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Draft plans to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorization procedure for novel foods were approved by the Environment Committee on Monday. MEPs nonetheless amended the text and proposed a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food, based on the precautionary principle. They also added provisions for compulsory labelling of cloned food products. (Read more: Novel foods: MEPs call for moratorium on nano-foods and labelling of cloned meat )

 
 

EU budget: Parliament urges EU member states to pay up and do a deal

Plenary Session Budget25-11-2014 - 17:11

MEPs were disappointed that no deal had been struck with the Council on topping up the EU’s 2014 budget and a new budget for 2015, they said in a debate on Tuesday. They urged EU member states to muster the political will to tackle the ever-growing pile of unpaid bills for 2014. Talks will resume after a new draft budget is presented on 28 November. (Read more: EU budget: Parliament urges EU member states to pay up and do a deal )

 
 

Denis Mukwege: "Rape is a weapon that dehumanises women"

Plenary Session Human rights25-11-2014 - 17:06
Sakharov laureate Denis Mukwege talks about violence against women. ©Pietro Naj-Oleari_Mukwege_11242014_265

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"We hope to find solutions to stop rape being used as a weapon of war, sometimes even as a war strategy." For years Denis Mukwege, this year's Sakharov Prize laureate, has been helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo despite threats and his family being attacked. The gynaecologist will be honoured for his work by the Parliament during an award ceremony on Wednesday 26 November in plenary. Read our interview with him and follow the event live. (Read more: Denis Mukwege: "Rape is a weapon that dehumanises women" )

 
 

Commission President to present €300bn EU investment package to MEPs

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs25-11-2014 - 17:00

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is to present a €300 billion jobs, growth and investment package to boost business and reduce unemployment in the EU, on Wednesday at 9.00. A round of political group speakers and Mr Juncker’s reply will follow. (Read more: Commission President to present €300bn EU investment package to MEPs )

 
 

Pope Francis delivers a message in Parliament "to all the citizens of Europe"

Plenary Session Institutions25-11-2014 - 15:31
Standing ovation for Pope Francis after his speech in the European Parliament hemicycle on Tuesday 25 of November 2014  

Safeguarding human dignity was a key theme of the formal address delivered by Pope Francis to Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday. Immigration, protecting the environment, and promoting human rights and democracy were among the topics stressed in a speech that enjoined "Europe to rediscover the best of itself". (Read more: Pope Francis delivers a message in Parliament "to all the citizens of Europe" )

 
 

Debates on Mediterranean migrants and their expulsion from Spanish enclaves

Plenary Session Fundamental rights / Immigration25-11-2014 - 15:17

Migration will be high on the agenda on Tuesday afternoon. MEPs will first debate the need for a holistic EU approach to migration with the new European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and the Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs Sandro Gonzi. Next they will discuss planned changes to Spain’s national law which would allow it to expel clandestine migrants caught entering its North African enclaves Ceuta and Melilla without providing procedural safeguards for them. (Read more: Debates on Mediterranean migrants and their expulsion from Spanish enclaves )

 
 

MEPs refer EU-Canada air passenger data deal to the EU Court of Justice

Plenary Session Fundamental rights25-11-2014 - 13:01

The EU-Canada agreement on the transfer of Passenger Name Records (PNR) should be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on whether it is in line with the EU treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights, MEPs said in a vote on Tuesday. This is the first time that Parliament has asked that a PNR agreement be given a preliminary check by the Court before the final vote on the deal. (Read more: MEPs refer EU-Canada air passenger data deal to the EU Court of Justice )

 
 

Poverty eradication and human rights in the post-2015 development agenda

Plenary Session Development and cooperation25-11-2014 - 12:57
Two african girls at school. ©BELGAIMAGE_AGEFOTOSTOCK  

Eradicating poverty, fighting inequalities, protecting human rights, ensuring that health systems are sustainable and making gender equality a stand-alone goal are the key aims that the EU should seek to include in the post-2015 global development agenda, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. (Read more: Poverty eradication and human rights in the post-2015 development agenda )

 
 

Proposals to provide EU funding to help find or create new jobs for workers made redundant by shipbuilders STX Finland Oy and the GAD abattoir in France were approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday. The EU should provide aid worth The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid worth €2.35 million is expected to be approved by the Council of Ministers on the same day. (Read more: EP approves aid for redundant Finnish shipyard and French abattoir workers )

 
 

Lux leaks: debate on motion of censure against Juncker and his team

Plenary Session Institutions24-11-2014 - 19:18
EC president Juncker at EP Plenary_  

A majority of the leaders of the EP political groups expressed support for the European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, in a debate on a motion of censure on the European Commission. The motion was presented by Marco Zanni (EFDD, IT), one of the authors of the text. (Read more: Lux leaks: debate on motion of censure against Juncker and his team )