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European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: why it is important

Plenary Session Institutions21-04-2017 - 13:31
 

Cultural heritage plays an important role in the history and identity of Europe’s countries and indeed of the continent as a whole. A vital part of Europe’s economy, promoting our cultural treasures can only help boost growth and employment. On 27 April, Parliament votes on making 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. More on this initiative, which aims to strengthen a sense of European identity, in our interview with Romanian MEP Mircea Diaconu. (Read more: European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: why it is important )

 
 

Antonio Tajani stressed the importance of a deal to safeguard people’s rights in the wake of Brexit during a meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May this morning. "The European Parliament's message is clear: strongly defending their interests is our first priority,” he said. The Parliament President was in London to discuss the institution’s position on the Brexit negotiations, which was adopted in plenary on 5 April. He also invited May to address the Parliament. (Read more: Tajani in London: “People deserve certainty regarding their post-Brexit future” )

 

EU priorities for 2017: what Parliament has achieved so far

Others Institutions / Immigration / Justice and home affairs / Energy / Environment19-04-2017 - 16:04
Legislative priorities illustration_  

The European Union is focussing this year on delivering results in areas that matter to all Europeans. EU institutions have agreed on a set of priorities ranging from boosting e-commerce to protecting the environment and strengthening borders. Four months into the year, check out which major legislative proposals MEPs have already approved. (Read more: EU priorities for 2017: what Parliament has achieved so far )

 

E-privacy: MEPs look at new rules to safeguard your personal details online

Others Justice and home affairs18-04-2017 - 15:57
Critical e-privacy vulnerability concept ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

The EU could soon have new privacy rules to take account of new practices such as internet-based messaging and allow users better control of their privacy settings, especially when it comes to cookies. Parliament's civil liberties committee discussed the plans by the European Commission on 11 April. Marju Lauristin, the MEP responsible for steering the rules through Parliament, said that if companies providing communication services wanted to be trusted they needed to ensure confidentiality. (Read more: E-privacy: MEPs look at new rules to safeguard your personal details online )

 

Eggs: how the EU is keeping them safe and healthy

Others Institutions18-04-2017 - 14:54
 

Decorating eggs is one of Europe's most cherished Easter traditions, but are the eggs we buy safe? The European Parliament has worked on different laws to ensure hens and their eggs are healthy. This includes a ban on the use of battery cages for hens and the use of the egg code to inform shoppers how an egg was produced. Watch our video for more information. (Read more: Eggs: how the EU is keeping them safe and healthy )

 

Child marriages: MEPs discuss how to put an end to this scourge

Others Human rights12-04-2017 - 12:00
Mauritania/Malian refugee/ Fati, 13, poses for a picture in Mbera refugee camp, 50 km away from the Mali border, on Wednesday 13/02/13. Fati arrived to the camp in October 2012, when she was six months pregnant along with her husband. Few weeks after their arrival, her husband left for Nouakchott, Mauritania's capital, to look for a job. UNHCR staff observed several cases of child marriages and forced marriages in the camp. This category needs additional support and protection. ©UNHCR/B.Malum  

One in every three girls in developing countries is married before turning 18, and one in nine before 15. Child marriages limit future prospects as children are usually forced to drop out of school. Girls also face dangerous complications from pregnancy and childbirth, the leading causes of death among adolescent girls in developing countries. They are also at great risk from suffering abuse. On 11 April Parliament's women's rights and human rights subcommittee discussed the issue with experts. (Read more: Child marriages: MEPs discuss how to put an end to this scourge )

 

Proposals for cutting food waste

ENVI Food safety11-04-2017 - 14:54

Environment MEPs put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030 on Tuesday. MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and stressed a solution is needed for the confusion created for many consumers by the “best before” and “use by” labelling. (Read more: Proposals for cutting food waste )

 

Fake news: how to counter misinformation

Plenary Session Institutions / External relations10-04-2017 - 20:16
 

Social media not only serves as a source of news for nearly half of Europeans, but it also has made spreading fake news easier and faster. Six out of ten news items are shared without actually being read. MEPS raised concerns about the spread of disinformation, political propaganda and hate speech in plenary on 5 April. However, they disagreed on the best way to respond to the problem. Watch our video above for an overview of the debate. (Read more: Fake news: how to counter misinformation )

 

Migration: MEPs to debate EU return policies

LIBE Immigration10-04-2017 - 18:14

Recent proposals to expedite the return of migrants who are not entitled to refugee status will be debated in the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday morning. (Read more: Migration: MEPs to debate EU return policies )

 

In Parliament this week: food waste, migration, child marriages

Others Institutions10-04-2017 - 15:56
Parliament building in Brussels. Photo of glass wall with large EU flag  

Following last week’s plenary session in Strasbourg, members are back in Brussels where committees are meeting before Parliament goes on a short recess for Easter. Among the issues on this week’s agenda are the latest developments in Syria and how to combat food waste. Members of the civil liberties committee discuss new proposals for the EU’s migrant return policy, while the human rights and women’s rights committees hold a joint hearing on child marriages. (Read more: In Parliament this week: food waste, migration, child marriages )