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MEPs give their inputs for counter-terrorism summit, Ukraine and EMU

Plenary Session European Council11-02-2015 - 14:30

Counter-terrorism measures, such as preventing radicalisation, EU Passenger Name Record proposal and stepping up checks at the external borders, were among the issues discussed by MEPs in a debate with Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Latvian Secretary of State for European affairs Zanda Kalniņa–Lukaševica, on Wednesday, ahead of the 12 February informal meeting of EU heads of state or government. (Read more: MEPs give their inputs for counter-terrorism summit, Ukraine and EMU )

 

Opening: tax rulings committee vote Thursday

Plenary Session Institutions09-02-2015 - 18:19
MEPs are gathering to the EP chamber to attend the opening of February 2015 plenary session  

Parliament will vote Thursday on setting up a special committee on tax rulings issued by member states, President Martin Schulz announced at the opening of the session. The proposal will be finalized by the Conference of Presidents on Wednesday at 16.00 and the deadline for amendments is Wednesday at 19.00, he added. (Read more: Opening: tax rulings committee vote Thursday )

 
US Vice-President Joe Biden discusses common challenges during EP visit Photo gallery - Institutions09-02-2015 - 11:17

US Vice-President Joe Biden visited the European Parliament in Brussels on 6 February, where he met EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Welcoming Biden to the Parliament, Schulz said: "In recent years the transatlantic relationship has been tested. Yet, there is much more that unites us than divides us." (Read more: US Vice-President Joe Biden discusses common challenges during EP visit )

 
 

EP information network: Digital resources for reporting on the EP

Others Institutions09-02-2015 - 09:00
European Parliament Network Tumblr  

Reporting on the European Parliament has never been easier, thanks to our new blog listing the latest digital resources that are free to use. Updated around the clock, this page informs you what images, infographics, videos and photos are available for you to download as soon as they become available. Not only are these materials free to use, they are also often available in all of the EU’s 24 official languages, from Bulgarian to Swedish. (Read more: EP information network: Digital resources for reporting on the EP )

 

US Vice-President Joe Biden visits the Parliament

Others Institutions06-02-2015 - 13:54
03_US Vice-President Joe Biden official visits to the European Parliament in Brussels on the 06/02/2015  

US Vice-President Joe Biden visited the European Parliament in Brussels on 6 February, where he met EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Welcoming Biden to the Parliament, Schulz said: "In recent years the transatlantic relationship has been tested. Yet, there is much more that unites us than divides us." (Read more: US Vice-President Joe Biden visits the Parliament )

 

EP special committee on member states' tax rulings up for a vote by full House

Others Institutions / Taxation05-02-2015 - 15:52

The European Parliament political group leaders have decided to propose a special committee to look into tax rulings by member states. The full House will vote at the next session on the creation of the special committee and on its mandate. (Read more: EP special committee on member states' tax rulings up for a vote by full House )

 

Guillaume: "Strong demand from citizens for an obligatory transparency register"

Others Institutions / Citizens' rights05-02-2015 - 15:20
MEP Sylvie Guillaume on transparency register  

A new transparency register has been in force since 27 January, allowing everyone to find out which interest groups have been lobbying the EU institutions. However, the register, which is used by the Parliament and the European Commission, is not yet obligatory. Sylvie Guillaume, a French member of the S&D group, is the vice-president responsible for the transparency register. We asked her how the new register works and how it will make a difference. (Read more: Guillaume: "Strong demand from citizens for an obligatory transparency register" )

 

Alexis Tsipras visits the European Parliament

Others Institutions04-02-2015 - 15:02
Joint press point by the European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras  

New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the European Parliament today where he was welcomed by EP President Martin Schulz. After the meeting Schulz said: "Mr Tsipras is battling for European cooperation, not only seeking a solution for Greece. He has my full support." He also stressed the need for a framework for "constructive dialogue and solutions". (Read more: Alexis Tsipras visits the European Parliament )

 

Manfred Weber: Reforms and change equals hope and future for us

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions04-02-2015 - 13:56
Facebook chat with Manfred Weber, leader of the European Parliament EPP political group  

Where does the EPP - the Parliament's largest political group - stand on issues such as Ukraine and economic reforms? Our Facebook fans enjoyed the opportunity to ask the leader of the group directly when he took part in a chat on our Facebook page on 3 February. Manfred Weber said his group's main goal for this legislative period was boosting growth and creating jobs, while he also urged people to support the European Commission's new investment package for Europe. (Read more: Manfred Weber: Reforms and change equals hope and future for us )