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Nominees for Sakharov Prize 2014 announced

AFET DROI DEVE External relations19-09-2014 - 11:58

Seven nominees for the European Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, chosen by political groups and groups of MEPs, will be presented at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Development committees and the Human Rights Subcommittee on 23 September, at 16:15. (Read more: Nominees for Sakharov Prize 2014 announced )

 
 

La comisión de Presupuestos del Parlamento Europeo ha aprobado hoy 1,6 millones de euros del Fondo Europeo de Adaptación a la Globalización (FEAG) para desempleados de Aragón y Castilla y León. Estas ayudas cubrirán dos sectores: la hostelería en Aragón y la industria de la madera en Castilla y León. Las ayudas se destinarán a orientación, educación y reciclaje de los trabajadores. Esta decisión tiene que ser todavía aprobada por el pleno de la Cámara y el Consejo de Ministros de la UE. (Más…: Aprobadas ayudas para desempleados de Aragón y Castilla y León )

 
 

Redundant workers in the building industry in two Dutch regions, at a Greek bakery, and at a steel producer in Romania would receive European Globalisation Adjustment Fund aid to help them find new jobs under plans approved by the Parliament's Budgets Committee on Thursday. The aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets Committee approves aid for redundant Romanian, Dutch and Greek workers )

 
 

Foreign affairs MEPs recommend EP consent to EU-Ukraine association deal

AFET External relations08-09-2014 - 18:51
The draft proposal, prepared by Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (EPP, PL in the photo), recommends that Parliament give its consent to concluding the deal  

The European Parliament should give its consent to the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine, recommended the Foreign Affairs Committee in a vote on Monday afternoon. The deal would establish a deep political association between the EU and Ukraine and provide for mutual free market access, by dismantling import duties and banning export duties and restrictions. (Read more: Foreign affairs MEPs recommend EP consent to EU-Ukraine association deal )

 
 

EP committees press Italian Presidency on response to Ukraine crisis

AFET INTA AGRI Institutions04-09-2014 - 17:47

The EU's response to the crisis in Ukraine was in the spotlight at Parliament this week, following President Schulz's warning to EU leaders last Saturday of the dangers of escalation and his plea for a political solution to the crisis. He called on the EU to play a more ambitious international role and said it must give Ukraine the financial and political help needed to remain a unified and independent country. (Read more: EP committees press Italian Presidency on response to Ukraine crisis )

 
 

Dijsselbloem calls for fiscal measures and flexibility to combat crisis

ECON Economic and monetary affairs04-09-2014 - 15:10

Fiscal measures, such as shifting taxation away from labour, should play a bigger role in combating the crisis, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Thursday. But flexibility in implementing the Stability and Growth Pact pact is also needed, because this pact is “the anchor for confidence and it would be self-defeating to break it", he underlined. (Read more: Dijsselbloem calls for fiscal measures and flexibility to combat crisis )

 
 

EU must decide and deliver crisis aid faster, say foreign affairs MEPs

AFET External relations02-09-2014 - 16:51
Iraqi people take water from a humanitarian aid convoy in Amerli on September 1, 2014 ©BELGA_ AFP_ JM LOPEZ  

"We need to make our budgetary procedure simpler and faster: currently there is too much bureaucracy, and money given too late for humanitarian actions is wasted money", urged Foreign Affairs Committee chair Elmar Brok (EPP, DE) in Tuesday’s committee debate on international crises in the EU’s neighbourhood. The committee is to debate the crises in Iraq, Gaza, Syria, Libya and Ukraine in meetings this week. (Read more: EU must decide and deliver crisis aid faster, say foreign affairs MEPs )

 
 

Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, called today for a strong EU foreign and security policy lead by a strong personality. “Bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the broader EU neighbourhood must be the first and utmost priority,” he said following a meeting of the Committee’s Enlarged Bureau with Commissioner Georgieva and the EEAS’s Executive Secretary General Pierre Vimont. (Read more: Elmar Brok: Strong EU foreign policy vital to end crises in the neighbourhood )

 
 

ECON chairman Gualtieri wants "bolder action" for euro area

ECON Economic and monetary affairs07-08-2014 - 15:39

The Governing Council of the ECB met on Thursday and decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.15%, 0.40% and -0.10% respectively. Please find below the reaction of the chairman of Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Roberto Gualtieri (S&D, IT): (Read more: ECON chairman Gualtieri wants "bolder action" for euro area )

 
 

MEPs discuss EU trade policy with Commissioner Karel de Gucht

INTA External/international trade22-07-2014 - 18:56

MEPs quizzed trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht MEPs on the US position in transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) talks and the findings of the EU Commission’s public consultation on TTIP proposals on investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms. Some wondered about fate of a proposed trade deal with Canada, which has been described as „to be signed soon" for a year already, and asked that Parliament be given more access to trade talks documents. (Read more: MEPs discuss EU trade policy with Commissioner Karel de Gucht )