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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 )

 

Plenary debate: Northern Ireland peace process and Turkish-Cypriot tensions

Others External relations12-11-2014 - 10:51
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

The peace process in Northern Ireland and recent Turkish activities in Cypriot waters will be discussed during the Brussels plenary and highlighted in two resolutions to be voted on Thursday. The Cyprus debate is to be preceded by a statement by Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign affairs chief. Follow the plenary session live on our website from 15.30 CET. (Read more: Plenary debate: Northern Ireland peace process and Turkish-Cypriot tensions )

 

MEPs pave the way for European Year for Development 2015

DEVE Development and cooperation12-11-2014 - 10:17

The designation of 2015 as European Year for Development (EYD), with the motto “Our world, our future, our dignity”, coined by MEPs, is an opportunity that must be taken to raise citizens’ awareness of the EU's contribution to fighting hunger and eradicating poverty worldwide, said MEPs on Tuesday afternoon, in their first debate on possible EYD activities. The EYD must also anchor “development thinking” in institutions around the world, they added. (Read more: MEPs pave the way for European Year for Development 2015 )

 

European Year for Development: Our world, our dignity, our future

Others Development and cooperation11-11-2014 - 11:22
Pupils playing outside a school built with EU funds in Haiti  

Europe’s economy might not be running at full throttle, but that doesn’t mean it has forgotten about others. The EU is still the world’s largest aid donor and according to a 2012 Eurobarometer survey, 85% of Europeans believe Europe should continue to help developing countries. Next year will be the European Year for Development, to celebrate what has already been achieved and seek what still needs to be done. The development committee will discuss the theme year today. (Read more: European Year for Development: Our world, our dignity, our future )

 

Colombian president: It's Colombia's turn to leave war behind and build peace

Others Institutions / External relations04-11-2014 - 17:43
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and European Parliament President Martin Schulz during the press conference  

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visited Parliament on 4 November as part of his tour to Europe to garner political support and financial aid for peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgents in his country. "We have sought Europe’s support in the peace process and I thank you so much for the support that we have received today," he said. "Europe has shown to the world that it's possible to leave war behind and build peace. Now it's Colombia’s turn." (Read more: Colombian president: It's Colombia's turn to leave war behind and build peace )