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Plans to make it easier to move money around within the EU’s long-run budget, to help tackle urgent challenges such as the migration crisis, strengthening security, boosting growth and creating jobs, were backed by the Budgets Committee on Monday. Parliament has long fought for greater flexibility within the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF), which would apply for the remainder of the 2014-2020 MFF. (Read more: Budgets MEPs back flexibility: €6bn more for jobs, growth and tackling migration )

 

MEPs vote to close loopholes for exploiting EU and third country tax differences

ECON Economic and monetary affairs27-03-2017 - 18:29

Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs have voted to close loopholes which allow some of the world’s largest corporations to avoid paying tax on profits by exploiting differences in the tax systems of EU and third countries. (Read more: MEPs vote to close loopholes for exploiting EU and third country tax differences )

 
Celebration of the ' 60 years of the Treaty of Rome ' in Campidoglio  

“The dream of a united Europe has offered a way of putting the nightmare of war behind us forever,” said Parliament President Antonio Tajani on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which paved the way for the EU. He and several other MEPs visited Rome on 24-26 March to mark the anniversary. “We should be proud of the legacy passed onto to our children: the freedom to travel, study, work, set up a business, innovate,” he said. (Read more: President Tajani on EU anniversary: “We should be proud of the legacy” )

 

Security: committee debate with French and German ministers on Monday at 17.00

LIBE Justice and home affairs27-03-2017 - 13:13

German federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière and French Minister of the Interior Matthias Fekl will debate EU measures to improve the security situation in Europe and future challenges in the field with the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday from 17.00 to 19.00. (Read more: Security: committee debate with French and German ministers on Monday at 17.00 )

 
Parliament building in Brussels. Photo of glass wall with large EU flag  

A debate on security issues with the German and French interior ministers and visits by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and London Mayor Sadiq Khan are on the agenda of this week. In addition the UK is expected to formally start the process to withdraw from the EU by triggering article 50, while committees vote on measures to stop tax evasion by multinationals as well as on a mid-term revision of the EU's long-term budget. (Read more: In Parliament this week: security, tax evasion, EU's long-term budget )

 

The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Others Institutions / Treaties24-03-2017 - 10:21
A photo of the Treaty of Rome, signed in Rome on the 25 of March 1957.  

Sixty years ago the leaders of the six founding member states gathered in Rome to put their signatures under the agreements that would create a European common market, but also pave the way for a union of peace and prosperity that has come to encompass most of our continent. Leading MEPs will join the anniversary celebrations in Rome this weekend, while heads of state and government will use the opportunity to deliberate on the next steps for the EU. (Read more: The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Others Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions / Treaties23-03-2017 - 18:31

Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and other leading MEPs will meet with Italy’s highest public officials, starting with President Sergio Mattarella on Friday, and take part in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on Saturday. (Read more: 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs

Others Institutions23-03-2017 - 13:52
President Tajani meets President of Portugal De Sousa_  

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed the importance of a united EU during a visit to the Parliament on 22 March.It was part of an official visit to Brussels on the first anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks. In addition to meeting Parliament President Antonio Tajani, he also met several Portuguese MEPs and made a brief visit to the reading room Lucas Pires,named in honour of the Portuguese MEP who died in 1998. (Read more: Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs )

 

Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes

Others Development and cooperation23-03-2017 - 11:54
 

More than 1,100 workers were killed and 2,500 injured when a building housing several clothes workshops collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, nearly four year ago. The tragedy drew attention to working conditions in the sector. Parliament's development committee has adopted a report calling for new legislation to ensure that the clothes and textiles we buy are not produced at the expense of the workers. Watch our video to find out more. (Read more: Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes )

 

Plans to adapt more books for blind people backed by Legal Affairs Committee

JURI Justice and home affairs23-03-2017 - 11:01

New draft rules to make more books available in formats designed for blind and visually impaired people were approved by the Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday. The draft legislation, which brings EU law into line with the Marrakesh Treaty, provides for copyright exceptions for formats such as audiobooks and Braille. (Read more: Plans to adapt more books for blind people backed by Legal Affairs Committee )