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European Parliamentary Week: MPs in Brussels to debate economy, jobs and budget

EMPL BUDG ECON Budget / Economic and monetary affairs / Employment policy12-02-2016 - 09:44

The European Parliament will welcome national MPs from across Europe on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 February for joint debates with MEPs on the European Semester Cycles 2015/2016 (Tuesday) and on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union (Wednesday). Both events are being held as part of the 2016 edition of the European Parliamentary Week (#EPW16). (Read more: European Parliamentary Week: MPs in Brussels to debate economy, jobs and budget )

 

EU islands: call for action to overcome permanent handicaps

Plenary Session Regional policy04-02-2016 - 12:59
Cyprus Island sea coast  

MEPs urge the European Commission to take concrete steps to address the permanent handicaps that EU islands face and make full use of their potential, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text also stresses the unique difficulties that southern insular regions face due to the increased migration flows and asks that special tax regimes should continue. (Read more: EU islands: call for action to overcome permanent handicaps )

 

MEPs call for urgent action to protect religious minorities against ISIS

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:53

MEPs urge the international community to take urgent action to counter the systematic mass murder of religious minorities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text wraps up a 20 January debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in which many MEPs called for measures to protect all religious and minority groups against ISIS attacks. (Read more: MEPs call for urgent action to protect religious minorities against ISIS )

 

EU must maintain its aid to Libya, say MEPs

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:33

Economic disintegration and violence in Libya are worsening its fragility and enabling extremist organisations to flourish there, warned MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders, representing the EU foreign policy chief. Spillovers from Libya’s conflicts are also destabilising the Sahel region, they add. In a resolution voted on Thursday, MEPs urge the EU and international community to be ready to support Libyans’ efforts to implement the Libyan Political Agreement. (Read more: EU must maintain its aid to Libya, say MEPs )

 

Human rights: Crimean Tatars, Mohammed Ramadan, missing publishers in Hong Kong

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:29

Parliament condemns the unprecedented levels of human rights abuses perpetrated against Crimean Tatars, calls on the Bahrain to grant Mohammed Ramadan a royal pardon or to commute his death sentence, and for the immediate safe release of the five missing book publishers in Hong Kong, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Crimean Tatars, Mohammed Ramadan, missing publishers in Hong Kong )

 

MEPs call on Serbia and Kosovo to pursue their reform agenda

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:17

The start of EU accession negotiations with Serbia and the progress made in normalising relations between Serbia and Kosovo was welcomed by MEPs in two resolutions passed on Thursday. They also stressed that these relations would be helped if all EU member states were to recognise Kosovo. (Read more: MEPs call on Serbia and Kosovo to pursue their reform agenda )

 

EP debat geweld tegen vrouwen in de publieke ruimte

Plenaire vergadering Rechten van de vrouw/Gelijke kansen03-02-2016 - 18:33

EP-leden debatteren woensdagavond vanaf 20:20 over seksuele intimidatie van vrouwen in de publieke ruimte. Ze zullen de Commissie vragen wat voor stappen die denkt te ondernemen om geweld tegen vrouwen in de EU te voorkomen. (Lees meer: EP debat geweld tegen vrouwen in de publieke ruimte )

 

Women's rights: MEPs urge Commission to table a new gender equality strategy

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities03-02-2016 - 14:38

The European Commission must table a communication on a new strategy for gender equality and women’s rights 2016-2020 as soon as possible and deliver on its political commitments, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. The communication should address gender equality issues which is in line with the international agenda, they add. (Read more: Women's rights: MEPs urge Commission to table a new gender equality strategy )

 

EP-leden over TiSA: Houd publieke diensten buiten schot

Plenaire vergadering Buitenlandse/internationale handel03-02-2016 - 13:58

De lopende onderhandelingen over een overeenkomst tussen de landen die wereldwijd goed zijn voor 70% van de dienstenhandel moeten leiden tot betere kansen voor Europese bedrijven op internationale markten en mogen niet uitmonden in gedwongen concurrentie in de publieke sector of inperking van wetgevingstaken die het publieke belang dienen, zo stelt het EP in aanbevelingen aan de commissie die namens de lidstaten de onderhandelingen voert. (Lees meer: EP-leden over TiSA: Houd publieke diensten buiten schot )

 

Versoepeling uitstootlimieten auto's: veto blijft uit na concessies Commissie

Plenaire vergadering Volksgezondheid03-02-2016 - 13:50
Diesel emission check ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Het Europees Parlement heeft op het nippertje ingestemd met de Commissiebesluiten voor een tijdelijke versoepeling van de uitstootlimieten voor stikstof uit dieselauto's. Het dreigende veto bleef uit nadat de Commissie instemde met een herzieningsclausule en een wetgevingsvoorstel presenteerde waarin de regels voor de toelating van auto's drastisch zijn herzien. Dit voorstel kwam tot stand onder druk van het EP naar aanleiding van het schandaal met sjoemelsoftware bij Volkswagen. (Lees meer: Versoepeling uitstootlimieten auto's: veto blijft uit na concessies Commissie )