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MEPs discuss EU trade policy with Commissioner Karel de Gucht

INTA External/international trade22-07-2014 - 18:56

MEPs quizzed trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht MEPs on the US position in transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) talks and the findings of the EU Commission’s public consultation on TTIP proposals on investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms. Some wondered about fate of a proposed trade deal with Canada, which has been described as „to be signed soon" for a year already, and asked that Parliament be given more access to trade talks documents. (Read more: MEPs discuss EU trade policy with Commissioner Karel de Gucht )

 
 

EU sanctions against Russia must be stepped up, the Ukrainian border closed to halt arms flows from Russia, and the bodies of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash victims returned, MEPs insisted in today’s debate with Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin. Mr Klimkin called on the EU to show its solidarity now, as Ukraine is “being punished for its EU aspirations”. The debate opened with a minute’s silence for victims of the 17 July crash. (Read more: MH17 crash: MEPs call for solidarity with Ukraine and sanctions against Russia )

 
 

Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFCO TRAN REGI LIBE FEMM ENVI EMPL ECON DEVE Institutions22-07-2014 - 15:36

The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers, on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated daily. (Read more: Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )

 
 

EU må hjælpe 5,3 millioner unge med at finde arbejde, siger MEP'erne

Plenarmøde Beskæftigelsespolitik17-07-2014 - 12:40
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Europa-Parlamentet kræver forstærket indsats mod ungdomsarbejdsløshed, herunder fælles minimumsstandarder for lærlingeuddannelser og anstændige lønninger, i en resolution vedtaget torsdag. EU-finansieringen til beskæftigelsesrelaterede programmer bør også øges i fremtiden, tilføjer teksten. (Læs mere: EU må hjælpe 5,3 millioner unge med at finde arbejde, siger MEP'erne )

 
 

MEPs call on Russia to cooperate with Ukrainian peace plan

Plenary Session External relations17-07-2014 - 12:25

Russia should back the peace plan offered by Ukraine, respect the ceasefire and withdraw its mercenaries via the retreat corridor, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Thursday. They call the EU countries to ban arms sales to Russia and help Ukraine to secure its gas supply via reverse gas flows. MEPs also state their readiness to ratify the association and free trade deal with Ukraine. (Read more: MEPs call on Russia to cooperate with Ukrainian peace plan )

 
 

Gaza: MEPs call for immediate ceasefire and resumption of direct peace talks

Plenary Session External relations17-07-2014 - 12:20

The European Parliament called for an immediate end to rocket attacks on Israel and to Israeli military action against Gaza in a resolution voted on Thursday The EU foreign policy chief and the member states must do more to support a ceasefire agreement and put an immediate stop to all acts of violence threatening civilians, MEPs said, calling on Israelis and Palestinians to resume direct peace talks. (Read more: Gaza: MEPs call for immediate ceasefire and resumption of direct peace talks )

 
 

Iraq: MEPs reject jihadist terrorism and call for sustainable political solution

Plenary Session External relations17-07-2014 - 12:18

Attacks by the Islamic State (IS) on the Iraqi state and its citizens, including summary executions and the imposition of harsh interpretations of Sharia law, were strongly condemned in a European Parliament resolution passed by a show of hands on Thursday. At the same time, the resolution urges the Iraqi security forces to respect Iraq's international commitments on human rights and fundamental freedoms while fighting the IS and other terrorist groups. (Read more: Iraq: MEPs reject jihadist terrorism and call for sustainable political solution )

 
 

Human rights: Sudan; freedom of expression in Egypt, recent attacks in Nigeria

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations17-07-2014 - 11:42

Parliament passed three separate resolutions on Thursday, calling on the Sudanese authorities to protect minorities' religious identities, expressing its alarm at the increasingly severe clampdown and physical attacks on media and civil society in Egypt, and calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria. (Read more: Human rights: Sudan; freedom of expression in Egypt, recent attacks in Nigeria )

 
 

Budget problems: EU programmes in jeopardy again

Plenary Session Budget16-07-2014 - 17:38

The EU must stop rolling over its growing portfolio of unpaid bills from one year to the next, said MEPs in Wednesday’s debate on the alarming shortage of funds for payments due in 2014. Unless a satisfactory solution is found, programmes such as Erasmus+, research projects and humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees will get stuck, new ones will be grounded and beneficiaries will have to wait for money they worked for, warned the Commission and many MEPs. (Read more: Budget problems: EU programmes in jeopardy again )

 
 

Euro: Europa-Parlamentet giver grønt lys for Litauen

Plenarmøde Økonomisk og monetær union16-07-2014 - 13:28
The future Lithuanian 1 euro coins © Lietuvos Bankas  

Litauen bør tilslutte sig euroen den 1. januar 2015, siger Europa-Parlamentet i en resolution vedtaget onsdag. Parlamentets anbefaling er på linje med en henstilling fra EU-Kommissionen. På topmødet i juni bakkede Rådet også op om Litauens tilslutning til euroen. (Læs mere: Euro: Europa-Parlamentet giver grønt lys for Litauen )