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European Parliament to offset its 2015 carbon emissions

Others Environment25-07-2016 - 15:05

The European Parliament aims to become the first 100% carbon neutral EU institution, as decided at the end of last year by the Bureau (President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors). In order to fulfil this commitment, a call for tender was opened on 16 July 2016. (Read more: European Parliament to offset its 2015 carbon emissions )

 

Worth a 1,000 words: this year's best photos so far

Others Institutions25-07-2016 - 08:00
01_MEPs debated the priorities of the Dutch Council Presidency with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on January 20. The presidency's main objectives are focussing on essentials and growth while connecting with civil society.  

Words will only get you so far, sometimes you need images to convey the full picture. For this article we go easy on the text and let our photos do the talking. Take a look at our favourite pictures of the year so far in our photo gallery and discover how you can find many more of them online. (Read more: Worth a 1,000 words: this year's best photos so far )

 

Unemployment: three in four Europeans want EU to do more to create jobs

Others Employment policy22-07-2016 - 09:00
Eurobarometre: unemployment ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

With unemployment in the EU remaining above 8%, 77% of Europeans want the EU to do more to tackle the issue, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey. Reacting to the results of the Europe-wide study, Thomas Händel, the head of Parliament’s employment committee, urged EU leaders to “endeavour to ensure investment and high-quality, sustainable employment”. Read on to learn more about the EU’s role in the fight against unemployment. (Read more: Unemployment: three in four Europeans want EU to do more to create jobs )

 

Stay connected: discover the European Parliament on social media

Others Institutions21-07-2016 - 08:00
 

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. We also offer EP Newshub: our special tool to follow Parliament politics in real time. Try out our interactive infographic to get a taster of what we serve up on each platform. (Read more: Stay connected: discover the European Parliament on social media )

 

Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR), Chair of the Committee on Budgets, travelled on Tuesday to the Gaza Strip. He visited EU-funded projects aimed at promoting sustainable economic development and empowerment of women as well as infrastructure projects in the water sector, such as the North Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment Plant NGEST and recently inaugurated Water Desalination Plant in Deir Bala, next to Khan Yunis. (Read more: Budgets committee Chair visits EU-funded projects in Gaza )

 

Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee discussed the motives and the possible consequences of Turkey’s recent attempted coup with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and representatives of the European External Action Service on Tuesday morning. MEPs emphasized that to ensure further accession talks, Turkey must stick to democracy, the rule of law and human rights. (Read more: Joint statement - committee chair Elmar Brok and rapporteur Kati Piri on Turkey )

 

Explore Europe this summer in Brussels or Berlin

Others Institutions19-07-2016 - 08:00
The Parlamentarium in Brussels  

Interested in the EU and planing to spend some days in Brussels or Berlin this summer? Then check out the Parliament's visitors centre in Brussels, discover how laws and policy decisions are shaped by the Parliament and the other EU institutions and enjoy the new exhibition "Searching for beauty". Nearly 1.5 million have already visited the Parlamentarium centre since it opened in October 2011. Since May you are also able to experience Europe in our visitors centre in Berlin as well. (Read more: Explore Europe this summer in Brussels or Berlin )

 

Foreign affairs MEPs to debate attempted coup in Turkey

AFET External relations18-07-2016 - 17:03

Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the motives and the possible consequences of Turkey’s recent attempted coup, which claimed hundreds of lives and pushed the country in a turmoil, with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and representatives of the European External Action Service on Tuesday morning. MEPs are likely to emphasize the need to protect democratic freedoms and assess the future of the EU-Turkey relations too. (Read more: Foreign affairs MEPs to debate attempted coup in Turkey )

 

Terrorism: 82% of Europeans want EU to do more to tackle threat

Others Security and defence18-07-2016 - 13:49
Eurobarometre: terrorism ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Terrorism continues to pose a threat to Europe and people expect the EU to act: 82% of Europeans want it to do more, while 69% consider its current measures to be insufficient, according to a Eurobarometer poll commissioned by Parliament. The survey also showed that the majority of people think the fight against terrorism should be the EU's main priority for more action. (Read more: Terrorism: 82% of Europeans want EU to do more to tackle threat )

 

This morning, I would like to express my deep sorrow following the attack last night in Nice. On behalf of the European Parliament, I would like to extend my condolences to the families and friends of the many victims. I send my wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured. I commend the courage and solidarity of both the emergency services and ordinary citizens of Nice. (Read more: President Schulz expresses deep sorrow and condolences for the attack in Nice )