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First things first: MEPs discuss priorities for development policy in 2016

Others Development and cooperation23-06-2015 - 16:44
Structured dialogue on the Commission work programme - DEVE Discussion with Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development  

If you want to get results, you need to plan ahead: the European Commission is drafting its working programme for next year and MEPs are always keen to help shape it. The development committee organised on 23 June a discussion on what should happen concerning development policy in 2016 with Neven Mimica, the commissioner for international cooperation and development. The meeting was opened by UK S&D member Linda McAvan, chair of the development committee. (Read more: First things first: MEPs discuss priorities for development policy in 2016 )

 

29th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: problems of Pacific under spotlight

Others Delegations / External relations17-06-2015 - 12:41

The specific problems of the Pacific region, such as climate change, fisheries, maritime security and regional integration, as well as the generation of fiscal revenues in ACP countries, were discussed by the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly at its 29th session, which closed on Wednesday in Suva (Fiji). (Read more: 29th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: problems of Pacific under spotlight )

 

New TTIP timeline: Trade Committee to decide fate of 116 amendments on 29 June

INTA External/international trade16-06-2015 - 11:21

Parliament's International Trade Committee will hold an extraordinary meeting on 29 June in Brussels to decide whether the 116 amendments tabled to Parliament's draft recommendations to Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiators should be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole, the political groups represented in the committee decided on Monday. (Read more: New TTIP timeline: Trade Committee to decide fate of 116 amendments on 29 June )

 

"There can be no cultural relativism where human rights are concerned," said Louis Michel (ALDE, BE) on Monday, at the start of the 29th meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, in Suva, Fiji. He said human rights could not be breached in the name of cultural diversity, adding that this issue was at the heart of discussions in Europe, as well as in the ACP states. (Read more: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: opening of the 29th session in Suva )

 

Live: legal affairs committee votes on new copyright approach

Others Justice and home affairs / External/international trade / Information society15-06-2015 - 17:16
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Nearly half of all people have failed to use streaming services from their own country while on holiday abroad. This practice known as geo-blocking is because of copyright protection. Current copyright rules date from 2001, but the European Commission will propose an update by the end of the year. German Greens/EFA member Julia Reda has drafted a report to serve as Parliament's input to the new legislation. The legal affairs committee votes on it on Tuesday 16 June. Watch it live on our website. (Read more: Live: legal affairs committee votes on new copyright approach )

 

Russia is no longer a strategic partner of the EU, say MEPs

Plenary Session External relations11-06-2015 - 12:36

The EU must critically re-assess its relations with Russia, which are profoundly damaged by Russia's deliberate violation of democratic principles, fundamental values and international law with its violent action and destabilisation of its neighbours , MEPs said on Wednesday. The EU must now devise a soft-power contingency plan to counter Russia’s aggressive and divisive policies, they said. (Read more: Russia is no longer a strategic partner of the EU, say MEPs )

 

Human rights: child pregnancies in Paraguay; Palmyra; children in Nepal

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations11-06-2015 - 12:29

MEPs state their concern at the high number of child pregnancies in Paraguay, calling for "access to safe and legal abortion" when the health and life of women or girls are in danger, "where there is severe foetal impairment and in cases of rape and incest". In separate resolutions they also call for the protection of the Palmyra site and draw attention to the situation of children in Nepal. (Read more: Human rights: child pregnancies in Paraguay; Palmyra; children in Nepal )

 

EP vote and debate on TTIP recommendations postponed: what’s next?

Others Constitutional affairs / External/international trade11-06-2015 - 10:32
Debate on TTIP postponed  

The debate and vote on Parliament's recommendations on the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations were postponed because of the high number of amendments tabled. What does this mean and what happens next? (Read more: EP vote and debate on TTIP recommendations postponed: what’s next? )

 
Rapporteur and Vice-President of the European Parliament Ioan Mircea PAŞCU  

Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea has also raised questions about the strategic military situation in the Black Sea Basin. As MEPs prepare to vote on a resolution on this on Thursday 11 June, we spoke to report author and EP Vice-President Ioan Mircea Paşcu about the situation. The Romanian S&D member told us: "The deployment and the aggressive modernisation of the fleet put forward by Russia is a security challenge, which cannot be ignored or left entirely to Nato." (Read more: Paşcu: Black Sea security challenge cannot be ignored or left entirely to Nato )

 

Watch live: MEPs debate Fifa corruption allegations

Plenary Session External relations10-06-2015 - 15:04
View at the World Soccer Association FIFA's headquarters is seen in Zurich. ©BELGA/AFP/S.DERUNGS  

Fifa, the world's governing body for football, is being investigated over corruption allegations. MEPs will discuss the accusations during a plenary debate on Wednesday evening, followed by a debate on the upcoming European Games in Baku in the light of host country's Azerbaijan's patchy human rights record. Watch the debates live on our website. (Read more: Watch live: MEPs debate Fifa corruption allegations )