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Get connected: discover the European Parliament on social media

Others Institutions / Information19-12-2014 - 09:00
 

From Pinterest to LinkedIn, the European Parliament is present on most major social media platforms in order to better communicate with you. On these platforms we offer not only background information and the latest news, but also videos, photos, infographics and the opportunity to discuss topical issues. Try out our interactive infographic to get a taster of what we serve up on each platform. (Read more: Get connected: discover the European Parliament on social media )

 
 

Things we learned in plenary: EU's 2015 budget, Palestine, CIA torture

Plenary Session Institutions19-12-2014 - 09:00
 

The last plenary session of 2014 saw the European Parliament adopt a hard-fought compromise on the EU budget. Other topics on the agenda included Palestine statehood, the use of torture by the CIA and media freedom in Turkey. MEPs also reappointed Emily O'Reilly as European ombudsman until 2019 and awarded the Lux Film Prize to the Polish-Danish co-production Ida. Read our summary of an eventful week in Strasbourg. (Read more: Things we learned in plenary: EU's 2015 budget, Palestine, CIA torture )

 
 
Martin Schulz at the summit in October.  

Martin Schulz called on government leaders to back the €315 billion investment plan for the EU and help plug the investment gap with the US and China. Speaking at the opening of the EU summit in Brussels, the EP President said: “The Investment Plan is a strong signal that we are committed to a new path for Europe towards growth and jobs. And it is of the utmost importance that you clearly commit yourself to its success too.” (Read more: Schulz: “Investing is about building bridges to a successful future” )

 
 

Torture: MEPs call for investigation into EU countries' role in CIA practices

Plenary Session Institutions / Human rights / External relations17-12-2014 - 16:53
Press conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia  

Waterboarding, chaining people to walls, rectal feeding: the recently published US Senate’s report on CIA interrogation methods makes serious allegations about the agency using torture to extract information from detainees. In a plenary debate about the report on 17 December, MEPs said that trampling fundamental values in the fight against terrorism is unacceptable and that the possible complicity of EU member states in this should be investigated. (Read more: Torture: MEPs call for investigation into EU countries' role in CIA practices )

 
 

Mixed response to Commission’s "more focused" 2015 work programme

Plenary Session Institutions16-12-2014 - 19:25
European Parliament plenary debate on European Commission priorities for 2015 with EC President Jean-Claude Juncker  

The European Commission’s 2015 work programme, in which it outlines 23 new proposals and lists 80 items of pending legislation for withdrawal or amendment, drew a mixed response from MEPs in Tuesday’s debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and first Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Parliament will vote a resolution in January on the "new start" promised by the Commission. (Read more: Mixed response to Commission’s "more focused" 2015 work programme )

 
 

MEPs to debate priorities ahead of EU investment plan summit

Plenary Session European Council16-12-2014 - 17:00

MEPs will debate Commission plans to mobilise €315 billion to boost growth, jobs and competitiveness on Wednesday from 09.00, on the eve of the 18-19 December European Council meeting, where it will top the agenda. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Italy’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Benedetto Della Vedova will participate in the debate. The European Council will also discuss international developments and efforts to combat the Ebola virus outbreak. (Read more: MEPs to debate priorities ahead of EU investment plan summit )

 
 

President Schulz shocked at media crackdown in Turkey

Plenary Session Institutions15-12-2014 - 18:34
EP President Martin Schulz opens December plenary session  

Mr Schulz opened the December session with a reminder that freedom of the press and media pluralism are fundamental EU values. We take our negotiations with Turkey as a candidate country very seriously, he said, and must therefore point to problems as well as to progress. (Read more: President Schulz shocked at media crackdown in Turkey )

 
 

Get up close with the EP thanks to unique 360° photo

Others Institutions12-12-2014 - 17:00
 

Short of becoming an MEP, it can be difficult to know what it is really like during a plenary session. But to give you an idea of how it feels to sit in Strasbourg, MEPs posed for a unique 360° picture of the chamber. By zooming in or out, you can see everyone who attends the sessions, including EP president Martin Schulz and representatives from the Council and the Commission. Can you spot your MEP? (Read more: Get up close with the EP thanks to unique 360° photo )

 
 
Conference of Presidents of political groups to discuss the Commission’s 2015 work programme with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and First-Vice President Frans Timmermans  

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, visited the Parliament on 11 December to discuss the 2015 work programme with the Conference of Presidents, made up of EP President Martin Schulz and the leaders of the political groups. During the lively debate, group leaders asked many questions about the priorities and the methods to be used. (Read more: Juncker discusses Commission’s 2015 work programme with political group leaders )

 
 
EP building in Brussels  

This week MEPs are discussing a number of issues that need to be finalised during the last plenary session of the year which commences in Strasbourg next Monday. Among the issues on this week's agenda are the on-going budget negotiations between the Parliament and Council, a resolution on migration responsibilities and appointments to the banking union's Single Resolution Board. At the Conference of Presidents Jean-Claude Juncker will present the Commission's programme of work for 2015. (Read more: EP this week: budget talks, migration and the Single Resolution Board )