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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 )

 

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will meet Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin at 15.00 in Brussels today to discuss developments in Ukraine following the recent legislative elections there and amidst the lasting crisis in the east of the country. The meeting takes place in room József Antall 2Q2. (Read more: MEPs to debate situation in Ukraine with foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin today )

 

MEPs call on Turkey to stop provocations in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone

Plenary Session External relations13-11-2014 - 11:56

MEPs condemned Turkey’s “maritime survey” activities as encroaching upon the Republic of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone and its sovereign right to explore the natural resources within it, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text also calls on Turkey to stop its “provocative actions” and “threats” against the Republic of Cyprus. (Read more: MEPs call on Turkey to stop provocations in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone )

 

European Parliament backs EU-Moldova association deal

Plenary Session External relations13-11-2014 - 11:50
Satellite image of Moldova with the country's flag covering it  

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Moldova Association agreement, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), on Thursday in Brussels. The deal will form the backbone of strengthened political association and economic integration between the EU and Moldova and provide for mutual free market access. (Read more: European Parliament backs EU-Moldova association deal )

 

South Sudan: MEPs call on the global community to impose targeted sanctions

Plenary Session Development and cooperation13-11-2014 - 11:30

The European Parliament strongly condemned the resumption of violence in South Sudan which has caused the deaths of more than 10,000 people, in a resolution voted on Thursday. It also called for an immediate ceasefire and urged the global community to impose targeted sanctions. (Read more: South Sudan: MEPs call on the global community to impose targeted sanctions )

 
Interview with Andi Cristea  

Moldova is the latest country seeking closer ties with the EU. Today MEPs vote on an association agreement with the country, paving the way for more trade and closer cooperation. We talked to Andi Cristea, a Romanian member of the S&D group who the new head of the EP’s delegation for Moldova, about how closer ties will benefit the Eastern European country as well as the EU. (Read more: Cristea: “A European future for Moldova is the best way to guarantee prosperity” )

 

Parliament commemorated 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Plenary Session Enlargement / Taxation12-11-2014 - 18:46
People standing on the Berlin wall, celebrating and waving a German flag. 1989. ©Belga/DPA  

At the beginning of the plenary session on Wednesday, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and political group leaders commemorated the events of 9 November 1989, when citizens peacefully tore down the Berlin Wall and thus paved the way for German reunification. (Read more: Parliament commemorated 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall )