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Opening: Schulz condemns Jerusalem synagogue attacks and urges peace talks

Plenary Session Institutions24-11-2014 - 18:49
Opening of November Plenary_  

President Schulz condemned the attacks that killed five people and injured many more in a Jerusalem synagogue last week. He called on all parties to halt this “senseless killing” and join in dialogue instead. This was “an attack on peace”, he said. (Read more: Opening: Schulz condemns Jerusalem synagogue attacks and urges peace talks )

 
 

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) will meet from 1 to 3 December 2014 in Strasbourg (France) to debate the Ebola virus outbreak and terrorism in Africa. The plenary debates will be preceded over the weekend by meetings of the JPA standing committees and the women’s forum. (Read more: Ebola outbreak and terrorism in Africa on ACP-EU parliamentary meeting agenda )

 
 

No more plastic bags polluting our environment

Others Environment24-11-2014 - 17:36
Guest photographer_Gábor Szellő / Nowadays_  

Life in plastic is not so fantastic after all. Plastic bags have been blamed for polluting the environment, especially aquatic ecosystems. Today the environment committee votes on a proposal negotiated by the Parliament and the Council to reduce the use of the commonest and most polluting plastic carrier bags. Under the new rules member states could either ban free plastic bags for shoppers by 2018 or else ensure that the average consumption of them does not exceed 90 a year per person by 2019. (Read more: No more plastic bags polluting our environment )

 
 

EP to discuss motion of censure against Juncker and his team

Plenary Session Institutions24-11-2014 - 16:44

A motion of censure on the European Commission as a whole will be debated by MEPs on Monday at 18.00 in the presence of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the college of Commissioners. Marco Zanni (EFDD, IT), one of the authors of the motion, will take the floor first, followed by Mr Juncker and political group speakers. Mr Juncker will close with a five-minute response. (Read more: EP to discuss motion of censure against Juncker and his team )

 
 

Three decades of EP observation missions

Others Institutions / Delegations24-11-2014 - 10:32
 

The EP is not only the EU's only directly-elected institution, but it also does its best to promote democracy outside Europe. This year marks 30 years of European Parliament involvement in election observation. Last year the Parliament sent delegations to observe elections in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay and Tajikistan. In recent months MEPs participated in missions to Egypt, Tunisia and Ukraine. (Read more: Three decades of EP observation missions )

 
 

EU countries would have to reduce the use of the commonest and most polluting plastic carrier bags, under draft rules informally agreed between MEPs and the Italian Presidency of the Council on Monday and confirmed by the member states’ permanent representatives on Friday. Plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem, as it is known to pollute bodies of water and aquatic eco-systems in particular. (Read more: Reducing use of plastic bags: MEPs strike deal with Council Presidency )

 
 

Pope Francis to pay official visit to the European Parliament

Others Institutions21-11-2014 - 13:57

Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday 25 November. He will deliver a formal address to the Members in in the Chamber. (Read more: Pope Francis to pay official visit to the European Parliament )

 
 

Fundamental rights conference: "Things are improving"

Others Human rights20-11-2014 - 17:56
Ulrike Lunacek  

Tirana in Albania is hosting a conference on fundamental rights, non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI on 21 November, organised by the Parliament, the European Commission and the Italian Presidency. EP vice-president Ulrike Lunacek, who wrote a report on homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, will be one of the speakers. We talked to the Austrian member of the Greens/EFA group about the conference's importance. (Read more: Fundamental rights conference: "Things are improving" )

 
 

The EU should provide aid worth €2.35 million to help find or create new jobs for workers made redundant by shipbuilders STX Finland Oy and the GAD abattoir in France, the Budgets Committee recommended on Thursday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former workers at Finnish shipyard and French abattoir )

 
 

New petitions web portal: more transparent and user friendly

Others Petitions20-11-2014 - 11:58
PETI_web  

The EP's new web portal for petitions has been launched, enabling people to sign petitions online and better follow their progress in the Parliament. The aim is to make the process easier and more transparent. Read on to find out more. (Read more: New petitions web portal: more transparent and user friendly )