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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 )

 
 

The EU has yet to unleash its full potential to shape the international and security environment, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs said on Tuesday. In a vote on the annual report on Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), they called for a more ambitious, proactive, credible and strategic EU foreign policy based on a shared vision of EU key interests and values and a common perception of threats to the Union. (Read more: EU must unleash its internal potential to shape international politics, MEPs say )

 
 

The European Parliament and the TTIP

Institutions / External/international trade24-02-2015 - 14:59
Flags of The United States and EU on banknotes  

Talks between the EU and US on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could lead to the world's largest bilateral free-trade area. Increased market access and trading opportunities and the removal of unnecessary regulation and red tapecould help boost economic growth and create jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. However, there are also concerns about possible adverse impacts. (Read more: The European Parliament and the TTIP )

 
 

Foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday welcomed the resumption of high-level talks between Kosovo and Serbia and called for the full normalisation of relations. However, they pointed to continuing problems in Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with the rule of law, corruption, anti-discrimination, the pace of structural reforms, and the polarisation of politics. (Read more: MEPs assess reform efforts of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and FYROM in 2014 )

 
 

EU-US trade deal: 11 debates in the EP this week

Others External/international trade23-02-2015 - 16:12
Flags of The United States and EU on banknotes  

The European Parliament is working on its position on the EU-US trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) this week. The international trade committee, which is responsible for drafting the Parliament's position, will discuss recommendations for the first time on Tuesday, while 10 out of the 13 committees that will contribute to the report will also discuss or vote on their opinions this week. MEPs are due to debate and vote on the EP's position before summer. (Read more: EU-US trade deal: 11 debates in the EP this week )

 
 

Humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria: MEPs call for aid and donor conference

Plenary Session External relations12-02-2015 - 11:46
Syrian refugees carry blankets at the UN-run Zaatari refugee camp, north east of the Jordanian capital Amman  

The international community must deliver on its pledges to step up humanitarian aid and assistance to the millions suffering in the crisis in Iraq and Syria, MEPs urged in a resolution voted on Thursday. They also called on the EU to consider convening a donor conference and stressed the need for a political transition in Syria and an inclusive government in Iraq to cut the ground from under the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh). (Read more: Humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria: MEPs call for aid and donor conference )

 
 

Syria and Iraq: “Words are not enough to help the people in this region”

Plenary Session Security and defence11-02-2015 - 17:28
EP debate on Daesh  

MEPs condemned the violence carried out by the so-called Islamic State, also known as Daesh, and called for more support to help its victims. Because of the continuing conflict 12.2 million Syrians were in need of humanitarian assistance by January 2015. During the debate on the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq on 11 February, MEPs also called for action on EU citizens joining jihadi groups and for more cooperation with other countries. (Read more: Syria and Iraq: “Words are not enough to help the people in this region” )

 
 

MEPs to debate humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq and situation in Yemen

Plenary Session External relations11-02-2015 - 13:00

MEPs will debate the grave humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq, aggravated by the violence of the so-called Islamic State, with Commissioner Stylianides on Wednesday from 15.00. In the following debate, the House will discuss the situation in Yemen, which has been in a deep power vacuum crisis since the resignation of the President and his government following a coup of a Shia-led rebel group, with Latvian Secretary of State for European Affairs Kalina Lukaševica. (Read more: MEPs to debate humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq and situation in Yemen )