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The candidate commissioners, as presented by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, will need to appear in hearings before parliamentary committees from 29 September to 7 October. (Read more: Candidate commissioners to appear before EP committees from 29 September )

 
 

Parliament’s President Martin Schulz this morning informed the Conference of Presidents, made up of the leaders of the political groups, that His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted his official invitation to the European Parliament. This invitation was extended by President Schulz during his official visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013. (Read more: His Holiness Pope Francis on official visit to European Parliament in November )

 
 

Redundant workers in the building industry in two Dutch regions, at a Greek bakery, and at a steel producer in Romania would receive European Globalisation Adjustment Fund aid to help them find new jobs under plans approved by the Parliament's Budgets Committee on Thursday. The aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets Committee approves aid for redundant Romanian, Dutch and Greek workers )

 
 

Redundant workers in wood product manufacturing in Castilla y León and in the food and beverage services industry in Aragón could get a total of €1.66 million in European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid to help them find new jobs under plans approved by the Parliament's Budgets Committee on Thursday. The aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets Committee approves EU aid for redundant Spanish workers )

 
 

Foreign affairs MEPs recommend EP consent to EU-Ukraine association deal

AFET External relations08-09-2014 - 18:51
The draft proposal, prepared by Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (EPP, PL in the photo), recommends that Parliament give its consent to concluding the deal  

The European Parliament should give its consent to the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine, recommended the Foreign Affairs Committee in a vote on Monday afternoon. The deal would establish a deep political association between the EU and Ukraine and provide for mutual free market access, by dismantling import duties and banning export duties and restrictions. (Read more: Foreign affairs MEPs recommend EP consent to EU-Ukraine association deal )

 
 

EP committees press Italian Presidency on response to Ukraine crisis

AFET INTA AGRI Institutions04-09-2014 - 17:47

The EU's response to the crisis in Ukraine was in the spotlight at Parliament this week, following President Schulz's warning to EU leaders last Saturday of the dangers of escalation and his plea for a political solution to the crisis. He called on the EU to play a more ambitious international role and said it must give Ukraine the financial and political help needed to remain a unified and independent country. (Read more: EP committees press Italian Presidency on response to Ukraine crisis )

 
 

Dijsselbloem calls for fiscal measures and flexibility to combat crisis

ECON Economic and monetary affairs04-09-2014 - 15:10

Fiscal measures, such as shifting taxation away from labour, should play a bigger role in combating the crisis, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Thursday. But flexibility in implementing the Stability and Growth Pact pact is also needed, because this pact is “the anchor for confidence and it would be self-defeating to break it", he underlined. (Read more: Dijsselbloem calls for fiscal measures and flexibility to combat crisis )

 
 

Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFCO TRAN PECH LIBE JURI ITRE INTA FEMM ENVI EMPL ECON DEVE CULT AGRI AFET Institutions04-09-2014 - 15:03

The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2 and 3 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated after each session. (Read more: Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )

 
 

EU must decide and deliver crisis aid faster, say foreign affairs MEPs

AFET External relations02-09-2014 - 16:51
Iraqi people take water from a humanitarian aid convoy in Amerli on September 1, 2014 ©BELGA_ AFP_ JM LOPEZ  

"We need to make our budgetary procedure simpler and faster: currently there is too much bureaucracy, and money given too late for humanitarian actions is wasted money", urged Foreign Affairs Committee chair Elmar Brok (EPP, DE) in Tuesday’s committee debate on international crises in the EU’s neighbourhood. The committee is to debate the crises in Iraq, Gaza, Syria, Libya and Ukraine in meetings this week. (Read more: EU must decide and deliver crisis aid faster, say foreign affairs MEPs )

 
 
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