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European Pillar of Social Rights: call for highest possible common standards

Plenary Session Social policy / Employment policy26-04-2017 - 20:24

Common EU-wide social rights, as proposed by the European Commission, the “European Pillar of Social Rights”, should be pegged at the highest level and not lead to a “race to the bottom”, MEPs stressed in a debate on Wednesday. (Read more: European Pillar of Social Rights: call for highest possible common standards )

 

MEPs advocate reviewing EU - Turkey relations and suspending EU accession talks

Plenary Session External relations26-04-2017 - 20:13

Europe is not closing the door to Turkey, but recent developments prompt it to look for alternatives to Turkey’s accession to the EU, said MEPs in a debate with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs advocate reviewing EU - Turkey relations and suspending EU accession talks )

 

MEPs discuss situation in Hungary with Prime Minister Orbán

Plenary Session Fundamental rights26-04-2017 - 18:23
Debate on Hungary  

Political group leaders and MEPs gave their views on Hungary’s new education law, perceived as targeting the Central European University, the tightening of rules for NGOs and asylum seekers and a government survey entitled “National Consultation - Let’s stop Brussels!”. (Read more: MEPs discuss situation in Hungary with Prime Minister Orbán )

 

Opening – European Parliament President highlights ‘Girls in ICT’ Day

Plenary Session Institutions26-04-2017 - 16:10
Opening – European Parliament President highlights ‘Girls in ICT’ Day  

President Tajani highlighted the international “Girls in ICT” Day, to be held on Thursday. This aims to encourage young women to study and take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (Read more: Opening – European Parliament President highlights ‘Girls in ICT’ Day )

 

Fate of EU - Turkey relations to be debated Wednesday

Plenary Session External relations26-04-2017 - 12:00

The outcome of Turkey’s referendum, expanding presidential powers, will be debated with EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn on Wednesday at around 17.30. (Read more: Fate of EU - Turkey relations to be debated Wednesday )

 

E-commerce: ending unjustified geo-blocking across the EU

IMCO Free movement of goods / Free movement of services25-04-2017 - 15:22

MEPs beefed up rules to ensure that buyers of goods or services from another EU country are treated like local customers in a committee vote on Tuesday. (Read more: E-commerce: ending unjustified geo-blocking across the EU )

 

Products and services to be made more accessible for disabled persons in the EU

IMCO Citizens' rights / Free movement of goods / Free movement of services25-04-2017 - 15:11

Key products and services, like phones, e-book readers, operating systems and payment terminals, will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities, under draft EU rules amended in committee on Tuesday. (Read more: Products and services to be made more accessible for disabled persons in the EU )

 

Children should have the same protection whether they are watching TV, a web-shared video or a web-streamed film, said committee MEPs on Tuesday. (Read more: Media services: same rules needed for TV and internet to protect children better )

 
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Asylum seekers should be able to work in the EU no later than two months after applying for asylum, instead of the current nine months, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Tuesday. (Read more: Ease access to labour market for asylum-seekers to boost integration, MEPs say )

 

Sexual abuse and exploitation of children: committee hearing

LIBE Police cooperation25-04-2017 - 11:17

MEPs will look at how EU rules to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation of children have been implemented by EU countries in a committee hearing on Tuesday afternoon. (Read more: Sexual abuse and exploitation of children: committee hearing )