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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 )

 

Egypt: "We need to support the transition process"

Plenary Session Institutions14-01-2015 - 11:55
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

The EU should help to stabilise the situation in Egypt where the political situation continues to be difficult, according to MEP Marisa Matias. The chair of the delegation for Mashreq countries, which includes Egypt, said: "We need to support the transition process and the EU could propose itself as an intermediary." MEPs discuss the situation in Egypt with EU foreign chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday and vote on a resolution Thursday. They will also discuss the situation in Nigeria. (Read more: Egypt: "We need to support the transition process" )

 

Security and 'Juncker Plan' at heart of debate with Council president Tusk

Plenary Session European Council13-01-2015 - 18:37
Newly-elected European Council President Donald Tusk attends his first EP plenary debate on the outcome of December summit  

"The European Strategic Investment Plan is not the silver bullet. But if anyone has ideas to overcome the economic crisis with one stroke, stand up please," said European Council President Donald Tusk in the debate on the results of the December European Council, which also covered tax avoidance and — in the wake of the Paris attacks — security and passenger name records. (Read more: Security and 'Juncker Plan' at heart of debate with Council president Tusk )

 

Matteo Renzi: "We should not invest in fear, but in a future for our children"

Plenary Session Institutions13-01-2015 - 14:30
Matteo Renzi  

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi pleaded in favour of focussing on investment rather than austerity to revive Europe's economy in a speech at the European Parliament, where he was for a review of his country's presidency of the Council over the last six months. "In recent year Europe gave the impression of being too focussed on the economy, on constraints and parameters: this was a mistake," he said. (Read more: Matteo Renzi: "We should not invest in fear, but in a future for our children" )

 

Auschwitz was "the worst breakdown of civilization in human history" says Schulz

Plenary Session Institutions13-01-2015 - 10:14
A picture of inmates behind barbed wire taken in 1945 when the concentration camp of Auschwitz was liberated in Poland  

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that "Jews in Europe still fear for their safety today. That is something that must frighten us and we need to resist that fear”. Referring to last week’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine, police officers and a Jewish supermarket in Paris, he added that “We need to ensure that this hatred does not become contagious". (Read more: Auschwitz was "the worst breakdown of civilization in human history" says Schulz )

 

EP pays tribute to victims of Paris terrorist attacks

Plenary Session Institutions12-01-2015 - 20:15
A minute of silence in the European Parliament hemicycle to pay triubute to the victims of Paris terrorism attacks #JeSuisCharlie  

“Violence with Kalashnikovs will not make us downgrade our European values”, promised Parliament President Martin Schulz, naming the 17 people killed in last week’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket. After a minute’s silence, Parliament’s political groups paid their tributes too. Several saw the outpouring of solidarity demonstrated by millions of citizens across Europe and worldwide as a renaissance and reaffirmation of Europe’s core values. (Read more: EP pays tribute to victims of Paris terrorist attacks )

 

Members to review Italian Presidency achievements

Plenary Session Institutions12-01-2015 - 20:00

Members will review the work of the Italian Presidency of the Council with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday starting at around 9.10. (Read more: Members to review Italian Presidency achievements )

 

House pays tribute to Philip Bradbourn and Leo Tindemans

Plenary Session Institutions12-01-2015 - 18:30

President Schulz opened the normal business of the January session, following the statements and minute's silence marking last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, with a tribute to UK MEP Philip Bradbourn, who died on 19 December, and to Belgian statesman Leo Tindemans, who died on 26 December. This was followed by a minute's silence in their memory. (Read more: House pays tribute to Philip Bradbourn and Leo Tindemans )