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Milk price crisis: debate on how to rescue dairy farmers

Plenary Session Agriculture25-05-2016 - 18:00

As milk prices have collapsed across the EU and show no signs of recovering any time soon, MEPs will quiz Commissioner Phil Hogan on measures to alleviate pressure on dairy farmers and stabilize their incomes in a debate on Thursday, starting at 8.30. Factors blamed for the crisis include the Russian ban on imports from the EU, the end of milk quotas in 2015 and a drop in global demand. (Read more: Milk price crisis: debate on how to rescue dairy farmers )

 

New Digital Single Market proposals are a step in the right direction, MEPs say

Plenary Session Free movement of goods / Free movement of services / Information society25-05-2016 - 17:44

New initiatives to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily across the EU were welcomed by most MEPs in a debate with Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, on Wednesday. Parliament will co-decide on equal footing with the EU Council of Ministers on the Digital Single Market legislative proposals. (Read more: New Digital Single Market proposals are a step in the right direction, MEPs say )

 

King Willem-Alexander: “It’s all too easy to take peace for granted”

Plenary Session Institutions25-05-2016 - 17:44
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands addresses the European Parliament  

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands addressed Parliament in Brussels in a formal sitting on Wednesday for the first time since his accession to the throne in April 2013. Speaking of identity and solidarity, the King said he belonged to the first generation of Europeans in history to enjoy the good fortune of peace and expressed the hope future generations would have this opportunity too: “It’s all too easy to take peace for granted.“ (Read more: King Willem-Alexander: “It’s all too easy to take peace for granted” )

 

Opening: tribute to Marco Pannella

Plenary Session Institutions25-05-2016 - 16:06
European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, is pictured next to Dutch King, Willem Alexander, during the opening of May 2016 plenary session in Brussels  

President Schulz paid tribute to Marco Pannella, who died on 19 May. He remembered Mr Pannella, a long-serving Italian MEP with whom he worked for many years, as a passionate defender of human rights, pacifism and pluralism, a staunch opponent of the death penalty, an advocate of prisoners’ rights, LGBT rights, and an early proponent of equality between men and women. (Read more: Opening: tribute to Marco Pannella )

 

Virtual currencies: "The technology is rapidly evolving and we must follow it”

Plenary Session External/international trade / Economic and monetary affairs25-05-2016 - 12:40
MEP Weiszacker  

In recent years currencies such as Bitcoin have emerged that are not issued by banks but exist in the digital world only, relying on public and shared databases to have balances and transactions verified. The EU should set up a task force to monitor developments in this area and prepare to step in with regulations if necessary, according to a report to be debated by MEPs on 25 May and voted on the following day. We spoke to report authorJakob von Weizsäcker, a German member of the S&D group. (Read more: Virtual currencies: "The technology is rapidly evolving and we must follow it” )

 

Defending human rights in the digital age

Others Human rights24-05-2016 - 17:41
Sakharov-Family-Photo  

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought embodies Parliament's support for human rights. Throughout the year the Sakharov Prize network of former laureates meets to highlight issues. On 23 and 24 May nine former Sakharov laureates met in Brussels to discuss, among others, how to adapt to the challenges facing human rights defenders in the digital era. (Read more: Defending human rights in the digital age )

 

From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age

Others Information society24-05-2016 - 17:08
Digital Glossary: "cloud computing" ©BELGA_Zoonar_N_Menijes  

Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike. The European Commission presented its strategy for a digital single market in 2015. In addition Parliament and the Council agreed to ban roaming fees in 2017 and guarantee equal treatment for all internet traffic. On 25 May MEPs debate new Commission proposals to further boost e-commerce in plenary. Read our digital glossary to get up to date with the terminology ahead of the debate. (Read more: From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age )

 

Anti-tax avoidance: close tax gap with low-tax third countries, say MEPs

ECON Economic and monetary affairs24-05-2016 - 14:42

The European Commission's proposal for an EU anti-tax avoidance directive was welcomed by Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs nonetheless advocated stricter limits on deductions for interest payments and an effective corporate tax rate of 15%. (Read more: Anti-tax avoidance: close tax gap with low-tax third countries, say MEPs )

 

Safeguarding your privacy: MEPs scrutinise new data protection agreement with US

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs / External relations24-05-2016 - 11:58
Internet Multimedia Server  

Data on your online activities - from social media to shopping - is regularly sold to American advertisers. Strong data protection standards are in place in the EU to protect your privacy, but this is not the case in the US. The EU is now negotiating a new agreement with the US called Privacy Shield to safeguard your data. MEPs debate whether this deal will offer enough protection in plenary on Wednesday 25 May. Read on for an explanation of the issues involved. (Read more: Safeguarding your privacy: MEPs scrutinise new data protection agreement with US )

 

The rise in jihadist attacks, terrorists' profiles and the special role of women in ISIS, recruitment of young people on social media and ISIS communication strategies, terrorist financing, the links between terrorism and crime and striking the right balance between privacy and security on encryption were among the topics debated by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs and Head of the Europol Counter Terrorism Centre Manuel Navarrete Paniagua on Monday afternoon. (Read more: Security: civil liberties MEPs debate changing trends in terrorist threats )