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Plenary overview: refugee relocation, Hungary, Brexit talks

Plenary Session European Council / Institutions / Environment19-05-2017 - 09:53
 

From a debate on Brexit negotiations to refugee relocation and the situation in Hungary: read our overview of this week's plenary session. (Read more: Plenary overview: refugee relocation, Hungary, Brexit talks )

 

MEPs welcome unity on Brexit and call for reform of the EU

Plenary Session European Council / Institutions17-05-2017 - 18:26
MEPs debate the guidelines for the EU negotiations with the UK that the European Council agreed at its last meeting in April.  

MEPs welcomed the unity of the 27 Member States and the EU institutions with regard to Brexit and also called for a reform of the EU to benefit all its citizens. (Read more: MEPs welcome unity on Brexit and call for reform of the EU )

 

António Guterres: "A strong and united EU is fundamental to a strong UN"

Plenary Session Institutions17-05-2017 - 15:30
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed today the Members of the European parliament in Strasbourg  

“A strong and united Europe is an absolutely fundamental pillar of a strong and effective United Nations," said António Guterres, addressing MEPs in Strasbourg on 17 May. The Portueguese UN Secretary-General, the first European one since Austria’s Kurt Waldheim in the early 1980s, said global challenges such as the multiplication of conflicts, a human rights violations, climate change and globalisation required the EU and the UN to work together. (Read more: António Guterres: "A strong and united EU is fundamental to a strong UN" )

 

Opening: European Parliament President highlights Families’ Day

Plenary Session Institutions15-05-2017 - 19:15
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani walks in the Plenary chamber for the opening of May plenary session in Strasbourg  

“Today we celebrate the International Day of Families”, said EP President Antonio Tajani at the opening of the Strasbourg plenary session, on Monday. The UN-established Day focuses this year on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and the overall well-being of family members. (Read more: Opening: European Parliament President highlights Families’ Day )

 

Open day: visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Others Institutions12-05-2017 - 11:39
Open doors 2017 in Strasbourg  

This Sunday you enjoy the opprtunity to discover that the European Parliament is about more than procedures and documents when it opens its doors to the public in Strasbourg. You will have the chance to ask MEPs questions, join a debate on issues affecting Europe, and even learn some salsa. Every year the European institutions welcome guests to celebrate the 1950 speech by then French Foreign minister Robert Schuman which led to the creation of the EU. (Read more: Open day: visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg )

 

Migration crisis: 73% of Europeans wants EU to do more

Others Institutions / Fundamental rights / Immigration11-05-2017 - 10:31
Eurobarometre: migration ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Migration has been an EU priority for years. Since 2015 the EU has taken several measures to manage the migration crisis as well as to improve the asylum system. According to the latest Eurobarometer poll, 73% of Europeans still want the EU to do more to manage the situation. However, 58% of respondents think the EU’s actions regarding migration are inadequate, eight percentage points less than last year. Read on to discover what measures the European Parliament is working on. (Read more: Migration crisis: 73% of Europeans wants EU to do more )

 

Brexit: protecting the rights of millions of EU citizens living in the UK

Others Institutions / European citizenship09-05-2017 - 16:48
infographic illustration  

Although few of them were allowed to vote during the referendum, the millions of EU citizens living in the UK will be among those affected the most by Brexit. The EU wants to reach a deal to protect their rights as soon as possible during the upcoming negotiations with the UK. This week Parliament is holding a hearing on the situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK. Watch the meeting live online and check out our infographic for the facts. (Read more: Brexit: protecting the rights of millions of EU citizens living in the UK )

 

Europe Day: lessons from history

Others Institutions / Treaties09-05-2017 - 09:52
 

Europe Day, celebrated on 9 May, is all about our common journey from war to peace and cooperation. It was on 9 May 1950 that then French foreign minister Robert Schuman put in words a dream of a different Europe working together to overcome conflicts and growing stronger step by step. In 1958, this dream took shape in the Rome Treaties that set the basis for the European Union. Francesco Fresi was present in Rome at the signing and shared with us his thoughts on Europe’s extraordinary journey. (Read more: Europe Day: lessons from history )

 

Join the one million strong Europarl Twitter fellowship

Others Institutions08-05-2017 - 13:24
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The European Parliament’s official Twitter accounts have hit the one million follower milestone. Parliament first dipped its toes into Twitter back in April 2009, launching accounts in 22 EU languages. Eight years later, it boasts more than a million followers for its 26 accounts, including Europarl_photo, where you can find the best images of the Parliament and the people in it. (Read more: Join the one million strong Europarl Twitter fellowship )

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

The rights of EU citizens living in the UK and how they will be affected by Brexit is the focus of a hearing organised by three parliamentary committees this week. In addition the inquiry committee investigating the Panama papers holds a meeting with representatives from the Channel Islands, Gibraltar and Madeira to discuss their tax regimes.Political groups also prepare for next week's plenary session. (Read more: In Parliament this week: EU citizens in UK, tax regimes, plenary preparations )