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Historic vote: EU–Ukraine agreement approved in Strasbourg and Kiev

Others Enlargement / External relations16-09-2014 - 15:29
EU_Ukraine Agreement picture  

The signing of agreements is rarely accompanied by applause, shouting and the flashing of victory signs, but this one was years in the making and responsible for a major change in European affairs. Many MEPs were quick to show their joy when the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement was ratified simultaneously by the Ukrainian and European Parliaments on Tuesday 16 September, the first time in the EU's history that such a vote took place at the same time in the EP. (Read more: Historic vote: EU–Ukraine agreement approved in Strasbourg and Kiev )

 
 

European Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

Plenary Session External relations16-09-2014 - 12:41
European Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association Agreement  

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), on Tuesday in Strasbourg. At the same time, the Agreement was also ratified by the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev. The deal will establish a deep political association and economic integration between the EU and Ukraine and provide for mutual free market access. (Read more: European Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association Agreement )

 
 

MEPs to quiz Commission on progress in freeing the digital single market

Plenary Session Free movement of services16-09-2014 - 12:30

The Commission will brief Parliament on Tuesday afternoon on progress to date in unlocking the potential of the digital single market. Measures to remove obstacles to buying goods online and using e-signatures, or to ensure that internet giants do not abuse their dominant market positions, could well figure in the debate which is set to start at 16.30 approximately. (Read more: MEPs to quiz Commission on progress in freeing the digital single market )

 
 

MEPs evaluate EU policy towards Russia

Plenary Session External relations16-09-2014 - 11:39

The EU should take a more proactive line on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and impose tougher sanctions on Russia, urged some political groups in Tuesday’s debate with EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle. Others, however, stressed the need to "keep communication channels open". (Read more: MEPs evaluate EU policy towards Russia )

 
 

Opening: Schulz deplores drowning of Mediterranean migrants

Plenary Session Institutions15-09-2014 - 18:13
EP President Martin Schulz speech at the opening of September plenary session  

The EU must do its utmost to prevent further deaths at sea of Mediterranean migrants - this is a humanitarian catastrophe, said President Schulz of breaking news that over 200 would-be migrants had drowned when their boat sank off Libya and over 500 had drowned when their boat sank off Malta the previous week. (Read more: Opening: Schulz deplores drowning of Mediterranean migrants )

 
 

Import ban: how Russian measures are affecting European companies

Others External/international trade15-09-2014 - 15:01
 

European companies are still reeling from the impact of a Russian import ban on EU, US, Canadian, Australian, and Norwegian products such as meat, fruit and vegetables. Russia introduced the ban on 7 August in retaliation to EU measures triggered by the Ukrainian crisis and the downing of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane. MEPs will debate the impact on Monday 15 September. Check out our map to see which countries will be affected the most and follow the debate live from 17.00 CET. (Read more: Import ban: how Russian measures are affecting European companies )

 
 
 

Candidate commissioners face a thorough scrutiny by MEPs before the new European Commission can start its five-year term. From 29 September they will have to appear in front of parliamentary committees dealing with their proposed responsibilities. These hearings will affect the Parliament’s vote on whether to approve the new Commission. Unless MEPs vote in favour, the Commission will not be able to take office. (Read more: New Commission: how MEPs will scrutinise the candidate commissioners )

 
 

Globalisation Adjustment Fund: helping redundant workers find work again

Others Institutions / Social policy12-09-2014 - 15:08
 

Tens of thousands of workers were helped to retrain, look for a new job or launch a new company in 207-2013 if they had been laid off as a result of globalisation or the economic crisis thanks to €400 million in EU funding. This aid came from the EU's Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). On 11 September the EP’s budget committee approved another aid package for workers in Greece, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain. Find out more about the fund in our article and our chart. (Read more: Globalisation Adjustment Fund: helping redundant workers find work again )

 
 
Anointed as Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker lays out the EU's priorities and commitments for the coming years with a focus on energy, welfare and prosperity.  

The candidate commissioners, as presented by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, will need to appear in hearings before parliamentary committees from 29 September to 7 October. (Read more: Candidate commissioners to appear before EP committees from 29 September )

 
 
Martin Schulz  

“What happens in Ukraine concerns all Europeans, because we cannot stand by and watch idly while the founding principles of the international community are being violated,” said EP president Martin Schulz during a visit to Kiev on Friday. “We have agreed on rules for states to follow when dealing with each other. These rules apply to all.” During his two-day visit, Schulz met Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as well as president Petro Poroshenko. (Read more: Schulz in Kiev: ”What happens in Ukraine concerns all Europeans” )