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LUX film prize 2014 Finalists - from top: Class enemy (Razredni sovražnik) by Rok Biček, Girlhood (Bande de filles) by Céline Sciamma, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski_  

The three films competing for this year’s Lux Prize have been announced: Class Enemy (Razredni sovražnik) from Slovenia, Girlhood (Bande de filles) from France and Polish/Danish co-production Ida will all be competing for the European Parliament's annual firlm award. The finalists will be subtitled into the EU's official 24 languages and be screened in all 28 member states during the LUX Film Days this autumn. The winner will be chosen by MEPs and announced on 17 December. (Read more: Slovenian, French and Polish films battle it out for 2014 Lux Prize )

 
 

Debate on EU trade policy and TTIP round six outcome with Karel de Gucht today

INTA External/international trade22-07-2014 - 12:35

EU trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht will debate EU trade policy, including the outcome of the sixth round of EU/US transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) talks with International Trade Committee MEPs today, at 17.00 in room P1A002. (Read more: Debate on EU trade policy and TTIP round six outcome with Karel de Gucht today )

 
 

MEPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Enlarged Bureau will meet Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin at 13.30 in Brussels today to discuss developments in eastern Ukraine since the shooting down of Malaysia Airways flight MH17 on 17 July. The meeting is open to all members of the House and takes place in room Altiero Spinelli 3G3. (Read more: MEPs to debate crisis in Ukraine with its foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin today )

 
 
EP building in Brussels  

MEPs will be having committee meetings from 21 to 24 July, which will include discussing the priorities of the new Italian presidency of the EU Council with Italian ministers. Trade commissioner Karel De Gucht will discuss progress on the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the international trade committee. In addition the names of the three finalists of the Parliament's Lux film prize are announced on Tuesday. (Read more: EP this week: Ukraine debate, Council presidency and US free-trade agreement )

 
 
 

Jean-Claude Juncker was elected president of the European Commission on Tuesday 15 July, during the second plenary of the new term. It's the first time that Parliament has elected the candidate proposed by member state leaders based on the results of the European elections. Members also called for more transparency in the EU-US trade talks, gave Lithuania the go ahead to join the euro zone and approved four new commissioners. Read on and discover the highlights of the 14-17 July plenary session. (Read more: Things we learned in plenary: Juncker, maternity leave, US free-trade agreement )

 
 

MEPs call on Russia to cooperate with Ukrainian peace plan

Plenary Session External relations17-07-2014 - 12:25

Russia should back the peace plan offered by Ukraine, respect the ceasefire and withdraw its mercenaries via the retreat corridor, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Thursday. They call the EU countries to ban arms sales to Russia and help Ukraine to secure its gas supply via reverse gas flows. MEPs also state their readiness to ratify the association and free trade deal with Ukraine. (Read more: MEPs call on Russia to cooperate with Ukrainian peace plan )

 
 

Gaza: MEPs call for immediate ceasefire and resumption of direct peace talks

Plenary Session External relations17-07-2014 - 12:20

The European Parliament called for an immediate end to rocket attacks on Israel and to Israeli military action against Gaza in a resolution voted on Thursday The EU foreign policy chief and the member states must do more to support a ceasefire agreement and put an immediate stop to all acts of violence threatening civilians, MEPs said, calling on Israelis and Palestinians to resume direct peace talks. (Read more: Gaza: MEPs call for immediate ceasefire and resumption of direct peace talks )

 
 

Iraq: MEPs reject jihadist terrorism and call for sustainable political solution

Plenary Session External relations17-07-2014 - 12:18

Attacks by the Islamic State (IS) on the Iraqi state and its citizens, including summary executions and the imposition of harsh interpretations of Sharia law, were strongly condemned in a European Parliament resolution passed by a show of hands on Thursday. At the same time, the resolution urges the Iraqi security forces to respect Iraq's international commitments on human rights and fundamental freedoms while fighting the IS and other terrorist groups. (Read more: Iraq: MEPs reject jihadist terrorism and call for sustainable political solution )

 
 

MEPs urge EU to help 5.3 million young people find decent jobs

Plenary Session Employment policy17-07-2014 - 12:12
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The European Parliament called for stronger measures to fight unemployment among young people, including common minimum standards for apprenticeships and decent wages, in a resolution passed on Thursday. EU funding of employment-related programmes should also be increased in future budgets, it added. (Read more: MEPs urge EU to help 5.3 million young people find decent jobs )

 
 

Human rights: Sudan; freedom of expression in Egypt, recent attacks in Nigeria

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations17-07-2014 - 11:42

Parliament passed three separate resolutions on Thursday, calling on the Sudanese authorities to protect minorities' religious identities, expressing its alarm at the increasingly severe clampdown and physical attacks on media and civil society in Egypt, and calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria. (Read more: Human rights: Sudan; freedom of expression in Egypt, recent attacks in Nigeria )