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Textile imports: MEPs push for EU rules to curb worker exploitation

Plenary Session Development and cooperation27-04-2017 - 13:07
An industrial size textile factory ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

EU rules are needed to oblige textile and clothing suppliers to respect workers’ rights, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. (Read more: Textile imports: MEPs push for EU rules to curb worker exploitation )

 

Eurogroup Head expects agreement on Greek bailout by end May

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs27-04-2017 - 12:45
Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem updating MEPs on Greek bailout  

MEPs from across the political spectrum urged Greece’s creditors on Thursday to swiftly conclude negotiations over the Greek bailout package, highlighting the pain which Greeks have endured. (Read more: Eurogroup Head expects agreement on Greek bailout by end May )

 

Proper funding for 2018- European Year of Cultural Heritage

Plenary Session Culture27-04-2017 - 11:59

MEPs secured €8 million for cultural projects aiming to protect and promote Europe’s shared cultural heritage, as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. (Read more: Proper funding for 2018- European Year of Cultural Heritage )

 

MEPs close multinationals’ tax loopholes

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs27-04-2017 - 11:56

Loopholes used by some of the world’s multinationals to avoid paying tax were closed by Parliament in a vote on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs close multinationals’ tax loopholes )

 

Security of gas supply through solidarity: EP and Council strike a deal

ITRE Energy / Industry27-04-2017 - 10:36

An EU country facing an emergency gas shortage will be able to alert another member state of the impending supply crisis and trigger cross-border assistance to remedy it, under new cooperation rules informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators Wednesday night. (Read more: Security of gas supply through solidarity: EP and Council strike a deal )

 

European Pillar of Social Rights: call for highest possible common standards

Plenary Session Social policy / Employment policy26-04-2017 - 20:24

Common EU-wide social rights, as proposed by the European Commission, the “European Pillar of Social Rights”, should be pegged at the highest level and not lead to a “race to the bottom”, MEPs stressed in a debate on Wednesday. (Read more: European Pillar of Social Rights: call for highest possible common standards )

 

MEPs advocate reviewing EU - Turkey relations and suspending EU accession talks

Plenary Session External relations26-04-2017 - 20:13

Europe is not closing the door to Turkey, but recent developments prompt it to look for alternatives to Turkey’s accession to the EU, said MEPs in a debate with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs advocate reviewing EU - Turkey relations and suspending EU accession talks )

 

MEPs discuss situation in Hungary with Prime Minister Orbán

Plenary Session Fundamental rights26-04-2017 - 18:23
Debate on Hungary  

Political group leaders and MEPs gave their views on Hungary’s new education law, perceived as targeting the Central European University, the tightening of rules for NGOs and asylum seekers and a government survey entitled “National Consultation - Let’s stop Brussels!”. (Read more: MEPs discuss situation in Hungary with Prime Minister Orbán )

 

Opening – European Parliament President highlights ‘Girls in ICT’ Day

Plenary Session Institutions26-04-2017 - 16:10
Opening – European Parliament President highlights ‘Girls in ICT’ Day  

President Tajani highlighted the international “Girls in ICT” Day, to be held on Thursday. This aims to encourage young women to study and take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (Read more: Opening – European Parliament President highlights ‘Girls in ICT’ Day )

 

Employment: MEPs to discuss plans to reinforce workers' rights

Plenary Session Social policy / Employment policy26-04-2017 - 10:28
A cyclist with a courier delivery bag ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

The labour market has drastically changed in recent years due in part to the digital economy, leading to more temporary jobs and more people being treated as independent contractors. However, the EU is preparing legislation to reinforce workers' rights as part of the European pillar of social rights initiative. The European Commission will present the plans to MEPs on Wednesday 26 April. We asked two MEPs about the best ways to create fair working conditions for employees. (Read more: Employment: MEPs to discuss plans to reinforce workers' rights )