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EU must provide legal protection to whistle-blowers, urge MEPs

Plenary Session Human rights / Citizens' rights / External relations07-07-2016 - 09:45

Whistle-blowers leaking information in the public interest play a crucial role in upholding democracies, and must therefore be better protected from prosecution, reprisals and threats. This was the key message voiced by many MEPs in Wednesday evening’s debate with Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Ivan Korčok from the Slovak Presidency of the Council on how to improve legal safeguards for people revealing illegal or unethical activities in the public or private sectors. (Read more: EU must provide legal protection to whistle-blowers, urge MEPs )

 

Wednesday debates on EU’s global strategy, Middle East peace process and China

Plenary Session External relations06-07-2016 - 14:00

MEPs are to debate a new EU “global strategy”, setting out the EU’s core interests and principles in the world, with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday at 15.00. This debate will be followed by another on new Middle East peace process initiatives and a third on the EU’s engagement with China for the next five years. (Read more: Wednesday debates on EU’s global strategy, Middle East peace process and China )

 

Palestinian President puts his state’s case to MEPs

Plenary Session External relations23-06-2016 - 13:17
Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, puts his state’s case to MEPs  

“It is time for our people to live in freedom, without walls and checkpoints”, urged President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas in his address to MEPs on Thursday. He conveyed his people’s gratitude to the European Parliament for recognising a State of Palestine and criticised Israel for pursuing its occupation of Palestinian territories. (Read more: Palestinian President puts his state’s case to MEPs )

 

Stop massacres in eastern Congo and bring perpetrators to justice, urge MEPs

Plenary Session External relations23-06-2016 - 12:16

MEPs urge all parties fighting in north-eastern Congo to put an “end to the violence, lay down their arms, release all children from their ranks and promote dialogue” towards a peaceful solution, in a resolution voted on Thursday, after a debate on Wednesday. "There can be no impunity for perpetrators", they add. (Read more: Stop massacres in eastern Congo and bring perpetrators to justice, urge MEPs )

 

Israeli President calls on MEPs to help build trust in the Middle East

Plenary Session External relations22-06-2016 - 16:40
Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, calls on MEPs to help build trust in the Middle East  

“The elected Israeli leadership has been and is in support of two states for two peoples solution”, President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin, told MEPs on Wednesday. However “at this time, a permanent agreement for peace between us and Palestinians cannot be achieved”, he added, calling on EU to help build trust between the parties. (Read more: Israeli President calls on MEPs to help build trust in the Middle East )

 

Palestine refugees: "Another generation faces trauma of lost homes"

Others External relations17-06-2016 - 12:57
Pierre Krähenbühl, head of UNRWA  

The situation continues to be dire for Palestinians: 95% of Palestine refugees in Syria are dependent on humanitarian aid and 65% of young Gazans are unemployed. Pierre Krähenbühl, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), discussed their plight with Parliament's foreign affairs and development committees on 13 June, calling on the international community to work towards a credible political solution for the problems of the Middle East. (Read more: Palestine refugees: "Another generation faces trauma of lost homes" )

 

Conflict minerals: MEPs secure mandatory due diligence for importers

INTA External/international trade16-06-2016 - 13:29

All but the smallest EU firms importing tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold and their ores will have to do "due diligence" checks on their suppliers, to stop this trade being used to help fund conflicts and human rights abuses, says a political understanding reached by MEPs, ministers and the EU Commission on Wednesday. Due diligence will also be mandatory for smelters and refiners. The EU Commission will press big manufacturers to disclose details of products that might contain conflict minerals. (Read more: Conflict minerals: MEPs secure mandatory due diligence for importers )

 

Strengthening the ACP-EU Assembly to meet today’s global challenges

Others Delegations / External relations15-06-2016 - 16:59

Local governance, stepping up intra-ACP trade and common management of ACP-EU migration were among the topics discussed by the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) at its 31st session, which closed on Wednesday 15 June, in Windhoek, Namibia. (Read more: Strengthening the ACP-EU Assembly to meet today’s global challenges )

 

No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs

AFET External relations14-06-2016 - 16:49

If Turkey goes on undermining rule of law principles and stripping Members of the Turkish Parliament of their immunities, then it should not expect to be granted an EU visa-free regime, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday in a debate with Selahattin Demirtaş, co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). They also voiced solidarity with Mr Demirtaş’ efforts to revive the Kurdish peace process talks. (Read more: No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs )

 

Future of ACP-EU relations depends on stepping up parliamentary oversight

Others Delegations / External relations13-06-2016 - 17:10

"The Cotonou Agreement remains unique in the world, and whatever form the next partnership takes, it will have to be tailored to today’s world, and include wider civil society participation and stronger parliamentary oversight and diplomacy », said Michèle RIVASI (Greens/EFA, FR), EU Co-President ad interim of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, for its 31st session. (Read more: Future of ACP-EU relations depends on stepping up parliamentary oversight )