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Terror attacks: Civil Liberties MEPs debate with Gilles de Kerchove on Monday

LIBE Justice and home affairs26-09-2016 - 11:43

In the wake of this summer’s terrorist attacks in Europe, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove will debate the EU fight against terrorism with Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday at 15.00-16.00. (Read more: Terror attacks: Civil Liberties MEPs debate with Gilles de Kerchove on Monday )

 

In Parliament this week: Panama papers, roaming, EU budget

Others Institutions26-09-2016 - 11:35
Parliament building in Brussels  

The inquiry committee investigating the Panama papers starts its work this week by holding a hearing with the journalists who unveiled how tax evaders have been hiding their funds in overseas tax havens. The industry committee discusses the European Commission's new proposal to prevent consumers abusing the abolition of roaming charges in June 2017. (Read more: In Parliament this week: Panama papers, roaming, EU budget )

 

Mobile roaming: are “fair use” safeguards fair? – Industry Committee debate

ITRE Free movement of services26-09-2016 - 10:05

“Fair use” safeguards to prevent mobile phone users from taking unfair advantage of EU rules on “roaming” charges will be debated in the Industry Committee on Monday 26 September at 16.30. (Read more: Mobile roaming: are “fair use” safeguards fair? – Industry Committee debate )

 
LIBE delegation to Lebanon  

From Syrian refugees on their way to being resettled to Europe to Palestine refugees who have been living in camps for years: members from the civil liberties committee delegation got to speak to many different people during their fact-finding mission to Lebanon on 19-22 September. They were there to assess the situation to help prepare future rules on the resettlement of refugees. They also spoke to representatives of local NGOs and large international organisations. (Read more: Better EU resettlement tools are needed to help Lebanon deal with refugee crisis )

 

What future for the Jewish communities in Europe?

Others Institutions23-09-2016 - 12:21

The current situation in Europe of Anti-Semitism and future prospects for Europe’s Jewish communities will be debated at a conference hosted by EP President Martin Schulz and First Vice-President Antonio Tajani in Parliament’s premises on Tuesday afternoon. Anti-Semitism and attacks against Jews in Europe have grown in recent years. (Read more: What future for the Jewish communities in Europe? )

 

Schulz discusses challenges of EU-UK negotiations with Theresa May

Others Institutions23-09-2016 - 11:57
President Schulz and Theresa May _  

Once Brexit negotiations begin the European Parliament will be a responsible and active partner, Martin Schulz told UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The Parliament President met her during a visit to London on 22-23 September. He said the greatest challenges would be trade and the issue of preserving the freedom of movement of goods, people, services and capital. He also discussed why the Parliament believes article 50 should be triggered as soon as possible. (Read more: Schulz discusses challenges of EU-UK negotiations with Theresa May )

 

Members of the Euro-Latin American parliamentary Assembly “expect and hope” that the “historic” peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will be approved in the referendum to be held on 2 October. Once the deal is approved and the definitive and irreversible laying down of weapons is confirmed, they add, the FARC should be removed from the EU’s list of terrorist organisations. (Read more: EuroLat “expects and hopes” Colombia will approve peace deal on 2 October )

 

With around 1.5 million refugees fleeing to Lebanon since the start of the war in Syria, it is clear that the situation in the country is untenable and that substantial help is needed to avoid a complete breakdown, not only in terms of financial assistance, but also through improved resettlement tools, says Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes, who this week headed a delegation to Beirut. (Read more: MEPs in Lebanon: funding alone not enough, better resettlement tools needed )

 

Deepening the integration of the EU and Latin America is the best way to respond to common challenges, agreed parliamentarians from both sides of the Atlantic at the opening of the ninth plenary session of the Euro-Latin Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), on Tuesday in Montevideo (Uruguay). The economic situation, trade relations between the EU and Latin America and between both regions and China, managing migration flows and fighting terrorism are also on the agenda. (Read more: EuroLat opening: deeper EU-Latin integration needed to tackle common challenges )

 

Social dumping: MEPs call for fair wages and social justice for workers

Plenary Session Employment policy21-09-2016 - 09:00
 

Workers do not enjoy the same level of social protection within the EU. Faced with increased competition some businesses resort to social dumping in order to reduce their labour costs. This could lead to workers being exploited as cheap labour. During last week’s plenary session, MEPs called for this unfair practice to be ended. They also discussed measures to help reconcile work, private and family life and minimum income schemes. (Read more: Social dumping: MEPs call for fair wages and social justice for workers )