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Murder of Boris Nemtsov: MEPs call for independent international investigation

Plenary Session External relations12-03-2015 - 12:22
People march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin  

The murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov calls for an independent international investigation, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. This is the "most significant political murder in recent Russian history", they add, warning that Kremlin propaganda is turning Russia into a "state of repression, hate speech and fear". (Read more: Murder of Boris Nemtsov: MEPs call for independent international investigation )

 

MEPs to debate Nemtsov's murder and annual foreign policy report with Mogherini

Plenary Session External relations11-03-2015 - 14:00

MEPs will debate the murder of the Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and the state of democracy in Russia with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at 15.00. This will be followed by debates on foreign and security policy, human rights in the world, developments in Libya, the Mali peace agreement and EU counter-terrorism cooperation with the League of Arab States. (Read more: MEPs to debate Nemtsov's murder and annual foreign policy report with Mogherini )

 

MEPs concerned about polarisation in Western Balkans countries

Plenary Session Enlargement11-03-2015 - 13:52

Assessing the reform progress of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 2014, Parliament points in resolutions passed on Wednesday to continuing challenges with the rule of law, corruption, discrimination, the pace of structural reform and the polarisation of politics. It hails the resumption of high-level talks between Pristina and Belgrade and says their relations must be fully normalised. (Read more: MEPs concerned about polarisation in Western Balkans countries )

 

Lunacek: The EP must continue to push for visa liberalisation for Kosovo

Plenary Session Enlargement11-03-2015 - 10:18
ITW with Ulrike Lunacek  

Seven years after declaring independence, Kosovo still faces many challenges such as poor economic prospects and high unemployment rates, while five EU countries have not recognised it as a country. MEPs vote today on a resolution on Kosovo's European integration process, drafted by Austrian Greens/EFA member Ulrike Lunacek. We talked to her about the situation in the country ahead of the vote. Follow the vote live on our website from 13.00 CET. (Read more: Lunacek: The EP must continue to push for visa liberalisation for Kosovo )

 

Western Balkans: measuring progress towards European integration

Plenary Session Enlargement10-03-2015 - 15:06
 

Western Balkan countries hoping to join the EU in the medium term still have a number of obstacles to overcome, such as the economic crisis, corruption and the need to guarantee media freedom. On 10 March MEPs debate annual reports outlining the progress of Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia towards EU accession and the integration of Kosovo. Check out our infocharts for economic and social data on current and potential candidate countries from the region. (Read more: Western Balkans: measuring progress towards European integration )

 

The EU and its member states must shoulder more responsibility for their security and defence at once, given the unprecedented levels of instability at EU borders, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday. Member states must, as a matter of urgency, make more effective use of Common Security and Defence Policy tools, coordinate their internal and external security actions and pool resources more closely, says the text. (Read more: EU must adapt to new security challenges at once, say foreign affairs MEPs )

 
Interview with Eduard Kukan  

The problems in Ukraine, Syria and Libya make it necessary to rethink the way the EU interacts with nearby countries.The EU is consulting on a new Neighbourhood Policy with partners in neighbouring countries and with stakeholders across the EU until the end of June. On 9 March the foreign affairs committee discussed the initiative with Johannes Hahn, the commissioner responsible for enlargement. We spoke with Slovakian EPP member Eduard Kukan, who is writing a report on the consultation. (Read more: New Neighbourhood Policy: "We should not forget values that matter most to us" )

 

Schulz on denial of entrance onto Russian territory of MEP Kalniete

Others External relations03-03-2015 - 13:16

EP President Martin Schulz said: "The repeated and arbitrary denial of entrance onto Russian territory of elected parliamentarians, as testified by the latest case of MEP Sandra Kalniete, is a high affront to the EU-Russia relations and the work of democratic institutions. (Read more: Schulz on denial of entrance onto Russian territory of MEP Kalniete )

 

Financing development: making every euro count

Others Development and cooperation / Economic and monetary affairs26-02-2015 - 11:20
 

Development plays a crucial role in improving people's lives around the world, but what is the best way to finance it? On 24 February the EP's development committee held a public hearing on how to mobilise all available means and types of financial resources for sustainable global development and poverty eradication over the next 15 years. The hearing, led by committee chair Linda McAvan, was attended by representatives from UN agencies, companies and civil society. (Read more: Financing development: making every euro count )

 

TTIP talks: EP committees discuss their recommendations for negotiators

DEVE INTA External/international trade / Development and cooperation24-02-2015 - 18:58

Concern about the lack of tangible progress in TTIP talks were voiced by International trade MEPs who on Tuesday debated their draft recommendations for the TTIP negotiators. Lively discussion concerned the investor-to-state dispute-settlement clause, dubbed unnecessary by the chair, Bernd Lange (DE, S&D). Meanwhile, the development committee adopted an opinion stressing the impact of TTIP on developing countries and calling for the deal to have an explicit reference to development policy. (Read more: TTIP talks: EP committees discuss their recommendations for negotiators )