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MEPs condemn Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria

Plenary Session Security and defence14-01-2015 - 19:29
Nigerian security inspect the scene of a bomb blast at the Jos Terminus Market,Nigeria  

MEPs strongly condemned the atrocities committed by Boko Haram in Nigeria and voiced their solidarity with the families of victims and the Nigerian people, in a debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday. They also deplored the lack of international attention to the massacre committed in the city of Baga and called on the international community to help Nigeria to eradicate the causes of terrorism there. (Read more: MEPs condemn Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria )

 

Foreign policy: MEPs call for more European unity

Plenary Session External relations14-01-2015 - 18:14

The EU must be more united and more coordinated to face new challenges to its security, a majority of MEPs said in Wednesday's debate with Federica Mogherini on the EU's foreign, security and defence policies. Many said, following the Paris terrorist attacks, that internal and external policies must be coherent and called for more cooperation and intelligence- sharing between EU member countries. (Read more: Foreign policy: MEPs call for more European unity )

 

Debate: “Libya is at risk of becoming a failed state"

Plenary Session Delegations13-01-2015 - 14:05
Libyans wave the national flag as they gather at Martyrs' Square  

Almost four years after the beginning of the Libyan uprising, rival political groups and armed militias continue to fight for power. MEPs will debate the deteriorating situation in the country with EU foreign chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday afternoon and vote on a resolution on Thursday. “Libya is at risk of becoming a failed state," said Pier Antonio Panzeri, the chair of the delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries, ahead of the plenary debate. Follow it live on our website. (Read more: Debate: “Libya is at risk of becoming a failed state" )

 

Ready, set, click: take part in our guest photographer contest

Others Institutions / Development and cooperation09-01-2015 - 14:18
Become our "guest photographer"  

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: Ready, set, click: take part in our guest photographer contest )

 

€56.5 billion: how the EU and member states are fighting poverty world-wide

Others Development and cooperation08-01-2015 - 14:36
 

When it comes to fighting poverty around the globe, the EU and the member states take it very seriously. Together they are the world's largest aid donor, spending €56.5 billion in 2013 alone to help countries across the world fight poverty. This represented more than half of public aid that year. In December 2013 the European Parliament approved more than € 51.4 billion for supporting countries and regions outside the EU in 2014-2020. (Read more: €56.5 billion: how the EU and member states are fighting poverty world-wide )

 

Trade Committee Chair Lange welcomes publication of TTIP texts

INTA External/international trade07-01-2015 - 15:47

The EU Commission’s publication of legal texts proposed by the EU for eight chapters of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal was thanks to the European Parliament’s continuous and persistent demands for transparency, noted EP Trade Committee chair Bernd Lange (S&D, DE) on Wednesday. Mr Lange welcomed the publication as an “important first step towards a public debate based on facts rather than speculation”. (Read more: Trade Committee Chair Lange welcomes publication of TTIP texts )

 

Debate: refusal to disclose details of implementation US-EU anti-terror deal

Others Justice and home affairs / Security and defence07-01-2015 - 15:39
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

The EU and the US are able to share information about bank transfers in order to track suspected terrorists thanks to the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) Agreement, also known as the Swift agreement. However, as Europol refuses to give public access to an annual audit report on it, there are concerns about whether there is enough democratic oversight of the deal's implementation. The EP's civil liberties committee will discuss it with European ombudsman Emily O'Reilly on Thursday. (Read more: Debate: refusal to disclose details of implementation US-EU anti-terror deal )

 

European Year for Development: main events coming up

Others Development and cooperation07-01-2015 - 15:24
Niger, Agadez, aid of the European Development Fund (EDF)  

The EU has dedicated 2015 to development cooperation and aid to highlight the importance of international development and the key role played by the EU and its member states. The Parliament will be closely involved with the events that will include the European Development Days, thematic hearings organised by the EP's development committee and the World EXPO in Milan. (Read more: European Year for Development: main events coming up )

 

European Parliament approves EU-Georgia association deal

Plenary Session External relations18-12-2014 - 12:18
Press conference on the ratification of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement with (L-R) the rapporteur Andrejs Mamikins, the Vice-President of the European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki and Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili  

The European Parliament gave its green light to the EU-Georgia Association Agreement on Thursday. The deal will establish deep political association and economic integration between the EU and Georgia, including the progressive opening up of their respective markets. (Read more: European Parliament approves EU-Georgia association deal )

 

Human rights: Venezuela; Sudan and Mauritania

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations18-12-2014 - 12:01

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling on the Venzuelan authorities to withdraw "unfounded" charges against the opposition leader; condemning the arrest of human rights activist Dr Amin Mekki Medani in Sudan; and demanding the immediate release of anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid in Mauritania. (Read more: Human rights: Venezuela; Sudan and Mauritania )