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Parliament should not sign off spending by the European Council and the Council of Ministers for 2012, due to their repeated failure to co-operate with its efforts to check the accounts, the Budgetary Control Committee unanimously advised on Tuesday. But it should clear spending by the Riga-based Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), whose budget management, procurement and recruitment shortcomings, highlighted in April 2014, have now been corrected, it adds. (Read more: 2012 accounts: EU ministers fail committee test, but telecoms regulators pass )

 
 

MEPs to discuss situation in Gaza with UNRWA director

AFET External relations23-09-2014 - 09:17

The situation in Gaza following the August ceasefire agreement, the need to ensure access for humanitarian workers to the strip, its reconstruction and the need for intra-Palestinian reconciliation are expected to top a Foreign Affairs Committee debate with Robert Turner, Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) operations in Gaza on Tuesday. The debate starts at 15:00. (Read more: MEPs to discuss situation in Gaza with UNRWA director )

 
 

Ebola crisis to be debated in European Parliament Development Committee

DEVE Humanitarian aid / Public health22-09-2014 - 15:43

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, the current situation in the affected states and the EU’s response to the crisis will be debated on Tuesday morning in Parliament's Development Committee. The debate starts at 10.30. (Read more: Ebola crisis to be debated in European Parliament Development Committee )

 
 

Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFET AFCO TRAN REGI PECH LIBE JURI ITRE INTA FEMM ENVI EMPL ECON DEVE CULT AGRI Institutions22-09-2014 - 12:31

The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2 and 3 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated after each session. (Read more: Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )

 
 

Live on Monday: Mario Draghi discusses monetary policy with economic committee

Others Institutions / Economic and monetary affairs22-09-2014 - 12:12
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank (ECB), will discuss the euro zone's monetary policies with the economic committee this Monday, starting 15.00 CET. The two-hour meeting will focus on the ECB's latest offer of cheap loans to banks and on the inflation differentials among the euro zone members. The quarterly monetary dialogue between Draghi and MEPs will be shown live on the Parliament website (Read more: Live on Monday: Mario Draghi discusses monetary policy with economic committee )

 
 

Economic recovery is slowing, but banks’ confidence in SMEs is up, says Draghi

ECON Economic and monetary affairs22-09-2014 - 12:02

Economic recovery is losing momentum; European Central Bank President Mario Draghi told the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Monday, citing slowing growth in the second quarter and less than encouraging economic indicators in the summer. "The weak credit curb, high unemployment, political and geopolitical tensions could work against the necessary confidence the ECB is trying to build", he explained. (Read more: Economic recovery is slowing, but banks’ confidence in SMEs is up, says Draghi )

 
 
EP building in Brussels  

MEPs meet in committee this week to prepare legislation on data protection, regional policy and discuss the annual report on immigration and asylum. They will also prepare the hearings for the new European Commission taking place from 29 September to 7 October. The nominees for the Sakharov Prize will be presented to three committees on Tuesday. On the same day EP president Martin Schulz will meet Portugal's prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho in Lisbon. (Read more: EP this week: CO2 emissions, Sakharov Prize, preparation Commission hearings )

 
 

Nominees for Sakharov Prize 2014 announced

AFET DEVE DROI 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 )

 
 

Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication

Plenary Session Institutions19-09-2014 - 09:00
 

In a historic vote on Tuesday, Parliamentarians in Strasbourg and Kiev voted simultaneously to approve the EU–Ukraine association agreement. Closer to home, the EP proposed to increase financial aid for farmers affected by the Russian agricultural import ban and urged the EU to use all possible means to combat the Islamic State. MEPs warned that funds available for creating jobs for young people should be better used. Read on for the highlights of the September plenary session. (Read more: Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication )

 
 

Ukraine: timeline of events

Plenary Session Enlargement / External relations18-09-2014 - 17:57
 

While the conflict in Ukraine continues, the country and the EU ratified a bilateral association agreement on 16 September 2014. Read up on all the latest developments in Ukraine with the help of our timeline, starting from the Euromaidan movement and the events in Crimea to the presidential elections and the historic vote in the two parliaments in September. (Read more: Ukraine: timeline of events )