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EU–Iraq agreement: new opportunities to boost democracy

Others External/international trade / Development and cooperation / External relations15-01-2013 - 16:12
Mario Mauro  

Iraq can enjoy new economic opportunities and receive a boost to its efforts to promote democracy and human rights in the country thanks to its first-ever framework agreement with the EU. That is the view of Italian Christian Democrat MEP Mario Mauro, who is responsible for steering the agreement through Parliament. He is recommending his fellow MEPs to approve the partnership and cooperation agreement at the vote on Thursday. We spoke to him about how the EU can help Iraq. (Read more: EU–Iraq agreement: new opportunities to boost democracy )

 
 

Biopiracy: protecting genetic resources in developing countries

Others Development and cooperation / Research and innovation14-01-2013 - 11:50
Rosy periwinkle  

The rosy periwinkle has been used in traditional medicine for centuries but has now been developed into a drug to treat leukaemia. Plants with medicinal properties are increasingly being used to create new medicine, but the indigenous people who first identified these features seldom get to share the profits. This is sometimes referred to as biopiracy and MEPs will this week discuss and vote on a report by French Green MEP Catherine Grèze setting out how this could be tackled. (Read more: Biopiracy: protecting genetic resources in developing countries )

 
 

Facebook chat: human rights in Iran should not be forgotten

Others Human rights / External relations07-12-2012 - 16:38
NEW PHOTO: FB chat with Tarja Cronberg  

Human rights in Iran are once more in the spotlight not least because of the treatment of 2012 Sakharov Prize laureates Jafar Panahi and Nasrin Sotoudeh, who were both sentenced to jail. Finnish Green MEP Tarja Cronberg, the head of EP's delegation on relations with Iran, chatted with our fans on Facebook on the issue. She believes that the Sakharov prize given to the activists may help to improve the situation in the long run. (Read more: Facebook chat: human rights in Iran should not be forgotten )

 
 

EP president Martin Schulz discusses possible free trade agreement with US

Others External relations29-11-2012 - 16:05
US vice president Joe Biden (left) shakes hands with EP president Martin Schulz before a meeting at the White House in Washington DC.  

EP president Martin Schulz discussed the possibility of a free trade agreement with US vice president Joe Biden during a visit to Washington DC. After the meeting with Mr Biden, Mr Schulz said: "We discussed the possible negotiations of a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. We agreed that such an agreement could be a contribution to solving economic problems on both sides of the Atlantic." (Read more: EP president Martin Schulz discusses possible free trade agreement with US )

 
 

EU-ACP assembly - joining forces with our partners overseas

Others Development and cooperation / External relations26-11-2012 - 15:10
Formal opening of the last ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly  

There is more to the world than just Europe of course, which is why the EP cultivates close links with parliaments from all countries This week MEPs will meet their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states during the ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly in Paramaribo, Surinam. From 25-29 November they will discuss mutual concerns, such as trade relations and how they can work together on issues such as the conflict in Mali and the crisis in Somalia. (Read more: EU-ACP assembly - joining forces with our partners overseas )

 
 

MEPs back immediate ceasefire in Gaza conflict

Others External relations21-11-2012 - 20:09
Gaza conflict : MEPs support  immediate ceasefire  © Gaza_BELGA/XINHUA/K. Omar  

MEPs from across the political spectrum deplored the escalation of violence in Gaza in recent days during a lively debate on 21 November and welcomed news of an immediate ceasefire that could prove to be a first step towards addressing the underlying problems in the relations between Israel and Palestinians. MEPs will vote on a resolution on the situation in Gaza on 22 November. (Read more: MEPs back immediate ceasefire in Gaza conflict )

 
 

Enlargement: "It's important to keep the momentum going"

Others Enlargement21-11-2012 - 12:41
Maria Eleni Koppa  

Enlargement is the EU's most successful foreign policy tool, according to Maria Eleni Koppa and she has big plans for improving it further. In her report the Greek Social Democrat MEP said that accession states should commit to further integration of the EU as well as to gender equality and anti-discrimination. A strategy is also needed to involve citizens more deeply with the enlargement process. MEPs will debate her report today and vote on it tomorrow. (Read more: Enlargement: "It's important to keep the momentum going" )