Main menu (press 'Enter')
Access to page content (press 'Enter')
Direct access to list of other websites (press 'Enter')

Newsroom

Press releases

 
 
 
 

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

©Pietro Naj-Oleari_Mukwege_11242014_265  

"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 )

 
 

MEPs refer EU-Canada air passenger data deal to the EU Court of Justice

Plenary Session Fundamental rights25-11-2014 - 13:01

The EU-Canada agreement on the transfer of Passenger Name Records (PNR) should be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on whether it is in line with the EU treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights, MEPs said in a vote on Tuesday. This is the first time that Parliament has asked that a PNR agreement be given a preliminary check by the Court before the final vote on the deal. (Read more: MEPs refer EU-Canada air passenger data deal to the EU Court of Justice )

 
 

Poverty eradication and human rights in the post-2015 development agenda

Plenary Session Development and cooperation25-11-2014 - 12:57
Two african girls at school. ©BELGAIMAGE_AGEFOTOSTOCK  

Eradicating poverty, fighting inequalities, protecting human rights, ensuring that health systems are sustainable and making gender equality a stand-alone goal are the key aims that the EU should seek to include in the post-2015 global development agenda, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. (Read more: Poverty eradication and human rights in the post-2015 development agenda )