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Dieselgate: MEPs to question former commissioner on car emissions measurements

Others Transport / Environment29-08-2016 - 14:36
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The investigation into the Volkswagen emissions testing scandal continues on Tuesday 30 August when the Parliament's inquiry committee questions former commissioner Günter Verheugen, who was responsible for enterprise and industry from 2004 to 2010. Parliament is currently working on new legislation to improve the reliability of car testing. Check out our infographic to find out more on how car emissions are tested. (Read more: Dieselgate: MEPs to question former commissioner on car emissions measurements )

 
Parliament building in Brussels  

Parliamentary committees deal with anything from relations with Turkey to migration and car emissions this week. Parliament President Martin Schulz is due to visit Ankara, while MEPs discuss the EU-Canada trade agreement. In addition former commissioner Günter Verheugen answers questions from the Parliament's inquiry committee investigating car emission tests. (Read more: In Parliament this week: Turkey, EU-Canada trade deal, car emissions )

 

The ABC of the European Parliament

Others Institutions25-08-2016 - 08:00
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MEPs act as the voice of more than 500 million Europeans at the EU level, but how do they work and how do they organise themselves in the European Parliament? Check out our updated infographic for some basic facts about the Parliament. (Read more: The ABC of the European Parliament )

 

Democratic control: Parliament’s powers of investigation

Others Institutions23-08-2016 - 08:00
Parliament’s powers to investigate: exercising democratic control ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Parliament is not just there to amend and approve new laws, but also to scrutinise the EU institutions. One of the tools at its disposal are committees that investigate specific issues. In recent months committees have been set up to look into revelations on car emissions cheating and wealthy individuals stashing money offshore. Read on to find out how Parliament uses its investigative powers to address people’s concerns and put important issues on the political agenda. (Read more: Democratic control: Parliament’s powers of investigation )

 

Environment: 67% of Europeans want the EU to do more

Others Constitution / Justice and home affairs19-08-2016 - 09:00
Eurobarometre: Environment ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

The environment is something Europeans care deeply about: 67% of them would like to the EU to do more on environmental protection, according to a Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament. Read our article to find out more about what the EU is already doing and will be doing to protect your health, safeguard biodiversity and fight climate change. (Read more: Environment: 67% of Europeans want the EU to do more )

 
EP back to work after the summer brake  

From Brexit to the migration crisis: 2016 has proved a very eventful year, but Parliament's work is far from finished. Until the end of the year MEPs will be working on a broad range of issues, from tackling the terrorism threat to improving the digital single market. Read on for an overview of the challenges MEPs will be dealing with the coming months. (Read more: Priorities: what Parliament will be working on for the remainder of 2016 )

 
Become an EP trainee  

Traineeships at the Parliament offer a unique chance to launch your career, gain valuable insights into how the EU operates and above all have an unforgettable experience. From 15 August you will have two months to apply for the next round of traineeships. Read on to find out more on the traineeships offered by the Parliament and how to apply for them. (Read more: Stepping stone: how to apply for a traineeship at the European Parliament )

 

Border security: how Parliament is helping to keep Europe safe

Others Immigration / Justice and home affairs / Schengen / Security and defence12-08-2016 - 09:00
Eurobarometre: external-borders ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

The migration crisis showed you can’t have a Schengen zone of free movement without strong external borders. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, 71% of Europeans want the EU to do more to protect these borders. Parliament is working on a range of initiatives to beef up those controls. (Read more: Border security: how Parliament is helping to keep Europe safe )

 

How it works: the Parliament’s work explained in videos

Others Institutions10-08-2016 - 08:00
How it works: europarltv.eu  

If you find the EU's inner workings and policies hard to understand, then help is now at hand. Our How it Works videos are there to answer all your questions on topics ranging from data protection to the European Council. Continue reading to find out more. (Read more: How it works: the Parliament’s work explained in videos )

 

Snapchat: European Politics in pictures

Others Institutions08-08-2016 - 08:00
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Launched in 2011, Snapchat has been expanding rapidly. More than 100 million people use it every day to watch and send stories to their friends and follow events from around the world. As one third of Snapchat users live in Europe, the European Parliament opened an account in May 2015 to give them the chance to find out more about European politics. Already more than 15,000 people follow the Parliament on Snapchat. Read on to find out more details. (Read more: Snapchat: European Politics in pictures )