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Extra funds should be added to the EU’s 2015 budget for growth and jobs policies, education, including the EU's Erasmus+ student mobility programme, and EU humanitarian and support work in war-stricken zones, said the Budgets Committee in votes on Monday and Tuesday. It also recommended that the European Parliament as a whole should reverse cuts sought by the Council of Ministers in planned and actual expenses. (Read more: Budgets Committee recommends reversing Council cuts in EU budget for 2015 )

 
 
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Vytenis Andriukaitis, Carlos Moedas, Johannes Hahn, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Maroš Šefčovič and Christos Stylianides are the next candidate commissioners to appear at the European Parliament for three-hour long interviews. Their competences and knowledge will be tested today by the relevant parliamentary committees. Follow the meetings live on our website and join the conversation on Parliament’s social media channels. (Read more: Hearings: Andriukaitis, Moedas, Hahn, Avramopoulos, Šefčovič and Stylianides )

 
 

Hearings: Malmström, Vella, Mimica, Oettinger due to appear today

Others Institutions29-09-2014 - 12:47
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Cecilia Malmström, Karmenu Vella, Neven Mimica and Günther Oettinger are the first candidate commissioners to appear at the European Parliament for three-hour long interviews. Their competences and knowledge will be tested by the relevant parliamentary committees. Follow the meetings live on our website and join the conversation on Parliament’s social media channels. The hearings will continue until 7 October. (Read more: Hearings: Malmström, Vella, Mimica, Oettinger due to appear today )

 
 

Scrutiny time: candidate commissioners’ hearings start today

Others Institutions29-09-2014 - 12:04
Jean-Claude Juncker and the designate commissioners  

The 27 candidates hoping to be part of the European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker start appearing at hearings at the European Parliament today. During the three-hour hearings EP committees will test the candidate commissioners' expertise and competences ahead of the EP voting on whether to approve the new Commission on 22 October. The hearings will be shown live on our website and can also be followed on various other platforms. Read on to find out how. (Read more: Scrutiny time: candidate commissioners’ hearings start today )

 
 

European Day of Languages: how many can you recognise?

Others Culture26-09-2014 - 12:44
 

The EU boasts 24 official languages and it has always sought to protect this linguistic diversity. Everyone has the right to communicate with the EU institutions in their own language and receive an answer in the same language. Since 2001 the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year to promote language learning and highlight the importance of multilingualism. Try our quiz to find out how many languages you can recognise. (Read more: European Day of Languages: how many can you recognise? )

 
 
Günther Oettinger  

Europe should ensure people and companies enjoy a secure supply of energy and this includes measures based on solidarity, said energy commissioner Günther Oettinger addressing the EP's energy committee on 24 September. In his last appearance as energy commissioner at the Parliament, Oettinger looked back at his tenure over the last five years and discussed future challenges regarding the EU's energy policy, including the continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. (Read more: Oettinger: “Gas can be used as a weapon and no longer be delivered" )

 
 

Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFCO TRAN REGI PECH LIBE JURI ITRE INTA IMCO FEMM ENVI EMPL ECON DEVE CULT AGRI AFET Institutions25-09-2014 - 10:51

"The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency were outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers in a series of meetings held in July and September." (Read more: Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )

 
 

Interview: how to charge firms for CO2 emissions without it costing jobs

Others Energy / Environment24-09-2014 - 15:05
Interview with Bas Eickhout  

Charging companies for CO2 emissions can be a great way of encouraging them to become cleaner, but also risks pushing them to move production to somewhere with lower environmental standards. The European Commission aims to prevent the practice known as carbon leakage by continuing to give some allowances away for free. Bas Eickhout proposed to block this decision, saying many industries can afford to pay for the allowances. The environment committee voted against his proposal on 24 September. (Read more: Interview: how to charge firms for CO2 emissions without it costing jobs )

 
 

MEPs to discuss impact of Russia’s EU farm produce import ban today

INTA External/international trade / External relations24-09-2014 - 11:57

The economic consequences of Russia’s ban on imports of farm produce, raw materials and food from the EU will be debated by the International Trade Committee with the trade specialists from the EU Commission on Wednesday after 16.00. (Read more: MEPs to discuss impact of Russia’s EU farm produce import ban today )

 
 
A Maltese policeman carries a child rescued by the Armed forces of Malta at Hay Wharf in Valletta on October 12, 2013. More than 140 survivors, plucked from the sea after their overloaded boat sank in the latest deadly migrant tragedy to hit the Mediterranean, arrived in Malta. The sinking killed more than 30, most of them women and children, when the boat packed with people desperate to reach European shores went down off Malta near the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to officials. ©BELGA/AFP/M.Mirabelli  

Asylum applications in the EU were up by some 100,000 in 2013 compared to the year before, while at least 600 people are believed to have died while trying to reach Europe via maritime routes. MEPs will discuss the latest developments on 24 September when the European Commission presents the latest annual report on immigration and asylum to the civil liberties committee. The report stressed that the EU needed to do more on immigration, asylum and the smuggling and trafficking of human beings. (Read more: Dying to get to Europe: 430,000 asylum seekers a year make their way to EU )