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Why did the EU Commission take so long to launch investigations into member states’ tax rulings? Is its strategy to go only after small countries, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Ireland? Will the instruments available to it suffice? And if not, what would it take to do away with unfair tax competition? These questions were raised by MEPs in Tuesday’s Special Tax Rulings Committee debate with competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. (Read more: Tax rulings: “We need a common corporate tax base”, says Commissioner Vestager )

 
 

The EU's cohesion strategy helps poorer regions catch up with richer ones by stimulating growth and employment. When European governments started to cut back spending due to the crisis, the EU's cohesion funding helped to support critical investment, according to the European Commission's sixth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion. The Parliament's regional development voted on its position on 4 May. Check out our chart to learn how the funding helped to make a difference. (Read more: Cohesion policy: helping poorer regions to kickstart employment and growth )

 

Russia has transformed Black Sea military landscape, say foreign affairs MEPs

Others Security and defence05-05-2015 - 14:38

If Russia does not apply the Minsk ceasefire deals in full and return Crimea to Ukraine, the EU should step up sanctions and consider the possibility of providing Ukraine with defensive arms, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday. Returning Crimea is vital to the EU’s long-run cooperation with Russia and EU countries must also step up their own defence capabilities, says the text, which looks at Black Sea Basin military changes since Russia illegally annexed Crimea. (Read more: Russia has transformed Black Sea military landscape, say foreign affairs MEPs )

 

EP this week: undeclared work, Crimea, digital single market

Others Institutions04-05-2015 - 11:27
Parliament building in Brussels  

MEPs vote this week on proposals to clamp down on undeclared work and a resolution on the military situation in the Black Sea. The tax rulings committee debates the recently launched investigations on state aid being given by a number of member states, while the industry, research and energy committee discusses the EU's strategy for a digital single market. (Read more: EP this week: undeclared work, Crimea, digital single market )

 

Festival of Europe - European Parliament open days

Others Institutions01-05-2015 - 10:30

On Saturday 2 May in Strasbourg and on Saturday 9 May in Brussels and Luxembourg, the European Parliament and other EU institutions will open their doors to the general public in order to celebrate Europe Day in a fun and festive way for the whole family. (Read more: Festival of Europe - European Parliament open days )

 

Mightier than the sword: Sakharov Prize laureates discuss press freedom

Others Citizens' rights30-04-2015 - 18:24
The cartoon represents a child drawing the future in the form of a new house with the sun shining on the ruins of the devastation and destruction caused by oppression in all its forms - including police repression of the media over a period of 50 years in Syria." © علي Ali Ferzat  

The European Parliament has awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to several journalists and advocates of freedom of press since it was launched in 1988. We talked to some of those laureates about their experiences, current challenges and the importance of the press ahead of World Press Freedom Day on Sunday 3 May. (Read more: Mightier than the sword: Sakharov Prize laureates discuss press freedom )

 

Human rights: Yarmouk refugee camp, activists in Algeria and Nadiya Savchenko

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations30-04-2015 - 17:38

Parliament condemned IS/Daesh terror attacks on the Palestinian refugee camp in Yarmouk, Syria, the harassment of labour and human rights activists in Algeria and the illegal detention of Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko in Russia, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Yarmouk refugee camp, activists in Algeria and Nadiya Savchenko )

 

Things we learnt in plenary: migration, plastic bags, road safety, alcohol

Plenary Session Institutions30-04-2015 - 17:15
 

MEPs called for more measures to prevent the loss of migrant lives in the Mediterranean, including more funding for search and rescue missions, during the plenary session on 27-30 April. They also voted in favour of phasing out plastic bags in the EU and installing emergency call devices in new car models, while calling for an alcohol strategy to tackle the negative effects of alcohol consumption. Read on for our summary of the plenary session in Strasbourg. (Read more: Things we learnt in plenary: migration, plastic bags, road safety, alcohol )

 

Indonesia’s executions: MEPs call for immediate moratorium on the death penalty

Plenary Session External relations30-04-2015 - 16:27

Members of all European Parliament political groups condemned the recent execution of eight people in Indonesia, and called for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty there. In a debate on Thursday with international cooperation Commissioner Neven Mimica, MEPs stressed that even though they respect Indonesia's sovereignty and its fight against drug trafficking, the death penalty can never be justified. (Read more: Indonesia’s executions: MEPs call for immediate moratorium on the death penalty )

 

Milan Expo 2015: EU must foster global food security, MEPs say

Plenary Session Agriculture30-04-2015 - 13:30
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The EU should use the Milan Expo 2015 to encourage sustainable agronomic practices, promote fairness in the supply chain, and fight food waste and malnutrition, says a resolution voted by Parliament on Thursday, the eve of the official opening of the event. The ultimate aim of these efforts should be to strengthen global food security, it adds. (Read more: Milan Expo 2015: EU must foster global food security, MEPs say )