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European Citizen's Prize: honouring engaged Europeans

Others Institutions04-06-2015 - 10:56
The European Citizen's Prize medal  

The European Parliament has honoured 47 people from across the EU with this year's Citizen's Prize for their contribution to European cooperation and the promotion of common values. The list of the winners was published on 3 June, after a consultation of the 74 proposals that made it through to the national juries. (Read more: European Citizen's Prize: honouring engaged Europeans )

 

May guest photographer contest topic: peace and security

Others Institutions / Development and cooperation / Information03-06-2015 - 11:03
Guest Photographer May topic "Peace & security" jury winner is "Silent river" by Cláudia Batista © Cláudia Batista "Silent river"/www.facebook.com/claudiabatistafotografia  

Take part in our new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September we will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to make a photo reportage. (Read more: May guest photographer contest topic: peace and security )

 

How the majority of EU legislation gets created

Others Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure02-06-2015 - 09:57
 

The media often report on how Brussels has decided on a new piece of legislation, but this is a simple version of what is a very complicated process. In our interactive infographic you find a more precise overview of how decisions that affect the EU and the people living in it are taken by MEPs and the member states. (Read more: How the majority of EU legislation gets created )

 
Photo de famille de la Conférence des présidents du Parlement européen au château de Senningen, Luxembourg ©SIP/Julien Warnand  

The political leaders of the European Parliament discussed the priorities of the upcoming Council presidency with the government of Luxembourg, which will take over on 1 July. The Conference of Presidents, made up of EP President Martin Schulz and the chairs of the political groups, went to Luxembourg on Monday 1 June where Prime Minister Xavier Bettel presented his country's priorities. In addition to the prime minister, the EP delegation also met other members of the government. (Read more: EP leaders discuss priorities of upcoming Council presidency with Luxembourg )

 

EP this week: PNR, taxes, animal diseases, development

Others Institutions01-06-2015 - 09:00
Parliament building in Brussels  

The civil liberties committee discusses passenger name records on Thursday, while the tax rulings committee looks at the international dimension of tax rulings. Parliament and Council negotiators will try to agree on a proposal linking animal welfare with public health. The foreign affairs and development committees discuss upcoming events on development organised by the UN and political groups will prepare for next week's plenary session. (Read more: EP this week: PNR, taxes, animal diseases, development )

 
Tunisian PM Habib Essid  

In a region still reeling from the effects of the Arab Spring four years, Tunisia is seen as an example, succeeding the transition to democracy. Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid visited the Parliament on 28 May to discuss challenges facing his country and the region with EP President Martin Schulz and the foreign affairs committee and the human rights and security subcommittees. We talked to him to find out his views on the migration crisis and the secret of why Tunisia is doing so well. (Read more: Essid: "EU did excellent work in Tunisia and should do same in other countries" )

 

Red Cross: "Life in Syria after years of conflict has become very difficult"

Others Institutions / Asylum policy28-05-2015 - 15:39
Peter Maurer on latest Red Cross missions  

Millions of people are on the run in places such as Syria and Nigeria due to the rise of violent extremism, many of them receiving essential aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Its president Peter Maurer was in the European Parliament to meet the foreign affairs committee on 26 May and President Martin Schulz on 27 May. We talked to him to find out what life is like in these crisis-hit areas and how Europe could help to make a difference. (Read more: Red Cross: "Life in Syria after years of conflict has become very difficult" )

 
 

Europeans could not only vote for who should represent them in the European Parliament last year, but also help to decide who should lead the European Commission. As the European People's Party won the most votes in the 2014 European elections, their candidate Jean-Claude Juncker was elected as Commission president. Find out more by watching our video in which four of the candidates for the top post shared their insights on what was a historic election. (Read more: Spitzenkandidaten: the story of what made last year's EP elections different )

 

Ban Ki-moon on migration: “Saving lives should be the top priority”

Plenary Session Institutions28-05-2015 - 09:09
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the European Parliament on 27 May 2015  

Europe should focus on saving lives when dealing with migration, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a speech at the European Parliament on 27 May. During the plenary session he called attention to the 1,800 people who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean this year: “Europe has an important role to play and a collective responsibility to act. Saving lives should be the priority.” He also discussed sustainable development and preventing violent extremism. (Read more: Ban Ki-moon on migration: “Saving lives should be the top priority” )