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A Maltese policeman carries a child rescued by the Armed forces of Malta at Hay Wharf in Valletta on October 12, 2013. More than 140 survivors, plucked from the sea after their overloaded boat sank in the latest deadly migrant tragedy to hit the Mediterranean, arrived in Malta. The sinking killed more than 30, most of them women and children, when the boat packed with people desperate to reach European shores went down off Malta near the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to officials. ©BELGA/AFP/M.Mirabelli  

Asylum applications in the EU were up by some 100,000 in 2013 compared to the year before, while at least 600 people are believed to have died while trying to reach Europe via maritime routes. MEPs will discuss the latest developments on 24 September when the European Commission presents the latest annual report on immigration and asylum to the civil liberties committee. The report stressed that the EU needed to do more on immigration, asylum and the smuggling and trafficking of human beings. (Read more: Dying to get to Europe: nearly 450,000 refugees a year make their way to EU )

 
 

Sakharov Prize 2014: Meet the nominees

Others Human rights23-09-2014 - 11:13
Sakharov Prize 2014: Meet the nominees  

They may have different jobs - rapper, gynaecologist, religious leader, journalist – but they all share a commitment to defending human rights. The seven nominations for the Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be formally presented on Tuesday 23 September at a joint meeting of the foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee. Follow the meeting live from 16.15 CET. The winner will be announced in October. (Read more: Sakharov Prize 2014: Meet the nominees )

 
 

Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFCO TRAN REGI PECH LIBE JURI ITRE INTA FEMM ENVI EMPL ECON DEVE CULT AGRI AFET Institutions23-09-2014 - 11:09

The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency were outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2, 3 and 22 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. (Read more: Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )

 
 

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 )

 
 

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 )