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The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Starting this week parliamentary committees adopts their opinions on the budget, followed by the budget committee drafting its recommendation to MEPs. Meanwhile the Council will present its position during next week's plenary. Check our infographic for all the steps of the budgetary procedure. (Read more: EU's 2016 budget: parliamentary committees determine their positions )

 

EP this week: Greece, migration crisis, GMOs and budget 2016

Others Institutions31-08-2015 - 12:50
Parliament building in Brussels  

A Greek government request for EP involvement in the regular review of the country’s third loan programme is to be discussed on Thursday at a meeting of the President and political group chairs. In the committees, members are to discuss migration and vote on the use of genetically modified food and on the next year’s EU budget. Parliament’s political groups also prepare for the plenary, including Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker's first State of the European Union speech and debate. (Read more: EP this week: Greece, migration crisis, GMOs and budget 2016 )

 
Who is who?  

Being an MEP involves more than just debating and voting on legislative proposals. They can be tasked with drawing up a report to represent the Parliament's position on a legislative proposal or any other matter. They can also act as group coordinators in a committee, follow the progress of a legislative report or be in charge of preparing an opinion on a proposal. Read on to find out more about the different responsibilities MEPs are able to take on in the European Parliament. (Read more: From rapporteur to coordinator: the different roles taken on by MEPs )

 

Migration: MEPs call for more EU solidarity on visit to Sicily

Others Institutions / Delegations27-08-2015 - 14:43
EP Delegation to Sicily on Migration_  

Countries such as Italy and Greece dealing with an influx of asylum seekers should receive more support from other member states, MEPs said on a delegation visit to the Italian island of Sicily from 22 to 24 July. “Italy spends over €1 billion every year just to take care of those who make it across the Mediterranean. Italy’s borders are the EU's borders and a better management of the migratory flows is our common responsibility,” said French ALDE member Jean Arthuis, co-chair of the delegation. (Read more: Migration: MEPs call for more EU solidarity on visit to Sicily )

 

Summer reading: discover this year's most popular articles so far

Others Institutions27-08-2015 - 14:43
A la Une 5 top Article of the last semester  

Articles on our photography contest, Ukraine, social media, gender equality and the European integration of the Western Balkans have proved to be most popular on our website in the first half of 2015. Read our article to find out more and click on the links to discover them yourself. (Read more: Summer reading: discover this year's most popular articles so far )

 

LUX Prize 2015 finalists

Others Culture27-08-2015 - 14:40
Announcer for the Lux Prize 2015 with the logo and a photo from each finalist movie  

The finalists competing for the 2015 LUX Film Prize have been announced: Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (in English: The Lesson). The three films deal with current social issues such as immigration, position of women and girls, education and economic problems in society. (Read more: LUX Prize 2015 finalists )

 

EP media network: Digital resources for reporting on the EP

Others Institutions24-08-2015 - 09:00
Tumblr_EP Media Network  

Reporting on the European Parliament has never been easier, thanks to our blog listing the latest digital resources that are free to use. Updated around the clock, this page informs you what images, infographics, videos and photos are available for you to download as soon as they become available. Not only are these materials free to use, they are also often available in all of the EU’s 24 official languages, from Bulgarian to Swedish. (Read more: EP media network: Digital resources for reporting on the EP )

 

Get connected: discover the European Parliament on social media

Others Institutions / Information19-08-2015 - 09:00
 

From Pinterest to LinkedIn, the European Parliament is present on most major social media platforms in order to better communicate with you. On these platforms we offer not only background information and the latest news, but also videos, photos, infographics and the opportunity to discuss topical issues. Try out our interactive infographic to get a taster of what we serve up on each platform. (Read more: Get connected: discover the European Parliament on social media )

 

From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age

Others Information society17-08-2015 - 09:00
Digital Glossary: "cloud computing" ©BELGA_Zoonar_N_Menijes  

Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike. The European Commission presented its strategy for a digital single market on 6 May. In addition Parliament and the Council agreed in June to ban roaming fees in 2017 and guarantee equal treatment for all internet traffic. Read on for an explanation of the terminology involved. (Read more: From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age )

 

Traineeships at the Parliament: new application period starting

Others Institutions14-08-2015 - 09:00
 

Looking for your first professional experience in European affairs? Want to discover the daily work of an international institution? The European Parliament offers several kinds of traineeships to provide opportunities for learning more about its activities. A new application period starts on 15 August. Read on for more information on how to apply. (Read more: Traineeships at the Parliament: new application period starting )