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Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid, will meet the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Human Rights and Security and Defence subcommittees on Thursday at 9.00. This will be his first visit to the European Parliament since he became Prime Minister in February this year. (Read more: Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid to meet European Parliament committees )

 

School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits

Plenary Session Agriculture27-05-2015 - 19:13
Child drinking milk and eating healthy food  

Healthy eating habits start young, so the EU and its member states should do and spend more to encourage kids to eat healthy and local foods, Parliament said on Wednesday. To ensure that they get healthy eating lessons, as well as school milk, fruit, and vegetables from EU schemes, Parliament amended draft rules and approved a mandate for MEPs to negotiate their final form with EU member states. (Read more: School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits )

 

Budgets MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016

BUDG Budget27-05-2015 - 12:37

Budgets MEPs welcomed next year's "restricted" but well focused draft budget presented by Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday immediately after it was approved by the Commission. (Read more: Budgets MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016 )

 

Still much to be done, CAR president tells foreign affairs committee

AFET External relations27-05-2015 - 11:47

"The Central African Republic is doing much better. There is a clear improvement even if it is still very fragile," CAR's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, told foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday. CAR still needs the EU's "multi-dimensional aid", she stressed, calling on member states to redouble their efforts to help the CAR meet its electoral, budgetary and security challenges. (Read more: Still much to be done, CAR president tells foreign affairs committee )

 

Address by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and debate on G7

Plenary Session External relations27-05-2015 - 11:38
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, addressed the European Parliament  

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a formal address to Parliament at 15.15 today. He is expected to address the recent refugee tragedies in the Mediterranean and to support the EU Agenda on Migration. (Read more: Address by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and debate on G7 )

 

A reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), informally agreed with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, was backed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The reform aims to reduce the surplus of carbon credits available for trading in order to support the price of the emission rights. The scheme would start operating in 2019. (Read more: CO2 market fix: Environment Committee MEPs back deal with Council )

 

Parliament urges EU member states to gear up for new security challenges now

Plenary Session External relations21-05-2015 - 12:56

Today’s unprecedented level of instability at EU borders demands that the EU and its member states shoulder more responsibility for their security and defence now, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They urge member states to use Common Security and Defence Policy tools more effectively, improve the fit between external and internal security measures, and pool and share resources, so as to counter terrorism, fight organised crime, strengthen cyber-defence and cope with migration. (Read more: Parliament urges EU member states to gear up for new security challenges now )

 

Human rights: Zimbabwe; Thailand; Swaziland

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation21-05-2015 - 12:20

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling for Zimbabwean human rights activist Itai Dzarana to be found immediately; the release of all political prisoners in Swaziland; protection for Rohingya asylum seekers and action against human trafficking in Thailand. (Read more: Human rights: Zimbabwe; Thailand; Swaziland )

 

Immigrazzjoni: l-MEPs jiddibattu r-rispons tal-UE

Seduta plenarja Ġustizzja u Intern20-05-2015 - 18:49
Il-President tal-Parlament Ewropew Martin Schulz fetaħ id-dibattitu fuq l-immigrazzjoni  

Fl-20 ta' Mejju, l-MEPs iddiskutew il-pjani ppreżentati mill-Kummissjoni Ewropea quddiem in-numri kbar ta' immigranti li qed ifittxu li jidħlu fl-UE, ħafna drabi b'riskju għal ħajjithom fuq il-baħar. (Aqra iktar dwar dan: Immigrazzjoni: l-MEPs jiddibattu r-rispons tal-UE )

 

Conflict minerals: MEPs ask for mandatory certification of EU importers

Plenary Session External/international trade20-05-2015 - 14:19
A group of boys pan for gold in a river on February 16, 2009 in Iga Barriere, 25 kms north of Bunia, north eastern Congo. DR Congo is rich in precious minerals such as diamonds and gold - but its people have gained little from this wealth because of conflict and bad government. ©BELGA_AFP_L.HEALING  

EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold for manufacturing consumer goods need to be certified by the EU to ensure that they do not fuel conflicts and human rights abuses in conflict areas, say MEPs in their position on a draft law adopted on Wednesday by 402 votes to 118, with 171 abstentions. (Read more: Conflict minerals: MEPs ask for mandatory certification of EU importers )