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Ebola crisis to be debated in European Parliament Development Committee

DEVE Humanitarian aid / Public health22-09-2014 - 15:43

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, the current situation in the affected states and the EU’s response to the crisis will be debated on Tuesday morning in Parliament's Development Committee. The debate starts at 10.30. (Read more: Ebola crisis to be debated in European Parliament Development Committee )

 
 

Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFET AFCO TRAN REGI PECH LIBE JURI ITRE INTA FEMM ENVI EMPL ECON DEVE CULT AGRI Institutions22-09-2014 - 12:31

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 )

 
 

Economic recovery is slowing, but banks’ confidence in SMEs is up, says Draghi

ECON Economic and monetary affairs22-09-2014 - 12:02

Economic recovery is losing momentum; European Central Bank President Mario Draghi told the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Monday, citing slowing growth in the second quarter and less than encouraging economic indicators in the summer. "The weak credit curb, high unemployment, political and geopolitical tensions could work against the necessary confidence the ECB is trying to build", he explained. (Read more: Economic recovery is slowing, but banks’ confidence in SMEs is up, says Draghi )

 
 

Nominees for Sakharov Prize 2014 announced

AFET DEVE DROI External relations19-09-2014 - 11:58

Seven nominees for the European Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, chosen by political groups and groups of MEPs, will be presented at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Development committees and the Human Rights Subcommittee on 23 September, at 16:15. (Read more: Nominees for Sakharov Prize 2014 announced )

 
 

The candidate commissioners as presented by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, will be scrutinised by the European Parliament committees from 29 September to 7 October. Members will evaluate candidates' suitability before the full house votes on the proposed Commission. The leaders of the political groups have agreed on Thursday on the format and programme for the public hearings. (Read more: Public hearings of commissioners-candidate: format and schedule )

 
 

MEPs welcome signs of hope in Ukraine and urge the EU to stand up to Russia

Plenary Session External relations18-09-2014 - 13:13
The silhouette of a Ukrainian soldier is seen against a Ukrainian flag  

The European Parliament welcomes signs of hope in moves towards peace in Ukraine and in the newly-ratified EU-Ukraine association agreement, but worries about Russia’s real intentions in the undeclared "hybrid war" there. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, it urges the EU to stand up to Russia and step up support for EU farmers hit by its trade ban. (Read more: MEPs welcome signs of hope in Ukraine and urge the EU to stand up to Russia )

 
 

Libya: EU must step up efforts to support stability and democracy, MEPs say

Plenary Session External relations18-09-2014 - 12:54

The EU must step up its involvement in supporting Libya’s stability and transition to democracy, said the European Parliament in a vote on Thursday. MEPs condemned the growing use of violence there, especially against civilians, and called for a ceasefire between the fighting factions. They also said humanitarian assistance, the safety of civilians and the security of humanitarian personnel must be ensured by all parties in the conflict. (Read more: Libya: EU must step up efforts to support stability and democracy, MEPs say )

 
 

Human rights: Azerbaijan; the case of Mbonimpa in Burundi; Bangladesh

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations18-09-2014 - 12:45

The European Parliament called on Azerbaijan to proceed with human rights reforms, Burundi to release human rights campaigner Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, and Bangladesh to apply international labour standards, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Azerbaijan; the case of Mbonimpa in Burundi; Bangladesh )

 
 

Islamic State: step up EU and international efforts to end the killing

Plenary Session External relations18-09-2014 - 12:40
Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position at a frontline where heavy clashes against Islamic States (IS) fighters take place  

The murders of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid worker David Haines by the so-called Islamic State (IS) were strongly condemned by the European Parliament in a resolution voted on Thursday. The EU must use all possible means to help the Iraqi national and local authorities combat the IS, including appropriate military assistance, they said. They also urged the international community to cut off IS resources, and called for a political solution to the Syrian conflict. (Read more: Islamic State: step up EU and international efforts to end the killing )

 
 

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is a global security issue, says Parliament

Plenary Session Public health18-09-2014 - 12:30
Health care worker in front of an hospital in Liberia  

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has been underrated by the international community and now constitutes a challenge to global security, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. As the affected countries face socio-economic collapse, the deployment of military assets under the UN flag should be considered and access to existing treatments speeded up, they add. (Read more: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is a global security issue, says Parliament )