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External financing instruments

Enlargement / Development and cooperation / External relations09-12-2013 - 20:11

MEPs are set to approve the compromise reached with the Council on the rules governing EU foreign policy spending for 2014 to 2020 when they vote on 11 December. The deal was endorsed on 4 and 5 December by the Development and Foreign Affairs Committees. (Read more: External financing instruments)

 
 

Parliament pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Others External relations06-12-2013 - 10:53
Nelson Mandela  

EU flags are flying at half-mast at the European Parliament in tribute to Nelson Mandela who died at the age of 95 on 5 December. Speaking after the death of Mandela, EP president Martin Schulz said: "South Africa today loses its father, the world loses a hero. I pay tribute to one of the greatest humans of our time.” Mandela was the first recipient of the Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. (Read more: Parliament pays tribute to Nelson Mandela)

 
 

Keep trade talks multilateral, MEPs and MPs urge WTO

INTA External/international trade05-12-2013 - 18:19

The multilateral approach of world trade talks must "maintain its focal role", and not give way to bilateral or regional deals, said European Parliament Trade Committee members and 270 other members of parliaments across the world in a joint statement approved at the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organization (PCWTO), held in parallel to the WTO 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali on 2 and 5 December. (Read more: Keep trade talks multilateral, MEPs and MPs urge WTO )

 
 

Foreign affairs MEPs called on Thursday on the Council to grant Albania EU candidate status without undue delay. In separate resolutions, they also assessed last year’s progress by Serbia, Kosovo and Iceland. While stressing their commitment to the pursuit of EU enlargement, MEPs underlined the need for greater involvement of civil society in these countries in the European integration process. (Read more: EU integration: progress reports for Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Iceland )

 
 

MEPs back new rules on foreign policy spending from 2014

DEVE AFET Enlargement / Development and cooperation / External relations05-12-2013 - 11:42

EU foreign-policy spending from 2014 will be more efficient, effective and democratically accountable, under new rules backed by foreign affairs MEPs on Thursday and development MEPs on Wednesday. The rules govern six foreign-policy funds for pre-accession, neighbouring and partner countries and peace-keeping, democracy and human-rights actions, worth over €51 billion. (Read more: MEPs back new rules on foreign policy spending from 2014)

 
 

WTO parliamentary session: Parliaments share responsibility for world trade

INTA External/international trade02-12-2013 - 13:09

The role and responsibilities of parliamentarians scrutinizing world trade talks were stressed at the opening of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Parliamentary Conference in Bali, Indonesia on Monday by MEP and conference co-chair Vital Moreira. His co-chair, Phairoj Tanbanjong of the Thai parliament, stressed that multilateral trade must be governed by ethical criteria such as equity, sustainability and transparency. The conference is taking place on 2 and 5 December. (Read more: WTO parliamentary session: Parliaments share responsibility for world trade)

 
 

Trade MEPs back tool to open up non-EU public procurement markets to EU firms

INTA External/international trade28-11-2013 - 13:41

A draft law that could bar non-EU firms from bidding for public procurement contracts in the EU unless their home countries allow EU firms reciprocal access to their public procurement markets was endorsed by the International Trade Committee on Thursday. The proposed “international public procurement instrument” should strengthen the EU’s hand in trade talks and help EU firms wishing to bid for third country contracts. (Read more: Trade MEPs back tool to open up non-EU public procurement markets to EU firms)

 
 
Good neighbours: forging closer links with the EU's eastern partners Infographic - External relations27-11-2013 - 18:32

There is a Europe beyond the EU, which is why the EU has always been keen to foster good relations with its neighbours. On Thursday and Friday, EU leaders will meet their counterparts from the Eastern Partnership countries. Although Ukraine has decided to put off signing an association agreement with the EU, two other countries are expected to initial important deals, breaking down barriers and bringing them closer to the EU. Check out our infographic to find out what's at stake. (Read more: Good neighbours: forging closer links with the EU's eastern partners)