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How the president of the European Commission gets elected

Others Institutions14-07-2014 - 17:04
Infographic EC election  

The fate of the next president of the European Commission will be decided on Tuesday 15 July at 12.30 CET when MEPs are asked to vote on the candidacy of Jean-Claude Juncker. The former Luxembourg prime minister was proposed by the member states following the European elections. Check out the infographic for more information about the election procedure and follow the plenary live. (Read more: How the president of the European Commission gets elected )

 
 

Live: committees question replacement commissioners

Others Institutions14-07-2014 - 14:30
Hearings at the EP  

With four European commissioners leaving the job early, MEPs are this week tasked with scrutinising the people who have been proposed as their replacement. The committees responsible for their suggested portfolios will question the candidates on Monday 14 July. MEPs will vote on the appointment of Jacek Dominik, Jyrki Katainen, Ferdinando Nelli Feroci and Martine Reicherts on 16 July. If all goes to plan, they will be commissioner until the new Commission takes over at the end of the year. (Read more: Live: committees question replacement commissioners )

 
 

Jean-Claude Juncker before the Parliament

Others Institutions11-07-2014 - 15:40
Jean-Claude Juncker and EP President Martin Schulz  

This week the Parliament's political groups had the opportunity to quiz president-designate of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Although the former Luxembourg prime minister was nominated for the Commission presidency by the European Council on 27 June, he still requires the Parliament's backing. The plenary vote on his candidacy will take place on 15 July. (Read more: Jean-Claude Juncker before the Parliament )

 
 

Martin Schulz: bringing Europe closer to the people

Others Institutions10-07-2014 - 09:00
Interview with EP President Martin Schulz  

“Isn’t it rather that Europe turns away from the people?” This question from a Danish woman during a debate on why people turn away from Europe got Martin Schulz thinking for months. “This sentence really touched me," he told us a few months later in an interview. "Maybe it isn’t true, but we have to take this seriously, otherwise the European Union will fail.” (Read more: Martin Schulz: bringing Europe closer to the people )

 
 

EP committees: find out who will be chairing them

Others Institutions09-07-2014 - 16:37
infographic on new committee chairs  

The Parliament's committee have elected their chairs and vice-chairs for the next two-and-a-half years. Committees are responsible for drafting Parliament's positions on new legislative proposals. (Read more: EP committees: find out who will be chairing them )

 
 

Photo reportage: Parliament through our guest photographers’ eyes

Others Institutions / Culture09-07-2014 - 12:18
Reportage of EP Guest photographer 2014 Jury winner- Gabor Szello  

The first plenary session in Strasbourg was covered by two photographers, who won our guest photographer contest. Gábor Szellő, a freelance photographer from Hungary, was the jury winner, while Alessandra Giansante, an Italian graphic designer/photographer, was the public winner. We asked them for their impressions. (Read more: Photo reportage: Parliament through our guest photographers’ eyes )

 
 

Parliament figured out: the facts on new MEPs

Others Institutions09-07-2014 - 10:15
 

A 66-year age gap separates the youngest from the oldest MEP, two-thirds of Maltese MEPs are female, while 70% of German members got re-elected. Find out more interesting facts about the new MEPs who make up the European Parliament for the next five years in our article and interactive map. (Read more: Parliament figured out: the facts on new MEPs )

 
 

Know your rights: summer travelling in the EU

Others European Council / Tourism09-07-2014 - 08:40
www.ec.europa.eu/transport/passenger-rights/en/mobile.html  

About to go on holiday? Thanks to the EU it will be an even better experience. The European Parliament is working on legislation to boost passenger rights, while roaming charges were reduced again from 1 July and are getting closer to being scrapped in December 2015. In addition enabling planes to take shorter routes and increased competition for railway services should help to drive prices down for passengers. (Read more: Know your rights: summer travelling in the EU )

 
 
 

An old group with a new name and a new co-president: David Borrelli, an Italian member of “Movimento 5 Stelle”, has become one of the two co-presidents of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group, alongside British MEP and UKIP leader Nigel Farage. The priorities of EFDD, according to its new co-president Borrelli, are strongly reflected in its new name: “We believe that we embody this new trend of giving citizens the opportunity to choose.” (Read more: New EFDD co-chair David Borrelli: Giving people the opportunity to choose )

 
 
Jean-Claude Juncker during the elections night press point at the European Parliament  

Jean-Claude Juncker will meet the EP’s political groups this week in a bid to secure backing for the European Commission’s top job. Although the former Luxembourg prime minister was nominated as the candidate to become Commission president by the EU Council on 27 June, he will still need the Parliament’s support in order to take up the post. The parliamentary vote will take place on 15 July during the plenary in Strasbourg. (Read more: Juncker: the battle to secure Parliament support for Commission presidency )