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Conference of Presidents after the UK government’s triggered of Article 50 TEU  

The Conference of Presidents endorsed a motion for a resolution drawn up by the leaders of four political groups and the Constitutional Affairs Committee, in which they set out their conditions for a final approval by the European Parliament of any withdrawal agreement with the United Kingdom. The draft resolution will be debated and voted on by the full house next Wednesday. (Read more: Brexit: MEPs set out conditions for approving UK withdrawal agreement )

 

Article 50: how the future of EU-UK relations will be decided

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Constitution / Institutions / Treaties29-03-2017 - 09:04
infographic illustration  

The UK government announced today it is invoking article 50 of the Treaty of the EU, which serves as formal notification of its intent to withdraw from the Union. Starting today the UK and the EU have two years to negotiate a withdrawal agreement. In addition the two will need to start determining the future trade relations, though this is expected to take significantly longer. Read on to find out more about the procedure and the role played by Parliament. (Read more: Article 50: how the future of EU-UK relations will be decided )

 
Press statement by EP President Antonio Tajani (R) and London Mayor Sadiq Khan (L)  

“Even though we may leave the European Union, we are not leaving Europe,” said London Mayor Sadiq Khan visiting the Parliament on 28 March. “For issues from security and defence to finance and culture, we are still going to be a part of the European family.” Khan met Parliament President Antonio Tajani to discuss issues such as security and Brexit. “It’s in nobody’s interest for London or the UK to be punished,” said Khan. “Not in London’s interest, not the UK’s interest, nor the EU’s interest.” (Read more: London Mayor: “We are still going to be part of the European family” )

 
Celebration of the ' 60 years of the Treaty of Rome ' in Campidoglio  

“The dream of a united Europe has offered a way of putting the nightmare of war behind us forever,” said Parliament President Antonio Tajani on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which paved the way for the EU. He and several other MEPs visited Rome on 24-26 March to mark the anniversary. “We should be proud of the legacy passed onto to our children: the freedom to travel, study, work, set up a business, innovate,” he said. (Read more: President Tajani on EU anniversary: “We should be proud of the legacy” )

 
Parliament building in Brussels. Photo of glass wall with large EU flag  

A debate on security issues with the German and French interior ministers and visits by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and London Mayor Sadiq Khan are on the agenda of this week. In addition the UK is expected to formally start the process to withdraw from the EU by triggering article 50, while committees vote on measures to stop tax evasion by multinationals as well as on a mid-term revision of the EU's long-term budget. (Read more: In Parliament this week: security, tax evasion, EU's long-term budget )

 

The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Others Institutions / Treaties24-03-2017 - 10:21
A photo of the Treaty of Rome, signed in Rome on the 25 of March 1957.  

Sixty years ago the leaders of the six founding member states gathered in Rome to put their signatures under the agreements that would create a European common market, but also pave the way for a union of peace and prosperity that has come to encompass most of our continent. Leading MEPs will join the anniversary celebrations in Rome this weekend, while heads of state and government will use the opportunity to deliberate on the next steps for the EU. (Read more: The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions / Treaties23-03-2017 - 18:31

Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and other leading MEPs will meet with Italy’s highest public officials, starting with President Sergio Mattarella on Friday, and take part in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on Saturday. (Read more: 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs

Others Institutions23-03-2017 - 13:52
President Tajani meets President of Portugal De Sousa_  

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed the importance of a united EU during a visit to the Parliament on 22 March.It was part of an official visit to Brussels on the first anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks. In addition to meeting Parliament President Antonio Tajani, he also met several Portuguese MEPs and made a brief visit to the reading room Lucas Pires,named in honour of the Portuguese MEP who died in 1998. (Read more: Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs )

 

Citizens’ Parliament: the people say how they see the future of the EU

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions / Treaties21-03-2017 - 17:42

People from across Europe gathered in the European Parliament on Tuesday to share their views on the future of the European Union with MEPs. This event, called the Citizens’ Parliament, contributes to ongoing reflection on the EU as an asset for future, ahead of the EU heads of state or government meeting in Rome on 25 March. (Read more: Citizens’ Parliament: the people say how they see the future of the EU )

 

MEPs say unregistered lobbyists should be denied entry to Parliament’s premises

AFCO Constitutional affairs / Institutions21-03-2017 - 11:53

All EU lobbyists looking to influence legislation, should be required to sign the transparency register before being allowed to enter the European Parliament, says a resolution approved by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Tuesday. (Read more: MEPs say unregistered lobbyists should be denied entry to Parliament’s premises )