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Oct. 20, 2014 - Suruc, Turkey - Kurdish refugee camps in the Turkish town of Sruc, on 20th October 0214, nuear the borders of Syria and Turkey. ©BELGA_ZUMAPRESS_Giannis Papanikos  

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will debate the deadly conflict with the “Islamic State” (IS) and the need for political reconciliation in Iraq with Masrour Barzani, Head of the National Security Council of Iraqi Kurds, on Tuesday. The debate, set to start at 10:15, follows September’s plenary debates on Kobane and the European IS fighters. (Read more: MEPs to debate IS conflict with Head of Iraqi Kurds’ National Security Council )

 
 

Mr Giovanni Buttarelli was voted top candidate for the post of European Data Protection Supervisor by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday after three and a half hours of hearings on Monday evening. Top candidate for Assistant Supervisor is Mr Wojciech Wiewiorowski. The appointments still need to be agreed with the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Civil liberties MEPs vote on their preferences for EU data protection watchdog )

 
 

MEPs to debate counter-terrorism policies with UN’s Jean-Paul Laborde

AFET External relations16-10-2014 - 09:31
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The external and internal aspects of policies for combatting terrorism, radicalisation and the rising phenomenon of “foreign fighters” will be the focus of a debate between Foreign Affairs and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committees and Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) on Thursday at 11:30. (Read more: MEPs to debate counter-terrorism policies with UN’s Jean-Paul Laborde )

 
 

European Semester: act on your economic policy pledges, MEPs urge EU countries

ECON Economic and monetary affairs13-10-2014 - 17:51

EU countries need to do more to put their EU economic policy reform pledges into effect at home, especially in the euro area, urged Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. Noting that only 10% of the European Commission's country-specific reform recommendations (CSRs) for 2013 were implemented in full and that little or no progress was made on 45% of them, MEPs also pressed the Commission and the Eurogroup President to see that they are put into practice. (Read more: European Semester: act on your economic policy pledges, MEPs urge EU countries )

 
 

Over 3,100 workers made redundant by Peugeot Citroën Automobiles (PSA) in France and crude steel producer Carsid SA Belgium are to get EU aid worth €13.5 million to help them to find or create new jobs. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid, approved by Budgets Committee MEPs on Monday, still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former car workers in France and steel workers in Belgium )

 
 

Syria and Iraq: debate on the human rights situation of refugees

DROI Human rights13-10-2014 - 12:29

Representatives of UNHCR, the Yezidi federation of Europe and other organizations will assess the human rights situation in Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries, with a focus on refugees and internally displaced persons, with Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights on Monday at 16.30. (Read more: Syria and Iraq: debate on the human rights situation of refugees )

 
 

Commissioner Štefan Füle’s plan to focus on strengthening democratic institutions and public administration in EU accession candidate and potential candidate countries was welcomed by Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Wednesday. In a debate following the Commission’s approval of the 2014 EU enlargement package earlier the same day, many also stressed the need to communicate the concrete and visible results of the EU enlargement process better. (Read more: EU enlargement package 2014: MEPs stress need to communicate benefits better )

 
 

Three finalists for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of thought

AFET DROI DEVE Human rights07-10-2014 - 18:35

Ukrainian movement EuroMaidan, Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege and Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus are the three finalists for this year's European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, as voted jointly on Tuesday by the Foreign Affairs and Development committees. (Read more: Three finalists for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of thought )

 
 

La comisión de Presupuestos del Parlamento Europeo ha aprobado hoy el proyecto de presupuesto de la UE para 2015, que tiene como objetivo mejorar el crecimiento y las políticas de empleo y educación, incluido el programa Erasmus+. Los eurodiputados han fijado también la cuantía para ayuda humanitaria y apoyo a países afectados por conflictos. El presupuesto aprobado hoy será votado por el pleno el próximo 22 de octubre. (Más…: Comisión de Presupuestos PE propone un aumento para 2015 en áreas prioritarias )

 
 

La comisión de Presupuestos del Parlamento Europeo aprobó hoy 1.019 millones de euros del Fondo Europeo de Adaptación a la Globalización (FEAG) para desempleados de la Comunidad Valenciana. Unos 300 trabajadores del sector metalúrgico se beneficiarán de estos fondos. La ayuda se destinará a formación, orientación profesional o incentivos para la creación de empresas, entre otros fines. Esta decisión todavía debe ser aprobada por el Pleno de la Cámara y por el Consejo de ministros de la UE. (Más…: Comisión del PE aprueba ayudas para desempleados de la Comunidad Valenciana )