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Plenary debate: Northern Ireland peace process and Turkish-Cypriot tensions

Others External relations12-11-2014 - 10:51
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

The peace process in Northern Ireland and recent Turkish activities in Cypriot waters will be discussed during the Brussels plenary and highlighted in two resolutions to be voted on Thursday. The Cyprus debate is to be preceded by a statement by Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign affairs chief. Follow the plenary session live on our website from 15.30 CET. (Read more: Plenary debate: Northern Ireland peace process and Turkish-Cypriot tensions )

 

MEPs pave the way for European Year for Development 2015

DEVE Development and cooperation12-11-2014 - 10:17

The designation of 2015 as European Year for Development (EYD), with the motto “Our world, our future, our dignity”, coined by MEPs, is an opportunity that must be taken to raise citizens’ awareness of the EU's contribution to fighting hunger and eradicating poverty worldwide, said MEPs on Tuesday afternoon, in their first debate on possible EYD activities. The EYD must also anchor “development thinking” in institutions around the world, they added. (Read more: MEPs pave the way for European Year for Development 2015 )

 

European Year for Development: Our world, our dignity, our future

Others Development and cooperation11-11-2014 - 11:22
Pupils playing outside a school built with EU funds in Haiti  

Europe’s economy might not be running at full throttle, but that doesn’t mean it has forgotten about others. The EU is still the world’s largest aid donor and according to a 2012 Eurobarometer survey, 85% of Europeans believe Europe should continue to help developing countries. Next year will be the European Year for Development, to celebrate what has already been achieved and seek what still needs to be done. The development committee will discuss the theme year today. (Read more: European Year for Development: Our world, our dignity, our future )

 

Colombian president: It's Colombia's turn to leave war behind and build peace

Others Institutions / External relations04-11-2014 - 17:43
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and European Parliament President Martin Schulz during the press conference  

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visited Parliament on 4 November as part of his tour to Europe to garner political support and financial aid for peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgents in his country. "We have sought Europe’s support in the peace process and I thank you so much for the support that we have received today," he said. "Europe has shown to the world that it's possible to leave war behind and build peace. Now it's Colombia’s turn." (Read more: Colombian president: It's Colombia's turn to leave war behind and build peace )

 

Visit of Pope Francis to the EP plenary on 25.11.2014

Others External relations04-11-2014 - 12:12

On Tuesday 25 November, Pope Francis will address the European Parliament in Strasbourg. For technical reasons, all journalists will need a special badge to access its premises that day, even if they already have EU accreditation. Please apply by 12 November. (Read more: Visit of Pope Francis to the EP plenary on 25.11.2014 )

 

MEPs to debate Colombia’s peace process with President Santos

AFET External relations04-11-2014 - 12:00

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs and Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón will debate its peace process with the FARC on Tuesday at 16:30. The EU visa waiver for Colombian citizens is also likely to be raised. (Read more: MEPs to debate Colombia’s peace process with President Santos )

 
Oct. 20, 2014 - Suruc, Turkey - Kurdish refugee camps in the Turkish town of Sruc, on 20th October 0214, nuear the borders of Syria and Turkey. ©BELGA_ZUMAPRESS_Giannis Papanikos  

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will debate the deadly conflict with the “Islamic State” (IS) and the need for political reconciliation in Iraq with Masrour Barzani, Head of the National Security Council of Iraqi Kurds, on Tuesday. The debate, set to start at 10:15, follows September’s plenary debates on Kobane and the European IS fighters. (Read more: MEPs to debate IS conflict with Head of Iraqi Kurds’ National Security Council )

 

MEPs urge Ukraine leaders to swiftly form government and launch reforms

Others Institutions / Delegations28-10-2014 - 16:39
"European Parliament was one of the first to support my intention to hold early Ukrainian Parliament election", reminded Ukraine's president Pavlo Poroshenko whom MEPs saw the morning after elections  

Ukraine should swiftly form a new government and launch reforms, MEPs told the country's leaders following the parliamentary elections on Sunday won by pro-European parties. The European Parliament was present with an observation mission to ensure the elections were run fairly and transparently. In a meeting with Ukraine's president and prime minister the following day, the MEPs vouched to do everything in the EP's power to help implement the recently ratified association agreement. (Read more: MEPs urge Ukraine leaders to swiftly form government and launch reforms )

 

Michael Gahler (EPP, DE), head of the European Parliament delegation observing the parliamentary elections in Tunisia, on Tuesday welcomed the "remarkable success of the Independent High Authority for the Elections, which organised a transparent, professional poll in a very short space of time." (Read more: Tunisia: head of EP election observers hails transparent and professional poll )

 

Stronger democracy and a "strategic choice for peace and Europe" was the Ukrainian people's message in Sunday's elections to the Verkhovna Rada, said Andrej Plenkovic (EPP, HR), head of the EP delegation at the international election monitors' press conference in Kiev on Monday. "Our assessment is very positive. The elections were conducted in line with international standards," he said. (Read more: Ukrainians have voted for peace and Europe, says EP chief observer Plenkovic )