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EU defence: more Nato or closer cooperation between member states?

Others Security and defence24-10-2016 - 10:00
 

Europe is facing unprecedented security challenges. Will the traditional reliance on Nato suffice or should the EU invest more in its own defence and move towards stronger cooperation between member states? On Monday 24 October the foreign affairs committee votes on a report calling for a permanent and systematic defence cooperation between EU countries as part of a European Defence Union. Find out more in our video interview with prominent MEPs. (Read more: EU defence: more Nato or closer cooperation between member states? )

 

Europe’s strategy towards Russia: how Parliament sees the way forward

Others External relations20-10-2016 - 17:06
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EU-Russia relations have long been difficult but following Moscow’s recent involvement in the bombing of Aleppo they have deteriorated even further. Tonight at the European Council heads of EU states discuss the EU's strategy towards Russia. MEPs have strongly condemned Russia’s role in Syria and called for a "critical reassessment" of EU relations with the country. Read on for an overview of Parliament's position. (Read more: Europe’s strategy towards Russia: how Parliament sees the way forward )

 

MEPs debate CETA trade agreement with business, health, trade unions and farmers

INTA External/international trade12-10-2016 - 14:36

International Trade Committee MEPs, farmers, businesses, public health and trade union representatives debated the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada on Wednesday morning. CETA can only enter into force with the European Parliament’s approval. (Read more: MEPs debate CETA trade agreement with business, health, trade unions and farmers )

 

Be aware of Russian and ISIS propaganda, warn foreign affairs MEPs

AFET External relations10-10-2016 - 18:23

Propaganda pressure on the EU from Russia and Islamic terrorist organisations is growing, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday. It seeks to distort the truth, incite fear, provoke doubt and divide the EU. However, this pressure should be countered, not with more propaganda, but with positive messaging, awareness raising and education to increase the information literacy amongst EU citizens, MEPs add. (Read more: Be aware of Russian and ISIS propaganda, warn foreign affairs MEPs )

 

Plenary highlights: Paris agreement, torture and free InterRail for 18-year-olds

Plenary Session Human rights / Immigration / External/international trade / Transport / Environment07-10-2016 - 10:02
 

MEPs formally endorsed the United Nations global climate agreement agreed during last December’s COP21 Conference in Paris during this week's plenary session, clearing the way for its ratification and implementation. They also endorsed a ban on exporting EU products that could be used for torture and the death penalty and approved financial assistance for laid-off workers. In addition they supported the idea of free rail passes for 18-year-olds to help them discover Europe. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Paris agreement, torture and free InterRail for 18-year-olds )

 

MEPs urge Russia and Assad regime to stop shelling civilians

Plenary Session External relations06-10-2016 - 12:21

MEPs urge all parties in the Syrian war, and especially Russia and the Assad regime, to stop bombing civilians, in a resolution voted on Thursday. They condemn the recent attacks on hospitals and a humanitarian relief convoy and call on International Syria Support Group members to resume negotiations for a stable truce and an eventual peace deal in Syria. (Read more: MEPs urge Russia and Assad regime to stop shelling civilians )

 

Human rights: Ms Ingabire in Rwanda, killings in Sudan and Mr Hall in Thailand

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations06-10-2016 - 12:15

Parliament condemns any act of intimidation, arrest, detention or prosecution of opposition party leaders, members and activists in Rwanda, the ongoing indiscriminate bombing of civilians and human rights breaches in Sudan, and the guilty verdict against worker's rights defender Andy Hall in Thailand, in three separate resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Ms Ingabire in Rwanda, killings in Sudan and Mr Hall in Thailand )

 

Colombia: plebiscite result is disappointing but peace is irreversible, say MEPs

Plenary Session External relations05-10-2016 - 19:18

The rejection in last Sunday’s plebiscite of the peace deal agreed by the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) was a disappointment, but it does not compromise the peace process, which a majority of MEPs consider “irreversible”. In a plenary debate on Wednesday, they urged the EU to continue supporting the negotiations and insisted that the FARC should be kept off the list of terrorist groups. (Read more: Colombia: plebiscite result is disappointing but peace is irreversible, say MEPs )

 

MEPs to assess the situation in Syria, Colombia and DRC

Plenary Session External relations05-10-2016 - 11:00

The latest developments in Syria, including failed US-Russia attempts to revive the ceasefire followed by the Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against Aleppo, will be debated on Wednesday at 15.00. Following this, MEPs will take stock of Colombia’s referendum vote narrowly rejecting a peace deal with the rebel group FARC. Later, MEPs will also assess the deteriorating political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Read more: MEPs to assess the situation in Syria, Colombia and DRC )

 

MEPs strengthen EU export ban on “torture goods”

Plenary Session External/international trade04-10-2016 - 13:39

Revised EU rules to prevent trade in goods and services that may contribute to torture or execution were approved by MEPs on Tuesday. In negotiations with member states on previous drafts, the European Parliament inserted a ban on the marketing and transit of equipment used for cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of people in third countries. (Read more: MEPs strengthen EU export ban on “torture goods” )