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Foreign Affairs MEPs discuss Ukraine following Mariupol attack

AFET External relations26-01-2015 - 14:27

The Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the situation in Ukraine with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, and representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) on Monday at 16.00. This follows the dramatic escalation of violence in the Donbas region in recent days, including the shelling of Mariupol on Saturday, which left more than 30 civilians dead. (Read more: Foreign Affairs MEPs discuss Ukraine following Mariupol attack )

 
 

Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFET TRAN REGI PECH LIBE JURI ITRE INTA IMCO FEMM ENVI EMPL AFCO ECON DEVE CULT AGRI Institutions22-01-2015 - 14:32

The priorities of Latvia’s EU Council Presidency will be outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Latvian ministers in a series of meetings to be held during the last two weeks of January. (Read more: Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )

 
 

Trade committee debate on new recommendations for TTIP talks

INTA External/international trade22-01-2015 - 10:23
European Parliament Committee on International Trade INTA chair Bernd Lange  

Parliament must use its influence on framing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) rules to ensure that they serve all EU citizens, not just a few economic players and must therefore insist that the talks are more democratic and more transparent, said trade committee chair, Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), on Wednesday (Read more: Trade committee debate on new recommendations for TTIP talks )

 
 

Food safety MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods

ENVI Environment / Food safety21-01-2015 - 19:17
Minced meat  

Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case for bovine fresh meat, said Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee MEPs on Wednesday. They call on the European Commission, which published a report on the issue in late 2013, to come up with legislative proposals in order to rebuild consumer confidence in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and other food fraud cases. (Read more: Food safety MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods )

 
 

The human rights situation in Hungary will be assessed at a mini-hearing on Thursday morning. The invited guests, representing all sides of the debate, are investigative journalist and editor of atlatszo.hu Attila MONG, head of Ökotárs Foundation Veronika MÓRA, government spokesman in charge of international media Zoltán KOVÁCS, spokesman of pro-government NGO Civil Union Forum Tamás FRITZ, Anne WEBER of the Council of Europe and Barbora CERNUSAKOVA of Amnesty International. (Read more: Human rights in Hungary to be discussed by the Civil Liberties Committee )

 
 

European Ombudsman: transparency a key concern for citizens in 2013

Plenary Session Ombudsman15-01-2015 - 13:07

MEPs stress the citizen’s right to good administration, and endorse the European Ombudsman’s calls for more transparent policymaking and an information campaign on the TTIP talks, in a resolution voted on Thursday. They also reiterate that the Ombudsman has a crucial role in addressing citizens’ concerns and helping the EU institutions become more open, effective and citizen friendly. (Read more: European Ombudsman: transparency a key concern for citizens in 2013 )

 
 

MEPs voice concerns at attacks on media freedom and rule of law in Turkey

Plenary Session Human rights15-01-2015 - 13:02
Workers of the Zaman newspaper hold placards in Istambul  

MEPs condemn the police raids and arrests of journalists in Turkey in December in a resolution adopted on Thursday. They call on the Turkish government to address media freedom as a priority, recalling that "a free and pluralistic press is an essential component of any democracy" and pointing to the need to make progress with reforms in order to gain pre-accession funding. (Read more: MEPs voice concerns at attacks on media freedom and rule of law in Turkey )

 
 

Commission's 2015 work programme: no resolution adopted

Plenary Session Institutions15-01-2015 - 13:00

On Thursday MEPs voted on seven draft resolutions dedicated to the 2015 work programme setting out the Commission's priorities for the 12 months ahead. None of the resolutions won the necessary majority to be adopted. (Read more: Commission's 2015 work programme: no resolution adopted )

 
 

Ukraine: MEPs condemn terrorist acts and say sanctions against Russia must stay

Plenary Session External relations15-01-2015 - 12:58

EU sanctions against Russia should stay in place until it changes its aggressive policy in Ukraine, respects the ceasefire, withdraws its troops and stops supporting separatists, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs condemn “acts of terrorism” in Ukraine. urge the EU to come up with a plan to counter the Russian "information war" and help Ukraine to carry out reforms, cope with its humanitarian and health emergency and enhance its defence capabilities. (Read more: Ukraine: MEPs condemn terrorist acts and say sanctions against Russia must stay )

 
 

MEPs call for Italian marò accused of killing Indian fishermen to be repatriated

Plenary Session External relations15-01-2015 - 12:51

The European Parliament hopes that diplomatic dispute between Italy and India over the prosecution of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 during anti-piracy operations will soon be settled, under Italian jurisdiction and/or through international arbitration, it says in a resolution voted on Thursday. Members also called for the marines to be repatriated, as their detention without charge is a "serious breach of human rights". (Read more: MEPs call for Italian marò accused of killing Indian fishermen to be repatriated )