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Democratic accountability: the key to successful economic governance in the EU

Others Institutions / Economic and monetary affairs16-02-2016 - 09:00
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

How much money should a country devote to its health and pension systems? Although this is of course for national parliaments to decide every year, their decisions have to be in line with the country's budgetary commitments taken at the EU level. On 16 February, MEPs and their national counterparts will debate ways to increase the democratic accountability of how the EU coordinates the economic policies of member states. (Read more: Democratic accountability: the key to successful economic governance in the EU )

 

EP this week: UK, Zika virus, Iran, economic governance

Others Institutions15-02-2016 - 11:56
Parliament building in Brussels  

Members of national parliaments from across Europe join MEPs in Brussels to discuss EU-wide budgetary coordination, while British Prime Minister David Cameron is to discuss his proposals for a reform of the UK's EU membership terms with Parliament's leadership. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets MEPs on Tuesday in the wake of sanctions against his country being lifted. Meanwhile international specialists debate the Zika virus epidemic with MEPs on Wednesday. (Read more: EP this week: UK, Zika virus, Iran, economic governance )

 

Getting the details right: how MEPs scrutinise how legislation is implemented

Others Parliament's Rules of Procedure11-02-2016 - 11:52
It is not all about legislation: EP scrutiny on delegated and implementing acts  

As co-legislator, the European Parliament is fully involved in setting up general rules and making policy choices in areas as diverse as food safety, data protection and the fight against terrorism. How these rules are then put into practice also matters, as technical requirements can make a big difference to Europeans' everyday lives. That is why MEPs are focussing more and more on the delegated and implementing acts that set out how adopted legislation should be carried out. (Read more: Getting the details right: how MEPs scrutinise how legislation is implemented )

 

The Newshub: a new tool to follow EP politics as they happen

Others Institutions10-02-2016 - 10:17
European Parliament NewsHub page  

Our revamped Newshub aggregates social media updates from 751 MEPs, eight political groups and the Parliament itself to create a single unmissable page of Parliament news, which is constantly renewed. Read more on what it is, how it works and then visit to try it out for yourself. (Read more: The Newshub: a new tool to follow EP politics as they happen )

 

Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA

Plenary Session Institutions05-02-2016 - 09:30
 

The debate on the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership dominated Parliament´s first February plenary alongside migration, the future of Schengen, the liberalisation of services and car emissions. In addition Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addressed MEPs. Read on for more details of what happened during this week's plenary session. (Read more: Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA )

 

UK in the EU: MEPs debate proposed reforms ahead of referendum

Plenary Session Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions03-02-2016 - 12:24
UK in the EU: MEPs debate proposed reforms ahead of referendum  

What will the UK’s future in Europe be like? The day after European Council President Donald Tusk proposed a settlement in response to UK demands for reforms, MEPs discussed the issue as part of a debate on the EU summit on 18-19 February, which will be dedicated to the talks as well as the migration crisis. Most MEPs stressed that the UK staying in the EU would be better for both the country itself as well as for the other member states, but questioned some of the requested reforms. (Read more: UK in the EU: MEPs debate proposed reforms ahead of referendum )

 

Reactions to Tusk's “UK in EU” proposal dominate pre-summit debate

Plenary Session Future of Europe/European integration / European Council / Institutions03-02-2016 - 11:34

Social benefits for migrant workers in the UK, honesty versus populism and how to ensure respect for different countries' views on EU integration were the key issues raised by Parliament's political group leaders in Wednesday’s debate, with a view to the UK’s forthcoming EU membership referendum. The debate is Parliament's input to the 18-19 February EU summit, which will also focus on migration. (Read more: Reactions to Tusk's “UK in EU” proposal dominate pre-summit debate )

 

Estonian President: "We will handle migration crisis if we show resolve"

Plenary Session Institutions02-02-2016 - 15:53
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves adresses the Plenary  

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called on the European Union to act decisively regarding the migration crisis during a speech in plenary. "Let us now gather our wits and strengths," he told MEPs. "Leave behind the indecision, finger pointing and ducking of responsibility. We will handle this migration crisis if we show the resolve of our forebears." (Read more: Estonian President: "We will handle migration crisis if we show resolve" )

 

Opening: minute’s silence for Miloslav Ransdorf

Plenary Session Institutions01-02-2016 - 18:24
Opening: minute’s silence for Miloslav Ransdorf  

The session opened with a minute’s silence for the late Miloslav Ransdorf, who died on 22 January, aged 62. (Read more: Opening: minute’s silence for Miloslav Ransdorf )

 

UK referendum: Prime Minister Cameron visits European Parliament

Others Institutions29-01-2016 - 18:30
European Parliament President Martin Schulz and British Prime Minister David Cameron are pictured during their meeting at the European Parliament on Friday 29 of January 2016  

Welcoming UK Prime Minister David Cameron to Brussels today 29 January, President Martin Schulz noted that, as co-legislator, the European Parliament will have a key role to play in the success of any initiatives for EU reforms resulting from negotiations. Their meeting revolved around UK demands for changes to its relationship with Europe ahead of a referendum on the country's membership of the EU. The British vote will also be on the agenda of the upcoming EU summit on 18-19 February. (Read more: UK referendum: Prime Minister Cameron visits European Parliament )