Music and architecture, video games, crafts, design and fashion offer considerable growth potential which the EU should support and exploit, says a draft resolution voted by the Culture Committee on Tuesday. It calls for a stronger partnership with universities to equip young people with the requisite skills. It also advocates creating a social status to counter the precarity of many professionals in these fields.
Members asked the six candidates for the post of European Ombudsman what they could offer by way of independence, visibility and transparency, in a series of public hearings held by the Petitions Committee on Tuesday. The new Ombudsman will be elected by the full Parliament in July.
On 12 June, MEPs are expected to approve the architecture of the new EU asylum policy, which lays down common procedures and deadlines for handling applications, ensures a basic set of rights for asylum seekers from the moment they enter the EU and bans transfers of asylum applicants to member states unable to ensure decent living conditions for them.
On 24 January 2013 the Internal Market Committee adopted its position on draft rules setting out minimum EU requirements for the award by public authorities of "concession" contracts to procure works or services from private suppliers. These contracts are typically high-value, complex and long-term. These Q&A deal with certain aspects of the committee text, on which informal negotiations are now under way with the Council headed by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission.
The growing globalisation of data flows, via social networks, cloud computing, search engines, location-based services, etc, arguably increases the risk that people could lose control of their own data. MEPs are debating a major overhaul of current EU data protection rules which aims to put people in control of their personal data and to build trust both in social media and in online shopping and communication in general.
La Oficina del Parlamento Europeo en España organiza en Valencia el 7 de junio el Seminario "Directiva sobre Productos del Tabaco. El Parlamento Europeo decide", en el que participan más de un centenar de representantes de todos los sectores implicados en la nueva reforma (industria tabaquera y sectores sanitarios).
El proyecto español Europe on Track ha sido galardonado este mediodía con el Premio Europeo Carlomagno 2013. En una ceremonia celebrada en la Universidad de Aquisgrán (Alemania), el representante de AEGEE-Europe, Luis Alvarado, ha recogido el premio de manos del Presidente del Parlamento Europeo Martin Schulz.
El proyecto Europe on Track representará a España en el Premio Europeo Carlomagno de la Juventud 2013. Presentado por Luis Alvarado Martínez, Presidente de AEGEE-Europe, el jurado ha destacado que: "Europe on Track es un trabajo de investigación realizado por jóvenes europeos que anima a otros a expresar sus opiniones de forma constructiva, promociona el debate y analiza desde diferentes ángulos y puntos de vista los valores comunes de los europeos".