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Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, railways, fundamental rights in the EU

Plenary Session Institutions / Human rights / Transport16-12-2016 - 09:00
 

Islamic State survivors and Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, received Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought at the December plenary which was also the last one to be fully presided over by Martin Schulz. MEPs adopted a report on fundamental rights in the EU and updated Parliament's internal rules to improve procedures and transparency. Read about these and other subjects in our article. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, railways, fundamental rights in the EU )

 

Schulz: “Let us have the courage to fight for the EU”

Others Institutions15-12-2016 - 13:47
Press Conference of EP President Schultz at the European Council meeting  

Martin Schulz stressed the importance of cooperation and solidarity in his last speech as Parliament President at a European Council meeting. Addressing heads of government at the summit in Brussels, he called on them to make progress on issues such as defence, migration and Russia. “You all agreed that you need the EU, that the EU is the only means to tackle the challenges we are facing in this century. This spirit should never be forgotten and should guide your actions over the years to come.” (Read more: Schulz: “Let us have the courage to fight for the EU” )

 

Virtual reality: experience the Parliament in all dimensions

Others Institutions15-12-2016 - 08:48
 

Ever wondered what the Parliament looks like from inside? It's now possible to visit our building from the comfort of your own home using your smartphone thanks to virtual reality technology. In our first ever VR video you will be greeted by Parliament’s Facebook followers and President Martin Schulz and be shown around the plenary chamber. (Read more: Virtual reality: experience the Parliament in all dimensions )

 

On behalf of Parliament’s political group leaders, EP President Martin Schulz expressed in a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk his disappointment at the way the draft conclusions of the 27 Heads of State or Government relegate Parliament “to a secondary position in the Brexit negotiation process”. (Read more: Grave consequences if Parliament is all but excluded from EU Brexit talks )

 

Battle for Aleppo: MEPs call for an immediate cessation of hostilities

Plenary Session Institutions14-12-2016 - 16:01
A man pushes a baby stroller down a street in Aleppo, Syria on 5 December 2016 ©Hassan Ammar/AP Photos/European Union-EP  

The situation in Aleppo following the breakdown of a deal to evacuate rebels and civilians from the long-besieged Syrian city was the focus of a debate in Parliament this morning. Ahead of tomorrow’s EU summit, MEPs described the situation variously as “hell on earth”, a “death factory” and the “meltdown of humanity”. They called for an immediate cessation of hostilities as well as access for humanitarian aid. A number of speakers were highly critical of Russia’s role in the conflict. (Read more: Battle for Aleppo: MEPs call for an immediate cessation of hostilities )

 

End of term statement by Parliament’s President Martin Schulz

Plenary Session Institutions14-12-2016 - 12:48
Statement by the President on his end of term  

Martin Schulz summed up his five years as European Parliament President in a statement to the House on Wednesday. (Read more: End of term statement by Parliament’s President Martin Schulz )

 

Debate on migration, security, Russia, Brexit and investment in jobs

Plenary Session Institutions14-12-2016 - 12:04
Debate on EU Summit_  

Political group leaders discussed how to relieve the humanitarian tragedy in Aleppo, sanctions against Russia and ways to boost European defence capacities ahead of the European Summit. (Read more: Debate on migration, security, Russia, Brexit and investment in jobs )

 

Success in difficult times - MEPs praise outgoing Slovak Council Presidency

Plenary Session Institutions13-12-2016 - 20:00
President Fico in the Hemicycle_  

The outgoing Slovak Council Presidency was praised by many political group speakers on Tuesday for delivering tangible results in very difficult times. Launching the European Border and Coast Guard, adopting a jobs-and-growth focused EU budget for 2017, signing the EU-Canada trade deal and taking a step forward in modernising trade defence instruments were among those highlighted in the debate with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. (Read more: Success in difficult times - MEPs praise outgoing Slovak Council Presidency )

 

Schulz, Fico and Juncker sign a joint declaration on key proposals 2017

Plenary Session Institutions13-12-2016 - 16:16
Presidents' signature on 2017 Legislative priorities_  

The first-ever joint declaration to fast-track a set of EU priority proposals was signed by the presidents of the EU Parliament, Council and Commission on Tuesday. They pledge, on behalf of their institutions, to make “substantial progress” in key policy areas next year. (Read more: Schulz, Fico and Juncker sign a joint declaration on key proposals 2017 )

 

Improving transparency at the European Parliament

Plenary Session Parliament's Rules of Procedure13-12-2016 - 14:47

A wide-ranging overhaul of the European Parliament’s Rules of Procedure was approved by 548 votes to 145, with 13 abstentions on Tuesday. Prepared by Richard Corbett (S&D, UK), the changes clarify today’s rules to improve transparency and efficiency. Racist and defamatory language and behaviour will not be tolerated. (Read more: Improving transparency at the European Parliament )