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Ceremony inside the European Parliament to celebrate the 70 years anniversary of the holocaust remembrance day  

Speaking in Prague, on 27 January, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Parliament's president Martin Schulz said: "Too many allowed hatred to grow, too many turned a blind eye, too many stood silent. We must never allow this to happen again." Meanwhile in Brussels MEPs and members of the Belgian Jewish community gathered to observe a minute's silence in memory of the millions of victims of the Holocaust. (Read more: Auschwitz anniversary: MEPs mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day )


A new, improved EU Transparency Register was launched on Tuesday with the aim of making EU-decision-making and the activities of lobbyists more transparent and more accountable while also giving lobbyists more incentives to register and making the database easier for lobbyists and the public to access. (Read more: Commission and Parliament implement new rules on Transparency Register )


Reactions of MEPs to Greece elections

Others Institutions / Justice and home affairs26-01-2015 - 18:47
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the radical left main opposition party Syriza, celebrates in front of his supporters as winner of the Greece general elections in Athens, 25 January 2015. ©BELGA/AFP/ArisMessinis  

The legislative elections in Greece on 25 January brought to power Syriza, a left-wing group which campaigned on an anti-austerity platform. We asked Parliament's president Martin Schulz as well as representatives of the various political groups to share their views and expectations after the vote. Read on to find out what they had to say, and click on the names to watch our short video clips. (Read more: Reactions of MEPs to Greece elections )

EP this week  

Parliamentarians meet in their committees this week, and on Wednesday in plenary, to discuss Commission president Juncker's investment plan, anti-terrorism measures and the international climate agreement. Meanwhile German and Italian finance ministers Wolfgang Schäuble and Pier Carlo Padoan will review rules for economic governance in the Parliament, and president Martin Schulz will take part in the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Prague. (Read more: EP this week: anti-terrorism measures, economic governance, climate agreement )

Who's who in Parliament Infographic - Institutions23-01-2015 - 13:42

Following last year's European elections MEPs elected Martin Schulz as the president of the European Parliament. Also selected were 14 vice-presidents and five quaestors, responsible for administrative and financial matters. Check out our infographic to find out who is who in the new Parliament. (Read more: Who's who in Parliament )


Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees


The priorities of Latvia’s EU Council Presidency will be outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Latvian ministers in a series of meetings to be held during the last two weeks of January. (Read more: Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )


EP this week: TTIP, human Rights, Arab League, #EYEhearings

Others Institutions19-01-2015 - 12:21
EP this week  

With Parliament's committees meeting in Brussels this week the issues to be discussed include the proposed EU-US trade agreement and recent developments in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The Latvian presidency of the Council presents its priorities to committees and MEPs are set to discuss the outcomes of last year's European Youth Event (EYE2014) with select participants. (Read more: EP this week: TTIP, human Rights, Arab League, #EYEhearings )


Things we learned in plenary: Paris attacks, GMOs, rotating presidencies

Plenary Session Institutions16-01-2015 - 09:31

The Parliament paid tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Monday at the start of the January plenary. On the legislative side, MEPs approved a proposal to give member states more flexibility to restrict or ban GMOs on their territory, while they also debated the programme of the new Latvian presidency of the Council as well as the outcome of the Italian presidency that ended in December. (Read more: Things we learned in plenary: Paris attacks, GMOs, rotating presidencies )


Commission's 2015 work programme: no resolution adopted

Plenary Session Institutions15-01-2015 - 13:00

On Thursday MEPs voted on seven draft resolutions dedicated to the 2015 work programme setting out the Commission's priorities for the 12 months ahead. None of the resolutions won the necessary majority to be adopted. (Read more: Commission's 2015 work programme: no resolution adopted )


Security and jobs: MEPs debate priorities of the Latvian presidency

Plenary Session Institutions14-01-2015 - 12:33
Latvia's PM Laimdota Straujuma presents Latvian Presidency's priorities #eu2015lv at the European Parliament  

Increasing security, boosting growth, creating jobs, establishing a digital single market: Latvia will have plenty to do at the helm of the Council presidency the coming six months. Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma discussed her country's priorities during a debate in the European Parliament on 14 January. Some MEPs welcomed plans to focus on passenger name record legislation to improve security, while others stressed the importance of investment. (Read more: Security and jobs: MEPs debate priorities of the Latvian presidency )