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Circular economy: the importance of re-using products and materials

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs03-07-2015 - 12:30
 

The average European consumes 14 tonnes of raw materials and generates five tonnes of waste a year. These figures look alarming considering our resources are limited, but there might be a solution. Many products and materials can be reused or repaired, thus reducing waste. On Monday MEPs debate a reports that calls on the European Commission to put forward an ambitious proposal to facilitate a transition towards a circular economy, where products are designed in order to facilitate reuse. (Read more: Circular economy: the importance of re-using products and materials )

 

Health literacy: how technology can help to empower patients

Others Public health02-07-2015 - 13:06
An illustration image of an helth mobile app ©BELGA_EASYFOTOSTOCK  

Patients are becoming more independent as they can monitor their own health using mobile applications, not only for monitoring serious cases such as kidney failure, but also to quit smoking, drink more water or exercise more. On 1 July the EP’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) unit organised a workshop with experts to learn how new technologies can empower patients and improve health literacy. (Read more: Health literacy: how technology can help to empower patients )

 

June guest photographer contest topic: sustainable growth and decent jobs

Others Development and cooperation / Youth02-07-2015 - 12:00
Guest Photographer June topic "sustainable green growth, decent jobs and businesses" jury winner is "framework" by Nati Esmel ©Nati Esmel  

Take part in our guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Until September we will be announcing different topics linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to do a photo reportage. (Read more: June guest photographer contest topic: sustainable growth and decent jobs )

 

Civil liberties MEPs to debate concerns over French surveillance law

LIBE Justice and home affairs02-07-2015 - 10:36

The civil liberties committee debates France's controversial new law on surveillance powers on Thursday, 2 July. MEPs will raise concerns about the compatibility of some of the law's provisions with the European treaties with the Commission's director for criminal justice, Francisco Morillo. (Read more: Civil liberties MEPs to debate concerns over French surveillance law )

 

Debate: should the freedom of panorama be introduced all over the EU?

Plenary Session Judicial cooperation02-07-2015 - 10:04
Paris panorama by night. View on La Defense from Eiffel Tower. ©BELGA_EASYFOTOSTOCK  

Should people have the right to create and share images and photographs of public buildings without having to compensate for the use of copyright? The so-called freedom of panorama already exists in some EU countries, but MEPs are now considering whether it should be extended to all member states. As they will debate it on 9 July, we asked two MEPs on opposing sides of the issue why they think it would be a good or a bad thing. (Read more: Debate: should the freedom of panorama be introduced all over the EU? )

 

Luxembourg takes over Council presidency: MEPs share their expectations

Others European Council / Institutions01-07-2015 - 11:43
LOGO_PRESIDENCE_2015_EN  © eu2015lu.eu  

Starting today, the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the EU will be in the hands of one of the smallest, yet most experience member states. Luxembourg will have to deal with many pressing issues, including the Greek debt crisis, an increase in irregular migration and the preparation for the climate change conference in Paris in December. We asked all of the country's six MEPs what they see as the main challenges. Read on to find out what they said. (Read more: Luxembourg takes over Council presidency: MEPs share their expectations )

 

Cheaper mobile calls and open internet: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal

ITRE Free movement of services30-06-2015 - 12:42

An informal deal to ban surcharges ("roaming fees") for making mobile phone calls, sending text messages or using the internet while abroad in another EU country from 15 June 2017 was struck by MEPs and EU ministers in the small hours of Tuesday morning. MEPs also inserted guarantees that all internet traffic is treated equally, without discrimination. To enter into force, this informal deal needs to be formally endorsed by the full Parliament and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Cheaper mobile calls and open internet: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal )

 
 

EP President Martin Schulz said the EU institutions are appealing to the Greek people to vote in favour of their proposals during Sunday's referendum. Speaking about proposals made to continue economic support for the country, Schulz said yesterday this represented "a hand stretched to the Greek people", adding that the result of the referendum would prove "fundamental" to Greece's position in the euro zone. (Read more: President Schulz on EU proposals: "A hand stretched to the Greek people" )

 

Germanwings crash: how to improve aviation safety in the EU

Others Transport30-06-2015 - 11:25
Transport Committee MEPs discusses aviation safety with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Executive Director Patrick Ky and the European Commission on Monday afternoon, after the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps in March.  

The Germanwings disaster in the French Alps on 24 March raised important questions about air safety after investigators discovered the co-pilot has intentionally crashed the plane, killing 150 people. The transport committee discussed on 29 June how to prevent this from happening again with the European Commission and Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). They also discussed the recommendations of an EASA task force dedicated to the crash. (Read more: Germanwings crash: how to improve aviation safety in the EU )

 

TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments

INTA External/international trade29-06-2015 - 18:24

International Trade Committee MEPs on Monday paved the way for a plenary vote on the European Parliament’s draft recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership (TTIP) negotiators, by retabling the June plenary amendments which had been referred back for reconsideration. The committee took the decision in two separate votes –one to retable the plenary amendments, and the other to retable requests for split or separate votes. (Read more: TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments )