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The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Others Institutions / Treaties24-03-2017 - 10:21
A photo of the Treaty of Rome, signed in Rome on the 25 of March 1957.  

Sixty years ago the leaders of the six founding member states gathered in Rome to put their signatures under the agreements that would create a European common market, but also pave the way for a union of peace and prosperity that has come to encompass most of our continent. Leading MEPs will join the anniversary celebrations in Rome this weekend, while heads of state and government will use the opportunity to deliberate on the next steps for the EU. (Read more: The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions / Treaties23-03-2017 - 18:31

Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and other leading MEPs will meet with Italy’s highest public officials, starting with President Sergio Mattarella on Friday, and take part in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on Saturday. (Read more: 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs

Others Institutions23-03-2017 - 13:52
President Tajani meets President of Portugal De Sousa_  

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed the importance of a united EU during a visit to the Parliament on 22 March.It was part of an official visit to Brussels on the first anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks. In addition to meeting Parliament President Antonio Tajani, he also met several Portuguese MEPs and made a brief visit to the reading room Lucas Pires,named in honour of the Portuguese MEP who died in 1998. (Read more: Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs )

 

Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes

Others Development and cooperation23-03-2017 - 11:54
 

More than 1,100 workers were killed and 2,500 injured when a building housing several clothes workshops collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, nearly four year ago. The tragedy drew attention to working conditions in the sector. Parliament's development committee has adopted a report calling for new legislation to ensure that the clothes and textiles we buy are not produced at the expense of the workers. Watch our video to find out more. (Read more: Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes )

 

Plans to adapt more books for blind people backed by Legal Affairs Committee

JURI Justice and home affairs23-03-2017 - 11:01

New draft rules to make more books available in formats designed for blind and visually impaired people were approved by the Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday. The draft legislation, which brings EU law into line with the Marrakesh Treaty, provides for copyright exceptions for formats such as audiobooks and Braille. (Read more: Plans to adapt more books for blind people backed by Legal Affairs Committee )

 

Security debate with Commissioner King in the Civil Liberties Committee at 14.00

LIBE Justice and home affairs23-03-2017 - 10:43

The first “security dialogue” with Commissioner Sir Julian King on information sharing in the security field will be held by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday from 14.00 to 15.30. (Read more: Security debate with Commissioner King in the Civil Liberties Committee at 14.00 )

 

The new European Solidarity Corps deserves its own budget – it should not be funded at the expense of the Erasmus+ or Europe for Citizens programmes, urge Culture and Education Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Offering young people an opportunity to take part in solidarity schemes all over Europe would help them to gain experience for future long-term jobs, they add. (Read more: EU Solidarity Corps not to be funded with Erasmus+ budget, urge culture MEPs )

 

EU-Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship

Others External relations22-03-2017 - 10:06
 

“Unacceptable.” President Antonio Tajani was clear this week in his condemnation of Turkey accusing Germany and the Netherlands of Nazi methods for preventing Turkish ministers from campaigning in their countries in favour of a referendum to give the president additional powers. Although the EU and Turkey cooperate on anything from trade to migration, relations have become strained in recent year. Read on for an overview of the current state of affairs. (Read more: EU-Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship )

 

A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced to keep pace with technological progress, agreed the Parliament’s and Council’s negotiators on Tuesday. (Read more: A to G energy scale for home appliances: EP/Council strike informal deal )

 

Citizens’ Parliament: the people say how they see the future of the EU

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions / Treaties21-03-2017 - 17:42

People from across Europe gathered in the European Parliament on Tuesday to share their views on the future of the European Union with MEPs. This event, called the Citizens’ Parliament, contributes to ongoing reflection on the EU as an asset for future, ahead of the EU heads of state or government meeting in Rome on 25 March. (Read more: Citizens’ Parliament: the people say how they see the future of the EU )