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EU countries should act on their economic reform pledges, say MEPs

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs22-10-2014 - 14:06

EU countries need to act more like owners of economic policy reform pledges they themselves signed up to, MEPs stress in a report adopted on Wednesday. Given that only 10% of the European Commission's country-specific reform recommendations (CSRs) for 2013 were implemented in full and that little or no progress was made on 45% of them, MEPs believe "there is an inconsistency between European commitment and national implementation of the CSRs by member states". (Read more: EU countries should act on their economic reform pledges, say MEPs )

 
 

European Union member states must back their political pledges with money to revive growth, create jobs, encourage research and development, and enable the EU to do its foreign policy job, said MEPs as they reversed the Council's cuts in the draft EU budget for 2015 on Wednesday. An agreement on additional funds for 2014 is a prerequisite for Parliament to do a deal on next year's budget with Council, MEPs added. (Read more: Settle bills, invest more for growth and jobs: EP position on the 2015 EU budget )

 
 

Parliament elects new European Commission

Plenary Session Institutions22-10-2014 - 12:38
EP President Martin Schulz hands over to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker the decision of the EP to elect the new commission.  

MEPs approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning, with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The new Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government to enable it to take up duty on 1 November for a five-year term. (Read more: Parliament elects new European Commission )

 
 

MEPs to debate Kobane siege, ISIS and European “foreign fighters”

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence22-10-2014 - 10:35

Renewed fierce fighting in the besieged Syrian city of Kobane, the wider threat posed by the advance of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), and growing concern that Europeans returning home after fighting for ISIS pose a threat to the EU’s internal security will be debated on Wednesday afternoon with Italian Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Della Vedova. (Read more: MEPs to debate Kobane siege, ISIS and European “foreign fighters” )

 
 

After reviewing the last two hearings of commissioners-designate held the day before in Strasbourg, the Conference of Presidents, the group leaders, unanimously declared the hearings process closed. (Read more: Hearings of candidate commissioners closed; vote on new Commission tomorrow )

 
 

Mr Giovanni Buttarelli was voted top candidate for the post of European Data Protection Supervisor by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday after three and a half hours of hearings on Monday evening. Top candidate for Assistant Supervisor is Mr Wojciech Wiewiorowski. The appointments still need to be agreed with the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Civil liberties MEPs vote on their preferences for EU data protection watchdog )

 
 

EU values must be respected in Hungary and in all other member states, MEPs say

Plenary Session Fundamental rights21-10-2014 - 15:00

Concerns about perceived threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary were raised by MEPs in a debate with the Italian Presidency of the Council, represented by Benedetto Della Vedova, and Commissioner Martine Reicherts on Tuesday. Hungarian laws and practices having an overall impact on pluralism, freedom of speech, media freedom and civil society were some of the issues discussed during the debate. (Read more: EU values must be respected in Hungary and in all other member states, MEPs say )

 
 

About 2,800 former workers at firms producing various metals in Spain, steel in Belgium, and cars in France and Belgium will get EU aid to help them find new jobs after Parliament approved the applications on Tuesday. The requests for European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid, together amounting to €15.2 million, also need to be approved by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former metal and car workers in Belgium, France and Spain )

 
 

Il-ftuħ tal-Plenarja: Schulz dwar il-proċess ta' paċi fl-Irlanda ta' Fuq

Seduta plenarja Istituzzjonijiet21-10-2014 - 09:55
Il-President tal-PE Martin Schulz qabel il-ftuħ tas-sessjoni plenarja ta' Ottubru.  

Fid-diskors tal-ftuħ tas-sessjoni plenarja ta' Ottubru, il-President tal-Parlament Ewropew Martin Schulz qal li l-partijiet kollha involuti fil-proċess ta' paċi fl-Irlanda ta' Fuq għandhom jirreżistu kull "provokazzjoni reċiproka perikoluża". (Aqra iktar dwar dan: Il-ftuħ tal-Plenarja: Schulz dwar il-proċess ta' paċi fl-Irlanda ta' Fuq )

 
 

Barroso's final speech and European Council debate

Plenary Session Institutions20-10-2014 - 18:30

José Manuel Barroso, the outgoing president of the European Commission, delivers his final speech to Parliament at 3 pm on Tuesday. He will then debate with MEPs and Council the priorities for the 23-24 October European summit, including a new climate and energy policy focused on energy security; the economic situation in the EU; and international developments. (Read more: Barroso's final speech and European Council debate )