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The 28th plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Strasbourg from 1 to 3 December 2014. The session will be opened formally by its co-presidents Louis Michel for the European Parliament and Fitz A. Jackson (Jamaica) for the ACP. (Read more: 28th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session 1 - 3 December 2014, Strasbourg )

 

Human rights: blasphemy in Pakistan; kidnapping in Iraq; war crimes in Serbia

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations27-11-2014 - 12:26

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling on the Pakistani government to review its blasphemy laws; condemning atrocities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq; and calling for action against the "wartime rhetoric" and hate speech of provisionally released Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Šešelj. (Read more: Human rights: blasphemy in Pakistan; kidnapping in Iraq; war crimes in Serbia )

 

Debate on whether Palestine should be recognised as a state

Plenary Session External relations26-11-2014 - 12:00

A large majority of MEPs clearly favoured a two state solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in a debate with the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday. But whilst they agreed on wishing to see a safe Israeli state living side by side with a viable democratic Palestinian one, they disagreed on whether it is appropriate to recognise Palestinian statehood unilaterally at this stage. (Read more: Debate on whether Palestine should be recognised as a state )

 

Poverty eradication and human rights in the post-2015 development agenda

Plenary Session Development and cooperation25-11-2014 - 12:57
Two african girls at school. ©BELGAIMAGE_AGEFOTOSTOCK  

Eradicating poverty, fighting inequalities, protecting human rights, ensuring that health systems are sustainable and making gender equality a stand-alone goal are the key aims that the EU should seek to include in the post-2015 global development agenda, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. (Read more: Poverty eradication and human rights in the post-2015 development agenda )

 

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) will meet from 1 to 3 December 2014 in Strasbourg (France) to debate the Ebola virus outbreak and terrorism in Africa. The plenary debates will be preceded over the weekend by meetings of the JPA standing committees and the women’s forum. (Read more: Ebola outbreak and terrorism in Africa on ACP-EU parliamentary meeting agenda )

 

Three decades of EP observation missions

Others Institutions / Delegations24-11-2014 - 10:32
 

The EP is not only the EU's only directly-elected institution, but it also does its best to promote democracy outside Europe. This year marks 30 years of European Parliament involvement in election observation. Last year the Parliament sent delegations to observe elections in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay and Tajikistan. In recent months MEPs participated in missions to Egypt, Tunisia and Ukraine. (Read more: Three decades of EP observation missions )

 

Ebola crisis needs EU action plan with concrete measures, say development MEPs

DEVE Development and cooperation17-11-2014 - 19:49

The EU should come up with a detailed action plan to combat the spread of the Ebola virus, Development Committee MEPs told Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides on Monday, after he briefed them on his four-day trip to the affected countries. MEPs highlighted the need to invest in these countries' health systems and not to reduce the EU humanitarian aid budget. (Read more: Ebola crisis needs EU action plan with concrete measures, say development MEPs )

 

EP should consent to EU-Georgia association deal, says Foreign Affairs Committee

AFET External/international trade / External relations17-11-2014 - 17:50

The European Parliament should grant its consent to the EU-Georgia Association Agreement in December, the Foreign Affairs Committee said in a vote on Monday. The deal, signed on 27 June 2014, aims to establish deep political association and economic integration between the EU and Georgia, leading to the progressive opening up of their markets. It includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. (Read more: EP should consent to EU-Georgia association deal, says Foreign Affairs Committee )