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Sakharov laureate Denis Mukwege: "Women's bodies have become a true battlefield"

Plenary Session Institutions / Human rights26-11-2014 - 13:24
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"Women's bodies have become a true battlefield and rape is being used as a weapon of war," said Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege as he accepted the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in Strasbourg on Wednesday 26 November. Dr Mukwege was honoured by the European Parliament for dedicating his life to helping thousands of victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Read more: Sakharov laureate Denis Mukwege: "Women's bodies have become a true battlefield" )

 
 

Investing €315 billion to jump-start the EU economy

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs26-11-2014 - 13:13
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the creation of a new EU strategic investment fund designed to mobilise at least €315 billion over the next three years to jump-start the EU economy. After his presentation in Parliament’s plenary session on Wednesday, MEPs from most political groups voiced support, but also demanded swift action to boost growth in the EU. (Read more: Investing €315 billion to jump-start the EU economy )

 
 

MEPs to debate whether Palestine should be recognised as a state

Plenary Session External relations26-11-2014 - 12:00

MEPs will debate the question of whether Palestine should be recognised as a state with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday afternoon, starting at 15:00. (Read more: MEPs to debate whether Palestine should be recognised as a state )

 
 

Parliament marks 25th anniversary of landmark children's rights treaty

Others Institutions / Youth26-11-2014 - 11:36
Girl blowing out candles on a birthday cake. ©BELGAIMAGE_AGEFOTOSTOCK_67509911  

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The milestone will be marked with a debate in Parliament this afternoon. Ahead of today's debate, Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness shared with us her views on the Convention's importance. (Read more: Parliament marks 25th anniversary of landmark children's rights treaty )

 
 

Debates on EU approach to migration and the expulsion of migrants from Spain

Plenary Session Fundamental rights / Immigration26-11-2014 - 11:07

The need for a holistic EU approach to migration and concerns over the way migrants are treated in Spain were debated with the new European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday. This approach should provide for more solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility among member states, properly fulfilled search and rescue duties, safe and legal routes for refugees into the EU and better cooperation with third countries, said MEPs. (Read more: Debates on EU approach to migration and the expulsion of migrants from Spain )

 
 

Pope Francis delivers a message in Parliament "to all the citizens of Europe"

Plenary Session Institutions26-11-2014 - 10:34
Standing ovation for Pope Francis after his speech in the European Parliament hemicycle on Tuesday 25 of November 2014  

Safeguarding human dignity was a key theme of the formal address delivered by Pope Francis to Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday. Immigration, protecting the environment, and promoting human rights and democracy were among the topics stressed in a speech that enjoined "Europe to rediscover the best of itself". (Read more: Pope Francis delivers a message in Parliament "to all the citizens of Europe" )

 
 

Draft plans to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorization procedure for novel foods were approved by the Environment Committee on Monday. MEPs nonetheless amended the text and proposed a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food, based on the precautionary principle. They also added provisions for compulsory labelling of cloned food products. (Read more: Novel foods: MEPs call for moratorium on nano-foods and labelling of cloned meat )

 
 

EU budget: Parliament urges EU member states to pay up and do a deal

Plenary Session Budget25-11-2014 - 17:11

MEPs were disappointed that no deal had been struck with the Council on topping up the EU’s 2014 budget and a new budget for 2015, they said in a debate on Tuesday. They urged EU member states to muster the political will to tackle the ever-growing pile of unpaid bills for 2014. Talks will resume after a new draft budget is presented on 28 November. (Read more: EU budget: Parliament urges EU member states to pay up and do a deal )

 
 

Denis Mukwege: "Rape is a weapon that dehumanises women"

Plenary Session Human rights25-11-2014 - 17:06
Sakharov laureate Denis Mukwege talks about violence against women. ©Pietro Naj-Oleari_Mukwege_11242014_265

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"We hope to find solutions to stop rape being used as a weapon of war, sometimes even as a war strategy." For years Denis Mukwege, this year's Sakharov Prize laureate, has been helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo despite threats and his family being attacked. The gynaecologist will be honoured for his work by the Parliament during an award ceremony on Wednesday 26 November in plenary. Read our interview with him and follow the event live. (Read more: Denis Mukwege: "Rape is a weapon that dehumanises women" )

 
 

Commission President to present €300bn EU investment package to MEPs

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs25-11-2014 - 17:00

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is to present a €300 billion jobs, growth and investment package to boost business and reduce unemployment in the EU, on Wednesday at 9.00. A round of political group speakers and Mr Juncker’s reply will follow. (Read more: Commission President to present €300bn EU investment package to MEPs )