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Belgian King and Queen visit the Parliament

Others Institutions25-02-2015 - 12:20
Family photos of EP political leaders and EP President Martin Schulz during the meeting with Philippe, His Majesty the King of Belgium and Mathilde, Her Majesty the Queen of Belgium  

The Belgian King and Queen visited the European Parliament in Brussels on 25 February, where they were welcomed by EP President Martin Schulz. The royal visit was part of a tour of the European Union institutions in Brussels. (Read more: Belgian King and Queen visit the Parliament )

 

Greece to the fore on Parliament's agenda this week

Others Institutions24-02-2015 - 16:59
 

Having reached an agreement on its bailout with other eurozone countries on 20 and 24 February, Greece is also to the forefront of Parliament's proceedings this week. Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem addressed the economic and monetary affairs committee on Tuesday morning, and ECB president Mario Draghi comes to plenary on Wednesday afternoon. (Read more: Greece to the fore on Parliament's agenda this week )

 

The European Parliament and the TTIP

Institutions / External/international trade24-02-2015 - 14:59
Flags of The United States and EU on banknotes  

Talks between the EU and US on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could lead to the world's largest bilateral free-trade area. Increased market access and trading opportunities and the removal of unnecessary regulation and red tapecould help boost economic growth and create jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. However, there are also concerns about possible adverse impacts. (Read more: The European Parliament and the TTIP )

 
EP this week  

The one-day plenary session on Wednesday is dedicated to the energy union, the outcome of the recent Council summit and a discussion with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. Meanwhile parliamentary committees will this week discuss emissions trading and making use of passenger name records for EU flights in the fight against terrorism. EP President Martin Schulz will welcome the King and the Queen of Belgium and meet with Volodymyr Groysman, speaker of the Ukrainian parliament. (Read more: EP this week: passenger name records, emissions trading, US trade deal, Greece )

 

Intergroups: the Parliament's forum for discussing important issues

Others Institutions17-02-2015 - 16:40
MEPs debateing during a meeting  

They are not official bodies of the European Parliament, not do they represent its official view, yet intergroups bring together MEPs from different political groups to discuss subjects ranging from human rights to economic and social issues. (Read more: Intergroups: the Parliament's forum for discussing important issues )

 

A majority of European citizens cheered the role that the European Parliament played in the election of the new Commission President, says the 2014 Parlameter survey, published on Friday. More Europeans now feel that their voice counts in EU-level decision making. Over half the respondents said that EU membership is a good thing. (Read more: Parlameter survey 2014: citizens cheer Parliament’s role in Juncker election )

 

Things we learnt in plenary: Ukraine, terrorism, processed meat, child abduction

Plenary Session Institutions13-02-2015 - 09:17
 

The tragedies in Ukraine and the Middle East were among the main subjects debated by MEPs during the February plenary in Strasbourg. Ahead of Thursday's extraordinary European summit, the Parliament also discussed security measures such as the exchange of passenger name records between member states to better track terror suspects. It also asked that the origin or processed meat is clearly indicated to better inform consumers and launched an investigation of tax-related rulings. (Read more: Things we learnt in plenary: Ukraine, terrorism, processed meat, child abduction )

 

Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas visits the European Parliament

Others Institutions12-02-2015 - 18:21
Mahmoud Abbas meets EP President Martin Schulz  

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas visited the European Parliament in Brussels on 12 February where he was welcomed by EP President Martin Schulz. They had a meeting during which they discussed developments affecting the Middle East peace process. (Read more: Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas visits the European Parliament )

 
Schulz at the EU Summit 2015 Febr  

Martin Schulz has called for new measures to fight terrorism, including additional resources for courts and security services as well as a strategy to prevent young people from being radicalised. The EP president made the plea in a speech at the start of an extraordinary European summit on 12 February. “The onus is on us to protect people in Europe against terrorist attacks.” (Read more: Schulz: “Onus is on us to protect people in Europe against terrorist attacks” )

 

The European Parliament will receive a visit by their majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians on 25 February. (Read more: Parliament to receive their majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians )