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Juncker plan: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal to bridge investment gap

Others Economic and monetary affairs28-05-2015 - 09:49

A deal struck by MEPs and Council of Ministers negotiators in the small hours of Thursday morning means the architecture of the Juncker plan to unlock €315 billion public and private investments in the real economy in 2015-2017 can now be put to a European Parliament vote on 24 June and the investment programme can kick off in the summer. (Read more: Juncker plan: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal to bridge investment gap )

 

Cyber-attacks: how to best protect the media and critical infrastructure

Plenary Session Information society28-05-2015 - 09:35
 

Several major Western news organisations have been hit by politically motivated cyber-attacks over the past few years, mostly in retaliation for their critical coverage of events, countries or movements such as the Syrian regime or Islamic State. MEPs discussed on 27 May how the EU could help to counter such attacks. Check out our timeline to learn more about the attacks and read on to find out how the EU could help. (Read more: Cyber-attacks: how to best protect the media and critical infrastructure )

 

Ban Ki-moon on migration: “Saving lives should be the top priority”

Plenary Session Institutions28-05-2015 - 09:09
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the European Parliament on 27 May 2015  

Europe should focus on saving lives when dealing with migration, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a speech at the European Parliament on 27 May. During the plenary session he called attention to the 1,800 people who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean this year: “Europe has an important role to play and a collective responsibility to act. Saving lives should be the priority.” He also discussed sustainable development and preventing violent extremism. (Read more: Ban Ki-moon on migration: “Saving lives should be the top priority” )

 

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid, will meet the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Human Rights and Security and Defence subcommittees on Thursday at 9.00. This will be his first visit to the European Parliament since he became Prime Minister in February this year. (Read more: Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid to meet European Parliament committees )

 

School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits

Plenary Session Agriculture27-05-2015 - 19:13
Child drinking milk and eating healthy food  

Healthy eating habits start young, so the EU and its member states should do and spend more to encourage kids to eat healthy and local foods, Parliament said on Wednesday. To ensure that they get healthy eating lessons, as well as school milk, fruit, and vegetables from EU schemes, Parliament amended draft rules and approved a mandate for MEPs to negotiate their final form with EU member states. (Read more: School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits )

 

Budgets MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016

BUDG Budget27-05-2015 - 12:37

Budgets MEPs welcomed next year's "restricted" but well focused draft budget presented by Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday immediately after it was approved by the Commission. (Read more: Budgets MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016 )

 

Still much to be done, CAR president tells foreign affairs committee

AFET External relations27-05-2015 - 11:47

"The Central African Republic is doing much better. There is a clear improvement even if it is still very fragile," CAR's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, told foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday. CAR still needs the EU's "multi-dimensional aid", she stressed, calling on member states to redouble their efforts to help the CAR meet its electoral, budgetary and security challenges. (Read more: Still much to be done, CAR president tells foreign affairs committee )

 

Address by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and debate on G7

Plenary Session External relations27-05-2015 - 11:38
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, addressed the European Parliament  

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a formal address to Parliament at 15.15 today. He is expected to address the recent refugee tragedies in the Mediterranean and to support the EU Agenda on Migration. (Read more: Address by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and debate on G7 )

 

A reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), informally agreed with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, was backed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The reform aims to reduce the surplus of carbon credits available for trading in order to support the price of the emission rights. The scheme would start operating in 2019. (Read more: CO2 market fix: Environment Committee MEPs back deal with Council )

 

TTIP: the Parliament takes another look at its position

Others External/international trade26-05-2015 - 16:46
 

The Parliament is updating its position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), outlining what issues are important to MEPs. The international trade committee, which is the committee in charge, will on Thursday decide on a draft report, providing guidelines to the current negotiations. MEPs will then vote on it during the June plenary. The European Commission conducts the talks on behalf of the EU, but do you know what role the Parliament plays? Read on to find out. (Read more: TTIP: the Parliament takes another look at its position )