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• Support for EU membership up • A great majority prefers a joint European response to global challenges over national actions • Three quarters want EU to do more on terrorism, unemployment, environment, tax fraud In the eyes of a growing number of citizens, belonging to the EU is a good thing. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey of Europeans’ attitudes, figures are virtually back at their pre-crisis levels in 2007. (Read more: Belonging to the EU is a good thing, say a growing number of citizens )

 

EP urges Venezuela to restore democratic order and free all political prisoners

Plenary Session External relations27-04-2017 - 13:57

Venezuela’s government must ensure the full restoration of the democratic order and immediately release all political prisoners, urged Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: EP urges Venezuela to restore democratic order and free all political prisoners )

 

Court of Auditors: Parliament endorses Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as member for Hungary

Plenary Session Budgetary control27-04-2017 - 13:43
MEP Ildikó Gáll-Pelczné  

The appointment of European Parliament Vice-President Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as a member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) was endorsed in plenary on Thursday by 326 votes to 126, with 193 abstentions. (Read more: Court of Auditors: Parliament endorses Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as member for Hungary )

 

EU’s farthest-flung fisheries need funding, say MEPs

Plenary Session Fisheries27-04-2017 - 13:36

Young fishermen and fish farmers in the EU’s outermost regions (ORs) need financial help and incentives, including money for new boats, said Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: EU’s farthest-flung fisheries need funding, say MEPs )

 

EU spending for 2015 approved

Plenary Session Budgetary control27-04-2017 - 13:28

The Commission managed the 2015 EU budget funds according to the rules, so MEPs granted it a “discharge” approval for that year, in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more: EU spending for 2015 approved )

 

Importazioni tessili: norme europee per ridurre lo sfruttamento dei lavoratori

Tornata Sviluppo e cooperazione27-04-2017 - 13:18
An industrial size textile factory ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

In una risoluzione adottata giovedì, i deputati hanno chiesto norme UE per obbligare i fornitori di tessuti e di abbigliamento a rispettare i diritti dei lavoratori. (Seguito: Importazioni tessili: norme europee per ridurre lo sfruttamento dei lavoratori )

 

Eurogroup Head expects agreement on Greek bailout by end May

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs27-04-2017 - 12:45
Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem updating MEPs on Greek bailout  

MEPs from across the political spectrum urged Greece’s creditors on Thursday to swiftly conclude negotiations over the Greek bailout package, highlighting the pain that Greeks have endured. (Read more: Eurogroup Head expects agreement on Greek bailout by end May )

 

Proper funding for 2018 - European Year of Cultural Heritage

Plenary Session Culture27-04-2017 - 11:59

MEPs secured €8 million for cultural projects aiming to protect and promote Europe’s shared cultural heritage, as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. (Read more: Proper funding for 2018 - European Year of Cultural Heritage )

 

MEPs close multinationals’ tax loopholes

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs27-04-2017 - 11:56

Loopholes used by some of the world’s multinationals to avoid paying tax were closed by Parliament in a vote on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs close multinationals’ tax loopholes )

 

Security of gas supply through solidarity: EP and Council strike a deal

ITRE Energy / Industry27-04-2017 - 10:36

An EU country facing an emergency gas shortage will be able to alert another member state of the impending supply crisis and trigger cross-border assistance to remedy it, under new cooperation rules informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators Wednesday night. (Read more: Security of gas supply through solidarity: EP and Council strike a deal )