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Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia debated at 8th EUROLAT plenary session

Others External relations04-06-2015 - 17:57
European Parliament Vice President Antonio Tajani during the opening of the 8th plenary session of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat)  

US-Cuba relations, Venezuela´s situation and the Colombia Peace Process were among the topics debated at the eighth plenary session of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (Eurolat), which opened on Thursday in Brussels. MEPs and members of Latin America’s parliaments are to deliver a political message to the heads of state or government meeting in Brussels on 10-11 June for the European, Latin American and Caribbean Summit (EU-CELAC) (Read more: Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia debated at 8th EUROLAT plenary session )

 

May guest photographer contest topic: peace and security

Others Institutions / Development and cooperation / Information03-06-2015 - 11:03
Guest Photographer May topic "Peace & security" jury winner is "Silent river" by Cláudia Batista © Cláudia Batista "Silent river"/www.facebook.com/claudiabatistafotografia  

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: May guest photographer contest topic: peace and security )

 

European Parliament's relations with Russia

Others External relations03-06-2015 - 09:46

Following the publication of the blacklist of European politicians and officials, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on Tuesday informed the Russian Ambassador to the EU that insofar as the Russian authorities have failed to ensure transparency in their decisions, in line with international law and legal obligations, and allow the targeted individuals the right of defence and of appeal, he considers that it is now justified to take appropriate measures in response. (Read more: European Parliament's relations with Russia )

 

Development MEPs call for action to target tax evasion in developing countries

DEVE Development and cooperation01-06-2015 - 18:01

Development MEPs called on companies in all countries to adopt country-by-country reporting and make all information public in order to fight tax evasion and illicit money flows in developing countries, in a resolution adopted on Monday afternoon. It also called on the EU's financial institutions to ensure that companies receiving EU support do not participate in tax evasion and avoidance. (Read more: Development MEPs call for action to target tax evasion in developing countries )

 

TTIP: more US market access, reform investment protection, retain EU standards

INTA External/international trade28-05-2015 - 18:02
Rapporteur Bernd Lange (2nd on the Left) and the final vote on screen on the draft report, providing guidelines to the current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.  

An EU-US trade deal should deepen EU access to the US market, but must not undermine EU standards or the right to regulate in the public interest, say Trade Committee MEPs in draft recommendations voted on Thursday. Tools for resolving disputes between investors and states should be reformed and improved, they add. (Read more: TTIP: more US market access, reform investment protection, retain EU standards )

 

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid met the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Human Rights and Security and Defence subcommittees on Thursday to discuss the latest developments in his country. Security challenges, fighting terrorism and tackling migration flows were the key issues raised in the debate. (Read more: Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid on security and migration challenges )

 

Still much to be done, CAR president tells foreign affairs committee

AFET External relations27-05-2015 - 11:47

"The Central African Republic is doing much better. There is a clear improvement even if it is still very fragile," CAR's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, told foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday. CAR still needs the EU's "multi-dimensional aid", she stressed, calling on member states to redouble their efforts to help the CAR meet its electoral, budgetary and security challenges. (Read more: Still much to be done, CAR president tells foreign affairs committee )

 

TTIP: the Parliament takes another look at its position

Others External/international trade26-05-2015 - 16:46
 

The Parliament is updating its position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), outlining what issues are important to MEPs. The international trade committee, which is the committee in charge, will on Thursday decide on a draft report, providing guidelines to the current negotiations. MEPs will then vote on it during the June plenary. The European Commission conducts the talks on behalf of the EU, but do you know what role the Parliament plays? Read on to find out. (Read more: TTIP: the Parliament takes another look at its position )

 

Parliament urges EU member states to gear up for new security challenges now

Plenary Session External relations21-05-2015 - 12:56

Today’s unprecedented level of instability at EU borders demands that the EU and its member states shoulder more responsibility for their security and defence now, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They urge member states to use Common Security and Defence Policy tools more effectively, improve the fit between external and internal security measures, and pool and share resources, so as to counter terrorism, fight organised crime, strengthen cyber-defence and cope with migration. (Read more: Parliament urges EU member states to gear up for new security challenges now )

 

Human rights: Zimbabwe; Thailand; Swaziland

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation21-05-2015 - 12:20

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling for Zimbabwean human rights activist Itai Dzarana to be found immediately; the release of all political prisoners in Swaziland; protection for Rohingya asylum seekers and action against human trafficking in Thailand. (Read more: Human rights: Zimbabwe; Thailand; Swaziland )