuss a report on how Europe could become more competitive with its films, especially compared to its main rival the US. They will vote on the report the following day. Check out our infographic for more details. (Read more: Coming soon in a cinema near you... Giving a boost to European films )

 
 

Subscribe, discuss, submit! The European Parliament on Reddit

Others Information12-03-2015 - 11:09
Join the European Parliament on Reddit_  

The European Parliament’s social media landscape has become richer by a platform. You can now find us on Reddit, or as many of its users know it, “The front page of the internet”. The European Parliament’s page on Reddit is dedicated to sharing information and discussing the work of the Parliament and its committees with you. Join us, comment and contribute links and sources on r/europeanparliament. (Read more: Subscribe, discuss, submit! The European Parliament on Reddit )

 

Browse, read, explore: 100 books on Europe

Others Culture04-03-2015 - 17:45
EPRS "100 books on Europe to remember" opening ceremony with EP President Martin Schulz  

Thought you knew everything about Europe? Think again! The Parliament has selected 100 books, studies and academic works that offer insight in the philosophy behind the European project. The aim of the list featuring authors from all over Europe is to present the ideas and people behind European integration, which may also help to find solutions to the challenges Europe is facing now. The list is available on a dedicated website which can be searched in various ways. (Read more: Browse, read, explore: 100 books on Europe )

 

February guest photographer contest topic: " Education "

Others Institutions / Culture04-03-2015 - 14:10
"Thirst for knowledge in asylum conditions" by Hristo Rusev is the guest photographer "Education" topic winner ©Hristo Rusev/www.hristorusevphotography.blogspot.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: February guest photographer contest topic: " Education " )

 

Your turn: advise the Parliament on how private sector can foster development

Others Institutions / Information04-03-2015 - 12:16
LinkedIn "advise your MEP" campaign with Nirj Deva  

Get involved: Nirj Deva, a UK member of the ECR group, is inviting everyone to contribute to his report on how the private sector could help to foster development worldwide. Starting today, the report will be discussed by the European Parliament's LinkedIn group. Join the discussion and help Deva write his final report. (Read more: Your turn: advise the Parliament on how private sector can foster development )

 
 

The UN's International Mother Language Day is marked every 21 February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity around the world. Diversity is the bedrock of Europe's cultural heritage, so the EU is keen to also protect linguistic diversity. The EU boast 24 official languages, but how many of them can you recognise? Try our quiz to find out. (Read more: International Mother Language Day: celebrating linguistic diversity in Europe )

 

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 )