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Migration: MEPs call for more EU solidarity on visit to Sicily

Others Institutions / Delegations27-08-2015 - 14:43
EP Delegation to Sicily on Migration_  

Countries such as Italy and Greece dealing with an influx of asylum seekers should receive more support from other member states, MEPs said on a delegation visit to the Italian island of Sicily from 22 to 24 July. “Italy spends over €1 billion every year just to take care of those who make it across the Mediterranean. Italy’s borders are the EU's borders and a better management of the migratory flows is our common responsibility,” said French ALDE member Jean Arthuis, co-chair of the delegation. (Read more: Migration: MEPs call for more EU solidarity on visit to Sicily )

 

Human rights: Cambodian NGO law, DRC activists, Nabeel Rajab, Sudan

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations09-07-2015 - 17:31

MEPs call, in four separate resolutions, for the withdrawal of the Cambodian government's law on NGOs and trade unions; the release of Yves Makwambala and Fred Bauma in the DRC; the release of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain; and of two Christian pastors detained in Sudan, Michael Yat and Peter Yen Reith. (Read more: Human rights: Cambodian NGO law, DRC activists, Nabeel Rajab, Sudan )

 

20 years after the Srebrenica genocide: Parliament says "never again"

Plenary Session External relations09-07-2015 - 13:58

Parliament condemned in the strongest possible terms the genocide in Srebrenica of 11 July 1995 and said that "such horrendous crimes must never happen again", in a vote on Thursday. MEPs regret that the UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution commemorating the genocide and call for acceleration of war crimes prosecution at international and domestic level. (Read more: 20 years after the Srebrenica genocide: Parliament says "never again" )

 

EU Neighbourhood Policy must go back to basics, says EP

Plenary Session Enlargement09-07-2015 - 13:31
 

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) must return to its original aim of creating an area of prosperity, stability, security and good neighbourliness, Parliament said on Thursday. The EU must go “back to basics” and place these goals at the top of its agenda, say MEPs. They stress that the revised policy must be more political, differentiated and based on EU values and principles, democracy, the rule of law and human rights. (Read more: EU Neighbourhood Policy must go back to basics, says EP )

 

Tax: MEPs advocate country-by-country reporting to help developing countries

Plenary Session Development and cooperation08-07-2015 - 15:41

The EU and its member states should make multinationals report their financial performance, tax details, assets and employee numbers country by country, so as to help fight tax evasion and illicit money flows in developing countries, says Parliament in a non-binding resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs also call on EU financial institutions to ensure that companies receiving EU support do not “participate” in tax evasion. (Read more: Tax: MEPs advocate country-by-country reporting to help developing countries )

 

TTIP: ease access to US market, protect EU standards, reform dispute settlement

Plenary Session External/international trade08-07-2015 - 15:10
Debate on TTIP recommendations  

An EU-US trade deal must open up US market access for EU firms, but must not undermine EU standards, say MEPs in recommendations, voted Wednesday, to EU trade negotiators. To settle trade-related investor-state disputes, a new justice system, run by publicly-appointed judges and subject to scrutiny and transparency rules, should replace private arbitration under the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system, they add. (Read more: TTIP: ease access to US market, protect EU standards, reform dispute settlement )

 

Bernd Lange on TTIP: "We have to be transparent"

Plenary Session External/international trade06-07-2015 - 17:58
Press conference of Bernd Lange on the EU-US trade deal  

Parliament is finalising its recommendations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). They will be debated by MEPs on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday. The vote on the EP recommendations was postponed in June due to the large number of amendments. Now it seems a compromise could be possible. We talked to German S&D member Bernd Lange, chair of the international trade committee and responsible for drafting the Parliament's recommendations, to find out more. (Read more: Bernd Lange on TTIP: "We have to be transparent" )

 

June guest photographer contest topic: sustainable growth and decent jobs

Others Development and cooperation / Youth02-07-2015 - 12:00
Guest Photographer June topic "sustainable green growth, decent jobs and businesses" jury winner is "framework" by Nati Esmel ©Nati Esmel  

Take part in our guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Until September we will be announcing different topics linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to do a photo reportage. (Read more: June guest photographer contest topic: sustainable growth and decent jobs )

 

TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments

INTA External/international trade29-06-2015 - 18:24

International Trade Committee MEPs on Monday paved the way for a plenary vote on the European Parliament’s draft recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership (TTIP) negotiators, by retabling the June plenary amendments which had been referred back for reconsideration. The committee took the decision in two separate votes –one to retable the plenary amendments, and the other to retable requests for split or separate votes. (Read more: TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments )

 

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 )