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Globalisation Adjustment Fund: helping redundant workers find work again

Others Institutions / Social policy12-09-2014 - 15:08
 

Tens of thousands of workers were helped to retrain, look for a new job or launch a new company in 207-2013 if they had been laid off as a result of globalisation or the economic crisis thanks to €400 million in EU funding. This aid came from the EU's Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). On 11 September the EP’s budget committee approved another aid package for workers in Greece, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain. Find out more about the fund in our article and our chart. (Read more: Globalisation Adjustment Fund: helping redundant workers find work again )

 
 

The candidate commissioners, as presented by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, will need to appear in hearings before parliamentary committees from 29 September to 7 October. (Read more: Candidate commissioners to appear before EP committees from 29 September )

 
 
Martin Schulz  

“What happens in Ukraine concerns all Europeans, because we cannot stand by and watch idly while the founding principles of the international community are being violated,” said EP president Martin Schulz during a visit to Kiev on Friday. “We have agreed on rules for states to follow when dealing with each other. These rules apply to all.” During his two-day visit, Schulz met Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as well as president Petro Poroshenko. (Read more: Schulz in Kiev: ”What happens in Ukraine concerns all Europeans” )

 
 

Meet the European Parliament's political groups

Others Institutions12-09-2014 - 09:40
European Parliament political group leaders  

The European Parliament is a political institution where different ideas on issues from the EU's spending priorities to privacy rights and trade relations are hotly contested. Political groups play an essential role in this clash of ideas, as they bring together like-minded representatives from across Europe and give them a voice in the decision-making process. Find out from our dedicated page what groups there are at the start of the new term, what they stand for and who their leaders are. (Read more: Meet the European Parliament's political groups )

 
 

Russian import ban: how should the EU support the affected companies?

Others External/international trade11-09-2014 - 16:18
Apples are packed in a Polish fruit factory Rajpol in Wola Leczyszycka on September 3, 2014. ©BELGA_AFP_J.SKARZYNSKI  

European companies have started to feel the impact of the Russian import ban introduced on 7 August. The measure, which includes anything from Polish apples to Belgian pork, is Russia’s response to EU sanctions over the country’s involvement in the crisis in the Ukraine. We talked to Bernd Lange (Germany, S&D), chair of the international trade committee, and Czesław Siekierski (Poland, EPP), chair of the agriculture committee, about how the EU can make a difference in this trade conflict. (Read more: Russian import ban: how should the EU support the affected companies? )

 
 

Parliament’s President Martin Schulz this morning informed the Conference of Presidents, made up of the leaders of the political groups, that His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted his official invitation to the European Parliament. This invitation was extended by President Schulz during his official visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013. (Read more: His Holiness Pope Francis on official visit to European Parliament in November )

 
 

Redundant workers in the building industry in two Dutch regions, at a Greek bakery, and at a steel producer in Romania would receive European Globalisation Adjustment Fund aid to help them find new jobs under plans approved by the Parliament's Budgets Committee on Thursday. The aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets Committee approves aid for redundant Romanian, Dutch and Greek workers )

 
 

Redundant workers in wood product manufacturing in Castilla y León and in the food and beverage services industry in Aragón could get a total of €1.66 million in European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid to help them find new jobs under plans approved by the Parliament's Budgets Committee on Thursday. The aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets Committee approves EU aid for redundant Spanish workers )

 
 
UN Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson  

Tackling climate change will be a key issue for the newly-elected European Parliament and for the new Commission, which will take office later this year. One person who has no doubts about the urgent need to galvanise climate action is former Irish president and current UN special envoy Mary Robinson. While in Brussels to meet with Parliament President Martin Schulz, she urged European politicians to show leadership on the issue. (Read more: Climate change: "Business as usual with a bit of green won't get us there" )

 
 

Petitions: Parliament gives you a chance to be heard

Others Institutions / Citizens' rights / Petitions10-09-2014 - 11:27
What is a petition? Petitioner at the EP  

Do you have a problem linked to the EU? The European Parliament can help. The EP’s petitions committee ensures that people's complaints are heard at the highest level. Here is an overview of the 1,986 petitions submitted in 2012 as well as a brief guide on how to submit a petition. (Read more: Petitions: Parliament gives you a chance to be heard )