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The EU Agency for Asylum must coordinate information exchange among member states and ensure they protect fundamental rights, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Thursday. (Read more: New Asylum Agency must ensure EU countries respect common asylum rules, say MEPs )

 

Sakharov Prize: Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar to receive this year's award

Plenary Session Institutions / Human rights08-12-2016 - 17:51
 

Iraqi Yazidi Islamic State survivors and activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar receive Parliament’s 2016 Sakharov Prize during a ceremony in Strasbourg on Tuesday 13 December. After escaping sexual enslavement by Islamic State they both became spokespeople for women affected by the terrorist group's campaign of sexual violence and for the persecuted Yazidi minority. Find out more about their fight by watching our video and follow the ceremony live online. (Read more: Sakharov Prize: Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar to receive this year's award )

 
European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca © Office of the President of Malta  

Malta is set to take over the Presidency of the European Council in January for the first time since joining the EU in 2004. Parliament's Conference of Presidents, which is composed of Parliament President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders, visited the island on Thursday 8 December to find out how the country was preparing for it. (Read more: Parliament leaders visit Malta as it prepares to take over EU presidency )

 

A proposal to grant Spain €856,800 in EU aid to help find new jobs for 250 former car workers who were made redundant by 29 firms making motor vehicle parts in the Valencia region was approved by the Budgets Committee on Thursday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be approved by the Council of Ministers on 12 December, and by a plenary vote in Parliament planned for 14 December. (Read more: MEPs approve €856,800 in job-search aid for 250 redundant workers in Spain )

 

The EU Commission and member states will be able to reimpose visa requirements faster and more easily under new rules agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Wednesday. (Read more: Visa suspension mechanism: Parliament and Council negotiators strike a deal )

 

Emergency Lessons: the importance of educating children in emergency situations

Others Development and cooperation / Education07-12-2016 - 15:41
01) #EmergencyLessons EU-Unicef project  

Some 462 million children live in countries affected by war or national disasters and about 75 million of them need educational support. The EU and Unicef launched the Emergency Lessons campaign this year to highlight the importance of education for children affected by emergencies. On 6 December children, teachers and volunteers visited the Parliament in Brussels to talk about their experiences. (Read more: Emergency Lessons: the importance of educating children in emergency situations )

 
 

Volunteers from the Syria Civil Defence - better known as the White Helmets - risk their lives on a daily basis by serving as the main rescue group operating in besieged eastern Aleppo. Addressing Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees on 5 December, their chief liaison officer Abdulrahman Al-Mawwas decried the current situation in Aleppo and called for both a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to prevent a large-scale humanitarian disaster. (Read more: Syria’s White Helmets: “We need a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors” )

 

Clampdown on terrorism -new counter-terrorism law backed by civil liberties MEPs

LIBE Justice and home affairs05-12-2016 - 19:09

Foreign fighters as well as “lone wolves” training and preparing terrorist attacks on European soil will be criminalised under new EU-rules to fight terrorism backed on Monday. (Read more: Clampdown on terrorism -new counter-terrorism law backed by civil liberties MEPs )

 

Mandatory checks at EU external borders: deal done by MEPs and ministers

LIBE Justice and home affairs05-12-2016 - 19:07

All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a draft law informally agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on Monday. (Read more: Mandatory checks at EU external borders: deal done by MEPs and ministers )

 

Transport MEPs back reform of domestic rail services

TRAN Transport05-12-2016 - 17:33

Easier access for all rail operators to domestic rail markets should give rail passengers more choice and better quality services under draft rules backed by Transport and Tourism Committee on Monday. (Read more: Transport MEPs back reform of domestic rail services )