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EU islands: call for action to overcome permanent handicaps

Plenary Session Regional policy04-02-2016 - 12:59
Cyprus Island sea coast  

MEPs urge the European Commission to take concrete steps to address the permanent handicaps that EU islands face and make full use of their potential, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text also stresses the unique difficulties that southern insular regions face due to the increased migration flows and asks that special tax regimes should continue. (Read more: EU islands: call for action to overcome permanent handicaps )

 

MEPs call for urgent action to protect religious minorities against ISIS

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:53

MEPs urge the international community to take urgent action to counter the systematic mass murder of religious minorities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text wraps up a 20 January debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in which many MEPs called for measures to protect all religious and minority groups against ISIS attacks. (Read more: MEPs call for urgent action to protect religious minorities against ISIS )

 

EU must maintain its aid to Libya, say MEPs

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:33

Economic disintegration and violence in Libya are worsening its fragility and enabling extremist organisations to flourish there, warned MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders, representing the EU foreign policy chief. Spillovers from Libya’s conflicts are also destabilising the Sahel region, they add. In a resolution voted on Thursday, MEPs urge the EU and international community to be ready to support Libyans’ efforts to implement the Libyan Political Agreement. (Read more: EU must maintain its aid to Libya, say MEPs )

 

Human rights: Crimean Tatars, Mohammed Ramadan, missing publishers in Hong Kong

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:29

Parliament condemns the unprecedented levels of human rights abuses perpetrated against Crimean Tatars, calls on the Bahrain to grant Mohammed Ramadan a royal pardon or to commute his death sentence, and for the immediate safe release of the five missing book publishers in Hong Kong, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Crimean Tatars, Mohammed Ramadan, missing publishers in Hong Kong )

 

MEPs call on Serbia and Kosovo to pursue their reform agenda

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:17

The start of EU accession negotiations with Serbia and the progress made in normalising relations between Serbia and Kosovo was welcomed by MEPs in two resolutions passed on Thursday. They also stressed that these relations would be helped if all EU member states were to recognise Kosovo. (Read more: MEPs call on Serbia and Kosovo to pursue their reform agenda )

 

Attacks against women: MEPs call for zero tolerance

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities04-02-2016 - 10:44

MEPs debated the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces on Wednesday evening, with Commissioner Corina Crețu. Everything possible must be done to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice, regardless of their culture or origin, they insisted. (Read more: Attacks against women: MEPs call for zero tolerance )

 

Il-Parlament ma jopponix aġġornament tat-testijiet tal-emissjonijiet tal-karozzi

Seduta plenarja Saħħa pubblika03-02-2016 - 14:40
Diesel emission check ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Nhar l-Erbgħa l-MEPs ċaħdu proposta biex jitwaqqaf milli jitwettaq pjan biex b'mod temporanju jiżdiedu l-limiti ta' emissjonijiet ta' NOx (nitrogen oxide) għall-karozzi diesel. Dan wara li l-Kummissjoni wiegħdet li jkun hemm klawsola dwar reviżjoni regolari u ppreżentat proposta leġiżlattiva biex jinbidel il-mod kif it-tip tal-karozzi jiġi approvat fl-UE. Il-Parlament kien għamel pressjoni dwar dan wara l-iskandlu tal-Volkswagen. (Aqra iktar dwar dan: Il-Parlament ma jopponix aġġornament tat-testijiet tal-emissjonijiet tal-karozzi )

 

Women's rights: MEPs urge Commission to table a new gender equality strategy

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities03-02-2016 - 14:38

The European Commission must table a communication on a new strategy for gender equality and women’s rights 2016-2020 as soon as possible and deliver on its political commitments, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. The communication should address gender equality issues which is in line with the international agenda, they add. (Read more: Women's rights: MEPs urge Commission to table a new gender equality strategy )

 

TiSA must protect EU firms abroad and public services at home, say MEPs

Plenary Session External/international trade03-02-2016 - 13:39

The ongoing talks on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), among countries representing 70% of world trade in services, should deliver a deal that eases EU firms' access to international markets but does not force EU, national and local authorities to open up public services to competition, or otherwise restrict their right to regulate in public interest, say MEPs in recommendations approved on Wednesday. (Read more: TiSA must protect EU firms abroad and public services at home, say MEPs )

 

MEPs object to three GM soybean authorisations

Plenary Session Consumers / Public health03-02-2016 - 13:17

The EU Commission should not authorize the use of glyphosate-tolerant GM soybeans in food and feed, said Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs note that glyphosate, a herbicide, is classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and that GMOs are being authorized in the EU without the support of member states. (Read more: MEPs object to three GM soybean authorisations )