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Freeze EU aid to the Burundi government, say MEPs

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations17-12-2015 - 13:05

Growing insecurity, the lack of political moves towards reconciliation and worsening humanitarian conditions in Burundi, a country that tops the Global Hunger Index, are highlighted by MEPs in a resolution voted by a show of hands on Thursday. They welcome consultations under the Cotonou Agreement that could lead to suspension of EU aid to the Burundi government, and ask the EU and its member states to consider re-directing non-humanitarian EU aid to civil society there. (Read more: Freeze EU aid to the Burundi government, say MEPs )

 

Human rights: Maldives; Malaysia; the case of Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations17-12-2015 - 12:20

Parliament calls for the immediate release of an Irish citizen, Ibrahim Halawa, detained in Egypt, the release of all political prisoners in Maldives, and the withdrawal of the anti-sodomy law in Malaysia, in three resolutions passed on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Maldives; Malaysia; the case of Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt )

 

Parliament calls for closer EU-China cooperation on global challenges

Plenary Session External relations16-12-2015 - 13:36

The EU and China must work more closely together to tackle global challenges and threats, such as terrorism, illegal migration, security, climate change and global financial and market governance, Parliament says in a resolution passed on Wednesday. It calls for talks to be accelerated on a new partnership and cooperation agreement "based on trust, transparency and respect for human rights." (Read more: Parliament calls for closer EU-China cooperation on global challenges )

 

A look back: the European Year for Development

Others Development and cooperation10-12-2015 - 15:47
"United" by Emanuel Gesang is the monthly winner of the guest photographer photo contest January topic "Europe in the world". ©Emanuel Gesang/United/www.emanuelgesang.com  

As the European Year for Development, 2015 has been dedicated to highlighting the role played by development cooperation. The European Parliament and especially the development committee are vital in promoting the EU's commitment to fighting hunger and eradicating poverty worldwide. "For Parliament it was also an opportunity to engage citizens in the work of the EU institutions in development policy," said development committee chair Linda McAvan, a UK member of the S&D group. (Read more: A look back: the European Year for Development )

 
The 30th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session in Brussels  

Forty years of ACP-EU cooperation, migration, the post-election situation in Burundi, and COP21 were among the topics discussed by the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly at its 30th session, which closed on Wednesday, in Brussels. (Read more: New global challenges debated by 30th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly )

 

We should tackle the roots of migration, say MEPs and ACP parliamentarians

Others External relations09-12-2015 - 15:23
ACP-EU Co-President Louis Michel (ALDE, BE) take the floor during the debate on migration  

MEPs and parliamentarians from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries discussed migration, human rights and refugees during the 30th EU-ACP parliamentary assembly in Brussels on Tuesday 8 December. Most agreed that the roots of migration, such as poverty, war and a lack of human right,s need to be addressed while some also warned that we need to prepare for climate refugees. (Read more: We should tackle the roots of migration, say MEPs and ACP parliamentarians )

 

"Faced with the atrocities committed in certain parts of the world, we must play our part in worldwide solidarity", said Co-President Louis Michel (ALDE, BE) at the opening of the 30th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in Brussels on Monday. " ‘Fortress Europe’ is not a solution and is unworthy of the humanist values that Europe defends", he insisted, adding that it must "shoulder its duty of humanity towards refugees fleeing war, violence or dictatorship". (Read more: Fortress Europe is no solution to migrant flows, Louis Michel tells ACP-EU JPA )

 

Parliament's response to terrorist threat: Europol, passenger records

Others Security and defence03-12-2015 - 11:49
Document check at Roszke border control in Hungary  

In the wake of the terrorists attacks in Paris on 13 November, the fight against terrorism remains at the top of the European Parliament's agenda. On Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December, the civil liberties committee discussed how the EU's strategy could be improved. (Read more: Parliament's response to terrorist threat: Europol, passenger records )

 

MEPs hail EU-Turkey deal but say human rights and freedoms must be respected

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence02-12-2015 - 17:08

The 29 November EU-Turkey summit, aimed at reinvigorating the partnership and finding common responses to refugee crisis and Syrian war was very timely, said most MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Nicolas Schmit for the Council Presidency. However, in view of Turkey’s human rights and democracy record, many argued that EU funding for Turkey must be thoroughly scrutinised and questioned the decision to restart EU accession talks with it. (Read more: MEPs hail EU-Turkey deal but say human rights and freedoms must be respected )

 

All MEPs to have access to all confidential TTIP documents

INTA External/international trade02-12-2015 - 13:52

All Members of the European Parliament will have access to all categories of confidential documents relating to the EU’s Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA, under a European Parliament/European Commission agreement approved by the College of Commissioners on Wednesday. The accessible documents will include the so-called “consolidated texts”, which reflect the US position. (Read more: All MEPs to have access to all confidential TTIP documents )