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EP President Martin Schulz will be awarded the 57th International Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony on Thursday 14 May in Aachen. The prize goes to Mr Schulz for his work to promote democracy, not least by making the European Parliament more visible, audible and understandable, and for his role in the "Spitzenkandidaten" process ahead of the 2014 European elections. (Read more: Charlemagne prize 2015 to be awarded to EP President Martin Schulz on Thursday )


@RealTimeWW1 wins 2015 European Charlemagne Youth Prize

Others Institutions12-05-2015 - 13:00
Family photo of the Charlemagne youth prize 2015 ceremony in Aachen  

@RealTimeWW1, a Twitter project about the First World War, has been awarded first prize at the 2015 European Charlemagne Youth Prize ceremony, organised by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation on 12 May. Second prize goes to the Fronterras-European (border) line project and the third prize jointly to Austrian, Cypriot and Spanish participants. The prize is awarded every year to projects fostering a European identity and integration among young people. (Read more: @RealTimeWW1 wins 2015 European Charlemagne Youth Prize )


Europe Day: Parliament opens its doors to visitors

Others Institutions11-05-2015 - 16:12

To celebrate Europe Day, the European Parliament opened its doors to the public on 2 May in Strasbourg and on 9 May in Brussels and Luxembourg. In addition local EU offices in Europe and all over the world organised a variety of activities and events for all ages. More than 40,000 people visited the Parliament's events in all three cities. (Read more: Europe Day: Parliament opens its doors to visitors )

Expo Milan: Schulz makes the case for an active and engaging Europe Photo gallery - Institutions11-05-2015 - 15:51

Parliament President Martin Schulz and the EU’s foreign chief Federica Mogherini opened the EU Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan. To mark Europe Day on 9 May, they also exchanged views on the EU with more than 1,000 citizens, during which Schulz made the case for an active Europe: “The world needs an active and engaging Europe.” (Read more: Expo Milan: Schulz makes the case for an active and engaging Europe )


Hearing: citizens' initiative to stop animal testing

Others Institutions11-05-2015 - 15:15
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

Should animal testing be banned? The Stop Vivisection citizens' initiative aims to repeal the European directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and ask the European Commission to present a new proposal that does away with animal experimentation. The Parliament is holding a hearing on Monday 11 May, during which MEPs will debate the issue with experts and the initiative's organisers. Watch the discussion live online from 15.00 CET. (Read more: Hearing: citizens' initiative to stop animal testing )

Parliament building in Brussels  

Tax rulings, EU-Russia relations, Turkey’s reform progress, boosting free trade with the US, empowering women in Africa and the current situation in Georgia are all on the Parliament's agenda when MEPs gather this week in Brussels. Political groups will also prepare for the plenary session in Strasbourg on 18-21 May. Meanwhile Parliament President Martin Schulz will be awarded the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen on Thursday. (Read more: EP this week: tax rulings, Russia, Turkey, Georgia, EU-US trade agreement )

President Schulz in Auschwitz_  

Martin Schulz paid tribute to young people during a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau: "You have brought hope into this dark place that together we can and will fight the return of anti-Semitism and racism, intolerance, and ultra-nationalism every step of the way." The Parliament President was talking to them as part of the ”Train 1,000 to Auschwitz” commemorative event on 8 May, bringing together 1,000 young people from all over Europe who took a train journey from Brussels to Krakow. (Read more: Schulz in Auschwitz: "We have come together here to keep the memory alive" )


Europe Day: visit the European Parliament in Brussels

Others Institutions08-05-2015 - 09:00
2015 JPO_EN  

Celebrate Europe Day on 9 May by visiting the European Parliament in Brussels! As part of the Festival of Europe, the Parliament will organise quizzes, exhibitions, a debate with MEPs, mini-conferences and a film screening. Since 2015 is the European Year for Development, this year’s celebration of Europe is focused on what the EU does to reduce poverty in the developing world and many activities will be centred on development cooperation. (Read more: Europe Day: visit the European Parliament in Brussels )


On 9 May 2015, the European Union celebrates Europe Day in its Member States and around the world. To mark the occasion, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission (HRVP) will open the EU Pavilion of EXPO Milan and exchange views with over 1 000 citizens to hear their ideas and views about the EU. (Read more: Europe Day 9 May: Schulz and Mogherini at EXPO Milan to inaugurate EU Pavilion )


EP this week: undeclared work, Crimea, digital single market

Others Institutions04-05-2015 - 11:27
Parliament building in Brussels  

MEPs vote this week on proposals to clamp down on undeclared work and a resolution on the military situation in the Black Sea. The tax rulings committee debates the recently launched investigations on state aid being given by a number of member states, while the industry, research and energy committee discusses the EU's strategy for a digital single market. (Read more: EP this week: undeclared work, Crimea, digital single market )