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Kobane: MEPs call on Turkey to do more to help Syrian city under threat by IS

Plenary Session Institutions22-10-2014 - 17:06
Isis assault on Kobani, Iraq on the Turkish border  

Turkey should do more to help Kurds fight off the IS threat in Kobane, many MEPs said in a debate on the besieged Syrian city on 22 October. They also condemned the violence by IS and said more should be done to tackle the terrorist group and help its victims. Some also raised the potential threat of chemical weapons and said a wider strategy was needed for the Middle East. (Read more: Kobane: MEPs call on Turkey to do more to help Syrian city under threat by IS )

 
 

Parliament elects new European Commission

Plenary Session Institutions22-10-2014 - 17:06
EP President Martin Schulz hands over to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker the decision of the EP to elect the new commission.  

MEPs approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning, with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The new Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government to enable it to take up duty on 1 November for a five-year term. (Read more: Parliament elects new European Commission )

 
 

New European Commission: the commissioners and their portfolios

Others Institutions22-10-2014 - 16:38
infographic illustration  

The new European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, has now been formally elected by the European Parliament in Strasbourg with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. It will starts its five-year term on 1 November. Find out more about its composition, the new commissioners and their portfolios in our infographic. (Read more: New European Commission: the commissioners and their portfolios )

 
 

MEPs to debate EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants

Plenary Session Police cooperation22-10-2014 - 16:00

An EU-wide police crackdown on irregular migrants, under way from 13 to 26 October, will be debated with the Italian Presidency of the Council on Wednesday evening from 19.00. Named Mos Maiorum (“way of the elders”), it aims to apprehend irregular migrants, disrupt organised crime groups and gather information for intelligence and investigative purposes. (Read more: MEPs to debate EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants )

 
 

EU countries should act on their economic reform pledges, say MEPs

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs22-10-2014 - 14:06

EU countries need to act more like owners of economic policy reform pledges they themselves signed up to, MEPs stress in a report adopted on Wednesday. Given that only 10% of the European Commission's country-specific reform recommendations (CSRs) for 2013 were implemented in full and that little or no progress was made on 45% of them, MEPs believe "there is an inconsistency between European commitment and national implementation of the CSRs by member states". (Read more: EU countries should act on their economic reform pledges, say MEPs )

 
 

European Union member states must back their political pledges with money to revive growth, create jobs, encourage research and development, and enable the EU to do its foreign policy job, said MEPs as they reversed the Council's cuts in the draft EU budget for 2015 on Wednesday. An agreement on additional funds for 2014 is a prerequisite for Parliament to do a deal on next year's budget with Council, MEPs added. (Read more: Settle bills, invest more for growth and jobs: EP position on the 2015 EU budget )

 
 

MEPs to debate Kobane siege, ISIS and European “foreign fighters”

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence22-10-2014 - 10:35

Renewed fierce fighting in the besieged Syrian city of Kobane, the wider threat posed by the advance of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), and growing concern that Europeans returning home after fighting for ISIS pose a threat to the EU’s internal security will be debated on Wednesday afternoon with Italian Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Della Vedova. (Read more: MEPs to debate Kobane siege, ISIS and European “foreign fighters” )

 
 

EP votes on the new European Commission

Plenary Session Institutions22-10-2014 - 07:00
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MEPs decide today whether to approve the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. In a debate before the vote, they can also say what they think about Juncker’s plans as Commission president for the next five years. As part of European Commission election process, all candidate commissioners were questioned by MEPs to assess if they were fit for the job. Now the Parliament has the final say. Watch the vote live on our website. (Read more: EP votes on the new European Commission )

 
 

After reviewing the last two hearings of commissioners-designate held the day before in Strasbourg, the Conference of Presidents, the group leaders, unanimously declared the hearings process closed. (Read more: Hearings of candidate commissioners closed; vote on new Commission tomorrow )

 
 

Denis Mukwege: winner of Sakharov Prize 2014

Others Human rights21-10-2014 - 19:14
Denis Mukwege ©BELGA_ANP COMM_SVEN TORFINN  

Denis Mukwege is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014, following today's decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Mukwege will be invited to Strasbourg on 26 November to receive the award during the plenary session. (Read more: Denis Mukwege: winner of Sakharov Prize 2014 )