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Lux Prize 2015  

The three films competing for the 2015 LUX Prize were announced on 24 July in Rome by EP vice-president Antonio Tajani and culture committee chair Silvia Costa, at the Venice Days press conference. The films are: Mediterranea by Jonas Carpignano (Italy, United States, Germany, France, Qatar), Mustang, by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar) and Urok (The Lesson) by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria, Greece). (Read more: Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (The Lesson) shortlisted for the 2015 Lux Prize )

 

Luxembourg Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

AFET TRAN TAXE SEDE REGI PETI PECH LIBE JURI ITRE INTA IMCO FEMM ENVI EMPL ECON DROI DEVE CULT CONT AFCO BUDG AGRI Institutions17-07-2015 - 11:20

The priorities of Luxembourg EU Council Presidency will be outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Luxembourg ministers in a series of meetings to be held during this week. (Read more: Luxembourg Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )

 

A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was strongly opposed by MEPs from all political groups in a debate on Wednesday. Members were concerned that the draft did not include an impact assessment, that member state measures might not be compatible with single market or WTO rules and that the proposal might prove unworkable. (Read more: GMO imports: MEPs object to draft law allowing national bans, call for plan B )

 

Economic and Monetary Affairs MEPs debate Euro Summit deal with Greece

ECON Economic and monetary affairs16-07-2015 - 13:26

The rescue package for Greece agreed at the 12-13 July Eurozone Summit on Greece was debated in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Thursday. Members gave their views on the deal struck by Greece and its creditors, the functioning of the Eurozone, the role played by the European Parliament and on Parliament’s future involvement in monitoring the implementation of the agreement. (Read more: Economic and Monetary Affairs MEPs debate Euro Summit deal with Greece )

 
Refugees at the Mytilini harbour short time before they enter a ferry boat with the destination Athens-Piraeus  

A binding emergency mechanism to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states was backed by civil liberties MEPs on Thursday. An upcoming permanent scheme, on which Parliament will decide jointly with the Council, must be based "on a more substantial contribution to solidarity and responsibility-sharing among member states", MEPs say. (Read more: MEPs want a binding and permanent scheme to distribute asylum seekers in the EU )

 

Air quality: Environment MEPs call for tougher new national caps on pollutants

ENVI Environment / Public health15-07-2015 - 16:46
A view of London city from ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, Britain.  

As air pollution is responsible for around 400,000 premature deaths in the EU yearly, Environment MEPs on Wednesday tightened up Commission plans and called for more ambitious national caps on emissions of six main pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides in order to cut emissions by 70% across the EU and save €40bn in air pollution costs by 2030. MEPs also want to include emissions reduction ceilings on mercury, and a midpoint target for most caps of 2025. (Read more: Air quality: Environment MEPs call for tougher new national caps on pollutants )

 

Passenger Name Records: MEPs back EU system with data protection safeguards

LIBE Justice and home affairs15-07-2015 - 16:24
The new 'EasyPass' passport control system is introduced by the German Federal Police at Frankfurt/Main airport in Germany  

Draft EU rules on sharing and protecting the Passenger Name Record (PNR) data of people flying to or from the EU, and its use by member states and Europol to fight terrorism and serious transnational crime, were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday. This data must only be used to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute these crimes, said MEPs, inserting safeguards to ensure "the lawfulness of any storage, analysis, transfer and use of PNR data". (Read more: Passenger Name Records: MEPs back EU system with data protection safeguards )

 

Pillage of cultural sites – how can Europe help to stop it?

CULT Culture / Education14-07-2015 - 17:37
Islamic State militant group in northern Iraq  

Deliberately destroying and pillaging archaeological sites and trafficking art objects in war zones amount to « cultural genocide » and should be classified as war crimes, argued speakers in a public hearing held by the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee on Monday afternoon. MEPs and experts reiterated the need for harmonised international legislation in this area. (Read more: Pillage of cultural sites – how can Europe help to stop it? )

 

Human rights: Cambodian NGO law, DRC activists, Nabeel Rajab, Sudan

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations09-07-2015 - 17:31

MEPs call, in four separate resolutions, for the withdrawal of the Cambodian government's law on NGOs and trade unions; the release of Yves Makwambala and Fred Bauma in the DRC; the release of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain; and of two Christian pastors detained in Sudan, Michael Yat and Peter Yen Reith. (Read more: Human rights: Cambodian NGO law, DRC activists, Nabeel Rajab, Sudan )

 

Reforma autorských práv: EP chce podporu rozmanitosti a její zpřístupnění

Plenární zasedání Spravedlnost a vnitřní věci09-07-2015 - 16:45
Atomium Brussels  

Připravované návrhy na reformu autorských práv v EU musí zajistit spravedlivou rovnováhu mezi právy a zájmy tvůrců a spotřebitelů, uvádí se v nelegislativním usnesení, které dnes schválil Evropský parlament. Poslanci v něm vyzvali ke zlepšení přeshraničního přístupu k dílům na internetu, při zohlednění významu územních licencí, a to zejména v souvislosti s televizní a filmovou produkcí. (Přečtěte si více: Reforma autorských práv: EP chce podporu rozmanitosti a její zpřístupnění )