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Plenary highlights: terrorism, the EU budget and the Lux prize

Plenary Session Institutions27-11-2015 - 09:30
 

Refugees should not be equated with terrorists, many MEPs said during a debate on the terrorist attacks in Paris during the November plenary session. They also approved the EU's budget for next year, securing additional funding for tackling the refugee crisis and boosting economic growth. Meanwhile the Lux Prize, Parliament's annual film award, was given to Mustang, a film directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven about five Turkish girls breaking with tradition. (Read more: Plenary highlights: terrorism, the EU budget and the Lux prize )

 

MEPs call on the EU to step up cooperation with Africa after the Valletta summit

Plenary Session Institutions / Immigration25-11-2015 - 18:48

The EU must take concrete steps to tackle the migration crisis and terrorism, such as building a partnership to this end with Africa, said MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Nicolas Schmit, representing the Council Presidency. The debate focused on the outcomes of the EU-Africa summit in Valletta (Malta) on 11-12 November and the G20 one in Antalya (Turkey) on 15-16 November. (Read more: MEPs call on the EU to step up cooperation with Africa after the Valletta summit )

 
President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarrella delivers a formal address to the European Parliament on Wednesday 25 of November 2015  

"It is by effectively increasing cooperation between member states - from security apparatus to intelligence activities - that we, together, can defeat terrorism, make our citizens safer and preserve our way of life", President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella told MEPs during a formal sitting on Wednesday. Mr Mattarella spoke about the future of the EU, and in particular how EU countries should respond to the threat of terrorism and the challenges of migration. (Read more: “Tackle terrorism in the light of our values” says Italy’s President Mattarella )

 
Opening of Plenary  

“Those who fail to reconcile freedom and security fail in everything”, said President Schulz, citing the credo of late German statesman Helmut Schmidt, whose funeral he had just attended. “Security has to be organised, but we must not let our freedom be curtailed by those who want to scare us”. The brutal attacks on France ten days ago targeted Parliament’s values too. MEPs held a minute’s silence for terror victims everywhere, including Mali, Syria and Iraq. (Read more: Opening: “Those who fail to reconcile freedom and security fail in everything” )

 

Hübner: “Nobody wins if the UK leaves the European Union”

Others Constitutional affairs18-11-2015 - 15:11
Interview with Danuta Maria HÜBNER  

In or out? Britain will decide on its future in Europe with a referendum once negotiations with the EU have been concluded. A delegation from the Parliament's constitutional affairs committee went to London on 16 and 17 November to discuss the upcoming EU membership referendum with ministers, parliamentary committees and think-tanks. We spoke to committee chair Danuta Hübner, a Polish member of the EPP group, about her findings and the upcoming negotiations. (Read more: Hübner: “Nobody wins if the UK leaves the European Union” )

 
The ABC of the European Parliament Infographic - Institutions18-11-2015 - 14:33

MEPs act as the voice of more than 500 million Europeans at the EU level, but how do they work and how do they organise themselves in the European Parliament? Check out our infographic for some basic facts about the Parliament. (Read more: The ABC of the European Parliament )

 
 
Commemoration_ (1).jpg  

MEPs and Parliament staff sang the Marseillaise and held a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of last week’s terrorist acts in Paris during a short ceremony on 17 November in Parliament's plenary chamber in Brussels. “The attacks in Paris were an attack on our freedoms, an attack against our European values and our way of life, an attack against all of us," said EP President Martin Schulz. "In our grief, we Europeans stand side to side with the French people." (Read more: “We will not be poisoned by these criminals”: Parliament honours Paris victims )

 
Parliament building in Brussels  

It's a busy week ahead in Brussels as members attend committee and political group meetings. On Monday representatives of multinational companies share their views with MEPs on recent corporate tax developments in the EU and further afield. A delegation of MEPs heads to London to discuss the upcoming 'Brexit' referendum. Following Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, Monday has been designated an EU-wide day of mourning. A minute's silence in memory of the victims is to be marked at noon CET. (Read more: EP this week: Paris attacks, tax rulings, UK referendum, neighbourhood policy )

 

Joint statement on the terrorist attacks in Paris

Others Institutions14-11-2015 - 18:18

The European Union is deeply shocked and in mourning after the terrorist attacks in Paris. It is an attack against us all. We will face this threat together with all necessary means and ruthless determination. (Read more: Joint statement on the terrorist attacks in Paris )

 

Schulz condemns the Paris terrorist attacks

Others Institutions14-11-2015 - 12:39

On behalf of the European Parliament, I condemn in the clearest and strongest terms the heinous terrorist attacks which killed and wounded so many people in Paris yesterday. At this terrible moment our thoughts and sympathy are with the families and friends of the victims, together with the French authorities and with all French citizens. I have also expressed my condolences to President Hollande. (Read more: Schulz condemns the Paris terrorist attacks )