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May guest photographer contest topic: peace and security

Others Institutions / Development and cooperation / Information03-06-2015 - 11:03
Guest Photographer May topic "Peace & security" jury winner is "Silent river" by Cláudia Batista © Cláudia Batista "Silent river"/www.facebook.com/claudiabatistafotografia  

Take part in our new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September we will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to make a photo reportage. (Read more: May guest photographer contest topic: peace and security )

 

European Parliament's relations with Russia

Others External relations03-06-2015 - 09:46

Following the publication of the blacklist of European politicians and officials, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on Tuesday informed the Russian Ambassador to the EU that insofar as the Russian authorities have failed to ensure transparency in their decisions, in line with international law and legal obligations, and allow the targeted individuals the right of defence and of appeal, he considers that it is now justified to take appropriate measures in response. (Read more: European Parliament's relations with Russia )

 
Interview with Marit Paulsen  

A proposal to streamline and simplify complicated animal health rules in the EU was informally agreed by MEPs, the European Commission and the national governments on 1 June. Marit Paulsen, the Parliament's lead negotiator, described the result as "fantastic": "Its most important principle is to prevent rather than to cure." We talked to Paulsen, who has been pushing animal welfare issues for four decades, about her interest in animals and how the new rules will make a difference. (Read more: Animal health: "The principle is the same whether taking care of a dog or pigs" )

 

How the majority of EU legislation gets created

Others Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure02-06-2015 - 09:57
 

The media often report on how Brussels has decided on a new piece of legislation, but this is a simple version of what is a very complicated process. In our interactive infographic you find a more precise overview of how decisions that affect the EU and the people living in it are taken by MEPs and the member states. (Read more: How the majority of EU legislation gets created )

 
Photo de famille de la Conférence des présidents du Parlement européen au château de Senningen, Luxembourg ©SIP/Julien Warnand  

The political leaders of the European Parliament discussed the priorities of the upcoming Council presidency with the government of Luxembourg, which will take over on 1 July. The Conference of Presidents, made up of EP President Martin Schulz and the chairs of the political groups, went to Luxembourg on Monday 1 June where Prime Minister Xavier Bettel presented his country's priorities. In addition to the prime minister, the EP delegation also met other members of the government. (Read more: EP leaders discuss priorities of upcoming Council presidency with Luxembourg )

 
 

Measures to prevent and treat animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever were informally agreed by MEPs, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the European Commission on Monday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals and potentially to humans too, will merge and update many scattered items of old legislation, so as to help prevent and halt new outbreaks and keep pace with scientific progress. (Read more: Transmissible animal diseases: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal )

 

Development MEPs call for action to target tax evasion in developing countries

DEVE Development and cooperation01-06-2015 - 18:01

Development MEPs called on companies in all countries to adopt country-by-country reporting and make all information public in order to fight tax evasion and illicit money flows in developing countries, in a resolution adopted on Monday afternoon. It also called on the EU's financial institutions to ensure that companies receiving EU support do not participate in tax evasion and avoidance. (Read more: Development MEPs call for action to target tax evasion in developing countries )

 
Tax glossary  

Paying taxes can be complicated, but so can the vocabulary that goes with it. Tax avoidance is legal, but tax evasion isn't and just what exactly is base erosion? As the Parliament's special committee on tax rulings holds a meeting on Monday 1 June to discuss the international aspects of tax rulings, we take a closer look at the jargon. Read on for an explanation of the terms used and follow the hearing live online from 14.00 CET. (Read more: Taxing vocabulary: a glossary of the terms used by the tax rulings committee )

 

EP this week: PNR, taxes, animal diseases, development

Others Institutions01-06-2015 - 09:00
Parliament building in Brussels  

The civil liberties committee discusses passenger name records on Thursday, while the tax rulings committee looks at the international dimension of tax rulings. Parliament and Council negotiators will try to agree on a proposal linking animal welfare with public health. The foreign affairs and development committees discuss upcoming events on development organised by the UN and political groups will prepare for next week's plenary session. (Read more: EP this week: PNR, taxes, animal diseases, development )

 
Tunisian PM Habib Essid  

In a region still reeling from the effects of the Arab Spring four years, Tunisia is seen as an example, succeeding the transition to democracy. Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid visited the Parliament on 28 May to discuss challenges facing his country and the region with EP President Martin Schulz and the foreign affairs committee and the human rights and security subcommittees. We talked to him to find out his views on the migration crisis and the secret of why Tunisia is doing so well. (Read more: Essid: "EU did excellent work in Tunisia and should do same in other countries" )