"Holding presidential elections in Mali on 28 July is the only way to restore legitimacy there' said ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly Co-President in Brussels on Monday, at the opening of its 25th session. When the UN mission is deployed in Mali in July, replacing most French troops there, "it should take care to avoid a security vacuum at all costs", he added.
"The European Parliament clearly welcomes the launch of trade negotiations with the US and will monitor closely the entire process, which should be as transparent as possible", said the European Parliament's International Trade Committee chair Vital Moreira (S&D, PT) on Friday, following today's EU Trade Council decision to grant EU negotiators a mandate to proceed with the talks.
Parliament passed three separate resolutions on Thursday condemning the grave violations of human rights and the violence perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Burma/Myanmar; calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Ilgar Mammadov in Azerbaijan; and expressing its serious concerns about the recent repressive laws and their arbitrary enforcement in Russia.
Jobs for young people, social investment responses to economic crisis and the architecture of European Monetary Union were the key issues debated by MEPs, the Council Presidency and the Commission President on Wednesday, in the run-up to the European summit on 27 and 28 June. Decisions are being taken, but not put into effect, MEPs stressed. Parliament summarized the key issues in three resolutions voted after the debate.
The Conference of Presidents is very disappointed that the Council's reluctance to compromise has not yet allowed for an agreement on the MFF 2014 - 2020 to be reached. The European Parliament has already made far-reaching concessions, taking into account the difficult budgetary situation in the Member States, and is clearly showing its willingness to reach a reasonable deal.
El ritmo de la reforma del sector financiero es muy lento – la dilación en la adopción de nuevas medidas provoca incertidumbre en el crecimiento económico y la creación de empleo, ha expresado el PE en una resolución votada este jueves. Los eurodiputados culpan de este retraso a los países de la UE y a la Comisión, ya que algunas de las reformas prometidas deberían haberse aprobado hace ya un año.
Two years on, the European External Action Service (EEAS) cannot be expected to be fully functional. Yet more can be done to improve its coordination with the Commission and the Council, political leadership, visibility and accountability, MEPs said in a vote on Thursday. In their input to this summer's review of the EU's new diplomatic corps, they also call for a sharper focus on strategic planning and crisis response delivery.
MEPs call on the EU to take the lead in ensuring the protection of journalists worldwide and in promoting freedom of religion or belief without harming other freedoms or rights, in two separate resolutions passed on Thursday.
La Eurocámara ha aprobado hoy una resolución en la que expresa su profunda preocupación ante el "desproporcionado y excesivo uso de la fuerza" por la policía turca en respuesta a las pacíficas protestas del parque Gezi de Estambul. Los eurodiputados piden al gobierno turco que lleve a cabo una "investigación exhaustiva" de la violencia policial, que los responsables sean llevados ante la justicia y que se ofrezca una compensación a las víctimas.
Doctors, nurses, architects and other professionals moving to another EU country will find it easier to get their qualifications recognised there thanks to a provisional deal struck by MEPs and the EU's Irish Presidency of the Council on Wednesday evening. It will bring in an electronic card listing professional skills and oblige professionals' home countries to do more to help them to obtain recognition abroad.