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Website maintenance Friday 29 August

Others Institutions28-08-2014 - 18:05
Website under maintenance, we will be back soon ©BELGA-V.Valka_Easyphotostock  

On Friday morning Parliament's website will undergo several updates (Read more: Website maintenance Friday 29 August )


Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, called today for a strong EU foreign and security policy lead by a strong personality. “Bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the broader EU neighbourhood must be the first and utmost priority,” he said following a meeting of the Committee’s Enlarged Bureau with Commissioner Georgieva and the EEAS’s Executive Secretary General Pierre Vimont. (Read more: Elmar Brok: Strong EU foreign policy vital to end crises in the neighbourhood )


The secrets behind Parliament's colourful calendar

Others Institutions25-08-2014 - 09:00
Colours of the EP 2014 activity calendars  

The Parliament's short summer recess will be over after this week, so it is back to business. The colours of the parliamentary calendar illustrate what's on MEPs' schedule for that day. Find out what activities the different colours indicate. (Read more: The secrets behind Parliament's colourful calendar )


Rapa Iti: from Europe to the ends of the Earth

Others Environment20-08-2014 - 09:00
Polynesia - EP border story  

There is no airport at Rapa Iti and it takes 50 hours to get there by cargo ship from Tahiti. Boats travelling there are few and far between, making Rapa Iti one of the South Pacific’s most isolated islands, along with Pitcairn and Easter Island. Its dark and wild coast is overlooked by the forts of twelve ancient clans at the top of the sleeping volcano. Humpback whales can be seen from afar. But the people living in this slice of paradise are also EU citizens. (Read more: Rapa Iti: from Europe to the ends of the Earth )


World Humanitarian Day: honouring those who help others

Others Humanitarian aid18-08-2014 - 09:00
Syrian refugees live day by day in Refugee Camp north of Erbil Iraq  

Little attention is paid to volunteers, but their tireless and sometimes dangerous work helps to make a difference to the millions of victims of natural and man-made disasters. Every year World Humanitarian Day is held on 19 August to honour the people who dedicate their lives to making a difference. Read on to find out what the EU, the world´s largest humanitarian aid donor, is doing to support their work. (Read more: World Humanitarian Day: honouring those who help others )


More than 2,000 years before the scientific means were developed to prove the existence of atoms, ancient Greeks already theorised about their existence. Their descendants continue to be at the forefront of scientific research as shown by the Nestor project in Pylos, in southwestern Greece. This involves creating an underwater telescope at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. It will track neutrinos in a bid to unravel some of the universe’s biggest mysteries. (Read more: Nestor: unravelling the universe’s mysteries from the bottom of the sea )


Young, promising and unemployed. It might be International Youth Day on 12 August, but for the more than 5.3 million Europeans under 25 without a job, there will be little to celebrate. All the more reason for the EU to make tackling unemployment a priority. Read on to discover what is being done to help young people. (Read more: International Youth Day: how the EU is working to reduce unemployment )


Up north: reviving Sámi culture

Others Culture08-08-2014 - 09:00

Welcome to Nuorgam in Finland, the EU’s northernmost point. The sun kisses the monumental fells next to the small village, while stunted mountain birches push themselves through the snow. Spring is coming, but wind still gets under the clothes. It is in this beautiful setting that the Sámi live. This article was originally published in May as part of our Frontiers of the EU series. We are republishing it to mark the International Day of Indigenous Peoples on 9 August. (Read more: Up north: reviving Sámi culture )


ECON chairman Gualtieri wants "bolder action" for euro area

ECON Economic and monetary affairs07-08-2014 - 15:39

The Governing Council of the ECB met on Thursday and decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.15%, 0.40% and -0.10% respectively. Please find below the reaction of the chairman of Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Roberto Gualtieri (S&D, IT): (Read more: ECON chairman Gualtieri wants "bolder action" for euro area )


Summer reading: top five of Parliament's most popular articles

Others Institutions / Information04-08-2014 - 09:00
Best articles story picture_  

The quality of life in Europe today, Ukraine, a photo contest, the composition of the new Parliament and cheaper phone calls were the topics of our most-read articles of the first half of the year on the European Parliament’s website. Check out our links to experience the highlights of the year so far. (Read more: Summer reading: top five of Parliament's most popular articles )