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Debate: refusal to disclose details of implementation US-EU anti-terror deal

Others Justice and home affairs / Security and defence07-01-2015 - 15:39
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

The EU and the US are able to share information about bank transfers in order to track suspected terrorists thanks to the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) Agreement, also known as the Swift agreement. However, as Europol refuses to give public access to an annual audit report on it, there are concerns about whether there is enough democratic oversight of the deal's implementation. The EP's civil liberties committee will discuss it with European ombudsman Emily O'Reilly on Thursday. (Read more: Debate: refusal to disclose details of implementation US-EU anti-terror deal )

 

European Year for Development: main events coming up

Others Development and cooperation07-01-2015 - 15:24
Niger, Agadez, aid of the European Development Fund (EDF)  

The EU has dedicated 2015 to development cooperation and aid to highlight the importance of international development and the key role played by the EU and its member states. The Parliament will be closely involved with the events that will include the European Development Days, thematic hearings organised by the EP's development committee and the World EXPO in Milan. (Read more: European Year for Development: main events coming up )

 

European Parliament approves EU-Georgia association deal

Plenary Session External relations18-12-2014 - 12:18
Press conference on the ratification of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement with (L-R) the rapporteur Andrejs Mamikins, the Vice-President of the European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki and Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili  

The European Parliament gave its green light to the EU-Georgia Association Agreement on Thursday. The deal will establish deep political association and economic integration between the EU and Georgia, including the progressive opening up of their respective markets. (Read more: European Parliament approves EU-Georgia association deal )

 

Human rights: Venezuela; Sudan and Mauritania

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations18-12-2014 - 12:01

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling on the Venzuelan authorities to withdraw "unfounded" charges against the opposition leader; condemning the arrest of human rights activist Dr Amin Mekki Medani in Sudan; and demanding the immediate release of anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid in Mauritania. (Read more: Human rights: Venezuela; Sudan and Mauritania )

 

MEPs critical of breaches of freedom of expression in Turkey

Plenary Session External relations17-12-2014 - 18:45

MEPs from all political groups expressed their concerns over the recent arrests of journalists in Turkey and condemned all actions against media freedom, in a plenary debate on Wednesday afternoon. They agreed that the deterioration in the rule of law and fundamental rights in the country is an issue that needs to be tackled. Parliament will put a resolution to a vote in January. (Read more: MEPs critical of breaches of freedom of expression in Turkey )

 

Torture: MEPs call for investigation into EU countries' role in CIA practices

Plenary Session Institutions / Human rights / External relations17-12-2014 - 16:53
Press conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia  

Waterboarding, chaining people to walls, rectal feeding: the recently published US Senate’s report on CIA interrogation methods makes serious allegations about the agency using torture to extract information from detainees. In a plenary debate about the report on 17 December, MEPs said that trampling fundamental values in the fight against terrorism is unacceptable and that the possible complicity of EU member states in this should be investigated. (Read more: Torture: MEPs call for investigation into EU countries' role in CIA practices )

 

European Parliament resolution on recognition of Palestine statehood

Plenary Session External relations17-12-2014 - 13:16
A view of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, past the Israeli separation wall in Abu Dis in the West Bank, September 29, 2014.  ©BELGA_EYEVINE  

The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed on Wednesday. To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian parliaments. (Read more: European Parliament resolution on recognition of Palestine statehood )

 

MEPs vote to open EU market to Moldovan apples, grapes and plums

Plenary Session External/international trade17-12-2014 - 12:50

Moldova will be able to export up to 40,000 tonnes of fresh apples, 10,000 tonnes of fresh table grapes and 10,000 tonnes of fresh plums to the EU duty free, thanks to a proposal backed by MEPs on Wednesday. This should compensate Moldova's producers for their losses due to Russia’s politically-motivated ban on imports of Moldovan produce. (Read more: MEPs vote to open EU market to Moldovan apples, grapes and plums )

 

Vote: should Palestine be recognised as a state?

Others External relations17-12-2014 - 10:33
Picture of Fulvio Martusciello, EPP, and Martina Anderson, GUE/NGL, who on the 26th of November debate whether Palestine should be recognized as a state.  ©EuropeanParliament_Pietro_Naj-Oleari
©EuropeanParliament_Pietro_Naj-Oleari  

Sweden recently became the first EU country in Western Europe to recognise Palestine as a state. Today MEPs will vote on a resolution calling for Palestine to be recognised as a state. Would such a move help defuse violence in the region? We discussed it with Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL, UK), chair of the delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, and Fulvio Martusciello (EPP, Italy), chair of the delegation for relations with Israel. (Read more: Vote: should Palestine be recognised as a state? )