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Future of the EU: The European Parliament sets out its vision

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions24-02-2017 - 09:30
 

Is the EU still fit for purpose in its current form? With no shortage of challenges facing us the European Parliament has looked into how the EU can be improved. On 16 February MEPs adopted three reports setting out how they believe the EU needs to be reformed in order to boost its capacity to act, restore people’s trust and make the economy more resilient. (Read more: Future of the EU: The European Parliament sets out its vision )

 

Plenary highlights: Ceta, robots, counter-terrorism, future of the EU

Plenary Session Institutions / External/international trade / External relations / Economic and monetary affairs17-02-2017 - 11:00
 

MEPs approved Ceta during this week's plenary session followed by a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telling them how the EU-Canada trade deal was not just about commerce, but also about improving people's lives. Newly-elected Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen also addressed the Parliament, while MEPs adopted new anti-terrorism measures and set out their ideas for the future of the EU. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Ceta, robots, counter-terrorism, future of the EU )

 

Parliament sets out its vision for the future of Europe

Plenary Session Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions16-02-2017 - 12:42

If the EU is to boost its capacity to act, restore citizens’ trust and make the euro zone economy more resilient to outside shocks, it needs to make full use of the Lisbon Treaty. But to go further, it needs to reform itself more fundamentally. This was the key message of three resolutions exploring the future development of the European Union approved by Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: Parliament sets out its vision for the future of Europe )

 

Alexander Van der Bellen: "The European idea is worth the effort"

Plenary Session Institutions14-02-2017 - 13:48
"It goes without saying that we're stronger together than alone" -Austrian President  Van der Bellen addressing MEPs  

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen gave a passionate speech in favour of the EU at the European Parliament and said the challenges facing Europe could only be tackled together. Van der Bellen was addressing MEPs in Strasbourg on 14 February as part of his first official foreign trip. During the speech he said: “The European idea is great. It is unique. It is worth all the effort." (Read more: Alexander Van der Bellen: "The European idea is worth the effort" )

 

Opening – West Bank settlements added to Middle East debate

Plenary Session Institutions13-02-2017 - 18:06
Opening of February plenary session by EP President Antonio Tajani  

The title of a statement by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on prospects for resuming Middle East peace talks will be changed to “Situation in the West Bank, in particular settlements”. An oral question on Germany’s revised road toll plan was moved from Thursday to Wednesday afternoon. (Read more: Opening – West Bank settlements added to Middle East debate )

 
Official visit of President Tajani to Spain  

Antonio Tajani made his first official visit to Spain as president of the European Parliament on 10 February. During the visit he met several political leaders as well as representatives from civil society and Spanish companies. (Read more: Antonio Tajani makes first official visit to Spain as Parliament President )

 

In Parliament this week: cleaner cars, border checks, tax avoidance

Others Institutions06-02-2017 - 12:04
Parliament building in Brussels. Photo of glass wall with large EU flag  

The internal market committee votes this week on new rules to improve the quality and independence of safety and environmental tests for new cars. The economic committee discusses the latest economic and monetary developments, while the civil liberties committee debates whether to extend temporary internal border checks in some European countries with representatives from the European Commission. (Read more: In Parliament this week: cleaner cars, border checks, tax avoidance )

 

Priorities for Europe: EU leaders set objectives for 2017

Others Institutions03-02-2017 - 11:31
 

To create a better Europe, the EU is focusing this year on legislative proposals that can make a difference to everyone. The main issues to tackle include security, the migration crisis, climate change and the digital single market. Find out more about the EU's six priorities for 2017 and what Parliament is doing to make them possible. (Read more: Priorities for Europe: EU leaders set objectives for 2017 )

 
Tajani Valletta summit  

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani visited Malta on the eve of the Informal European Council to be held in Valletta on 3 February. Tajani met representatives of Maltese civil society, student organisations, unions, business organisations and NGOs at Europe House in Valletta for an informal exchange of views on the challenges facing Europe today. (Read more: ‘Less bureaucracy and more politics’ message by Tajani to Summit in Valletta )

 

Share your story on My House of European History

Others Institutions02-02-2017 - 16:21
My House of European History - European Union 2017 / EP  

What does it mean to be a European? It’s not just the great leaders: all people are a part of this history and they have a valuable role to play in preserving this common heritage and identity of ours. So dig through your photos, your videos or even sound files, find digital content you feel is appropriate to share with everyone and upload it to My House of European History, our collaborative platform that aims to become a virtual library of testimonials and stories from people across Europe. (Read more: Share your story on My House of European History )