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Michael Gahler (EPP, DE), head of the European Parliament delegation observing the parliamentary elections in Tunisia, on Tuesday welcomed the "remarkable success of the Independent High Authority for the Elections, which organised a transparent, professional poll in a very short space of time." (Read more: Tunisia: head of EP election observers hails transparent and professional poll )

 
 

Stronger democracy and a "strategic choice for peace and Europe" was the Ukrainian people's message in Sunday's elections to the Verkhovna Rada, said Andrej Plenkovic (EPP, HR), head of the EP delegation at the international election monitors' press conference in Kiev on Monday. "Our assessment is very positive. The elections were conducted in line with international standards," he said. (Read more: Ukrainians have voted for peace and Europe, says EP chief observer Plenkovic )

 
 

European Parliament delegations elect their bureaus

Others Delegations24-10-2014 - 12:36

The European Parliament’s delegations, the official bodies which maintain and develop its contacts with third countries, have elected their chairs and vice-chairs. The delegations’ compositions reflect the political composition of the House. The delegations are also bound to represent the views expressed by the Parliament as a whole. (Read more: European Parliament delegations elect their bureaus )

 
 

MEPs prolong Ukraine's duty-free access to the EU market

Plenary Session External/international trade23-10-2014 - 12:26

Plans to prolong a largely duty-free access to the EU market for Ukraine’s exports until the end of 2015 were backed by the European Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs prolong Ukraine's duty-free access to the EU market )

 
 

Human rights: closing down of Russian Memorial NGO; Uzbekistan; Mexico

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations23-10-2014 - 12:22

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling on the Russian authorities not to close down the Memorial civil rights NGO; urging the Uzbek authorities to take immediate action to protect human rights; and calling for the immediate arrest of all those responsible for the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico. (Read more: Human rights: closing down of Russian Memorial NGO; Uzbekistan; Mexico )

 
 

MEPs ask for further details of EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants

Plenary Session Police cooperation23-10-2014 - 10:56

Concerns about how to reconcile the fundamental rights and non-discrimination of migrants with the need to gather information to dismantle criminal networks profiting from trafficking were the key points raised by MEPs in Wednesday evening’s debate with the Italian Presidency of the Council, represented by Benedetto Della Vedova on the EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants "Mos Maiorum". (Read more: MEPs ask for further details of EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants )

 
 

IS fighters returning to EU: MEPs debate how to prevent internal security threat

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence23-10-2014 - 10:27

Concerns over the possible threats to the EU's internal security posed by Europeans returning home after fighting for the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) were raised by MEPs in a debate on Wednesday. Some called for a swift approval of the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal to better detect potential terrorists entering or leaving the EU. Most stressed, however, that all measures taken by the EU to tackle this problem must respect fundamental rights. (Read more: IS fighters returning to EU: MEPs debate how to prevent internal security threat )

 
 

Il-Parlament jeleġġi l-Kummissjoni Ewropea l-ġdida

Seduta plenarja Istituzzjonijiet22-10-2014 - 18:11
Il-President tal-Parlament Martin Schulz jifraħ lill-President elett Jean-Claude Juncker wara li l-Parlament eleġġa l-Kummissjoni l-ġdida.  

L-Erbgħa filgħodu l-MEPs approvaw il-kulleġġ il-ġdid ta' 27 Kummissarji, kif ippreżentati mill-President elett Jean-Claude Juncker, b'423vot favur, 209 vot kontra, u 67 astensjoni. Il-Kummissjoni l-ġdida issa tinħatar formalment mill-kapijiet ta' stat jew gvern tal-UE u tibda l-mandat tagħha għall-ħames snin li ġejjin fl-1 ta' Novembru. (Aqra iktar dwar dan: Il-Parlament jeleġġi l-Kummissjoni Ewropea l-ġdida )

 
 

Il-pajjiżi membri tal-UE jridu joħorġu l-flus meħtieġa biex iwettqu l-wegħdiet dwar il-ħolqien tat-tkabbir u l-impjiegi, ir-riċerka u l-iżvilupp u biex l-UE tkun tista' taqdi r-rwol tagħha fil-politika barranija. Dan qaluh l-MEPs hekk kif nhar l-Erbgħa rrifjutaw id-deċiżjoni tal-Kunsill li jnaqqas il-baġit għall-2015. Qabel ma jintlaħaq ftehim dwar il-baġit tas-sena d-dieħla, il-Parlament qiegħed jisħaq li l-ewwel ikun hemm qbil dwar żieda fil-fondi għall-2014. (Aqra iktar dwar dan: Il-PE u l-baġit UE: il-kontijiet iridu jitħallsu; aktar tkabbir u impjiegi )

 
 

EU countries should act on their economic reform pledges, say MEPs

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs22-10-2014 - 14:06

EU countries need to act more like owners of economic policy reform pledges they themselves signed up to, MEPs stress in a report adopted on Wednesday. Given that only 10% of the European Commission's country-specific reform recommendations (CSRs) for 2013 were implemented in full and that little or no progress was made on 45% of them, MEPs believe "there is an inconsistency between European commitment and national implementation of the CSRs by member states". (Read more: EU countries should act on their economic reform pledges, say MEPs )