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Trade committee debate on new recommendations for TTIP talks

INTA External/international trade22-01-2015 - 10:23
European Parliament Committee on International Trade INTA chair Bernd Lange  

Parliament must use its influence on framing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) rules to ensure that they serve all EU citizens, not just a few economic players and must therefore insist that the talks are more democratic and more transparent, said trade committee chair, Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), on Wednesday (Read more: Trade committee debate on new recommendations for TTIP talks )

 
 

Bernd Lange on the EU-US trade deal: “a ship in troubled waters”

Others External/international trade21-01-2015 - 18:22
Interview with Bernd Lange  

In June 2013 the EU and the US launched negotiations on the world’s largest free-trade agreement to date. It was promised that the agreement would lead to faster growth and more jobs but after seven rounds of negotiations many issues remain unresolved. We spoke to German S&D member Bernd Lange, chair of the international trade committee, who is drafting a report which will assess the results of the TTIP talks and express the Parliament's views on the main issues of a potential agreement. (Read more: Bernd Lange on the EU-US trade deal: “a ship in troubled waters” )

 
 

Nabil El Araby: "The EU is looked upon by many as the conscience of mankind"

Others External relations / Security and defence21-01-2015 - 15:25
 

Following the Paris attacks the secretary-general of the Arab League has urged greater cooperation between it and the EU to counter extremism. Addressing Parliament's foreign affairs committee on 20 January Nabil El Araby said "the problems we face now are of universal character and are not confined to one place." He outlined how the Arab world looks upon Europe and said that "the European Union has been to the forefront of all just causes." (Read more: Nabil El Araby: "The EU is looked upon by many as the conscience of mankind" )

 
 

Ukraine: MEPs condemn terrorist acts and say sanctions against Russia must stay

Plenary Session External relations15-01-2015 - 12:58

EU sanctions against Russia should stay in place until it changes its aggressive policy in Ukraine, respects the ceasefire, withdraws its troops and stops supporting separatists, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs condemn “acts of terrorism” in Ukraine. urge the EU to come up with a plan to counter the Russian "information war" and help Ukraine to carry out reforms, cope with its humanitarian and health emergency and enhance its defence capabilities. (Read more: Ukraine: MEPs condemn terrorist acts and say sanctions against Russia must stay )

 
 

MEPs call for Italian marò accused of killing Indian fishermen to be repatriated

Plenary Session External relations15-01-2015 - 12:51

The European Parliament hopes that diplomatic dispute between Italy and India over the prosecution of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 during anti-piracy operations will soon be settled, under Italian jurisdiction and/or through international arbitration, it says in a resolution voted on Thursday. Members also called for the marines to be repatriated, as their detention without charge is a "serious breach of human rights". (Read more: MEPs call for Italian marò accused of killing Indian fishermen to be repatriated )

 
 

Human rights: The case of Alexei Navalny in Russia; Pakistan; Kyrgyzstan

Plenary Session External relations15-01-2015 - 12:48

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday: stressing that the convictions of Alexei Navalny and his brother were "based on unsubstantiated charges" and calling for the judicial proceedings to be "free of political interference"; condemning the "brutal massacre of schoolchildren" in Pakistan; and deeply concerned by the homosexual propaganda bill in Kyrgyzstan. (Read more: Human rights: The case of Alexei Navalny in Russia; Pakistan; Kyrgyzstan )

 
 

MEPs debate European Year for Development 2015

Plenary Session Development and cooperation15-01-2015 - 10:08

Plans for the European Year for Development (EYD2015), aiming to show how development cooperation benefits both rich and poor and help shape the global development agenda for the next 15 years, were debated in plenary on Wednesday with the High Representative Federica Mogherini and the Council. (Read more: MEPs debate European Year for Development 2015 )

 
 

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 )