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Red Cross: "Life in Syria after years of conflict has become very difficult"

Others Institutions / Asylum policy28-05-2015 - 15:39
Peter Maurer on latest Red Cross missions  

Millions of people are on the run in places such as Syria and Nigeria due to the rise of violent extremism, many of them receiving essential aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Its president Peter Maurer was in the European Parliament to meet the foreign affairs committee on 26 May and President Martin Schulz on 27 May. We talked to him to find out what life is like in these crisis-hit areas and how Europe could help to make a difference. (Read more: Red Cross: "Life in Syria after years of conflict has become very difficult" )

 

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid met the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Human Rights and Security and Defence subcommittees on Thursday to discuss the latest developments in his country. Security challenges, fighting terrorism and tackling migration flows were the key issues raised in the debate. (Read more: Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid on security and migration challenges )

 

Juncker plan: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal to bridge investment gap

ECON BUDG Budget / Economic and monetary affairs28-05-2015 - 11:38

A deal struck by MEPs and Council of Ministers negotiators in the small hours of Thursday morning means the architecture of the Juncker plan to unlock €315 billion public and private investments in the real economy in 2015-2017 can now be put to a European Parliament vote on 24 June and the investment programme can kick off in the summer. (Read more: Juncker plan: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal to bridge investment gap )

 
 

Europeans could not only vote for who should represent them in the European Parliament last year, but also help to decide who should lead the European Commission. As the European People's Party won the most votes in the 2014 European elections, their candidate Jean-Claude Juncker was elected as Commission president. Find out more by watching our video in which four of the candidates for the top post shared their insights on what was a historic election. (Read more: Spitzenkandidaten: the story of what made last year's EP elections different )

 

Cyber-attacks: how to best protect the media and critical infrastructure

Plenary Session Information society28-05-2015 - 09:35
 

Several major Western news organisations have been hit by politically motivated cyber-attacks over the past few years, mostly in retaliation for their critical coverage of events, countries or movements such as the Syrian regime or Islamic State. MEPs discussed on 27 May how the EU could help to counter such attacks. Check out our timeline to learn more about the attacks and read on to find out how the EU could help. (Read more: Cyber-attacks: how to best protect the media and critical infrastructure )

 

Ban Ki-moon on migration: “Saving lives should be the top priority”

Plenary Session Institutions28-05-2015 - 09:09
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the European Parliament on 27 May 2015  

Europe should focus on saving lives when dealing with migration, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a speech at the European Parliament on 27 May. During the plenary session he called attention to the 1,800 people who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean this year: “Europe has an important role to play and a collective responsibility to act. Saving lives should be the priority.” He also discussed sustainable development and preventing violent extremism. (Read more: Ban Ki-moon on migration: “Saving lives should be the top priority” )

 

School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits

Plenary Session Agriculture27-05-2015 - 19:13
Child drinking milk and eating healthy food  

Healthy eating habits start young, so the EU and its member states should do and spend more to encourage kids to eat healthy and local foods, Parliament said on Wednesday. To ensure that they get healthy eating lessons, as well as school milk, fruit, and vegetables from EU schemes, Parliament amended draft rules and approved a mandate for MEPs to negotiate their final form with EU member states. (Read more: School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits )

 

Budgets MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016

BUDG Budget27-05-2015 - 12:37

Budgets MEPs welcomed next year's "restricted" but well focused draft budget presented by Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday immediately after it was approved by the Commission. (Read more: Budgets MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016 )

 

Still much to be done, CAR president tells foreign affairs committee

AFET External relations27-05-2015 - 11:47

"The Central African Republic is doing much better. There is a clear improvement even if it is still very fragile," CAR's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, told foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday. CAR still needs the EU's "multi-dimensional aid", she stressed, calling on member states to redouble their efforts to help the CAR meet its electoral, budgetary and security challenges. (Read more: Still much to be done, CAR president tells foreign affairs committee )

 

A reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), informally agreed with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, was backed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The reform aims to reduce the surplus of carbon credits available for trading in order to support the price of the emission rights. The scheme would start operating in 2019. (Read more: CO2 market fix: Environment Committee MEPs back deal with Council )