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Milk price crisis: debate on how to rescue dairy farmers

Plenary Session Agriculture25-05-2016 - 18:00

As milk prices have collapsed across the EU and show no signs of recovering any time soon, MEPs will quiz Commissioner Phil Hogan on measures to alleviate pressure on dairy farmers and stabilize their incomes in a debate on Thursday, starting at 8.30. Factors blamed for the crisis include the Russian ban on imports from the EU, the end of milk quotas in 2015 and a drop in global demand. (Read more: Milk price crisis: debate on how to rescue dairy farmers )

 

New Digital Single Market proposals are a step in the right direction, MEPs say

Plenary Session Free movement of goods / Free movement of services / Information society25-05-2016 - 17:44

New initiatives to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily across the EU were welcomed by most MEPs in a debate with Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, on Wednesday. Parliament will co-decide on equal footing with the EU Council of Ministers on the Digital Single Market legislative proposals. (Read more: New Digital Single Market proposals are a step in the right direction, MEPs say )

 

Opening: tribute to Marco Pannella

Plenary Session Institutions25-05-2016 - 16:06
European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, is pictured next to Dutch King, Willem Alexander, during the opening of May 2016 plenary session in Brussels  

President Schulz paid tribute to Marco Pannella, who died on 19 May. He remembered Mr Pannella, a long-serving Italian MEP with whom he worked for many years, as a passionate defender of human rights, pacifism and pluralism, a staunch opponent of the death penalty, an advocate of prisoners’ rights, LGBT rights, and an early proponent of equality between men and women. (Read more: Opening: tribute to Marco Pannella )

 

Anti-tax avoidance: close tax gap with low-tax third countries, say MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs24-05-2016 - 14:42

The European Commission's proposal for an EU anti-tax avoidance directive was welcomed by Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs nonetheless advocated stricter limits on deductions for interest payments and an effective corporate tax rate of 15%. (Read more: Anti-tax avoidance: close tax gap with low-tax third countries, say MEPs )

 

The rise in jihadist attacks, terrorists' profiles and the special role of women in ISIS, recruitment of young people on social media and ISIS communication strategies, terrorist financing, the links between terrorism and crime and striking the right balance between privacy and security on encryption were among the topics debated by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs and Head of the Europol Counter Terrorism Centre Manuel Navarrete Paniagua on Monday afternoon. (Read more: Security: civil liberties MEPs debate changing trends in terrorist threats )

 

Budgets Committee MEPs approved €5,146,800 in EU aid on Monday to help 2,132 road haulage and delivery workers, made redundant by road transport company MoryGlobal SAS across France, to find new jobs. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole and by the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets MEPs back €5.1m aid for 2,132 redundant road haulage workers in France )

 

Budgets Committee MEPs approved €6,468,000 in EU aid on Monday to help 557 workers made redundant by the “Larissa” supermarket in Greece to find new jobs. A further 543 young unemployed people should also benefit. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole and by the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets MEPs back €6.4 million aid for redundant supermarket workers in Greece )

 

Press information: European Youth Event (EYE) 2016

Others Institutions / Youth20-05-2016 - 09:09

The second edition of the European Youth Event (EYE2016) takes place at the EP in Strasbourg on 20-21 May. "Together we can make a change" is the motto of the event where 7,500 young Europeans (aged 16-30) will make their voices heard in debates and workshops with Members of the European Parliament and other political decision-makers and opinion-builders. The ideas discussed at the EYE will be presented to MEPs. Journalists not present in Strasbourg can follow key parts of the event online (Read more: Press information: European Youth Event (EYE) 2016 )

 

Endocrine disruptors: motion of censure on the Commission lapsed

Others Institutions19-05-2016 - 18:17

16 MEPs from the GUE/NGL group withdrew their signature from a motion of censure on the Commission which was announced in plenary on Thursday 12 May. (Read more: Endocrine disruptors: motion of censure on the Commission lapsed )

 

MEPs to go to Greece to check on refugees and implementation of EU-Turkey deal

LIBE Immigration / Justice and home affairs13-05-2016 - 14:43

A Civil Liberties Committee delegation will travel to Greece from 18 to 20 May to check the situation of refugees at the external borders of the EU and assess how the EU-Turkey deal to manage migrant and asylum-seekers flows into the EU is being implemented. MEPs will visit the Greece/FYROM border, the island of Lesvos and Athens. They will also meet representatives of the Greek Government, and EU and international bodies, as well as NGOs. (Read more: MEPs to go to Greece to check on refugees and implementation of EU-Turkey deal )